As we've previously noted, Gringo is the perfect place for daytime drinking and they make a killer margarita -- the perfect way to pretend that it's a balmy 60 degrees outside. Barkeep Brandon Monterusso makes us a "Classica with a Twist," adding his own favorite tequila and a splash of something sp ... More >>
The phrase, "no hurry, no worry" greets visitors upon entering Taha'a Twisted Tiki (4199 Manchester Road; 314-202-8300), a new French Polynesian-themed bar in the Grove. As reported by Gut Check, the corner bar, owned by Lucas and Derek Gamlin of Gamlin Whiskey House and Sub Zero Vodka Bar, opened o ... More >>
We're getting down to the wire here. Christmas is next week. If you already have all your shopping done, unlike us, there are some delightful holiday events to keep you occupied while your friends are stuck at the mall. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: Six Pastr ... More >>
Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sugges ... More >>
Within the last few years, St. Louis has been lucky enough to experience an explosion of Mexican cuisine, with new restaurants popping up offering both authentic and modern options. Cherokee Street in particular has gained a well-deserved reputation for serving as the epicenter, but our collective c ... More >>
St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. The tony Central West End offers one ... More >>
We challenge you to introduce us to a nicer, more modest and gentlemanly bartender than this guy. When we told Alex Ettinger of Vino Nadoz (16 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-726-0400) that we wanted to interview him for this column, he was so honored. He began to worry if he was dressed nice ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Monica Schepis of the the Lobby Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton. Below is a Q&A with Schepis, followed by her own recipe for a Gooey Butter Cake Martini. The Lo ... More >>
Friday (Nov. 30): Tenth Life Sips and Sweets @ Regional Arts Commission Sample sweets, wine and cocktails over live music, a silent auction, art and most importantly, kittens! Desserts come from Hartford Coffee Company, I Scream Cakes, Kakao, Pint Size Bakery and more. Tickets cost $25 and can be ... More >>
Baker Jane Callahan's humble pie business, Pie Oh My (2719 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-704-4416), started off in a small rented commercial kitchen downtown, where she prepared her from-scratch pies by hand to sell at markets or deliver personally to customers' doors. She continues to offer the ... More >>
A male suspect known on the streets as "Scarface" is in custody for the brutal torture deaths of five dogs in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood, according to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. The no-kill dog rescue group is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those respon ... More >>
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOW. (Update: Stray Rescue doubled the reward amount to $10,000 late Thursday morning). All the major news outlets (KMOV, KSDK, KTVI, KMOX and the Post-Dispatch) are covering this grisly situation: On Tuesday, cops and members of Stray Rescue walked into an abandoned a ... More >>
Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesRooster's fried egg sandwichWhere: Rooster (1104 Locust Street; 314-241-8118) When: 7a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. We Tried: G.B.L.T. breakfast crêpe, $8.50; Fried egg sandwich, $5.95 The Verdict: Rooster serves seven varieties of scramblers (three eggs scra ... More >>
brewdog.comAll this royal wedding talk is enough to drive Gut Check to drink. Well, nearly anything is enough to drive Gut Check to drink. Usually all it takes is something along the lines of, "Hey, want a drink?" Sometimes a mere grunt'll do. At any rate, if beer's your thing, you won't be ... More >>
The best-selling biography The Hemingway Women looks at the swaggering, brutish man's man through the eyes of the fairer sex. His legend looms large: war correspondent, hunter, fisher, adventurer to exotic places, and author of a body of work that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of ... More >>
Given that Saturday's Mardi Gras celebration is the proverbial bad-taste storm before the calm, it's only fitting that the big party's signature drink is sweet, lethal and named after an actual storm. That's right: the Hurricane. If you're in the mood for something different this weekend, Gut Check ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas PhillipsMark Aaron, Julie Wheat, and Ryan Freeman rockin' the snow day. The campfire is a-cracklin' on the top of Art Hill right now, and according to the three lone sledders during the morning rush hour, the snow is fine, powdery and dry. That means: Snowboards and boogie board ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Backstreet Jazz & Blues bartender Nikki Llewellyn. Part two, a Q&A with Llewellyn, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa NelsonProceed with cauti ... More >>
6405 Clayton Avenue
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El Burrito Loco, 3611 Bates Street; 314-457-8600.
Brio Tuscan Grille, 1601 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-432-4410.
Cyrano's, 603 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-963-3232.
Aya Sofia, 6671 Chippewa Street, St. Louis; 314-645-9919.
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Frazer's Traveling Brown Bag, 1811 Pestalozzi Street; 314-773-8646
Mélange might have a few too many ingredients in the mix
Taylor's is classy, tasty and worth the extra mileage
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Washington Avenue Bistro, 817 Washington Avenue, 314-418-5750
The Chocolate Bar
Jimmy's Cafe on the Park isn't what our reviewer thought it was, but she's happy nonetheless
Does Wild Flower's loyal clientele come for the food or the atmosphere?
Maya Café, 2726 Sutton Avenue, 314-781-4774
Café Balaban, revered as one of St. Louis' great restaurants, is riding on its reputation
The Pond Inn's evolution is going swimmingly
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