Ettie Berneking

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    September 29, 2014

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis From September 29 to October 5

    This week, Bruiser Queen drops a new album, Stonechat plays its last show and St. Louis gets visits from several out-of-town, out-of-this-world performers. Select from shows including J Mascis, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Macabre, Chance the Rapper and more. Read on for this week's recommend ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    The 5 Best Menus at Restaurant Week on the Hill 2014

    We have several restaurant weeks around St. Louis, and it really is a great way to sample all that a neighborhood has to offer. Restaurants prepare special prix fixe menus to give you a taste of the awesome eats. The Hill is celebrating Restaurant Week 2014 until April 27, and we've whittled down th ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    6 Places to Go If You're Hungry, Lonely, Angry or Bored on Thanksgiving Day in St. Louis

    Happy Thanksgiving, River City! As America celebrates overeating and bargain prices (that's what Thanksgiving is about, right?), escape from the dining room and spend Turkey Day in some of our favorite St. Louis spots:

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    November 22, 2013

    Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in St. Louis

    Thanksgiving is all about the food, but for some people, it's about going out to eat, not spending the day elbow-deep in a greasy oven. Or maybe you're not going to be with your family this year, but you still want that delicious turkey. Behold, our handy-dandy guide to eating Thanksgiving dinner at ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    Soulard: A Glutton's Guide to St. Louis' Funnest Neighborhood

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. One of St. Louis' most iconic neighb ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Peculiar Pairings from Kakao Chocolate and Vom Fass

    In April, Kakao Chocolate (7272 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-4446) started dishing out ice cream. This evening, the store will team up with its neighbor Vom Fass (7314 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-932-5262) to enjoy this summer staple topped not with globs of hot fudge or warm caramel sauc ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    The Five Best Places for Cupcakes in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    From Garage to Gourmet at Epic Pizza & Subs

    When Todd George first walked into the space that would become Epic Pizza & Subs (1711 South Ninth Street; 314-644-4430), it was nothing more than a concrete box. The floors were unfinished, the walls nothing more than gray cinder block. Even the ceiling was concrete. He had a builders tell him the ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Jilly's Debuts New Menu Items and Big News at Its Adults-Only Cocktail Reception

    Jilly's Cupcake Bar had reason to celebrate Thursday night, despite the cold, slushy weather. While the streets were frosted with fluffy precipitation, Jilly's cupcake chefs dropped dollops of buttercream icing on tray after tray of the bakery's famous jumbo cupcakes in preparation for the night's " ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Matisyahu Cuts His Beard, But Not All Ties to Judaism: What Will it Mean For His Fans?

    Image via​Looking back at it, it now seems inevitable that Matthew Paul Miller, the reggae singer popularly known as Matisyahu, would distance himself from Orthodox Judaism. After all, he'd already cut ties with Chabad-Lubavitch, the outreach-minded Chassidic sect, a few years earlier. And he' ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Slideshow: A First Look at EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery

    ​EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery (550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield; 636-532-0550) is the Narnia of west county. Walk through the double doors, and you're transported to a warmer world, filled with fine wine, chocolate-covered mushrooms, fireplaces, oak tables and wooden-rafter ceilings. It's ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011
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    September 1, 2011

    A First Look at Lester's in the Central West End

    Ettie Berneking​Nevermind that it took six months of fighting with the city, putting in new dry wall, moving the front door, adding a side extension, expanding the kitchen, redoing the basement and finishing a staircase. As Ian reported yesterday, Lester's Sports Bar and Grill has finally open ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Clementines' Lew Russell: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Ettie Berneking profiles Clementines' Lew Russell. Below is a Q&A with Russell, followed by the recipe for a South Beach. Ettie BernekingRussell spent a few minutes selecting the p ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Market Pub House's Blazing Wing Challenge: Gut Check Investigates

    Ettie BernekingRFT staffer Mark Madonna suffers through a ghost pepper wing.​Disappointed with our writer's Pearl Cafe spice challenge defeat, Gut Check decided it was time to turn up the heat: The same no-pay writer should try the much-hotter ghost-pepper-wing challenge at Market Pub House (6 ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    #81: Catfish Platter at the Gumbo Shop

    Ettie BernekingThe catfish platter comes with a side of gumbo or jambalaya so prepare to be stuffed.​While our arteries might disagree, here at Gut Check we say there's no such thing as too much fried food. Which is why the catfish platter at the Gumbo Shop (9501 Manchester Road, Webster Grove ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Casey Shiller of Jilly's Cupcake Bar on Cupcake Wars and Why People Love Tiny Cakes

    Ettie Berneking​They can't talk about it. Everyone there knows how it ends, but no one can say a thing. If that sounds intense, it's because it is. The cupcake market has become a competitive niche. And Jilly's Cupcake Bar (8509 Delmar Boulevard, Ladue; 314-993-5455) knows just how intense th ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    The Gumbo Shop and Its Family Recipes Passed On To New Owners

    Ettie BernekingThe couple makes everything fresh to order. The giant pots of gumbo and jambalaya start cooking every day around 7 a.m. Even the oysters are flown in fresh every few days. ​After ten months of studying, practicing, tasting and refining, Holli and Jon Rercher have finally taken o ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    #84: Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms at Zia's

    Ettie BernekingThe seafood stuffed mushroom are made fresh each day with hunks of tender crab meat peering out from the mound of filling. ​Trying to eat out on a budget is no easy task, especially when you're not willing to sacrifice your taste buds, and the local greasy spoon just isn't your ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Pearl Cafe's Fiery Eating Challenge: Gut Check Investigates

    Ettie BernekingOur competitor attempts to stare down Pearl Cafe's food challenge.​When Pearl Cafe (8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-831-3701 or introduced its spicy-food challenge this past November, it wasn't so much a contest as it was a way to appease la ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Introducing IHOP At Home: Because 24-Hour IHOPs Simply Aren't Convenient Enough

    Image via​The next time you're wandering through the frozen-food section at your nearest Wal-Mart, keep an eye open for a newcomer to the already-crammed breakfast section. Tucked in next to the Pillsbury Toaster Strudel and the Hot Pockets, IHOP will be stocking its new IHOP At Home line of b ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Kansas on Carrying On and Disappointing Queen Fans

    wikimedia commons​After 35 years, the band Kansas isn't too old to rock out and just old enough to make it into the classic rock radio genre. The classic rockers return to St. Louis this weekend for Rib America, where they will headline Saturday's bill. A to Z was able to catch up with guitari ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    #94: Cherry Cheese Danish from Missouri Baking Company

    Ettie Berneking​Drop that Dunkin' Donut! What you need is a cherry-cheese danish from the Missouri Baking Company (2027 Edwards Street, 314-773-0468). Really -- these might well be the tastiest danish in St. Louis.

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    May 17, 2011

    Great Harvest Bakery to Finally Reopen Under New Ownership

    Ettie Berneking​It's amazing what a little elbow grease; 3,600 pounds of whole wheat and 650 pounds of honey will get you. In this case, it got Tom and Judy Honigfort a new business, two new careers and a start to another chapter of their lives. It hasn't been that long since Great Harvest Br ... More >>

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    April 24, 2011

    The Civil Wars at the Old Rock House, 4/23/11: Review

    Photo by Ettie Berneking​The Civil Wars/White Dress Old Rock House Saturday, April 23 With robotic club-thumpers dominating the mainstream, it's refreshing to spend an evening listening to a band that takes crafts its music on the strength of powerful voices and the thrumming of a single gui ... More >>