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  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    #65: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites at Lulu's Local Eatery

    Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand Boulevard; 314-357-7717) is vegan, and by extension healthy, nutritious and light -- the kind of place one visits, and afterwards considers signing up for a half marathon and home brewing kombucha. That's all fine and good, but what happens when the devil on the ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants for Fresh Pasta in St. Louis

    Pasta is one of the world's most cherished foods. St. Louisans certainly love their pasta and there is almost one Italian restaurant on every block in some neighborhoods. You may not be surprised to learn that there are several restaurants that offer fresh pasta made daily, going that extra mile to ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Lona's Lil Eats' New Storefront Serves "Asian Soul Food" in Fox Park

    Frequenters of the Soulard Farmers' Market already know Lona's, the busy little stall in the Southeast wing of the market that serves up kebobs, spring rolls and other hand-held victuals on Saturdays. Last week the pan-Asian restaurant opened the doors at its new brick-and-mortar storefront in Fox ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    What to Do and Eat at Taste of St. Louis 2014

    The annual Taste of St. Louis festival is upon us, and for the first time ever, it's out in Chesterfield. Some people are pretty pissed about that and some people are happy -- either way, you're still going to want to check it out. Tons of St. Louis restaurants are participating, top chefs are compe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Thursday Throwdown: A Pizza Story vs. the Good Pie

    After years in the land of cracker crust and Provel, St. Louis has been recently blessed with two authentic Neapolitan-style pizzerias: the Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-899-9221) and a Pizza Story (7278 Manchester Road; 314-899-0011). It's a positive sum situation -- with ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Ben Anderson's Grapeseed Nears Opening in Southampton [PHOTOS]

    The St. Louis restaurant scene has been chattering aobut Ben Andersons' latest restaurant, Grapeseed (5400 Nottingham Avenue) since he announced it back in October 2013. His much-loved but short-lived restaurant Gist closed earlier that year from, among other things, disagreements between the partne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Review: 612 Kitchen & Cocktails, Former Kirkwood Institution, Attempts an Old-Timey Update

    612 Kitchen & Cocktails (612 West Woodbine Avenue, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003) Kitchen Hours: 4-11 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-midnight Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Cocktail Hours: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Wed.-Fri., 11-1 a.m. Sat-Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.) Graham's Grill & Bayou Bar was Kirk ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Happy Hour at SOHA Bar & Grill: Gastropub Bites At An Unbeatable Price

    The Place: SOHA Bar & Grill (2605 Hampton Ave; 314-802-7787) The Hours: SOHA offers happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deals: $1 off all drafts. Well drinks are $3, wine is $4 and buckets are $12. All pizzas and appetizers except for the small plate combo are half-price.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    The London Tea Room's Blueberry-Lemon Cake: Perfect Pair with a Fragrant Cup of Tea

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. While growing up i ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    How to Make Grenadine at Home in 3 Easy Steps

    The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. To most, grenadine brings to mind t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Walnut Grill Moves Forward in Ellisville for December Opening

    After Chevy's vacated a lucrative space near the intersection of Clarkson and Clayton Roads in Ellisville, we have been watching to see what restaurant would snag it. The Crafty Chameleon, a craft beer bar, took over some of it, and as we reported in June, Pittsburgh restaurant Walnut Grill will joi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    A Look Inside United Provisions' New Restaurant, the Dining District

    In early August Gut Check got a sneak peek at United Provisions (6241 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-833-5699), the international-grocery store from the family behind Jay's International Food Company and Global Food Market. A month later the hybrid grocer and prepared-foods vendor has its s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    How 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar Got Way Ahead of the Whiskey Craze

    The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. St. Louis has some great whiskey ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    White Box Eatery's New Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch Restaurant in Clayton

    Brunch lovers have a new go-to spot in Clayton with the opening of Whitebox Eatery (176 Carondelet Plaza; 314-862-2802). As reported by Gut Check in July, the concept comes from Modesto Tapas' co-owner Brendan Marsden along with chef John Hoffman (formerly of Oceano), and Jamie Hardesty of Vincent V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: September 4-10

    We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Instagram was practically made for pictures of food. Gut Check has rounded up our favorite foodie accounts in St. Louis, but there are so many cool photos every week, we wanted to share what St. Louis' best chefs, bartenders and eaters are Instagramming. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Brew Hub Expands Experimental Brewery to St. Louis

    Brew Hub was founded two years ago in St. Louis, but its first brewery ended up in Lakeland, Florida. It's something of a shared office space: brewing equipment for craft breweries that don't have the capacity, capital or proximity to open their own brewpub. The second Brew Hub is set to open in Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Review: A Pizza Story Writes the Book on Fantastic Neapolitan Pie

    A Pizza Story (7278 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-899-0011) 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon.) See also: A Pizza Story Serves Neopolitan Pizza in Maplewood

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Happy Hour at Modesto: Bite-Sized Tapas Bliss and Sippable Sangria

    The Place: Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. -- the specials extend through the rest of the night on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Deal: Bite-sized appetizers that range from 75-cents to $2.50 each. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Yacovelli's to Close After 95 Years

    Yacovelli's (407 Dunn Road, Florissant; 314-839-1000) is set to close at the end of the year after almost a century in St. Louis. The 95-year-old restaurant announce the retirement of its owners this week in a press release. Yacovelli's will be officially closed on January 1, 2015. See also: Harves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    #67: Death in the Afternoon's Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich

    The grilled mahi mahi sandwich at Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) is so beautiful it could grace the pages of a glossy food magazine. Its sesame-studded, perfectly round bun glistens with a buttery sheen, and the grill marks on the gossamer piece of fish look as if they we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    The Best Destination Restaurants Within Driving Distance of St. Louis

    The kids are back in school, and your vacation time is likely not what it was three months ago. But summer's not quite over yet (according to the mercury). There's still plenty of sunshine and hours in the day left to visit destination restaurants in the St. Louis area. They're all just a mini-road ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    A Look Inside Mission Taco Joint's New Second Location in Soulard

    On August 12 Mission Taco Joint (908 Lafayette Avenue) opened in Soulard. Located adjacent to the Soulard Farmers Market, this location of Mission fills a niche in the neighborhood and provides an alternative to the flagship restaurant in the Delmar Loop. The West Coast-inspired concept comes from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: August 2014

    Well, summer's technically over, but it's been a busy one for St. Louis restaurants. The Dining District opened just ahead of Washington University's first day of school, Kevin Nashan debuted his new seafood restaurant, and the Tick Tock Tavern is back. Check out our list after the jump, and as alwa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Stur Restaurant & Lounge Set Itself Up for Success -- So What Went Wrong?: Review

    Stur Restaurant & Lounge (4 Club Centre Court, Suite A, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-9613) Hours: 4-9 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat. (Closed Sun. and Mon.) Angie Schmitt was a woman with a dream -- to create an upscale restaurant and lounge that would have a chef-driven, farm-to-table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Pomme Restaurant and Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar Closing, Owners to Open Avenue

    Similar to the restaurant massacre we saw in June, several restaurants have announced their closure this week. It's not all bad, though -- notably, Pomme Restaurant (40 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-727-4141) and Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar (44 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-721-8801) are closing ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Chef Chat: Chris Bolyard Is a Butcher with a Soft Side

    Chris Bolyard is a busy man these days. Technically still the chef de cuisine at Sidney Street Cafe, Bolyard has been hard at work getting ready for the fall opening of his much-anticipated Bolyard's Meat & Provisions. It's the realization of a dream for the Culinary Institute of America grad, who i ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    A Look Inside Sauce on the Side's New Second Location in Clayton

    Sauce on the Side (7810 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-833-5426), the homegrown fast-casual calzone shop that former RFT food critic Ian Froeb predicted would someday expand into a chain, opened its second location in Clayton last month. Since establishing its original location two years ago, the restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    #68: The Brisket Burger at Three Flags Tavern

    "You know," the bartender said as she leaned in a little closer. "The servers from O'Connell's [Pub] come in here for our burger." It's no wonder she had such a hushed tone. O'Connell's Pub has legendary burgers. That some of the employees have been spotted bellying up to the bar at Three Flags Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Annie Gunn's, Balaban's, Truffles and More Win Wine Spectator Awards

    Every year, Wine Spectator gives out restaurant awards for wine lists at eateries around the country. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award at the top. See also: Best Wine List (Price Be Damned) 2013: Elaia Sommelier Andrey Ivanov's Fa ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Carondelet Diner: A Greasy Spoon with Old-Fashioned Favorites

    Welcome to Hidden Gem, Gut Check's short love letter to restaurants, coffee shops and bars that lie off the beaten path. These places soldier on in relative anonymity, beloved by their regulars, but largely overlooked by the greater populace. Hidden Gem will attempt to rectify these terrible oversig ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    10 Weird Foods for the Adventurous St. Louis Eater, Including Pig Tails, Brains and Bugs

    Sometimes we just want to try something new. And when we do, St. Louis chefs are more than happy to rise to the challenge. We've compiled of some of the stranger local offerings that just might tempt you away from your comfort zone and into an extraordinary taste adventure you're sure to remember. ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    The Crossing at New Town's Strange Meats and Store-Bought Treats: Review

    The Crossing at New Town (3331 Rue Royale, St. Charles; 314-606-3262) Hours: 5-11 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.) A few miles off Route 370, New Town rises out of the St. Charles floodplain like the Land of Oz. The planned community appears out of nowhere ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Five Bistro Spotlights Northern Italy With Il Poggio Pop-Up [PHOTOS]

    The latest edition of Five Bistro's (5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-773-5553) rotating pop-up restaurants begins today, and it's called Il Poggio. It means "the hill" -- fitting -- and is a celebration of Northern Italian cuisine. See also: Five Bistro Debuts Mon Petit Chou Pop-Up (PHOTOS)

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    August 26, 2014

    Corner 17's Fluffy Ice: A Frozen Taiwanese Treat Topped with Fresh Fruit

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. In addition to its s ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Riverbend Restaurant & Bar to Take Over Former Harvest Space

    A few months ago Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (701 Utah Street; 314-664-8443) owner Sam Kogos lamented to us about his tiny, fourteen-by-fourteen kitchen and his off-the-beaten path location near Cherokee Street. "It's not an easy location to find. I'm not sitting in the Loop or the Central West End - ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in St. Louis

    With exceptional seafood options like this, it's hard to believe St. Louis is hundreds of miles from the sea. These ten restaurants offer land-locked seafood lovers the variety of fresh and flavorful dishes one often associates with coastal towns just steps away from an ocean full of fish. No need t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Happy Hour at Square One Brewery: Beer, Spirits and Snacks in Lafayette Square

    The Place: Square One Brewery (1727 Park Avenue; 314-231-2537) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. The Deal: A selection of $4.95 appetizers. $1 off beers and mixed drinks.

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    August 19, 2014

    Watch St. Louis Chefs Compete on the "Next Great Baker" Finale Tonight

    Two St. Louis pastry chefs will be competing on the season four finale of TLC's Next Great Baker tonight. Al Watson and Lia Weber work at the Wedding Wonderful Cakeshop and Hendel's Restaurant, respectively. They're battling three other teams for the chance at $100,000 and the opportunity to bake at ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Tick Tock Tavern and Steve's Hot Dogs' New Partnership Debuts in South City

    Last night hot dog fanatics of all ages rejoiced for the anticipated opening of the second location of Steve's Hot Dogs (3457 Magnolia Avenue). The restaurant, owned by local musician Steve Ewing, made its debut with partners and adjoining neighbors Tick Tock Tavern (3459 Magnolia Avenue), a bar tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 15 to 17

    Despite the roller coaster that has been this week, you can still get out and about this weekend. Patronize your favorite restaurants on North Florissant Road, or escape to the country with Chaumette Vineyards and Baetje Farms. Keep calm and eat on -- check out our food-related recommendations after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Kevin Nashan Brings the Coast to Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

    Kevin Nashan's highly anticipated restaurant, the Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858), opened last night in Benton Park with just a few hours' notice. The place was still lively, though, with Nashan himself dismantling crabs in the kitchen window and servers flitting aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Chef Chat: Lauren "Lulu" Loomis Is Bursting with Pure Joy

    Though Lauren "Lulu" Loomis wishes she had the ability to teleport herself around the world, she's already logged quite a few miles. In fact, it was while she was in New Zealand, working on an organic farm with her husband Robert Tucker, that the idea for Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand Boulev ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 8 to 10

    Rain, rain go away. Seriously, go away. Don't let this weekend's weather dampen your spirits. Party like it's 1929 or preview Mike Randolph's upcoming Mexican restaurant. Stay dry if you can -- fingers crossed the rain doesn't affect this month's Food Truck Friday. Check out our food-related recomme ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Panorama Launches New Menu and Cocktail Program

    Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-721-0072), the new(ish) restaurant at the Saint Louis Art Museum made waves in May when it snagged chef Ivy Magruder from Gamlin Restaurant Group. He debuted his new menu and cocktail program at Panorama on Tuesday. See also: Chef Ivy Magruder on Whiskey, the Next B ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    #71: "Mom's Special" at Mom's Deli

    St Louis is a town of die-hard deli-goers, and everyone has a favorite spot. In fact, two south side delis -- Mom's Deli (4412 Jamieson Avenue; 314-64-1198) and LeGrand's Market & Catering (4414 Donovan Avenue; 314-353-4059) -- have a bit of a competition for bragging rights among their customers. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Pizzeria Mia's Pies Are More Jersey Shore than Amalfi Coast -- and That's Just Fine: Review

    Pizzeria Mia (4501 Maryland Avenue) Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Sat. "I keep forgetting we're in St. Louis," my friend said as she bit into a slice of Pizzeria Mia's pepperoni pie. "Everything about this place -- the food, the furnishings, it's like I'm home." The home to which she refers isn't Na ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Pizzeoli to Add Neapolitan-Style Pizza to Soulard

    Soulard will be getting its very own Neapolitan pizza joint this fall. Owner and chef Scott Sandler plans to open Pizzeoli at 1928 South Twelfth Street, formerly Arcelia's, in mid-October or November. We spoke with Sandler about why St. Louis needs another pizza place and the allure of Soulard. See ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    #72: Broasted Chicken at Frank & Helen's Pizzeria

    Frank & Helen's Pizzeria (8111 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-0666) is a St. Louis institution. The University City eatery has been serving diners its signature thin crust pizza, "charcoal steaks" (you have to love that sign out front) and Italian specialties since opening in 1956. On any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    The Fountain on Locust's "Banana Bourbon": A Sundae with a Shot of Booze

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Did you know that Ju ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Zagat Gives St. Louis Some Love with Must-Visit List

    International food guidebook Zagat has really been giving St. Louis some love lately. A few weeks ago it named the new restaurant Spare No Rib as one of the fifteen hottest barbecue joints in the country. Now Zagat has released a guide to the hottest restaurants and bars in our fair city. It's prett ... More >>

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