Dave Bailey opened The Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar last Wednesday at 1004 Locust Street. This is Bailey's third venture, following Baileys' Chocolate Bar and Rooster.Of course, it's much too early for a review -- but not too early to stop in for a beer and a look around.Ian FroebThe Bridge ca ... More >>
I know St. Louis is a Mardi Gras town, but as someone who was raised as an Episcopalian, I will always consider today Fat Tuesday, a.k.a. Shrove Tuesday, a.k.a. Pancake Day. So: Where am I eating these pancakes?Ian FroebAs always, leave your guess as a comment. Clues will follow if no one gets it ... More >>
OK. It's a trick question because I'm eating this at my desk here at Gut Check International Headquarters. But from where does this pulled pork and chicken barbecue hail? And where is the cornbread I ordered?Ian FroebLeave your guesses in the comments. Hints forthcoming if no one guesses correctl ... More >>
You guys are one for two so far in the Guess Where I'm Eating challenge. Today, a dessert. Specifically, a lemon-drop cupcake. Besides the lemon candies atop this cupcake, know that there is a tiny bit of lemon jelly inside the cupcake as well.Ian FroebLeave your guesses as comments. I'll provide ... More >>
Tomorrow (Thursday, February 4) Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340) celebrates its second birthday, and to mark this milestone Mike Emerson and company are cooking up a whole hog barbecue. The lunch special, which runs from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m., will be a pork platter with one side a ... More >>
Fellow St. Louis metro-area residents, we've been blessed this year with not one, but two new restaurants where the food is secondary to the scantily clad waitresses who bring that food to your table: the Tilted Kilt in Arnold and the Brick House Tavern Tap in Chesterfield.Ian FroebYes, that re ... More >>
October has ended its wet, wet reign, so we look back on the soggy month's restaurant openings and closings. As always, if I missed one, please let me know in the comments. Gracias in advance.Ian FroebBeechwood Bistro by Sage fell victim to the Union Station curse.OpeningsThe Wedge (under new man ... More >>
Ian FroebThe Terrace View in CityGardenThe cloud of existential funk that hangs over the jury-duty holding pen on a Monday morning is like a thick, black fog. Not one person wants to be in that room, least of all the people who work there. The sighing. The grumbling. The bitter, blank staring. T ... More >>
Ian FroebAt Off the Menu, Joe Bonwich reports that the only St. Louis Maid-Rite (250 South Florissant Road) is for sale and possibly closed. Read Bonwich's story for more.I visited this Maid-Rite late last year. The photo at left is of the chain's famous (or infamous, depending on your point of v ... More >>
View Larger MapAs I posted a few days ago, a new Vietnamese restaurant is opening at 3737 South Grand Boulevard, inside a former McDonald's. I'll admit that whenever I see a locally owned business taking over a chain restaurant's location, I smile. After the jump, in no particular order, five of my ... More >>
Ian FroebTumo's on Hampton Avenue closed last week.A look back at this month's restaurant openings and closings. If we missed one, let us know in the comments.OpeningsAsian Kitchen (former In Soo)The Levee (former Skybox)Molly's in SoulardTerrace View Cafe12th Street DinerClosings after the jump. ... More >>
Culinaria - A Schnucks Market opened this morning at 315 North 9th Street. The store features a 21,000-square-foot main floor and a 6,000-square-foot mezzanine.Ian FroebCulinaria - A Schnucks Market at Olive and North 9th StreetMore, including details on changes at nearby City Grocer, after the j ... More >>
When Jim Beam e-mailed Gut Check International Headquarters to ask if I would be interested in trying its new Red Stag black cherry-infused bourbon, I said, "You had us at Jim Beam." Because, frankly, after the week I just had, I'm drinking heavily.To my surprise, what arrived was the box pictured b ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWhile Gut Check is on vacation, enjoy highlights from the past two years.Silly me, thinking I could share my desert-island fantasies without any consequences.In last week's review of Taqueria el Jalapeño, I wrote the following:It won't surprise regular readers of this column to lea ... More >>
Riverfront Times Volume 33, Issue 10 (a.k.a. this week's paper!) is on news stands today. Below are a few of the highlights you'll find both in print and online.Unreal chews the fat with Tracie Sanderlin, a south county woman who blogs about her amazing 200-pound weight loss. Writer Matt Kasper prof ... More >>
Silly me, thinking I could share my desert-island fantasies without any consequences.In last week's review of Taqueria el Jalapeño, I wrote the following:It won't surprise regular readers of this column to learn that if I were stranded on a desert island, I'd want the only restaurant there to be a ... More >>
Amidst all the recession-fueled doom-and-gloom that has settled around the local restaurant industry, it was just plain terrific to stop by Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; Web site) today for the Midtown barbecue joint's first birthday celebration. The line was long -- at noon, I waited 40 mi ... More >>
In today's news: climate change, Chicago going vegetarian (?) and a new jet for Starbucks.
In today's news: CEO news from Tyson and Chipotle, AB ditches the free beer, and scientists give cocaine to bees.
In today's news: calls for a "50-year" farm bill, the iconic Rainbow Room is closing and the case of smuggled monkey meat.
As you know, I'm an avowed (though not thoughtless!) carnivore. However, let no one accuse me of not giving the other side a voice. Suicide Food is a blog dedicated to exposing and critiquing food labeling (mostly barbecue logos) in which animals encourage the fact that they are about to be consumed ... More >>
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Champagne is overrated. Those of you who prefer to toast the New Year with a pint of beer instead will be happy to know that several of St. Louis' best beer bars and restaurants will be hosting New Year's festivities, and -- who else? -- Mike Sweeney has the rundown at STL Hops.- Ian Froeb
... the Not-So-Mighty DollarA no-brainer, really. What else did we talk about, really? Through most of the year, the cost of food increased. The economy continues its course down the crapper, taking more than a few local restaurants -- that is, livelihoods -- with it. I don't have anything more to s ... More >>
In today's news: Mexico bans U.S. meat, Diet Coke Plus shouldn't be "Plus," and France isn't happy about its wine.
In today's news: an unlikely outbreak of food poisoning, tough drunk-driving laws in Brazil and a pricing dilemma for restaurants.
Trattoria Marcella (3600 Watson Road) will be closed until this Friday evening to repair damage from a car that crashed into its front entrance this weekend. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred several hours after the restaurant had closed. For more information on reservations, call 3 ... More >>
In today's news: Zimbabwe's strife, trouble for Ruby Tuesday and meat cologne.
In today's news: Michael Pollan on Tom Vilsack, the sweetener Truvia and a victim of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
There was so much, all of it so good, that my memory is hazy. I remember luscious foie gras paired, I think, with peaches and the verdant snap of fried green tomatoes. I remember meaty portobello mushrooms stuffed with surprisingly tender escargot, all of it swimming in a garlicky-buttery sauce so o ... More >>
Mike Emerson does barbecue the proper way: dry. Or, as the takeout menu puts it: "Sauce is on the side 'cause there's nothing to hide." The meats are smoked up to fourteen hours over apple and cherry wood. The pulled pork and the ribs are nothing short of extraordinary. I ordered the pulled pork as ... More >>
In today's news: Smithfield meatpackers unionize, Egyptian food rioters go to jail, and Tom Colicchio is accused of tip no-nos.
The deep-dish crust is something else entirely. It's medium-thick and made, in part, with cornmeal, which imbues the texture with a faint granular quality. The exterior is crisp and a lovely, summery golden brown; the interior has a spongy softness that absorbs the flavor of the various toppings whi ... More >>
There is no elegant way to eat these babies. Pluck a single fry from the tangle of very thinly spiral-cut spuds with fork or fingers and you'll end up with a handful. Share an order with someone else and the two of you might re-enact the Lady and the Tramp, munching on opposite ends of the same cris ... More >>
In today's news: the FDA on the benefits of seafood vs. the risks, eating nuts for heart health and eating camel meat for the environment's health.
The countdown of the year's best dishes continues with #9, burgers at BC's Kitchen and Newstead Tower Public House
In today's news: pork back on the shelf in Ireland, a genetic trait for craving junk food and three girls in a KFC, er, hot tub.
The cheese is a nuclear shade of orange, a hue that sticks a knife in the heart of cheesemongers and Slow Food acolytes, but one that yours truly still finds irresistible. The cheese is not merely melting but a luscious liquid ooze. Glorious Cheese Whiz! Is the rest of the cheesesteak "reasonably" a ... More >>
In today's news: the dioxin scare in Ireland expands, the economy's effect on organic food and a beer for Sudan.
The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Claus Schmitz's Loft District tapas restaurant Mosaic (1001 Washington Avenue) will expand, nearly doubling its current size.- Ian Froeb
In today's news: job cuts at Anheuser-Busch, Whole Foods sues and a bird-flu outbreak in Hong Kong.
Zaytoon, a Mediterranean restaurant that opened not quite one year ago at 711 Olive Street, has closed. Its space is currently for lease.- Ian Froeb
The Thaxton Speakeasy is now open in the basement of the Thaxton Building (1008 Olive Street) Call 314-241-3279 for opening hours and more info. I had my wedding and reception in this building: It is a supremely cool space. STLog has a slideshow of the grand opening. - Ian Froeb
Man, A-B's rough year continues. Bud Light is no longer the world's best-selling beer. Meet Snow. (Guardian) Going to the U.K.? Order your meat well-done. British meat inspectors vote to strike! (Guardian) Another death in an eating competition, albeit a decidedly amateur one. Amateur competition, ... More >>
Yes, it's that time again: the Beaujolais Nouveau is here. This year, though, producers aren't very excited. (Wall Street Journal) A new study suggests that childhood obesity rates could be cut by banning fast-food ads. (Reuters) A year of trouble for Kosher meatpackers in the U.S. has led to a sh ... More >>
Not a good sign for Bistro Toi, the Asian-fusion joint that opened at 3257 Ivanhoe Avenue only three months ago: The restaurant is dark during tonight's regular operating hours, and the phone rings and rings. Anyone know the story? The spot has already seen one closure this year, the relatively sho ... More >>
A new study suggests that obese children are actually eating fewer calories than they need -- and almost none of the nutrients their bodies require. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Nestle recalls some Lean Cuisine frozen dinners because of plastic in the food. (Los Angeles Times) Restaurants with a str ... More >>
My review of the Fountain on Locust is now available online. Also in this week's issue: Kristie ventures to Colorado Bob's Ship of Fools for a Midnight Sun, pissed-off vets and stories of rumrunning. - Ian Froeb
I'm back, y'all. Slightly tanned, mostly rested and ready to return to Mexico post haste resume Gut Check in all its daily splendor. So, uh, what did I miss? - Ian Froeb