Joe Bonwich

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    August 16, 2014

    Ferguson Farmers Market Flourishes Despite Rain After Tense Night

    Rain usually puts a damper on outdoor events, but the waterworks only whipped up a storm of support for the Ferguson Farmers Market on August 16. The morning after a tumultuous night, community champions braved a downpour to purchase fresh produce and share a few smiles in a town that has been at t ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    New Restaurant Tidbits: Premierz, the Purple Martin, Annie Moons

    Some quick-hit opening news from around town. - Driving South Grand Boulevard the other day, I spotted activity at the former Mikey Moes location at 5535 South Grand, near the intersection with Bates Street. A sign in the front window advertised a new restaurant called Premierz, featuring "American ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Tidbits: Sage Now Open for Lunch Only; Bici Cafe Closing Next Month

    - A reader tipped Gut Check off that the Soulard restaurant Sage Urban American Grill (1031 Lynch Street; 314-256-1203) was no longer open for dinner -- or perhaps no longer open, period. At any rate, our tipster said he and other diners who arrived at Sage around the time he did, intending to eat d ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Joe Bonwich Files Final Restaurant Review for Post-Dispatch

    Post-Dispatch restaurant critic Joe Bonwich published his final review today, reaffirming downtown institution Tony's (410 Market Street; 314-231-7007) as a "perfect" dining experience and awarding it four stars out of a possible four. Bonwich will continue to work on the Post-Dispatch's "Let's Eat ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Tidbits: Galliano to Pop Up Again, KimCheese Opens

    Catching up on some news from last week while I was out of town... - Today is the day for Josh Galliano's pop-up restaurant, All Star Fried Chicken & Fish. Service begins at 5 p.m. at Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719) and continues until 10 p.m. or the food runs out. (Bet on ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    Tidbits from Pint Size Bakery & Coffee, Oceano Bistro

    - Pint Size Bakery & Coffee opened this morning at 3825 Watson Road in south city. Pint Size features baked goods from Christy Augustin, whose career includes time as the pastry chef at Sidney Street Cafe (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777) and the late, great King Louie's. Pint Size is open from 7 ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Tidbits from Old Town Donuts, the Sweet Divine

    - Old Town Donuts (510 New Florissant Road, Florissant; 314-831-0907) has opened a second location at 3941 MidRivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. The new location is open from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Page through for news about the Sweet Divine food truck and (possibly) more Korean tacos.

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    February 29, 2012

    Brinco's Mexican Grill & Cantina Opens in Midtown

    Well, hello there, Brinco's Mexican Grill & Cantina! A tip o' the sombrero to Joe Bonwich of the Post-Dispatch for the news that you are now open at 3108 Olive Street, in the same Midtown development that is also home to Buffalo Brewing Co. and Pappy's Smokehouse, in the space that was previously th ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Tidbits from Neruda, Desserts on the Boulevard

    ​- Joe Bonwich of the Post-Dispatch reports that east-side mainstay Neruda (4 Club Centre Court, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-659-9866) will close after service on Valentine's Day. Owner Madt Mallinckrodt is retiring from the restaurant business, according to a note on the restaurant's website.- Gu ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Tidbits from the Stable, Midtown, Hazelwood

    ​- Sauce reports that The Stable (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-771-8500) has changed its name to American Craft Standard Brewing & Distilling Co. Gut Check has a call in to Chris Hines, who took over the Stable from Amalgamated Brewing last month, to learn more about the changes to the restaurant ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Trouble Already for Crostini Restaurant & Lounge? [Updated]

    Ian Froeb​Has the end already arrived for Crostini Restaurant & Lounge (4501 Manchester Road; 314-932-5025)? Update: (Wedesday, October 26, 8:52 a.m.) Indeed, the end has arrived.Gut Check didn't have any luck getting in touch with Crostini owner Eric Winbigler, but Ligaya Figueras of Sau ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Gladstone's Closed, Tortilla Grille Opening

    ​A couple of tidbits from the past week... Soulard restaurant and bar Gladstone's (1800 South Tenth Street; 314-231-6339) has closed. The Messenger reports that Gladstone's final day of business was Saturday, June 25. According to the Messenger report, damage to the building from the recent r ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Restaurant Tidbits: Farmhaus, Provisions Gourmet Market

    ​Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800), home of recently named Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef Kevin Willmann, has gone fishin'. The restaurant will be closed until the evening of Friday, April 22, for a staff fishing trip. That means no "Blue Plate" lunch special this week.Joe Bonwi ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    The U Closes

    ​The U (3108 Olive Street; 314-371-1718) announced on its Facebook page overnight that it has closed:From us here at The U., we are sorry to announce we are closed for business. Thanks to everyone for the last three years!The Midtown restaurant's final service was Saturday night. It opened in Apr ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Stella Blues Reopens in South City

    Image via​As mentioned in the January 2011 Openings and Closings post -- and first reported, I believe, by Joe Bonwich at the Post-Dispatch -- Stella Blues has reopened at 3269 Morgan Ford Road. The previous incarnation of the south city restaurant and bar opened in 2006 and closed in 2009. T ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    FoodWire: Central West End Companion Closes

    Robin WheelerCompanion founder Josh Allen​I believe Joe Bonwich of the Post-Dispatch scored the news first: Companion has closed its Central West End location at 4651 Maryland Avenue. The bakeries two other locations in Clayton and Ladue remain open.Companion's Twitter feed posted the following ea ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Restaurant Tidbits from Kevin Willmann, Grand Center

    My Christmas gift to you, dear readers? (Besides, of course, the unending cavalcade of joy that is the Year-End Bonanza.) Restaurant news! Yes, our friends around town have reported several tidbits in recent days.George Mahe scores the big scoop at Feast: RFT Best Local Chef 2008 Kevin Willmann is l ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    FoodWire: Tidbits on A'mis, Chris' Pancakes, Firemen

    Ian FroebTumo's, soon to be come A'mis​A few restaurant tidbits that my colleagues around town have posted: Joe Bonwich of the Post-Dispatch notes that Italian restaurant A'mis will open its third location at 6419 Hampton Avenue, the former location of Tumo's. Bonwich also reports on Phelim O'Tool ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    FoodWire: Ferguson Maid-Rite For Sale

    Ian Froeb​At 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 >>

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    October 2, 2009

    FoodWire: Notes from Our Friends on Chouteau's, the Wedge

    A couple of interesting news items from my counterparts here in the St. Louis foodosphere:First up, George Mahe reports at Feast that Chouteau's at 39th, which took over the fabled space at 3800 Chouteau Avenue formerly occupied by King Louie's and Revival, is closing after lunch today.I ate at Chou ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    FoodWire: Sapphire Pan-Asian Closed

    Sapphire Pan-Asian (4753 McPherson Avenue) has closed. As Joe Bonwich was the first to report, the restaurant served its final meal this weekend. Sapphire opened in November 2007, replacing Zoë Pan-Asian Café.The space will become the third location of Pi (website), after the original at 6144 Delm ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Various Restaurant Tidbits

    News from a few of our friends around town:- The St. Louis Business Journal reports that a new operator has been chosen for Bevo Mill (4749 Gravois Avenue). L&M Catering will use the historic space as a restaurant, catering and special-events facility.- At Off the Menu, Joe Bonwich passes along ... 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 >>

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    June 2, 2009

    FoodWire: Various Restaurant Tidbits

    Lots of news items the past few days...- The Post-Dispatch reports that an employee of Downtown West pub Maggie O'Brien's (2000 Market Street) was shot and killed during a robbery last night. No arrests, as of yet.UPDATE: As I was writing this, my colleague Chad Garrison posted an item about the kil ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    FoodWire: Joo Joo Now Open

    Last month I noted a sign for Joo Joo, a new Korean restaurant and karaoke bar, at 12937 Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur. At Off the Menu, Joe Bonwich reports that Joo Joo is now open.

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    March 27, 2009

    FoodWire: Bistro Alexander Closed?

    My Post-Dispatch counterpart, Joe Bonwich, broke the possible news on his Off the Menu blog yesterday: Clayton's Bistro Alexander (7927 Forsyth Boulevard) seems to have closed. I swung by this morning for a look, and while the tables remain set, artwork and a flat-screen TV have been removed from th ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 3.14-3.20

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.A new food blog for the digest this week: Mostly Soup, which, as its title suggests, is about mostly soup. Check it out.STL Bites: Bill is not impressed with Alice Waters' 60 Minutes interview.Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly tempts us with Ore ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 2.28-3.6

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.STL Hops: Mike has photos from the Stable's Hopslam cask party.Adventures in Eating Locally: Kimberly ponders the true cost of tomatoes.Off the Menu: Joe Bonwich has news of a new farmers' market in Ellisville.Iron Stef: Stef makes ginger chick ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 2.21-2.27

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.STL Bites: Earlier this week Gut Check's Brooke Foster bemoaned a new policy asking solo coffeeshop patrons to sit only at two-top tables. Bill argues the other side.Sauce: Sauce posts a picture of a mama and baby pig to illustrate a story on Kev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 2.14-2.20

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.The Cupcake Project: Stef has a recipe for pickle and ice-cream cupcakes -- and some great news!St. Louis Eats & Drinks: The Pollacks visit the new Delmar Loop restaurant Racanelli's Cucina.Feast: A great story of messing with a restaurant on ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    FoodWire: Parker's Table Closing

    Both Joe Bonwich and Sauce report that Clayton wine and food shop Parker's Table (8137 Maryland Avenue) is closing. Stop by for discounted wine and, on Saturday, a "farewell toast."

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    January 16, 2009

    FoodWire: Fire Destroys Home of Annie Gunn's Owners

    Joe Bonwich has the unfortunate news at Off the Menu: Annie Gunn's and Smokehouse Market owners Thom and Jane Sehnert lost their house to a fire on Tuesday. Thankfully, there were no injuries.

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    December 16, 2008

    FoodWire: Market at Busch's Grove Now Open

    The transformation from iconic St. Louis restaurant to upscale grocery store is complete: The Market at Busch's Grove opened Saturday at 9160 Clayton Road. The market is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 314-567-7770 for more info. Joe Bonwich, my counterpart at the Post-Dispatch ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    Post Food Critic Still Eating Heartily

    Did you hear that the Post-Dispatch fired its restaurant critic – Joe Bonwich – Friday? So did we. "It was my Mark Twain moment," says Bonwich, who is definitely still eating and drinking on the daily's dime.

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    September 29, 2008

    Joe Bonwich Still on the Menu

    Did you hear that the Post-Dispatch fired its restaurant critic -- Joe Bonwich --Friday? So did we. "It was my Mark Twain moment," says Bonwich, who is definitely still eating and drinking on the daily's dime. Bonwich tells Riverfront Times he chose a most inopportune time Friday to go hunting fo ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest

    A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... This weekend is the Slow Food Nation gathering in San Francisco. Bill Burge of STL Bites is on his way there, and he checks in with a fantastic post detailing what the organization means to him and why he is approaching the meeting ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    In This Week's Issue: West End Pub & Grill and Blue Machine

    My review of the West End Grill & Pub is now available online. Click here to read. Also in this week's issue: Kristie hopes Blue Machine can help her get through boot-camp fitness class. And! This week's Gut Check column includes last week's news about the changes at Monarch and Monarch's owners cl ... More >>

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    August 4, 2008

    Now Open: Cafe Ventana

    Credit my Post-Dispatch counterpart Joe Bonwich for this news: Café Ventana, the new Midtown Central West End eatery -- featuring beignets! -- from chef Chris Lee, is now open at 3919 West Pine Boulevard. I'd previously posted that it would be opening later this month. That's the official gran ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest

    A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... The Cheesemonger's Wife shows you how to make yogurt cheese. Show Me Vegan has a recipe for roasted poblanos with mushrooms and vegan sausage. At Adventures in Eating Locally, Kimberly takes a look at vertical farming. The digest ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008

    Now Open: Sir-B-Que

    I first blogged about this place months of course both Joe Bonwich and Sauce had news of its opening first. Anyway. Sir-B-Que is now open at 5898 Delmar Boulevard. Check out the menu, which includes steaks, ribs and snoots as well as fish and chicken. Call 314-875-0050 for more informatio ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008
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    June 6, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest

    A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... The Pollacks visit the new restaurant from Vito and Michelle Racanelli, Onesto. Strawberries, beer and a knife: Bill puts his fingers on the line for you at STL Bites. At STL Hops, Mike has some photos from the recent beer dinner ... More >>

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    May 23, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest

    A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... Seriously, folks, I'm going to have to start doing these twice a week. I've already introduced one of this week's new food blog offerings: Off the Menu from Post-Dispatch restaurant critic Joe Bonwich. Also making its digest debut ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    A New Food Blog...from a Familiar Name

    Joe Bonwich, my counterpart at the Post-Dispatch -- and former RFT restaurant critic -- has launched his own blog, Off the Menu. And his very first post has news from the Central West End. Go check it out. -Ian Froeb

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    January 31, 2008
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    September 27, 2007

    Today's Restaurant Tidbits

    If you opened today's Post-Dispatch expecting to read my counterpart Joe Bonwich's latest review, you would have learned that the restaurant he planned to review -- Best Chinese, which opened in downtown Clayton not too long ago -- has closed. My sympathies, Joe. This hasn't happened to me yet, tho ... More >>

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    December 29, 1999

    Eat Drink Man Woman

    Taking some time to let 1999's dinners digest

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    August 18, 1999

    Hot Dish

    The new Hot Locust Cafe makes the pleasing transition from punk-rock hallway to real restaurant

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    May 26, 1999
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