On Cherokee Street hungry diners can find a burrito for any time of day or night, and the Mud House(2101 Cherokee Street; 314-776-6599) has your breakfast needs covered with a veggie breakfast burrito that's almost too big for its plate.
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Evan C. JonesThere are many tempting options available at La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223), but whether you're getting quesadillas, burritos or tortas, there's something on the menu that leaps out to most people as something to avoid: tongue.
Offal is something that most Am ... More >>
Bryan PetersWhen Nosh Bistro (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-4734) closed a few months ago, we sank into a brief, but profound, funk. We'd grown terribly fond of their hummus and balela salad platter, and we didn't want to know a world without it. So you can imagine ... More >>
Evan C. JonesHow good is the bread pudding at Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522)? When Gut Check dropped by to pay homage to this favorite desert, chef de cuisine Brendan Noonan came clean about his consumption. "I've already had four portions of the bread ... More >>
Ashley AtkinsLe Croque Monsieur!LaBonne Bouchée (12344 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur; 314.576-6606) offers the Francophile a wide selection of authentic French cuisine, ranging from le quiche du jour to le vol au vent to petit fours. But Gut Check's favorite way to eat à la française is to devou ... More >>
Blood and SandSweet Potato Biscuits and Wild Mushroom GravyWhen we first heard about the members-only concept at Blood and Sand (1500 St. Charles Sreet.; 314-241-7263), we were a bit skeptical, particularly considering the current economic climate. Sure, bigballers wouldn't have to sweat a 15 ... More >>
Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue; 314-725-0719), St. Louis' newest breakfast and brunch eatery, despite being surrounded by breakfast and brunch giants like First Watch, Companion and the City Coffeehouse and Creperie, is becoming a legend in its own right. The menu offers a wide variety of brunch ... More >>
Erika MillerSeafood ravioli at Gian-Tony's comes drenched in the best flavors of Italy.There's nothing more relaxing than lounging in a steaming hot tub, letting the hot water soothe away the day's tensions. For food, the equivalent of relaxing in a hot tub has to be sitting in a simmering, f ... More >>
Deborah HylandGhost tours in Alton, Illinois, feature Confederate prisoners of war, slaves fleeing on the Underground Railroad and the occasional juicy murderous love triangle or suicide. Surely the tour guide should mention the mystery of the maimed, wingless chickens.
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Chrissy WilmesLetting oneself get too hungry is a dangerous thing. When blood sugar runs low, tempers can run high, and the simple act of ordering something new becomes a high-risk roll of the dice. For those times of extreme hunger and limited patience, it's important to reserve a few favori ... More >>
Robin WheelerOnly one Mangia has arancini.
What's in a name? If you're food truck Mangia Mobile, a lawsuit from a similarly-name local restaurant.
Mangia Mobile compensates for name overlap by bringing Italian street food to St. Louis. Specifically, Sicilian-style arancini. Owners Catherine ... More >>
Robin WheelerCrispy and flavorful, the pork spring rolls at Bobo Noodle HouseSo ubiquitous, the pork spring roll. Or egg roll. By any name, it's the same creature -- usually crispy on the outside, wrapper still a little chewy on the inside, filled with a pulverized blend of...stuff.
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Emily WassermanEntering Ranoush (200 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-726-6874) is like stepping into a scene out of Arabian Nights. Sequined tapestries line the walls, brass lamps hang from the ceiling and intricately carved metal rings hold the napkins and silverware. Gut Check uncovered ... More >>
Lucas Park GrilleWho needs meat with veggie meatballs this good?Downtown St. Louis isn't exactly a vegetarian's paradise, but Lucas Park Grille (1234 Washington Avenue; 314-241-7770) keeps it real for the herbivores with one of its menu's staple entrées: Vegetarian Meatballs. We've embarrass ... More >>
Robin UtzIn Gut Check's experience, there aren't enough Chinese restaurants in the St. Louis area offering sizzling rice soup on their menus, and Hunan and Peking Garden's (1262 Old Orchard Center, Manchester; 636-227-6445) is worth the jaunt to West County. The soup is designed to be shared ... More >>
image viaThis week the foodernet was abuzz about the ultimate wine rack, the Wine Rack. That's right: a bra that holds 25 ounces of every girl's favorite beverage, wine! With a polyurethane panel built into the bra cups and a drinking tube snaked from the one on the right, it's a a convenient ... More >>