Plenty of dining options abound this weekend from barbecue and Baconfest to classes on fruit trees and baked sweets. Eat to support a special cause or to support art. Take your pick -- just click through the jump for Gut Check's full list of recommendations.
Friday (Mar. 22):
Lenten Fish Fries @ ... More >>
Let someone else do the cooking for you over the next few days. Enjoy a special dinner prepared by a competent chef at spots like the Kitchen Conservatory, or get the full package of food plus entertainment over murder mysteries, variety shows and even glassblowing. Don't forget to enjoy Irish fare ... More >>
To get everyone in the St. Patrick's Day spirit, here's an Irish poem about drinking:
Some Guinness was spilled on the barroom floor
when the pub was shut for the night.
Out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse
and stood in the pale moonlight.
He lapped up the frothy brew from the floor,
then back o ... More >>
If you fly 30,000 oysters in from the Pacific coast, they will come. We imagine those were the sort of thoughts the folks at Schlafly had when planning their first stout and oyster festival. Help them make their shellfish dreams come true but checking out their event and more this weekend.
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Friday (Mar. 16):
Pre-St. Patrick's Day Festivities @ Westport Plaza
Head to Westport Plaza for a pre-St. Pat's Day celebration to go green for the weekend. The event features green beer, green food and green fireworks all alongside a scenic green lake. Free. 6 to 9 p.m.
Around the World Wine Dinn ... More >>
When one thinks of typical Irish fare, rustic russet potatoes often comes to mind. These simple, unassuming spuds have held their place in Irish history through famines, starvation and immigration. Lucky for us, many Irish immigrants brought recipes from their native land, and thus an Irish food rev ... More >>
To many, Irish food is synonymous with potato soup, bangers and mash, and prototypical pub fare. But with St. Patrick's Day just days away, other Irish classics are making an appearance in local restaurants and bakeries. Irish soda bread is one such delicacy.
For a taste of this festive bread we lo ... More >>
Corned beef and cabbage is far from native fare in Ireland, and largely appears on menus to satisfy the tastes of tourists. On this side of the pond, though, the legend persists that corned beef and cabbage is authentic Irish cuisine, and, as a result, no other dish is as heralded as quintessentiall ... More >>
There's no question that the Irish enjoy sneaking their national spirits, whiskey and Guinness into everything from coffee to cheesecake. Such is also the case with Llywelyn's Pub's (4747 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-3003) take on an Irish stew, which features a smooth Guinness-Jameson stock.
This Iri ... More >>
Deborah HylandDesserts at most chain restaurants of the Irish sort tend toward bread puddings in whiskey sauces or generic chocolate baked goods combined with Bailey's Irish Cream. Heck, even non-chain Irish restaurants (ahem, McGurk's) load their dessert menu with the obvious.
The Brown Bre ... More >>
We hate to ruin your day - okay, not really - but while you're reveling in the St. Pat's festivities with your green beer and Car Bombs and corned beef, we're here to tell you that it's all fake.
That's right. Your favorite St. Patrick's Day eats? They're not really I ... More >>
Corned beef and cabbage not your thing? According to Wayne, the official St. Louis Chipotle Tweeter, if you're wearing green, you can score free guacamole on your burrito at any local Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Missouri state representative Jim Viebrock wants to circumvent federal bans and allow horse slaughter for food in Missouri. Viebrock argues that unwanted and abandoned horses can be slaughtered and sold to European and Japanese markets. (USA Today)
New York State legislator introduces bill t ... More >>