Selecting the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we're chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists ... More >>
As you likely know by now, Monarch closed after service this past Saturday, March 10. The closure leaves a hole in the dining scene and one of our most talented chefs without a professional kitchen to call his own. It also means a large piece of property in the heart of Maplewood stands empty.
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Monarch (7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-3995) announced today that it will close on Sunday, March 11, ending a nearly ten-year run that featured much acclaim, including executive chef Josh Galliano being named only two days ago a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's 2012 "B ... More >>
Antonio PachecoYou might remember the old Miso Underground: that dank, subterranean grotto we all knew and loved. With its moody light fixtures, beige suede sofas and Don Johnson look-alikes, the place just screamed "ambiance." You know, back when "ambiance," meant something resembling an opi ... More >>
Freeloaders, cheapskates and misers of the region unite! In what could prove to be a most unwise experiment, Monarch Restaurant, in Maplewood, is offering patrons a chance to pay whatever they damn well please for their dining experience.
Beginning next week on Mondays and Tuesdays, customer ... More >>
Monarch (2003)Josh Galliano is reason enough to rank Monarch so high: The Louisiana native, sent packing when Katrina devastated New Orleans, is everything you could want in a chef -- creative yet respectful of tradition; ambitious yet humble. Yet he has been the executive chef at Monarch for onl ... More >>
The year of Balaban's resurrection is complete. Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar opens today at 1772 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield. Owners Steve McIntyre and Brian Underwood are offering tapas dishes, carry-out fare and a retail wine selection, with some of chef Kevin Sthair's dishes drawing&nb ... More >>
Well, this one caught me by surprise: Central West End institution Balaban's is being reborn in (wait for it...) Chesterfield as (wait, again, for it) Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar. The new Balaban's will be located at 1772 Clarkson Road, in a Dierberg's shopping center. The Balaban's websit ... More >>