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Evan Jones

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    F&D Prime Culinary Tours Launches with Comet Coffee Sampling

    Dining tours were a big trend last year, and it looks like there's another one on the scene. F&D Prime Culinary tours will launch this weekend with several sessions with Comet Coffee (5708 Oakland Avenue; 314-645-7158). See also: Dinner Lab Experiments With Underground Dining in St. Louis

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From March 31 to April 6

    This week, the Ready Room makes its big debut in the Grove with Of Montreal. Meanwhile, plenty of other big names take over stages all across town. Check out Earth, Alejandro Escovedo, Oneohtrix Point Never, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and more this week. Get the info on these shows and more after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    The 5 Best Wine Bars in St. Louis

    It's no secret that we love wine, but sadly, winery season in Missouri is pretty much over. Instead, we'll be visiting one of the several wine bars St. Louis has to offer. If that sounds overwhelming, Gut Check has got you covered. Try one of our five favorites this week. See also: March 2013 Issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    30 Reasons to Love Drinking in St. Louis

    Craft beer has boomed over the past few years and with it, beer-centric events new and old -- attendance at Oktoberfests has ballooned, for example. But in St. Louis, spirited beer-drinking is too established and ingrained the culture to be called just a trend. Here are thirty ("Only, thirty?" you m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From August 19 to 25

    This week, check out performances from touring groups including Vintage Trouble, Daniel Francis Doyle and the Dreamers, Parasites and many more. Some recommendations for shows to check out this week await right after the jump!

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from August 12 to 18

    This week, catch the Appleseed Cast, Sin Motivo, Father Figures, Chuck Prophet and more. Chuck Berry also plays his monthly show this Wednesday -- it's sold out, but take that as a reminder that you should purchase tickets to see him next time around while you can! More recommendations on what to se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    The Libertine's "Elvis Costello Lost in Missouri": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions We've been suggested a wide array of liquors, but never Pimm's #1. That is, until Nate Weber, general manager of the Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-2999), slid the "Elvis Costello Lost in Missouri" across the bar to us. So what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Kelly English Steakhouse's "Southern Belle": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions Louisiana-raised chef Kelly English's St. Louis outpost, Kelly English Steakhouse (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights; 314-770-8100), is known for numerous Southern and Creole touches accompanying the seafood- and steak-centric menu. Because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Cleveland-Heath's "The Matador": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions For our first libation adventure east of the Mississippi, Gut Check clocked in at Edwardsville hotspot Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, 618-307-4830). Bartender Samantha McCulloch guided us through the cocktail list and eventual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    360's "Midnight Bloom": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions The 360 Bar at the Hilton at the Ballpark (1 South Broadway; 314-241-8439), better known just as 360, has spectacular views of the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis. At 26 floors up over the street, the spacious patio view peers into Busch Stadium ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    First Look: The Libertine in Clayton [PHOTOS]

    After Monarch closed in early 2012, the restaurant's erstwhile executive chef, Josh Galliano, remained visible on the St. Louis culinary landscape, orchestrating pop-up restaurants through which he could continue dispensing Southern staples. Now you can find his cooking at a permanent location. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Modesto's "The Armada": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Today is National Dry Martini Day, and to celebrate we're visiting Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) for a Spanish take on the dry martini: "The Armada." Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions Brian Hornbeck, general manager of Modesto, guided us through the Hill restaurant's coc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Annie Gunn's "Just Around the Corner": Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    For this week's cocktail quest, we headed far, far away from Gut Check International HQ, west to Chesterfield's steak and seafood mecca Annie Gunn's (16806 Chesterfield Airport Road; 636-532-7684). Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions Primarily known for its award-winning 700-plus-bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Kerne and Ortmann Kick Glass at Randall's Sommelier Showdown [PHOTOS]

    For local oenophiles, the third installment of Randall's Wines & Spirits Sommelier Showdown at Cielo in the Four Seasons promised to be a slugfest. In one corner stood Brandon Kerne, one of the skilled sommeliers at twin eateries Elaia and Olio in Tower Grove. Opposite him was Angela Ortmann, better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    The Royale's Subcontinental: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sugg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Parisian's Daul Kim EP, Inspired by the Suicide of a South Korean Model: Listen Now

    In this week's print edition, RFT Music writer Evan C. Jones interviewed local electronic artist Ian "Parisian" Jones (no relation), whom some may remember as one half of the now-defunct, locally acclaimed duo Safety Words. Since splitting and pursuing music solo, Parisian has repeatedly turned towa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    International DJ Ferry Corsten Touches Down Tonight at Europe Nightclub

    Ferry Corsten has achieved what many musicians strive for: longevity. The Dutch producer and DJ has a career dating back to 1991 yet remains at the forefront of electronic dance music. When he's not touring the world or releasing albums, Corsten heads up "Ferry's Fix," a monthly DJ mix broadcasted w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from April 29 to May 5

    Serenity now, serenity now!! What better way to start the week than with a series of nearby ground-shaking, Earth shattering construction noises to accompany a morning cup of joe? Luckily, headphones exist and a series of bookmarked live performances take me back to my quiet place. Music soothes all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Brillz Talks New Album and Twitter Fighting with Azelia Banks: "She Did it to Herself"

    Emerging from Los Angeles' deep talent pool of producers, Brillz (LA slang for brilliant) has been on a tear lately, with a number of releases. Originally a dancer, he transitioned to instead making music that everyone can dance to. We caught up with Brillz during a short break from the studio to di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Win Tickets to See Major Lazer and Lunice Tonight at the Pageant

    EDM artists / daggering experts Major Lazer will perform with Lunice at the Pageant tonight. We've got two tickets and we're itching to give them away, today! See Also: -Mad Decent's Lunice Talks Miles Davis, Why He Finds St. Louis "Inspirational"

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Mad Decent's Lunice Talks Miles Davis, Why He Finds St. Louis "Inspirational"

    Lunice Fermine Pierre II, known worldwide by his first name, is blazing his way towards the top of the electronic music scene. His first two EP's, 2010's Stacker Upper and 2011's One Hunned, garnered attention for the young Montreal native; 2012's collaboration with friend and fellow LuckyMe labelma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Blood & Sand's "No Rain": Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Night Slugs Artist MORRI$ Talks Tacos and Defines "Goombawave"

    There isn't a lot of down time for MORRI$ these days. The Lawrence, Kansas based producer and DJ has been on a tear lately, with his production work being touted through the UK-based label Night Slugs. If he's not busy with that, he's running Team Bear Club, an artist collective he founded back in 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Five Bistro's Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels: Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    First Look: Dynasty Hibachi Steak, Seafood and Sushi Buffet

    Occupying the former Outback Steakhouse space next door to the AMC Esquire 7 in Richmond Heights, Dynasty Hibachi Steak, Seafood and Sushi Buffet (6710 Clayton Road; 314-781-8888) offers a wide array of choices for diners (even for a Chinese buffet). And that's how general manager William Luan inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Kaslik Restaurant Offers Real-Deal Shawarma and More in Florissant

    Since 1998, Wasem Hamed has wanted to open a Middle Eastern restaurant in Florissant. He saw a lack of the food he enjoyed growing up and learned to cook at culinary school in Jerusalem, and also the demand, from a strong Middle Eastern population in north St. Louis County. It has taken fifteen yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Eclipse Restaurant's Set to Kill: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Taste Test: Hardee's Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich Challenges Wendy's Premium Cod Fillet

    Last week's edition of Fight Club Sandwich pitted two fast-food chains' "premium" fish sandwiches against one another, as Wendy's Premium Cod Fillet Sandwich took on Burger King's Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich. Having declared Wendy's the victor, Gut Check figured we'd performed our fishly obligati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Farmhaus' All I See Is Gold: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Taste Test: Burger King Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich vs. Wendy's Premium Cod Fillet Sandwich

    Be honest: The last thing you're thinking about when you go to a fast-food restaurant is "fish sandwich." However, when Lent rolls around, it's a valid thing to consider, especially if you're giving up red meat until Easter. Some fast-food chains pounce on this opportunity and feature fish on their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    First Look: Jet's Pizza in Ballwin

    The St. Louis pizza scene has the thin crust covered, but a new addition is looking a little deeper into the market: Jet's Pizza (14940 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-220-8929) has set foot in Missouri with its first store in Ballwin. Jet's, a national pizza chain with more than 275 locations nation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    G-Eazy Talks About Headlining His First Tour and Success As an Independent Artist

    For most musicians, it can take a village to create everything that goes into a strong career, but most musicians aren't rapper G-Eazy. Early into his career, the young Bay Area native has criss-crossed the country on tour multiple times, shared the stage with such industry heavyweights as Drake and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    First Look: Downtown's MX Movies Makes Dinner and a Movie Way Too Easy

    Earlier this month, Daily RFT reported on MX Movies (618 Washington Avenue), a new downtown movie theater equipped to destroy your new year's resolutions. On January 17, the dine-in movie experience welcomed Gut Check down for its not-so-soft opening, packing the stadium seating in all three of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    12 Best Delmar Loop Restaurants To Visit During This Weekend's Loop Ice Carnival

    Always a fan of DC Comics, Gut Check often imagines with glee what the aftermath of a visit from Mr. Freeze would look like. Fortunately for us this week's eighth annual Delmar Loop Ice Carnival on Saturday, January 19, should paint a pretty reliable picture. Yep, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. this fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    First Look: Gerard Craft Discusses Niche's New Clayton Home

    Niche (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-773-7755), chef and restaurateur Gerard Craft's introduction to St. Louis, re-introduced itself last week in a new space in downtown Clayton. The reopened Niche shares a hallway and kitchen space with its sister restaurant Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    First Look: Elaia and Olio

    The unassuming old (circa 1937) Standard Oil gas station at the corner of McRee and Tower Grove Avenues in the city's Botanical Heights neighborhood has received a new lease on life, thanks to chef Ben Poremba, one of the masterminds behind the acclaimed salumeria Salume Beddu. Poremba has renovate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    First Look: 5 Star Burgers

    It's been a long road for Steve Gontram. The former owner and chef of Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522) has been pining for years to open a St. Louis outpost of 5 Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350), a business that he and his father found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    First Look: Food Truck Seoul Taco Opens Storefront

    Seoul Taco (571 Melville Avenue, University City; 314-863-1148), the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 readers' pick for "Best Food Truck," has put down permanent roots with last week's opening of a brick-and-mortar location in the Delmar Loop. See Also: - "RFT vs. Our Readers: Best Food Truc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    First Look: Pastaria

    "Sorta close to Italy" is the legend on the back of the the staff shirts at Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-6603). Indeed, the newest addition to chef Gerard Craft's portfolio is a far cry from the Italian countryside. Modern touches such as floor-to-ceiling glass cover the entire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Flying Pig at Guerrilla Street Food and The Bourne Legacy

    Originally a trilogy starring Matt Damon as government-created super spy Jason Bourne, The Bourne Legacy appears to have been the brainchild of producers with dollar signs in their eyes. Other than a few pictures to provide some context for the film's back story, Damon's Bourne character is nowhere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Woofie Dog at Woofie's and The Campaign

    In the very long and tiring journey that is the 2012 presidential election, it's easy to get swept away in the 24-hour news cycles, attack ads and mud slinging. Then again, that's tame compared to North Carolina's 14th Congressional District race. The Campaign starts off with a scandal. Will Ferrel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    First Look: Joe's Chili Bowl

    Unlike Jim Fiala's Terrace View, which previously occupied the restaurant space in Citygarden, Joe's Chili Bowl (808 Chestnut Street; 314-241-7070) is a complete departure from upscale dining. The surroundings remain exquisite, featuring views of Market Street and Busch Stadium, but the vibe is much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    First Look: Blackfinn American Grill

    One of the first things Gut Check noticed upon walking into Blackfinn American Grille (1147 Saint Louis Galleria; 314-726-5300) is the sheer size of the restaurant. Occupying the former Mark Shale space at the Galleria, Blackfinn boasts almost 10,000 square feet of space and offers a variety of dini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    #48: Lengua Tacos at La Vallesana

    Evan C. Jones​There are many tempting options available at La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223), but whether you're getting quesadillas, burritos or tortas, there's something on the menu that leaps out to most people as something to avoid: tongue. Offal is something that most Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    A First Look at Kelly English Steakhouse

    Evan C. Jones​Armed with a rich culinary pedigree and an armful of accolades including a James Beard Award nomination, Memphis-based chef Kelly English's newest venture, Kelly English Steakhouse (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights; 314-770-8100), anchors the main entrance to Harrah's Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    A First Look at Hooked

    Evan C. Jones​Since stopping by in August, Gut Check has been anticipating the opening of Hooked (8613 Olive Boulevard; 314-997-8886) in the old Pho Long space. There have been several bureaucratic hiccups causing delays (most recent issue: the restaurant was sent the wrong liquor license), bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    #50: Bread Pudding at Harvest

    Evan C. Jones​How good is the bread pudding at Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522)? When Gut Check dropped by to pay homage to this favorite desert, chef de cuisine Brendan Noonan came clean about his consumption. "I've already had four portions of the bread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Hooked Opens in University City

    Evan C. Jones​Hooked, the new seafood restaurant from the folks who brought us Pho Long, is now open at 8613 Olive Boulevard in University City. As Gut Check learned when we previewed Hooked last month, the restaurant has been ready to go for a while but still awaited the approval of its liquor li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Baskin-Robbins' New French Toast Ice Cream

    Evan C. Jones​In the ever adventurous spirit of blurring the lines between ice cream as a sweet treat and ice cream as pure gluttony, Baskin-Robbins has unveiled its new flavor of the month: French toast. "I never thought of the breakfast and ice cream combination," manager of local Baskin-Ro ... More >>

  • Film

    November 2, 2005

    Killing Time

    In the profound Jarhead, a soldier can be his own worst enemy

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