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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: Colleen Clawson, Standard Fare

    Iron Fork 2014 is only a few weeks away, and one of the best parts (besides all that food) is the chef competition. Four local chefs at the top of their game will cook their hearts out live, onstage, with a mystery ingredient. Only one will be declared the winner. Last year, Ed Heath of Cleveland- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Taj Mahal Replaces Booster's Cafe in the Loop

    Booster's Cafe (567 Melville Avenue, University City) closed unexpectedly in September after six years in business, but it will reopen as Indian restaurant Taj Mahal as soon as it gets its health inspection. See also: Booster's Cafe in the Loop Closed "I always planned to open a restaurant," says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Review Preview: Evangeline's Bistro and Music House

    As the street crew sweeps up Soulard from Saturday's festivities and the last float makes its way down Washington Avenue tonight, St. Louis prepares to bid farewell to another Mardi Gras. This year, though, the Dixieland plays on at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. When it comes to food, I don't do well with change. Sure, I like to try new things, and experiment with exotic ingredients. However, where my favorite, go-to dishes are concerned, I'm less flexible. When Café Natas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    First Look: Athlete Eats' Guilt-Free Gourmet Health Food on Cherokee Street

    Athlete Eats (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566) co-owners, husband-and-wife Simon and Angelica Lusky, boast pro food and pro attitudes. Simon Lusky got his start in St. Louis preparing meals as a chef and nutritionist for the Cardinals around two years ago, and the demand grew so much that the cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    First Look: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar Offers Upscale Dining Options in Des Peres

    Earlier this year, Des Peres got its first wine bar: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar (1131 Colonnade Center; 314-821-5455), and Gut Check stopped in to try it out for lunch. For starters, the wine list offers about fifty red and white varietals by the cup or bottle. After choosing a glass, guests can se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Home Wine Kitchen and Table Face Lawsuit from Former Employees

    Two former employees of Table and Home Wine Kitchen have filed a lawsuit against owners Cassy Vires and Josh Renbarger, the husband-and-wife team who own both restaurants. Christina Renick and Davina Hernandez are alleging illegal tip pooling which cost them wages. See also: Cassy Vires, RFT's Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Five Bistro Debuts Mon Petit Chou Pop-Up (PHOTOS)

    Chef Anthony Devoti's rotating concept, Mon Petit Chou, debuts tonight at Five Bistro (5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-773-5553). The pop-up features French cuisine in a closed off section of the restaurant; the regular menu is also available. See also: Niche & Five Bistro Named in Top 100 Restaurants Fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Sarah's Cake Shop Adds Second Food Truck

    We've got good news for your sweet tooth. Sarah's Cake Shop (10 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield; 636-728-1140) is putting a second food truck out on the road sometime later this week. Manager Jill Umbarger tells us that the truck was just wrapped with graphics and Sarah's logo yesterday. See a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Winslow's Home Solves the Vegetarian's Quest for a Satisfying

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Winslow's Home (7213 Delmar Boulevard; 314-725-7559) Neighborhood: University City Cuisine: "Blend of Different Cultures"

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Bixby's Debuts Refreshing Spring Menu

    OK, so last week's weather appears to have been a fake-out. It's not quite spring just yet, but as we sat down at Bixby's (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-361-7313) to try the new lunch menu, we were definitely in the spirit. See also: Bite at the Museum: The Missouri History Museum e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Libertine's "Candy Bar": A Frozen Snickers Bar for a Refined Palate

    Welcome to Sugar High, a new 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. Like the rest of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    The 10 Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: February 21 to 23

    Enjoy the warm weather this weekend and whet your appetite for Mardi Gras with a Soulard restaurant crawl. Check out the future home of 21st Amendment at the Centennial Beer Festival or watch us (hopefully) beat the Canadians in Olympic hockey. Whatever you prefer, we've got you covered. Check out o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Dog'n It Serves Chicago Style Hot Dogs to Chesterfield

    Chicago-style hot dogs have hit Chesterfield. No, not at Sonic, but a (relatively) new spot called Dog'n It (1721 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-536-3640). Husband-and-wife team Jennifer Kaufman and Mike Hohrein opened the eatery on December 17. See also: The Seven Best Hot Dog Stands in St. Loui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    First Look: Small Batch Whiskey & Fare's Vegetarian Cuisine in Midtown

    Before a hot dish filled with fresh pasta hits the table, before a complimentary serving of colorful amuse-bouche and before even having a chance to peruse the menu, guests can feast their eyes on one special thing at Small Batch Whiskey & Fare (3001 Locust Street; 314-494-2174): the room. If it's o ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2014
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    February 20, 2014

    How to Party All Week at St. Louis Mardis Gras 2014 And End Up Looking Like This

    Laissez les bon temps rouler! It's time to show off our French heritage, St. Louis. Mardis Gras is almost upon us!

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Rick Lewis on His James Beard Foundation Award Nomination

    The 2014 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist nominations came out this week, and although several St. Louis chefs are on the list, Quincy Street Bistro's Rick Lewis is the only one up for Rising Star against chefs from all over the country. See also: Lewis, Nashan, Galliano Among 2014 James B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Bistro 1130 Re-Opens February 24 in Town and Country

    Bistro 1130 (1130 Town & Country Crossing Drive, Town & Country; 636-394-1130) will re-open Monday, February 24 next to Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant. It's been closed since January 5 to develop a new concept with a focus on Mediterranean cuisine. See also: Peio Aramburu of Bistro 1130: Recipe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas

    As a veteran server, I was a party to more conversations about opening a restaurant than I can count. They would usually take place at the end of a particularly arduous shift while folding linens or doing a checkout report and typically involved complaining about one's current employer. Whether thes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Lulu's Local Eatery Food Truck Plans Storefront

    Following in the footsteps of successful food trucks like Seoul Taco, Hot Aztec and the Sweet Divine, Lulu's Local Eatery is about to stay put. The sustainability-focused food truck will post up at 3201 South Grand in early May. See also: Sump Coffee Hosts Pop-Up Brunch with Lulu's Local Eatery "W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Modesto Tapas Goes Vegan, With the Help of STL Veg Girl

    Modesto is trying something a bit different this Thursday: a vegan menu. The Spanish restaurant has some vegetarian offerings, but it's definitely something new for a restaurant that celebrated its birthday last summer by grilling pork ribs outside all day. Modesto has paired with STL Veg Girl, aka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Lewis, Nashan, Galliano Among 2014 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalists

    The semifinalists for the annual James Beard Foundation Awards were announced Wednesday morning and we're happy to report that several St. Louis chefs made the cut. Of course, 2013 finalist Gerard Craft of Niche was on the list for Best Chef: Midwest, as well as 2013 semifinalist Kevin Nashan of Sid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Benton Park Cafe Rolls Out New Vegetarian Menu 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: Benton Park Cafe (1900 Arsenal Street; 314-771-7200) Neighborhood: Benton Park Cuisine: American

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    #96: The Libertine's Fried Chicken

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. Josh Galliano is not afraid to divulge the secret to his fried chicken. As our server at the Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-862-2999) said, "chef has published his fried chicken recipe for everyone to see. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    First Look: The London Tea Room Warms Up to Tower Grove with Hot Tea and Flaky Pastries

    The thought of hot tea and pastries sounded so welcoming in this winter wasteland that Gut Check couldn't wait to check out the London Tea Room's (3128 Morganford Road; 314-241-6556) new digs in Tower Grove South. During its soft opening weekend, staff busily steeped loose leaf teas for a busy brunc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    [UPDATED] St. Louis Food Truck Association Plans Food Truck Friday-Type Event for Downtown

    UPDATE: This post has been updated with a comment from Sauce. Food Truck Fridays in Tower Grove have become a summer institution in St. Louis. What started in 2011 with just sixteen trucks and the help of Sauce Magazine has grown into an event that attracts thousands of people and delicious eats. M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Valentine's Day Do-Over: Your Romantic Date Plan B

    So you forgot to make a reservation for Valentine's Day. Don't panic. There may be some spots left, but we've got a better idea. Lots of places are extending their romantic dinners all weekend or offering alternative activities. We're here to help -- you'll have such a good time, your significant ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Giuseppe's Ristorante Ends Lunch Service February 14

    After eleven years under the direction of Eric Stockmann and Mark Manfrede, Giuseppe's Ristorante (4141 South Grand Boulevard; 314-832-3779) announced it will transition into Gisueppe's Catering. The final dinner service was last Saturday, and lunch ends Friday, February 14. See also: The 5 Best I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Purple Martin Brings Homey North African Cuisine to Fox Park

    Brooke Roseberry has lived in Fox Park for fourteen years, and has seen the historic building at the corner of Shenendoah and California Avenues be many things. Finally, though, she's bringing a restaurant to the neighborhood that it desperately needs. See also: New Restaurant Tidbits: Premierz, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    London Tea Room Re-Opens in Tower Grove

    The new London Tea Room is now open at 3128 Morganford Road in Tower Grove. An Anglophile's dream, the tea cafe moved into a bigger space -- with a new focus on retail -- from Washington Avenue. The new London Tea Room opened Friday, February 7, after a few weeks of closure. See also: The London T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Try This: Bone Marrow Wine Luge at Bugatti's

    Bone marrow was one of our favorite dishes when we reviewed Central Table Food Hall a few months ago, but it's one of the few restaurants in St. Louis serving the dish. You can get marrow with osso bucco, of course, at places like Lorenzo's Trattoria which generously provide you with a marrow spoon. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: February 7 to 9

    There are festivals galore this weekend, and luckily, a few of them involve alcohol. iTap's fifth anniversary week is still going strong, and Schlafly's annual Cod and Cask festival begins Friday. You can relax with the new Sunday brunch at Gamlin Whiskey House or raise money for the arts at Opera T ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014
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    February 6, 2014

    St. Louis Named #2 Most Romantic Dining For Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day is in less than two weeks, so we imagine the coupled among you are scrambling for dinner reservations. Lucky for you, OpenTable users voted St. Louis the second most romantic city in America, after...San Antonio? The weird part, though, is users of the restaurant reservation site nam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    First Look: WildSmoke Piles On Smoked Meats and Country Kitsch in Creve Couer

    The phrase "Pig Candy" shows up a few times on the menu at WildSmoke (12315 Olive Boulevard, Creve Couer; 314-548-2222), a new restaurant that opened on January 28 and comes from the team behind EdgeWild (550 Chesterfield Center; Chesterfield; 636-532-0550). Diners can order it from the "Starters" s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: The Precinct Hopes to Win on Appeal (with a Menu Overhaul)

    In this week's review, I found the Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899) guilty of many crimes against food. Although the sting of a negative review is unpleasant, I got the feeling after speaking with owner Mark Winfield that it was some expected rain on an already unpleasant parade. When ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Death in the Afternoon Will Complement Blood and Sand

    As we reported last week, the empty Citygarden space at 808 Chestnut Street will soon be home to a new lunch spot from the owners of members-only restaurant Blood and Sand (1500 St. Charles Street; 314-241-7263). Recent addition and executive chef Nick Martinkovic has been working with owners Adam F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Review Preview: The Precinct Sports Bar & Grill

    When owners Mark Winfield and Jim Edmonds decided to reinvent Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse as the Precinct Sports Bar & Grill last October, they planned on making good with their soon-to-be neighbors: the City of St. Louis Police Department. The Precinct goes all in with the cop theme, displaying polic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Vin De Set Makes it a Cinch to Fall in Love with a Meat-Free Lifestyle

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Vin De Set (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989) Neighborhood: Lafayette Square/Midtown Cuisine: Classic French bistro

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    The Seven Best Vietnamese Restaurants in St. Louis

    In recent years, a spate of Vietnamese restaurants have popped up, bringing delicious Pho, a spice-filled broth served with noodles, to the masses. And we couldn't be happier. Lemongrass and ginger, rice and noodles, all fresh and remarkably healthy -- here are seven of our favorite spots to grab au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    First Look: Local Harvest Cafe Rebrands as "LHC" with Cultured Foods and Fresh Juices

    Earlier this month, Local Harvest Cafe & Catering (3137 Morganford Road; 314-772-8815) debuted a re-branding of its concept, as reported by Gut Check in December. Dubbed "LHC," the sustainability-based cafe's aim is to play on the "C" in its name, a component of Local Harvest that takes on multiple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    First Look: Goody Cafe Blends Bubble Tea with Chinese and Vietnamese Cuisine

    Bubble tea hasn't quite taken St. Louis by storm the way it has in larger cities, but over the years, spots featuring chewy tapioca and oversize straws have slowly crept onto the scene. The Bubble Tea House in Chesterfield and Galleria malls, named the best bubble tea in the RFT's Best of St. Louis ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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"

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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