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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Review Preview: Bud's Smokehouse & Grill

    Bud Starr, the man who vowed that he would never open another restaurant, is at it again. This time, he gets into the barbecue business with Bud's Smokehouse & Grill (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-781-2345) -- at our count, the seventh concept to open in the restaurant space adjacent to the 34- ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Sanctuaria Rolling Out New Vegan and Vegetarian Menu Options for Spring

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) Neighborhood: The Grove Cuisine: "All Latin flavors"

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    January 24, 2014

    First Look: Blind Tiger's Pizza and Speakeasy-Inspired Drinks in Maplewood

    The food menu at restaurant and event space, Blind Tiger (7376 Manchester Road; 314-646-8822), seems small but mighty at the outset. A single one-sided sheet of printer paper clamped onto a clipboard, it presents itself with positively zero frills. Dated at the top to signify its most recent revisio ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 23, 2014
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    January 23, 2014

    Planter's House Plates Up Duck Burgers, Goat Spaetzle and More

    Eating an open-faced sandwich will make anyone feel like sort of a goon. The duck burger ($18) at Planter's House (Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603) is no exception. Set atop a thick-cut pumpernickel bun, a substantial patty of fresh ground duck meat and pork bacon serves as quite a challenge, espec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Vito's in the Valley Re-Opens After Massive Water Leak

    Vito's in the Valley (138 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield; 636-536-3788) will re-open today after a water leak earlier this month. Firefighters arrived at the restaurant after 8 p.m. on January 6 when a fire-supression head between the roof and the ceiling burst and dumped 2,000 gallons of w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Sidney Street Cafe Celebrates Ten Years with Ten Chefs

    Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777), the esteemed Benton Park restaurant, celebrated its tenth anniversary this past Monday with a celebrity chef-studded celebration. This gathering of culinary greats, entitled "Ten Years, Ten Chefs," featured notable St. Louisans, as well as chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    The Six Best Thai Restaurants in St. Louis

    The flavors of Thailand are abundant here in St. Louis, as evidenced by the many restaurants around town that offer regional variations and escalating levels of spice. It's difficult to narrow it down to just one, but here are six of Gut Check's favorite Thai restaurants to get you started. See al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    WildSmoke Opens January 28, from Owners of EdgeWild Winery

    Suburban winery may sound like an oxymoron but EdgeWild (550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield; 636-532-0550) is just that. The restaurant and winery opened in the Chesterfield Valley in November 2011, and owners Andy and Dee Dee Kohn are branching out this month with WildSmoke (12316 Olive Boulevar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: January 17 to 19

    Keep it low-key this weekend with a wine tasting this weekend, or go all out at the Loop's Ice Carnival. It might snow, and then hit 50 degrees -- either way, there's something for you to eat, er, do. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: The Best Menus at Clayton Res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Tidbits: Pairings Wine Bar and Zoup! Now Open

    We've got two under-the-radar openings for you this week: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar (1131 Colonnade Center; 314-821-5455) is now open as well as Zoup! (810 North New Ballas Road; 314-792-6060) in Creve Coeur. We spoke to both owners a few months ago to get the scoop. See also: Pairings Wine & Des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Evangeline's Bistro & Music House Offers Blues, Booze and New Orleans Food (Photos)

    On a blustery winter day, our server at Evangeline's Bistro & Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-3644) warns us that our appetizer will take fifteen minutes or so, as it's baked to order. Luckily, a couple of fizzy Champagne cocktails from the menu ward off lunchtime hunger pangs. One com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    #100: Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Pastaria

    Today Gut Check relaunches one of our most favorite recurring columns for 2014: an accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the signature dishes that are still blowing our socks off. They're the 100 dishes that def ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Mi Linh's Former Chef Nelson Padilla Says He Was Forced Out by Sister Dee Dee Tran

    Last week, we reported that Mi Linh (9737 Manchester Road; 314-918-8868), the nine-month old Vietnamese restaurant in Rock Hill, parted ways with its executive chef, Nelson Tran. Owner Dee Dee Tran told us in a statement and through a spokeswoman that the split with Nelson and his wife Linh Tu, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    The Best Menus at Clayton Restaurant Week 2014

    It's Clayton Restaurant Week, and you know the drill: nineteen restaurants, three (or more) courses, $25. Pick the restaurant of your choice and stop by for dinner any night between January 20 and 26. We're here to help you narrow it down. Check out our five favorite Clayton Restaurant Week menus af ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    The 5 Best Biscuits in St. Louis

    The biscuit is one of our favorite sides. But it has a lot of versatility, too -- it can be breakfast, lunch or dinner, a la carte, smothered with gravy, or replace bread in a sandwich. We've chosen a few of our favorites to get you started; these are all places where biscuits are available on their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    SqWires Restaurant Aims to Be a Vegetarian Home Away from Home

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: SqWires Restaurant (1415 South 18th Street; 314-865-3522) Neighborhood: Lafayette Square Cuisine: American continental

  • Dining

    January 9, 2014
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    January 9, 2014

    Vito's in the Valley Closed After 2,000 Gallon Water Leak

    Many restaurants were closed Monday, January 6 because of the snow and cold, which turned out to be a good thing for Vito's in the Valley (138 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield; 636-536-3788). Around 8 p.m. that night, a fire supression head between the roof and the ceiling burst and dumped 2, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Best Places to Get Hot Chocolate in St. Louis

    Coffee isn't the only thing to warm you up. Usually we go straight for the booze, but sometimes you just need to satisfy that sweet tooth. It's the perfect time for hot chocolate, and there are better offerings around the city than Swiss Miss with fake marshmallows. See also: Underrated/Overrated: ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Cheap) in St. Louis

    Italian restaurants can be super-fancy dining. The tablecloths, the expensive wine, the veal. But you can get great Italian food in St. Louis without having to gouge out your paycheck. Go to a traditional (but affordable) place on the Hill or try a new joint from the guys behind the Tavern. Check ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Cassy Vires on the Changes at Table in 2014

    Table (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-449-1888) was one of our favorite restaurant openings of the year, and it earned Cassy Vires our pick for the Best Chef of 2013. The concept of her second restaurant focused around communal dining, which certainly took some people off guard. In her review, our critic ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Clayton Restaurant a No-Go for Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield

    Shortly after business partners Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield announced they were re-branding Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse as the Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899), they also disclosed plans for a restaurant in Clayton called Edmonds Parkside Grill. As first reported by St. Louis Magazine, pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Chef's Chat: Quincy Street Bistro's Rick Lewis Wants to Be Wolverine

    Quincy Street Bistro (6931 Gravois Avenue; 314-353-1588) may seem like a long way from the high-end halls of the now-shuttered An American Place, but Chef Rick Lewis doesn't think so. "We're serving just as good of product here as at any fine dining restaurant," Lewis tells us. "We want to give peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    5 Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

    2013 is going to be hard to top. Some of the best restaurants in years debuted -- the St. Louis dining scene is going strong. There are a slew of new projects we're looking forward to in 2014, both from all-stars like Ben Poremba and newcomers like the father-and-son-team behind a Festus brewery. Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    2013 Openings & Closings: A Year in St. Louis Restaurants

    Is it really 2014 already? It was a banner year for the St. Louis dining scene. A number of acclaimed chefs opened up new spots, like Josh Galliano, Cassy Vires and John Perkins. Many beloved spots closed, too, but we suppose that's just the way it goes. It's inevitable that we missed some things, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    The Best Things We Ate This Year

    We ate so much this year. Sure, it's part of the job, but not everything we try is delicious. In the past twelve months, though, there have been a few dishes that stood out to us amid the sea of cronuts, kale and Sriracha overload. See also: The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013

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    December 30, 2013

    Restaurant Redemption: The New Gringo Is Much Improved

    Perhaps it's the cheer of the holiday season that has left this Scrooge feeling generous. It could be that the approaching New Year has made me reflective about fresh starts. Whatever the reason, I'm dishing out second chances, and Gringo (398 North Euclid Avenue; 314-449-1212) is at the top of my " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    The Precinct Plays it Safe, Serving Classic Bar Fare With a Twist (Photos)

    What exactly is a potato bat? It's a spiral cut potato, threaded onto a skewer, fried until crispy and infused with some standard smattering of flavor: salt and vinegar or garlic parmesan, for instance. The potato bat will certainly catch any diner's eye upon stumbling into the Precinct (1900 Locust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    The Seven Best Bars for Food

    Gut Check has had enough of holiday hams and turkeys, cranberry sauce and yams -- we say bring on the bar food. Whether it's greasy or fancy, bar food not only tastes delicious (especially around midnight), but it also comforts. Plus, no dishes and no relatives. We've compiled a list of places that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Wild Flower Restaurant is Brie-Tastic

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Wild Flower Restaurant (4590 Laclede Avenue; 314-367-9888) Neighborhood: Central West End Cuisine: Fine American Cuisine

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    December 23, 2013

    Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Mexican Restaurant

    People who say St. Louis doesn't have good Mexican food are clearly mistaken. Cherokee Street alone should refute that notion. For this edition of underrated/overrated, we asked you to tell us about the most underrated Mexican restaurants in St. Louis. Vote for one of four reader nominations or writ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Where to Eat Out On Christmas Eve in St. Louis

    Christmas is already stressful enough. Several fantastic restaurants will be open, offering delicious dinners. Pick from prix fixe or a full menu. Before you criticize us for "promoting" restaurants being open on Christmas Eve, keep in mind that it's a tradition for many people. If you're looking fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    First Look: Yummies Re-Opens with a Full Menu of its Signature Soul Food (Photos)

    Any given day at Yummies features something a little different, but patrons can depend on some freshly fried chicken in some form no matter what. Thursdays plate up chicken & dumplings as an option; Mondays feature smothered pork steaks, meatloaf and mostaccioli; Saturdays have all kinds of barbecue ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013
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    December 19, 2013

    The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Not Cheap) in St. Louis

    Traditionally, St. Louisans looking for great Italian food head straight to the Hill. These days, though, the love is spread out a little bit more. There are still decades-old, classic restaurants on the Hill, but it no longer has a monopoly for that perfect first date spot, complete with pasta and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar Bringing Fine Dining to Des Peres

    Des Peres is getting its first wine bar next month. Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar is under construction at the former site of Jilly's Cupcakes A-Go-Go at 1131 Colonnade Center, as first reported by Feast. Owner Dave Pollmann actually ran the Jilly's outpost until it shut down earlier this year. Pollma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Nick Martinkovic on Leaving Central Table for Blood & Sand

    Central Table Food Hall (23 South Euclid Avenue; 314-932-5595) is one of our favorite restaurants of the year -- and that's largely because of executive chef Nick Martinkovic. He took what could have been an insane concept (a food court?) and made it chic, delicious and convenient all at the same ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Provalo Deli Marries Pretzels Rolls and Pesto for Vegetarians

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Provalo Deli (229 W. Lockwood Avenue; 314-962-5500) Neighborhood: Webster Groves Cuisine: Italian deli

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    December 16, 2013

    What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Mexican Restaurant?

    We love Mexican food, and we have a few good standbys that mix up one hell of a margarita. But in this week's edition of underrated/overrated, we want to hear what Mexican restaurant you think should get more love. See also: The Ten Best Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013
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    December 11, 2013

    Juniper Adds Late Night Eats and Happy Hour

    John Perkins opened his restaurant Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-520-6750) after a series of pop-ups on October 16. Beginning Friday, December 13, Juniper will add extra hours and new late-night menu. See also: First Look: Juniper Serves Southern Cuisine in the Central West End (Photos) "I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Blind Tiger Opens in Maplewood

    Mike McLaughlin has opened his second restaurant in Maplewood: Blind Tiger Pizza, Whiskey and Ribs (7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-646-8822). After a weekend of family and friends events and parties, plus dinner service on Sunday night, the artisanal pizza restaurant and whiskey bar will be op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Coffee Is...

    You guys were pretty vocal on this one -- there is a lot of good coffee to be had in St. Louis. The winner took a whopping 47.17 percent of the vote, while write-ins accounted for more than 31 percent. So, where should we all be getting our next cup of coffee? See also: The 10 Best Coffee Shops in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Fabrizio Schenardi Leaving the Four Seasons

    Fabrizio Schenardi, executive chef at the Four Seasons (and Cielo), is leaving St. Louis to open a new facility in Orlando, Florida. Schenardi will be staying in the Four Seasons family -- the hotel will actually be the first non-Disney branded resort on Disney grounds and the largest Four Seasons i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Adam's Smokehouse Serves as a Sister Restaurant to Pappy's and Bogart's (Photos)

    You can't spell barbecue without "cue," but the lines haven't formed outside the door at Adam's Smokehouse (2819 Watson Road; 314-875-9890) - yet. The slow-smoked barbecue joint in Clifton Heights opened in October and serves as a sister store to well-renowned, consistently packed restaurants Pappy' ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 5, 2013
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    December 5, 2013

    The Craft Beer Cellar Set to Be Our New Favorite Store

    St. Louis' craft breweries are growing swiftly, and to that end, many local grocery stores carry several varieties. Still, it can be hard to seek out exactly what you want if you're unable to hit breweries like Perennial Artisan Ales and Second Shift, which are more than an hour away from each other ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    How Does a Pastry Chef Get Her Dessert Ideas?

    In her semi-regular column Real Life of a Pastry Chef, pastry sous chef Mary Boehne of Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) at the Four Seasons Hotel dishes on secrets of the trade and about the industry as a whole. This week's topic: Dessert conceptualization. "Honey lavender meringue lay ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Local Harvest Cafe Debuts New Concept "All About the C" in January

    Local Harvest Cafe (3137 Morganford Road; 314-772-8815) in Tower Grove has been teasing a big announcement on social media for the past week and a half. It turns out that after more than five years, the cafe is re-opening with a whole new concept: the "C." One thing that letter stands for is "cultur ... More >>

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