Jim Fiala

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    August 27, 2014

    The Crossing at New Town's Strange Meats and Store-Bought Treats: Review

    The Crossing at New Town (3331 Rue Royale, St. Charles; 314-606-3262) Hours: 5-11 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.) A few miles off Route 370, New Town rises out of the St. Charles floodplain like the Land of Oz. The planned community appears out of nowhere ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Chef Brad Watts Talks His New(ish) Gig at the Crossing

    OK, so executive chef Brad Watts isn't exactly new at the Crossing (7823 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-721-7375). He's actually been working with owner and restaurateur Jim Fiala for twelve years. It's more like a homecoming. We talked to Watts about his partnership with Fiala and what this means ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Not Cheap) in St. Louis

    Traditionally, St. Louisans looking for great Italian food head straight to the Hill. These days, though, the love is spread out a little bit more. There are still decades-old, classic restaurants on the Hill, but it no longer has a monopoly for that perfect first date spot, complete with pasta and ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Gamlin Whiskey House Debuts Whiskey Sommelier and Tastings in Central West End

    Gamlin Whiskey House (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-875-9500) is set to open its doors Monday, October 21, in the Central West End, in the building that formerly housed Jim Fiala's Liluma. The whiskey-focused restaurant comes to us from Gamlin Restaurant Group, a.k.a. brothers Lucas and Derek Gamlin, ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    The Crossing Competes in James Beard Foundation Taste America Challenge

    The Crossing (7823 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-721-7375) is the only restaurant in St. Louis and one of two in Missouri (the other is Jasper's Restaurant in Kansas City) to compete in the James Beard Foundation's Taste America Local Dish Challenge. Basically, you could help Operation Food Search ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Acero's Red Wattle Pork Loin: What to Eat This Weekend and Where to Eat It

    Gut Check tells you what's new and tasty at our favorite restaurants. "Springtime," says Adam Gnau, the executive chef of Jim Fiala's Acero (7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-1790), when I ask him what's he most excited about this weekend. "Hopefully this weather will hold out and we can ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Tasting Menus in St. Louis Might Stretch Your Budget, But They Won't Beach a Whale

    Our friends at Eater are celebrating "Whale Week," a tribute to high-spending diners -- or whales, as they're known in industry-speak. As part of the festivities, Eater ranked the fourteen most expensive tasting menus in America. The cheapest ("cheapest") tasting menu on the list is at Daniel in New ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    The Five Most Promising Menus from Clayton Restaurant Week 2013

    As we told you last week, the fourth annual Clayton Restaurant Week will run Monday, January 21, through Sunday, January 27. Seventeen Clayton restaurants will offer three-course meals for $25 per person, tax and tip not included. In what has become a Gut Check tradition for the higher-profile resta ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    December 2012 Openings & Closings

    I'll begin this accounting of last year's final month with a restaurant that technically closed this month -- yesterday, in fact: La Dolce Via. The Forest Park Southeast bakery, winner of multiple Best of St. Louis awards from this here publication, announced this summer that it would close after a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Liluma in Central West End Closes Saturday, December 22

    In November Gut Check reported that Jim Fiala's restaurant Liluma (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-7771) in the Central West End was scheduled to close in late December. Today the restaurant confirms that its last day of business will be Saturday, December 22. Liluma will permanently shut its doo ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012
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    May 31, 2012

    Acero Hosting Benefit Dinner for Italian Earthquake Relief on Saturday, June 2

    Earthquakes on Sunday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 29, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy have killed at least 24. That region is close to the hearts of Jim Fiala and Adam Gnau, owner and chef, respectively, of Acero (7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-1790), and this Saturday, June 2, the res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    First Look: Joe's Chili Bowl

    Unlike Jim Fiala's Terrace View, which previously occupied the restaurant space in Citygarden, Joe's Chili Bowl (808 Chestnut Street; 314-241-7070) is a complete departure from upscale dining. The surroundings remain exquisite, featuring views of Market Street and Busch Stadium, but the vibe is much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    The Crossing Introduces New Wine Bar

    Last year, Jim Fiala transformed the back dining room of his Central West End spot Liluma (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-7771) into Liluma Side Door, a more casual, small plates-focused restaurant-within-a-restaurant. Now, Fiala is introducing something similar at The Crossing (7823 Forsyth Boule ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    The Five Most Promising Menus From Clayton Restaurant Week

    As we told you yesterday, Clayton Restaurant Week runs from Monday, January 23, through Sunday, January 29. Participating restaurants have three-course prix-fixe menus for $25, tax and tip excluded. You can see the full list of those restaurants and their menus on the official Clayton Restaurant Wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Review Preview: Liluma's Side Door

    Ian Froeb​This week, I visit Liluma's Side Door (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-7771), the restaurant-inside-a-restaurant concept from Jim Fiala. A sneak preview of my review is after the jump.

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    September 20, 2011

    The Terrace View to Close at End of Year [Updated]

    Jennifer SilverbergTime is almost up for the Terrace View in Citygarden​The Terrace View (808 Chestnut Street; 314-436-8855) will close at the end of the year, Feast reports this afternoon. Beginning October 1, the restaurant in downtown's Citygarden sculpture park will open only for lunch Monday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Lunch and People-Watching at Liluma

    Robin WheelerSalmon BLT and frites at Liluma​ The Place: Liluma (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-7771), Jim Fiala's Central West End outpost featuring one of the best patios for people-watching in the St. Louis area. The Lunch: A salmon BLT with frites, $12 The Verdict: After the brutality ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Jim Fiala to Open Liluma Side Door

    Ian Froeb​Jim Fiala has announced plans to transform the back room of his Central West End restaurant Liluma (238 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-7771) into a new, casual space called Liluma Side Door. The restaurant will debut on Thursday, August 18.Fiala traces the inspiration for Liluma Side Door ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Jim Fiala Goes Smaller to Reap Bigger Rewards

    Jennifer SilverbergThe Terrace View, one of Jim Fiala's four restaurants in St. Louis​Jim Fiala recently came to a conclusion about his four restaurants: "Life's too short to worry about feeding so many people."Fret not, Fiala fans. The chef isn't closing the Crossing (7823 Forsyth Boulevard, Clay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    The Terrace View, Jonathan Olson Part Ways

    Robin WheelerChef Jonathan Olson​Jonathan Olson is no longer running the kitchen at The Terrace View (808 Chestnut Street; 314-436-8855), the Jim Fiala restaurant inside the grounds of Citygarden.Neither Olson nor Fiala, in separate phone interviews, wished to delve into the details of the split." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Restaurant Tidbits from Jim Fiala, Pi

    Jennifer SilverbergThe Terrace View, a Jim Fiala restaurant, at Citygarden downtown​I'm nursing a high ankle sprain -- imagine me making a puppy-dog sad face, asking for your pity -- which means I'm currently housebound and just a skosh behind the curve. At any rate, lots of chef shuffling over th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Adam Gnau of Acero Restaurant, Part 2

    This is part two of Holly Fann's Chef's Choice profile of Adam Gnau of Acero restaurant in Maplewood. Part one can be found here. Look for part three, a recipe from Gnau, tomorrow. Holly FannAdam Gnau of Acero​Did your family cook when you were a child? Yes, but not well. I'm not doggin' my m ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Adam Gnau of Acero Restaurant

    This is part one of Holly Fann's Chef's Choice profile of Adam Gnau of Acero restaurant in Maplewood. Part two, a Q&A with Gnau, will be posted tomorrow. Look for part three, a recipe, on Friday. Holly FannAcero chef Adam Gnau says love makes the restaurant go 'round.​Adam Gnau is in love. Wi ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Sidney Street Café Hosts "Operation Charcuterie!" Dinner to Benefit Operation Food Search

    ​Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street, 314-771-5777) will host "Operation Charcuterie!", a six-course dinner to benefit Operation Food Search, on Tuesday, September 28. This dinner is the culmination of an event organized by Kevin Nashan, owner and executive chef of Sidney Street Café, to incr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Enjoy Four Courses for $25 This Month at Jim Fiala's Restaurants

    Nick LucchesiJim Fiala at work during the construction of The Terrace View last year​OK, the bad news is that Gut Check is a week late with this news. (Our inbox is overstuffed. Mea culpa.)The good news is that you still have just over three weeks to enjoy one of the best dining deals in town, a f ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Chef's Choice: Cary McDowell, Winslow's Home

    Cary McDowell has been doing some reminiscing. "Maybe it's a function of turning 40," he says. "I feel very circular. I started my love of professional cooking at a very young age with a group in Little Rock, Arkansas, and they encouraged me to go off and do great things and work with the best peop ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    FoodWire: The Terrace View Adds Brunch

    The Terrace View (808 Chestnut Street; website) will offer brunch beginning this Sunday, January 10. Brunch will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature both breakfast and lunch items. The Terrace View opened this summer in the new Citygarden sculpture park. Jim Fiala of the Crossing, Liluma and Acer ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009
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    November 2, 2009

    Review Preview: The Terrace View

    This week I visit the Terrace View, Jim Fiala's new restaurant within the Citygarden sculpture park. After the jump, check out a preview of my review.Jennifer Silverberg​

  • Dining

    August 19, 2009
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    August 17, 2009

    FoodWire: Terrace View Café Update

    Quick update to Friday's post about the opening of Terrace View Café at Citygarden: Jim Fiala sent me a Tweet to clarify that the restaurant is opening for lunch today, dinner on Wednesday.

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    August 14, 2009

    FoodWire: Terrace View Café Opening Next Week

    Nick LucchesiJim Fiala working on Terrace View​My Post-Dispatch counterpart Joe Bonwich reports that Terrace View Café, the restaurant in Citygarden from Jim Fiala (the Crossing, Liluma and Acero) will open next week. According to Citygarden's website, Terrace View will be open for breakfast, lun ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Lots More Info on Citygarden

    Only tangentially food-related, but worth your time: My colleague Annie Zaleski has written an extensive look behind the scenes of the new Citygarden sculpture park downtown, which will include the Terrace View, a new restaurant from Jim Fiala (Acero, the Crossing, Liluma).

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    June 18, 2009

    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    Sign up for Tip of the Tongue here.Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter.In this week's edition: a celebration of the blue-cheese souflée at Jim Fiala's the Crossing; details on the Hea ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    FoodWire: Jim Fiala Opening Citygarden Restaurant

    From the Press Releases We Apparently Weren't Sent Dep't.: George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine and Joe Bonwich of the Post-Dispatch both report that restaurateur Jim Fiala (The Crossing, Liluma and Acero) will be running the Terrace View, the indoor/outdoor restaurant opening in Citygarden, the new sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Yes We Can...Eat Beets

    Received a fantastic press release from Jim Fiala's Clayton restaurant the Crossing (7823 Forsyth Boulevard). I can't capture the brilliance, so I'll just reproduce it here:Chef Jim Fiala of The Crossing Declares Today "Stand Up for Beets!" Day(The Beet Goes On as St. Louis Beet Lovers Proclaim "Hai ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008
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    August 7, 2008

    Acero in Bon Appetit Magazine

    The September issue of Bon Appetit includes Maplewood's Acero (7266 Manchester Road) in an article on "the new breed of Italian restaurants" in America -- restaurants that are "transforming the cuisine into something utterly American, with cross-cultural nods, frequent improvisation and irreverent r ... More >>

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    January 11, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest A look at what's happening at some of our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Meet Kelly, the newest addition to our happy food-blog family. Go say hello. Elsewhere this week: The Pollacks visit Jim Fiala's original St. Louis restaurant, The Crossing. Iron Stef offers a recipe for ... More >>

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    December 19, 2007

    The Top Ten Dishes of 2007: #4

    This week I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes of 2007 -- and the absolute worst thing I ate all year. #4. Pasta at Acero Another spot where the menu changes frequently, but you can't go wrong with the pasta at Jim Fiala's contemporary Italian restaurant. Of those I tried this spring, the best ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007
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    March 8, 2007

    Small Plates: Thursday, 3/8

    Acero is now open at 7266 Manchester Road in Maplewood (the space last occupied by Arthur Clay's). The restaurant and wine bar featuring northern Italian cuisine -- an enoteca -- is the third area restaurant from Jim Fiala, who also owns Liluma and The Crossing. Acero is open for dinner from 5 to 10 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2002

    To Serve Man

    "St. Louis Cooks and Entertains" -- and you get to sample the results

  • Dining

    July 25, 2001

    Crossing to Safety

    You're in no danger of getting a bad meal at The Crossing, one of the Midwest's finest restaurants

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    May 16, 2001

    Side Dish

    These are salad days for local chefs

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    February 7, 2001

    Side Dish

    Local chefs share memories of childhood comfort foods

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Signature Dish

    Soufflés, Fio's La Fourchette

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Chef Tandem

    Jim Fiala and Cary McDowell, The Crossing

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    January 6, 1999
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