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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    15 Must-Drink Events at St. Louis Craft Beer Week 2014

    It's the most wonderful time of the year -- no, not Christmas. St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday, July 26 and is sponsoring events all over town until August 3. It can be hard to whittle it down to something manageable (more power to you if you're trying to hit every single one), so we' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Nosh Pit at LouFest Features Delicious Snacks from St. Louis' Finest

    We're super excited for LouFest (hello, Outkast!), but of course we can't forget about the food. Contrary to the usual festival food, LouFest actually has eats from some of the best restaurants in St. Louis. Check out the full lineup after the jump. See also: In the Nosh Pit at LouFest 2013

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: July 18 to 20

    There are several outdoor events this weekend, so you can enjoy this unseasonably pleasant weather. Don't miss Schlafly's annual mussel fest, or check out the latest Handmade Happy Hour downtown. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: The Precinct Prepares for Police H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    The Precinct Prepares for Police Headquarters to Open Next Door

    Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield rebranded their downtown steak house as a police-themed restaurant called the Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899) last year to coincide with their new neighbors, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's new headquarters, moving in. Not everything went as p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Juniper Adds Happy Hour and a New Menu

    Owner and executive chef John Perkins announced this week that Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) is adding a happy hour and implementing one of its biggest menu changes to date. The menu usually rotates every couple weeks, and Juniper has always had craft cocktails, but Perkins aims to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Lulu's Local Eatery Puts Down Roots and Flourishes on South Grand: Review

    Since 2012 Lauren "Lulu" Loomis and her husband, Robert Tucker, have built a loyal following of herbivores and omnivores alike with their vegan food truck, Lulu's Local Eatery. This May they built on that success by opening a brick-and-mortar, fast-casual restaurant of the same name. The new Lulu's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Happy Hour at SqWires: Ideal Summertime Sipping, Snacking and Relaxing

    The Place: SqWires (1415 South 18th Street; 314-865-3522) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deal: From 4 to 6 p.m., half-price appetizers are available. Bar prices run the duration of happy hour, featuring $3.75 local craft beers, $2 domestic bottles, $4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    White Box Eatery Nears Opening in Clayton

    Modesto Tapas (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) co-owner Brendan Marsden announced a new venture back in May: a breakfast and lunch restaurant called White Box Eatery at 176 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton. Renovations are wrapping up, permits granted and Marsden is eyeing an opening during the second we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Milque Toast Bar to Bring Gourmet Toast to McKinley Heights

    Toast is one of the simplest dishes. It's one step away from a plain slice of bread, but somehow it's the perfect vehicle for so many delicious things: melt-in-your-mouth butter, peach compote, avocado, Nutella. Chef Colleen Clawson is taking it up a notch with her upcoming cafe Milque Toast Bar at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Vinnie's Pinwheel Baklava: A Lighter Take on the Traditional Greek Favorite

    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. If you type the name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Chef Chat: Hamishe Bahrami is Cafe Natasha's Persian Cowgirl

    For 30 years, Hamishe Bahrami has been serving St. Louis her homemade Persian cuisine at Café Natasha (3200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-3411) -- a run that's virtually unheard of in the restaurant industry. When Bahrami and her husband Behshid started the restaurant (originally as a lunch counte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    #75: Smoked Salami Sandwich from Adam's Smokehouse

    The secret to the smoked salami at Adam's Smokehouse (2819 Watson Road; 314-875-9890) is the 70/30 blend of pork and beef. Or is it the fruitwood smoke that permeates the meat? Then again, it could be the generous flecks of black pepper and blend of spices the pit-masters keep as closely guarded as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    A Look Inside Siam STL, New Nightclub Serving Pan-Asian Fusion in the Grove

    On June 14, Siam STL (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) held its grand opening, filling a void left by the closure of Novak's Bar & Grill -- arguably one of the Grove's best gay bars and nightlife destinations. The new concept for the neighborhood's longstanding hotspot is one-part lounge and da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    10 Places to Take (and Impress) Your Visiting Foodie

    Many have said that St. Louisans have an inferiority complex about our fair city, but there's nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to the culinary clout in our kitchens. St. Louis is increasingly being recognized nationally for its chefs and burgeoning restaurant scene. What better way to help ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Bishop's Post Serves "Classic Comfort" Food - But for Whom?: Review

    Following the dissolution of his business partnership with Amer Abouwardah, the owner of Oceano Bistro in Clayton, Ben Bishop Jr. sought to transform the Chesterfield location of the upscale seafood spot into a more laid-back, meat-and-potatoes eatery. The result is Bishop's Post (16125 Chesterfield ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Happy Hour at Layla: Hummus, Falafel Fries and Chile-Sauce-Infused Appetizers

    The Place: Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252) The Hours: Happy hour is offered daily from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deal: $3 select appetizers, $3 featured drafts, $3 well drinks, $5 wine by the glass.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Chef Chat: Scott Davis, Chef de Cuisine at Three Flags Tavern, Makes the Leap from BK to STL

    Scott Davis, chef de cuisine at Three Flags Tavern (4940 Southwest Avenue; 314-669-9222), may have come in after the menu was already written, but that doesn't keep him from putting his personal stamp on the place. "Chef [John O'Brien] and I have a really collaborative relationship," Davis says. "He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    10 St. Louis Restaurants Growing Their Own Food

    Cooking with produce, meat and dairy from local farms and growers is a growing trend across the country, but there are several restaurants in St. Louis that are taking this a step further. Gut Check spoke with ten local restaurants that are actually growing their own produce, cooking seasonally, sav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Layla Debuts New Menu Focusing on Burgers and Shawarma

    Jason Sparks bought Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252) in September 2013 when it was strictly a Lebanese restaurant. Now, he's finally turning it into a spot that matches the vibe of the Grove, the up-and-coming, eclectic neighborhood it's a part of. Sparks added burgers and made the resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Salt Smoke's New Texas-Style Barbecue and Bourbon Menu in the Delmar Loop

    Frequenters of the Delmar Loop undoubtedly have already noticed the change in the atmosphere lately. The unmistakable smell of smoky barbecue now permeates the air in the area, and it's all thanks to restaurateur Tom Schmidt and his brand new concept, Salt Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Happy Hour at Five Star Burgers: Sliders and Appetizers for $2 or Less a Pop

    The Place: Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350) The Hours: Happy hour is available daily from 4 to 6 p.m. The Deal: Sliders and appetizers that range from $1.50 to $2. Half-priced regular drafts and $3.50 house wines by the glass.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Bocci Bar Still Struggles with Its Identity: Review

    Restaurateur Frank Schmitz owns two places just a block from one another in Clayton. While BARcelona Tapas restaurant hustles and bustles, the other, Bocci Wine Bar, has floundered as a moderately upscale Italian bistro. Schmitz decided to temporarily shutter Bocci for remodeling and retooled it as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Great Location Introduces the Porknado to Wentzville

    Move over, Sharknado: Here comes the Porknado. No, it's not another terrible made-for-TV movie starring Tara Reid. It's the star offering at the new Great Location (799 Mall Parkway, Wentzville; 636-856-8500). There are five levels of Porknado, one for each level of tornado in the Midwest. See also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    612 Kitchen and Cocktails to Take Over Former Graham's Grill Space

    Kirkwood mainstay Graham's Grill & Bayou Bar (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood) closed December 31, but as we reported earlier this year, owner Dan Graham has retired and his kids are relaunching a new concept in the space. Graham's son Devin tells us the new 612 Kitchen and Cocktails will be a 1920s-ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    What Do St. Louis Restaurant Workers Really Make?

    Recently, we here at Gut Check found ourselves pondering a simple question: How much do restaurant workers in St. Louis really make? Just about everyone seems to agree that the St. Louis restaurant scene is booming, and surely that has made a handful of restaurateurs and chefs some very decent mone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Review: Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall

    Urban Chestnut cofounders Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe call their brewing philosophy "beer divergency" — a blending of modern innovation with reverence for the past. This old-meets-new style is on full display at their sweeping new bierhall in the Grove. Walk inside, and you'd be forgiven f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Happy Hour at Central Table Food Hall: A Separate Menu to Segue From Lunch to Dinner

    The Place: Central Table Food Hall (23 South Euclid Avenue; 314-932-5595) The Hours: Happy hour is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Deal: Discounted small plates and pizzas. A selection of ten American craft beers, house vodka or gin martinis, well drinks, mimosas and bloody mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Russell's on Macklind's Coconut Cake, A Divine Classic Dessert By the Slice

    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. Chef Russell Ping of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The Best Menus at Clayton Restaurant Week: Summer Edition

    It's time for the summer edition of Clayton Restaurant Week, and thirteen neighborhood restaurants are participating to raise money for Operation Food Search. We know it's hard to hit them all, so we've narrowed it down to the five we think are can't-miss. See also: Best Restaurant Neighborhood - C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The Best Restaurant Openings of 2014 So Far

    Where did the first half of 2014 go? It seems like only yesterday that we were cursing the endless winter, and now we're suffocating in the sweltering heat. With half of the year already in the rearview mirror, we thought it appropriate to reflect on the best restaurants that have opened in 2014...s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Lulu's Local Eatery's New Restaurant Prepares Plant-Based Fare on South Grand

    Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand Boulevard) first rolled out its sustainable eats in 2012 with a woodprint-embellished food truck complete with a rooftop garden. On May 19 the from-scratch fast-casual concept officially expanded with a brick-and-mortar storefront in south city. There, visitors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Home Wine Kitchen Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary with One-Time-Only Menu

    Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) amazingly (and somewhat frustratingly) changes its menu every week. If you liked something, too bad -- it's gone. Except for one week of the year. For the third year in a row, chef Cassy Vires and her husband and business partner Josh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Happy Hour at Planter's House: A Dynamic Menu of Small Plates and Strong Drinks

    The Place: Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-6203) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Friday through Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. The Deal: A selection of variable $5 food items, $3 beers and $5 cocktails.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 13 to 15

    Get out and enjoy St. Louis this weekend y'all, because the weather forecast says no rain. We'll be taking full advantage and celebrating St. Louis' beer heritage, thanking our dads on Father's Day and putting in some quality time with our favorite food trucks. Check out our food-related recommendat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    #79: Skordalia at the Purple Martin

    This is not just my usual weekly selection. It's a plea to Brooke Roseberry and Tony Lagouranis, owners of the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011). See, just recently they announced that they're revamping the menu at their delightful Fox Park eatery. Guys, I'm begging you: Keep the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Bocci Bar's New Wine Concept and Small-Plates Menu Now Available in Clayton

    During early Thursday evenings this summer, patrons of the Bocci Bar (16 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-1040) can enjoy happy hour or dinner with the Clayton Farmers' Market going on just steps away from the sidewalk patio through wide-open front doors. The setting proves a fruitful one, w ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 12, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Finger Foodies to Debut at Ferguson's Food Truck Monday

    It really is food truck season -- we've got another one. The newest truck is Finger Foodies (@FingerFoodiesMO) helmed by Army veteran Esther Kim. She's all set to debut her Asian fusion dishes at Food Truck Monday on June 16 at Ferguson's Citywalk. See also: Graze Food Truck Brings International S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: The Case of the Missing Lobster Roll at Three Flags Tavern

    It was 12:45 p.m. on a Wednesday at Three Flags Tavern (4940 Southwest Avenue; 314-669-9222) and I had just tried -- and failed -- for a third time to order the lobster roll. The restaurant -- which I have declared possibly the best new opening of 2014 -- does everything so sublimely, but I began to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    The 10 Best Sushi Bars in St. Louis

    As the temperatures rise and the kitchen becomes just too hot for cooking, what's a more perfect dinner than sushi? For those a little squeamish about raw fish, many restaurants also serve vegetarian and smoked or cooked fish variations -- plenty of reason to get out of the kitchen and belly up to o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Happy Hour at Atomic Cowboy: A Small Taste of Fresh Mex in the Grove

    The Place: Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deal: A selection of three appetizers between $2 to $5. $3.50 4 Hands, Schlafly and Urban Chestnut beers as well as Pearl vodka and gin.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    The 7 Best Places to Watch the 2014 World Cup in St. Louis

    The 2014 World Cup begins Thursday, June 12, and it's the perfect time to get acquainted with Europe's favorite sport before St. Louis gets its own team next year. World Cup coverage isn't as easy to find as say, the Cardinals game, so we've rounded up the best places to watch nations battle it out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Walnut Grill Opening in Ellisville in Former Chevy's Space

    The Crafty Chameleon Bar (1384 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville; 636-220-9144) is about to have a new neighbor. Pittsburgh chain Walnut Grill is taking over the rest of the space formerly occupied by Chevy's at Clarkson and Clayton Roads in Ellisville. See also: The Six Best Chain Restaurants in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Dojo Pizza Serves Up Pizza and Karate in a Century-Old Former Church

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    The 8 Best Picnic Spots in St. Louis (And Where to Grab a Pre-Made Meal Beforehand)

    During the summer months, life seems to happen more outside than in, and thankfully, St. Louis has a wealth of urban parks. Yeah, they're great for exercising, but Gut Check especially loves to enjoy them camped out on a large picnic blanket with a bottle of wine and a basket full of treats. There ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Brunch Cocktail Alternatives: Robust and Tree House Go Beyond the Bloody Mary

    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. The Drunken Vegan loves a good bloo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: The Purple Martin Revamps Menu to Focus on American Classics

    Yesterday morning the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011) announced via its website some big changes in store for the fledgling restaurant -- a new menu and a slight shake-up in the kitchen. "I see us as a community amenity," owner Brooke Roseberry explains. "The neighborhood is fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    "Food Truck Sundays" Coming to Shaw Park in Clayton

    The city of Clayton and the St. Louis Food Truck Association have teamed up for yet another delicious food-truck event, this time on Sundays. On the second Sunday of the month in June, July and August, head to Shaw Park (South Brentwood and Forsyth boulevards, Clayton; 314-746-0426) for a mobile mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Happy Hour at Stella Blues: Sweet Snacks and Cold Beers in Tower Grove South

    The Place: Stella Blues (3269 Morgan Ford Road; 314-762-0144) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. The Deal: Half-off select appetizers. $2 domestic bottles and $3 wells. Additional daily specials.

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