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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Image viaLooking 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 >>
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 >>
Ettie BernekingNevermind 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Ettie BernekingThey 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Ettie BernekingOur competitor attempts to stare down Pearl Cafe's food challenge.When Pearl Cafe (8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-831-3701 or www.pearlcafestl.com) introduced its spicy-food challenge this past November, it wasn't so much a contest as it was a way to appease la ... More >>
Image viaThe 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 >>
wikimedia commonsAfter 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 >>
Ettie BernekingDrop 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.
Ettie BernekingIt'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 >>
Photo by Ettie BernekingThe 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 >>