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Ian Froeb

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    September 7, 2010

    Hampton Bakery Now Open in St. Louis Hills

    Ian Froeb​Hampton Bakery is now open at 5815 Hampton Avenue in St. Louis Hills. As Gut Check reported in July, the bakery assumes the former location of the Pitted Olive. The interior is very spare, but it sure smells lovely. The selection includes a few different loaves of bread (semolina, Italia ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Miss M's Candy Boutique Now Open in Delmar Loop

    Ian Froeb​Miss M's Candy Boutique debuted roughly five weeks ago at 6193 Delmar Boulevard, just east of Skinker Boulevard. The tiny (so tiny that I must have passed by it half a dozen times before I registered its existence!) storefront offers candy bars, jelly beans, chocolates and more as well a ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    August 2010 Openings and Closings

    Ian FroebOh Lolli Lolli opened on De Mun Avenue.​In July, I hypothesized that the hot, muggy weather might be responsible for the slow pace of restaurant news. Well, August was even worse, brutally hot and humid, but the month saw a fair number of openings and closings.What does this prove? That I ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    My Bread & Butter Now Open on South Grand

    Ian Froeb​Driving down South Grand Boulevard today, I noticed a new restaurant at the southwest corner of the intersection with Keokuk Street: My Bread & Butter. As the awesome sign pictured above shows, My Bread & Butter is open for breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner and serve shrimp, ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Tyler Florence and Bunches of Grapes Visit Busch Stadium

    Ian Froeb​An odd scene unfolded at Busch Stadium Tuesday evening. No, not the Cardinals dropping another game to a sub-.500 team. Sadly, Cardinal fans are growing accustomed to that. This scene began before the first pitch. Food Network star Tyler Florence, host of such shows as Ultimate Tyler and ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Baladas Bistro Closed

    Ian Froeb​Downtown has one fewer lunch option today: Baladas Bistro (200 North Ninth Street) has closed. Workers were busy this morning dismantling the restaurant, and the sign outside the front door informed passersby that the restaurant was now out of business. Thanks to Urban STL for the tip.

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    August 2, 2010

    July 2010 Openings and Closings

    Ian FroebPizzeria Tivoli opened last month in Princeton Heights.​Apparently, last month was too hot and muggy to open or close a restaurant. In fact, I'll start this week's column by mentioning an opening from late June that I missed in the previous edition of Restaurant Roll Call: One 19 North Ta ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Pizzeria Tivoli Now Open in Princeton Heights

    Ian Froeb​Gut Check first reported on Pizzeria Tivoli in May. This weekend I received an email informing me that the restaurant is now open at 5861 South Kingshighway (the former home of Jasminka Homemade Cakes). Hours are 4-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturd ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    New Bakery for St. Louis Hills

    Ian Froeb​Gut Check provoked the ire of an elderly man -- seriously, dude, the spot outside your house says 30-minute parking, and we were there, like, fewer than five -- to bring you news of a new bakery at 5815 Hampton Avenue in St. Louis Hills. This, of course, is the former location of the lat ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Ian Froeb The fried chicken at Porter's​Well, we certainly didn't shy away from a good time this week! We scouted out a new place for cookies in University City, stuffed ourselves while we celebrated National Fried Chicken Day and yelled "Gooooaaaallll!" with the best of 'em at Guido's Pizz ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    It's National Fried Chicken Day! Five Places to Celebrate in St. Louis

    Ian FroebThe fried chicken at Porter's​Today, July 6, is National Fried Chicken Day. So why don't you celebrate the festivities the only logical way: Eat some fried chicken! Yeah, yeah, we all know that Hodak's is the area's most famous fried chicken, but here are some of Gut Check's favorite spot ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    World's Fair Donuts Reopens

    Ian FroebTime to make the doughnuts!​Doughnut lovers, our long national nightmare is over. World's Fair Donuts (1940 South Vandeventer Avenue; 314-776-9975) has reopened after a two-week break necessitated, according to the sign posted on the front door, by an car accident.I've been trying to cont ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Ian Froeb Bill's "Burger Meister Burger" at Cardwell's at the Plaza​This week, we revealed more of our 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes -- Nobu's Japanese Restaurant and Cardwell's at the Plaza both received nods -- and we tried a "Risqué Martini" with Nikki Llewellyn of Backstreet Jazz & ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Crab Cake Sandwich and Win Some Tasteless Literature

    Ian Froeb​All right. I'm going to try -- again -- to give away Did Somebody Step on a Duck?: A Natural History of the Fart by Jim Dawson. All you have to do is tell me where I ate this crab cake sandwich.You know the rules. Leave a vaild email address in the comment field. Three guesses per email ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    World's Fair Donuts Temporarily Closed [Updated]

    Ian FroebA day no donuts would fry.​World's Fair Donuts (1940 South Vandeventer Avenue; 314-776-9975) is closed today. A sign on the front door says that the iconic St. Louis doughnut shop will be closed "for a few days" due to a car accident.It's unclear when the sign was posted -- any regulars k ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Medical Issue Forces St. Louis National Pizza Co. to Adjust Hours

    Ian Froeb​A thread on the Urban STL forum piqued my interest this morning: St. Louis National Pizza Co. (3201 South Grand Boulevard; 314-772-2285), which opened at the beginning of this month, hasn't been keeping to its posted hours. This is never a good sign for a restaurant, so I ventured down t ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    Brazil 0, Portgual 0: No Vuvuzelas Necessary at Coco Louco Brasil

    Ian FroebYeah, the Brazilians LOVE football.​Keegan is out of town for a few days. I will try to fill his boots.The highly anticipated meeting between Brazil and Portugal -- ranked #1 and #3 in the world, respectively, by FIFA (and let's not even get into the historical baggage) -- was a dud. Yell ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium Now Open

    Ian Froeb​George Mahe first reported on Feast (the blog) that the awesomely named Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium has opened at 1170 South Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights. The small free-standing building -- formerly a Chinese restaurant, thoroughly renovated -- includes some outdoor seating and ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Chicken and Win Some Guilt-Free Cocktail Recipes

    Ian Froeb​OK. This one's pretty easy, I think. (In fact, if I told you the specific preparation of this chicken, you'd probably get it right off the bat.) Still, since you all like prizes -- that don't have to do with poop, apparently -- first correct guess wins a copy of Hungry Girl Happy Hour: 7 ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    St. Louis National Pizza Co. Now Open

    Ian Froeb​After a lengthy gestation, St. Louis National Pizza Co. opened its doors last week at 3201 South Grand Boulevard. Owner Brian Williams has lived in Chicago and New York as well as the Gateway City, and his pizzeria offers all three distinct styles of pizza. That's right: Provel, mozz and ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Ice-Cream Sandwich and Win *TWO* Books

    Ian Froeb​All right, since apparently I've spoiled you with the possibility of a prize, we're going to try this picture from last month again, this time with a carrot dangled in front of your faces.And what a carrot it is! Inspired by today's post on escolar's evacuating properties, you will win c ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Owner of Gyro House Murdered [Updated 2x]

    Ian FroebFlowers at the entrance to Gyro House in University City​The Post-Dispatch reports that Ahmed Eltawmi, 50, owner of the Delmar Loop restaurant Gyro House (571 Melville Avenue) was shot and killed outside his Maplewood apartment complex on Friday night.Des Peres Police Captain Charles Mila ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Flavors BBQ Open in Forest Park Southeast's Grove

    Ian Froeb​Tip o' the cap to Sauce Magazine for spotting this newcomer: Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill has opened at 4317 Manchester Avenue in Forest Park Southeast's Grove neighborhood. This is the space occupied by Anthony Devoti's Five before it moved to the Hill. Flavors BBQ is open Tuesday ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Gyro and Win a Cool Food Book

    Ian Froeb​I don't know why, but I've been on a gyro kick lately. Guess where I ate this gyro and win a paperback copy of Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink.Remember, to win you must leave a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS in the comment entry field. I think this is a pretty easy one, es ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Pulled Pork and Win an Illuminating Prize [Updated with Clues Winner!]

    Ian Froeb​It's a pulled-pork sandwich, sauce on the side. Where did I eat it? First correct answer wins a nifty little Coca-Cola keychain bottle opener-slash-flashlight, courtesy of Hardee's parent corp CKE Restaurants.Please leave a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS with your guess. Three guesses per email add ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Pizzeria Tivoli Coming Soon to South Kingshighway

    Ian Froeb​A reader tipped me off to signs in the window of 5861 South Kingshighway advertising a new restaurant, Pizzeria Tivoli. As you can tell from the paper over the windows, renovations are still underway.The Princeton Heights address was formerly home to Jasminka Homemade Cakes, a bakery of ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Try Schlafly's New Brew, the American IPA

    Ian FroebA few too many American IPAs, and everything goes sideways.​Welcome to Try This Now, a new feature in which Gut Check writers recommend new dishes, drinks and more that you need to try right now.St. Louis beer aficionados freaked out last fall when Schlafly debuted its American IPA at its ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Delicious Frozen-Dessert Novelty

    Ian Froeb​OK, it's not a Chipwich, but it's the best I could to do to honor the late Richard LaMotta. No prize because, frankly, this one should be a piece of cake. Guesses as comments, yada yada yada.

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    May 18, 2010

    Battle of the St. Louis Craft-Brew Canned Beer!

    Ian Froeb​Local beer aficionados are all a-twitter (and a-Twitter) that Schlafly and O'Fallon have released beers -- the Helles-Style Summer Lager and Wheach, respectively -- in cans. Why cans? Dave Nelson explained on a post about the release of these two beers:Cans are becoming much more common ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Review Preview: The Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

    Ian Froeb​This week I visit the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar (1004 Locust Street; 314-241-8141), the new venture from restaurateur Dave Bailey of Baileys' Chocolate Bar and Rooster. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.

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    April 28, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Burger -- and Win a Prize [Updated with Clue Answer!]

    Ian FroebGuess the restaurant, win some glasses.​Somewhere beneath that cheese and barbecue sauce is a burger. The first correct guess where I ate it wins a set of four (4) nifty Kentucky Derby glasses. Guesses as comments. You must leave a valid address in the email section of the comment entry f ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Gyro Grill Now Open on South Kingshighway

    Ian FroebGyro Grill at 3801 South Kingshighway​Gyro Grill is now open at 3801 South Kingshighway, which is just north of the Kingshighway-Chippewa Street intersection. (The actual cross street is Mardel Avenue.) Inside, the restaurant looks more like a fast-casual restaurant than a humble gyro joi ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    What Happened to Cup of Snow in Maplewood?

    Ian FroebCup of Sno, why have you foresaken us?​As we approach the month of May, Gut Check's thoughts turn to snow cones. So imagine our shock to discover that one of our go-to spots has...disappeared. That is -- or, rather, was -- the location of Cup of Sno pictured above, in the parking lot of t ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Szechuan Chicken [Updated with Answer, Exasperation]

    Ian Froeb​OK. Things have been a little too easy around here the past couple of weeks. Anyone gets this without a clue, I might just retire the game.Update: (Thursday, 4.22, 3:23 p.m.) No, really, folks. I'm about to give up. It is, in fact, Sesame in Crestwood, as commenter Kiwi Carlisle correctl ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Ask the Critic: Where Can I Find a Good Pizza Bianca?

    ​Kiwi from Maplewood writes:Where can I get some really good pizza bianca here in town? I don't want something that resembles cheese bread, which I suspect is what I'd get at most restaurants if I asked them to leave off the tomato sauce. I realize that I can make a pretty nice one myself with o ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Dude, Like, Guess Where I'm Eating These Nachos

    Ian FroebNachos, perfect for the munchies​Happy 4/20. Here, for your drug-addled consideration, is the easiest Guess Where yet. To make it a little more challenging, tell me where I ate these chicken nachos and what I asked to be left off.

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    April 19, 2010

    Taqueria los Tarascos Revamps Menu, Loses Favorites

    Ian FroebTaqueria los Tarascos in Woodson Terrace​When I reviewed the Woodson Terrace Mexican restaurant Taqueria los Tarascos (4444 Woodson Road; 314-890-8668) in March 2008, I began by praising the lamb barbacoa:The meat is tender and slightly fatty, the flavor undeniably lamb: rich, with a gamy ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    New Frozen Yogurt Shop Chill Now Open in Clayton

    Ian FroebChill out with frozen yogurt at Chill​Chill, selling frozen yogurt, opened this past Friday at 7610 Wydown Boulevard in Clayton. The store follows the trend of self-serve frozen yogurt, with some 30 flavors rotating through five machines and a toppings bar featuring fruit, candy and desse ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Modai Sushi Lounge Closed?

    Ian Froeb​Has Modai Sushi Lounge served its last Godzilla roll? It sure looks that way. A sign in the front entrance of the restaurant at 6100 Delmar Boulevard claims that it has closed for remodeling and will reopen in late April. However, as you can likely see in the picture above, that reopenin ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Fried Chicken [Updated with Answer!]

    Ian Froeb​Yeah, chicken twice this week. I felt bad about stumping everyone with the Weber's Front Row wings. And I'm pretty certain this is the easiest one yet.Guesses as comments. If you need clues, I'll be disappointed.Update: (Thu., 4.8, 3:26 p.m.) Yup. Yumada nails it: Pat's Bar & Grill i ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating These Opening Day Wings

    Ian Froeb​In honor of Opening Day, I sat down with these hot wings to watch the first few innings of the Cardinals vs. the Reds. How do these wings honor Opening Day? Well, that might be your first clue to where I'm eating them.Guesses as comments.

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    April 1, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Thai Curry [Updated 4x with Clues Answer]

    Ian Froeb​I return from two weeks of vacation home repair tanned, rested and ready to test your knowledge of St. Louis restaurants and dishes. (One out of three ain't bad.)Today, a Thai curry with beef. "But what kind of curry, Ian?" you ask. Well, that might give it away. (Hint?)Guesses as commen ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Guess Where -- and What -- I'm Eating (Special Reader Tip Edition) (Updated with Half the Answer)

    Ian FroebWhere am I? What am I eating?​A reader tipped me off to the source of this tasty dish. (If that particular reader sees this, I'd ask him not to post the answer! And thanks!) It was the first time I'd been there, but I'll definitely back -- maybe to include this in my 100 Favorite St. Loui ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Mac & Cheese Restaurant Cheese-ology Coming to Delmar Loop

    Ian FroebNo foolin': a mac & cheese restaurant in the Delmar Loop​OK, folks: This one's for real. Photographic evidence and everything. A mac & cheese-centric restaurant called Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese is planning to open at 6602 Delmar Boulevard (the former St. Louis Pizza Haus ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Plush Pig Barbeque Now Open in Rock Hill

    Ian FroebNew digs for the Plush Pig​Plush Pig Barbeque, owned by longtime St. Louis businessman Larry Lampert, has opened its new location at 2811 South McKnight Road in Rock Hill. The restaurant shuttered its Clayton address last year. The new space, formerly occupied by Café Brasil, looks to ha ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Guess Where -- and What -- I'm Eating [Updated: You Guys Know Your Kolaches!]

    OK, so I feel kinda bad about last week's stumper. Today, then, what I suspect will be a much easier challenger. However, if I told you what I'm eating, it would give away the answer. (That's your only clue, by the way.) So what am I eating and from where did I get it?Ian Froeb​Guesses as comments ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Ian Froeb's 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes, #96: Kingshighway Burger at the Royale

    I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious.Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.Ian Froeb​

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    February 19, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Pizza

    I'd like to include some colorful detail to accompany this edition of Guess Where I'm Eating, but I was distracted by ESPNews, which managed to repeat the Tiger Woods mea culpa in its entirety three times over the course of my lunch. Thankfully, the sound was muted.Ian Froeb​Where am I eating this ... More >>

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