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Food and Cooking

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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)

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    July 31, 2014
  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Local Harvest to Eliminate Breakfast and Lunch Service

    After months of struggling, Local Harvest (3137 Morganford Road; 314-772-8815) isn't closing down, but it will no longer offer breakfast or lunch. Dinner service was eliminated earlier this year. The grocery and bakery will still sell prepared foods like salads, wraps and sandwiches to go. Luckily, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Siam Aims to Be a Place to Eat, Drink and Be Bear-y: Review

    Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) Hours: 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Wed.-Sat., 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.) It was an early Friday night at Siam, and the place was filled with its usual suspects: young professionals bidding farewell to the week over martinis, a gaggle of beautiful people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Joe Edwards Readies 24-Hour Peacock Diner

    The first phase of the new Washington University housing and diner project on Delmar Boulevard is set to open August 11, but the 24-hour Peacock Diner will take a little bit longer. The latest Joe Edwards project is in the last building to be completed, so it will probably open in late September. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    612 Kitchen & Cocktails Now Open in Kirkwood

    612 Kitchen & Cocktails (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003) is now open in Kirkwood in the former Graham's Grill space. After the beloved Cajun restaurant closed in December, owner Dan Graham's kids Devin and Alison began transforming the place into a 1920s-inspired speakeasy. See also: 61 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    9 More Local Food-Related Instagrams You Should Be Following

    Instagram was practically created for food. There are even some chefs creating dishes specifically to look good on the photo-sharing site -- it's essentially free advertising. There are tons of active foodies in St. Louis on Instagram, both creators and consumers of delicious dishes. We rounded up e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Ben Poremba's Old Standard and the Dining District Take Shape

    Chef Ben Poremba already has a lot on his plate: Elaia, Olio, La Patisserie Chouquette. Now he's adding not one but two more high-profile projects to the list. His hotly anticipated fried chicken restaurant now has a name (Old Standard) and a big chef (Chris DiMercurio). He's also opening the Dining ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    BaiKu Sushi Lounge Opening in Midtown This Fall

    The Hotel Ignacio (3411 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) already houses the MOTO Museum and Triumph Grill and it's about to get a sushi lounge. BaiKu Sushi Lounge (3407 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) is opening this fall from the owner of Triumph, City Diner, Alumni and Dooley's and the former owner of Miso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: July 25 to 27

    St. Louis Craft Beer Week kicks off this weekend with lots of events. It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend, so even if craft beer isn't your thing, we've got some ideas for you. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: 15 Must-Drink Events at St. Louis Craft Beer Week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Mango Celebrates Peruvian Independence Day with Special Menu This Weekend

    Mango Peruvian Cuisine (1101 Lucas Avenue; 314-621-9993) is celebrating 193 years of Peruvian independence from Spain with a three-day fete. Owner and chef Jorge Calvo created a special three-course dinner menu that will be offered Saturday, July 26, through Monday, July 28. "This event for the C ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Plank Road Pizza Now Open in Cottleville

    Plank Road Pizza (5212 Highway N, Cottleville; 636-477-6155) is now open in Cottleville in St. Charles. It's one of several new restaurants out west, including Rack House Winery and Se7en Cupcakes and Martinis. An 1841 home -- the oldest still standing in Cottleville -- houses the restaurant. See a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The 5 Best Menus at Downtown Restaurant Week 2014

    If you haven't been downtown in a while for anything other than a ball game, here's your chance. Downtown Restaurant Week celebrates all the food the neighborhood has to offer. From August 11 to 17, 25 downtown restaurants are offering three courses (sometimes more) for just $25. It's pretty impossi ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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