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    October 9, 2014

    The 5 Best Restaurants for the Quieter Side of Dining in St. Louis

    The hottest spots in St. Louis are hoppin' -- buzzing with conversation and packed with people. It's where to be. But what if you want to have dinner with a special someone, share an intimate conversation or discuss something important? Sometimes we all just need a little quiet and, thankfully, ther ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Aaron Sherman Joins Niche Restaurant Group as Sommelier and Beverage Director

    Restaurateur Gerard Craft has recently named Chicago's Aaron Sherman as sommelier and beverage director for Niche Restaurant Group, which includes Niche, Pastaria, Brasserie and Taste. We caught up with Sherman to hear about his vision for Craft's restaurants and not being a wine snob. See also: Be ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    A Look Inside Rooster's New Second Location on South Grand

    Last year Gut Check reported on restaurateur Dave Bailey's plans to add a second location of Rooster to his ever-expanding empire which includes Baileys' Range, Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar, Baileys' Chocolate Bar, Small Batch and a soon-to-come barbecue restaurant. Earlier this week, Rooster (3150 ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Whisk's Apple-Cinnamon "Pop Tartlets": Fall Flavors Wrapped Up in Flaky Pastry

    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. Whisk: A Sustainable ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    OpenTable Diners Name the Best Overall Restaurants in St. Louis

    OpenTable is technically a reservation service, but the company is able to cull a lot of data from its diners based on their habits and experiences. Apparently, there is a list of the diner-picked ten best restaurants in St. Louis. There are also subcategories for things like best ambience, best ser ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Chef Chat: Julie Weldele Is Scape American Bistro's Sweet and Sour Pastry Chef

    Jumping from interior design to the world of pastry wasn't that big of a leap for Julie Weldele. "I've always been artsy," she explains. "Pastry was just a different medium." It was this creative spirit and penchant for aesthetics that led Weldele to a casual cake decorating class. She was instantl ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    The 10 Bars With the Best Food in St. Louis

    What goes best with a drink? Food, of course! We all have our favorites, that perfect snack to pair with beer or cocktail hour. Gut Check has rounded up a top ten that do both extremely well. Some offer the fatty, salty classics that keep us in perfect drinking spirits all night and others offer a l ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: October 3 to 5

    This weekend is going to be totally spooktacular, if only because October is finally here. It should be dry, so check out Grove Fest or celebrate a year with Rise Coffee. Continue on for this weekend's food-related recommendations. See also: Thursday Throwdown: The (Local) Pumpkin Spice Latte Battl ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Ozzie's Sports Bar & Grill Now Open at Lumiere Place

    Move over Jim Edmonds: there's another athlete-backed restaurant in town. The opening of Ozzie's Sports Bar & Grill was announced this weekend at Lumière Place in the former Stadium Sports Bar & Grill space. It's now the third restaurant to try its hand at the casino/hotel. See also: Jim Edmonds ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Thursday Throwdown: The (Local) Pumpkin Spice Latte Battle

    A gust of wind blew yellow leaves across Forest Park Parkway today, driving home what we already know: It's fall. Though the air hasn't turned cold enough for coats, the emerging autumn colors and shorter days mark the beginning of pumpkin spice latte season. For this week's Thursday Throwdown, we s ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Women Chefs of St. Louis Talk About Whether Gender Matters in the Kitchen [Q&A]

    Following the release of its "Gods of Food" issue last November, TIME found itself in hot water. Not a single female chef made the list of tastemakers or placed on its lineage chart of culinary influencers. When pressed about it, TIME's former news editor Howard Chua-Eoan explained it to Eater this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    801 Chophouse Provides the Area's Most Opulent Restaurant Experience: Review

    801 Chophouse (137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-875-9900) 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 4-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 4-9 p.m. Sun. "Greed is good," Gordon Gekko famously said in the 1987 movie Wall Street. Immediately afterward, I like to imagine he headed to dinner at a place resembling 801 Chophouse. The O ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Happy Hour at Siam: Half-Price Sushi at the Grove's Newest Nightlife Destination

    The Place: Siam (4121 Manchester Road; 314-533-7426) The Hours: Happy hour is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deals: Half-price sushi, $4 wine and $2 domestics.

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    September 26, 2014

    #64: Salt Smoke's Beef Brisket

    St. Louis barbecue is a crowded field: It seems a new smokehouse opens every week, each one as delicious as the last. Just when the market seemed to be saturated, restaurateur Tom Schmidt decided to get into the game, turning his Mediterranean restaurant Nico into Salt Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Riverfront Times "Best of St. Louis" Issue Offers 101 Reasons to Dine Out

    It's finally here -- the Riverfront Times "Best of St. Louis" issue! Our writers and editors have carefully investigated all that St. Louis has to offer over the past few months, from restaurants to shopping to parks and everything in between. Avid Gut Check readers will recognize more than a few of ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in St. Louis

    The next time you get a taste for flavors reminiscent of the turquoise waters and sun-bathed beaches of the Mediterranean, you don't have to travel very far. St. Louis has a wealth of restaurants that feature the cuisines of Greece, Morocco, Italy, Turkey, France and Spain, offering seafood, lamb, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Death in the Afternoon Named One of the Best New Restaurants in the Midwest

    Conde Nast Traveler put together a list of the fifteen best new restaurants in the Midwest, and our own Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) came in at No. 8. Our only complaint (and no disrespect to Indianapolis and Michigan, which both snagged multiple spots) is that there's ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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.

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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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