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    November 24, 2014

    The 9 Best Southern Restaurants in St. Louis

    Sometimes we all just need a little soul with our meal. Whether it's some Cajun-spiced seafood, perfectly crisped fried chicken, buttery biscuits or any number of barbecue recipes, Southern cuisine is unlike any other and sometimes all that will satisfy -- perhaps best paired with a single barrel bo ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 21 to 23

    Despite the snow last weekend, it's not going to be too freezing the next few days -- so get out and enjoy it. You'll also be holed up with your family next weekend. We're most excited about all the whiskey-related events surrounding Whiskey in the Winter. We can't think of a better way to warm up. ... More >>

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    November 17, 2014

    What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Fried Chicken?

    Fried chicken is definitely having a moment. Of course, it has been a staple of American cuisine (especially Southern cooking) for years, but it's enjoying a bit of celebrity. Hell, Ben Poremba just opened an entire restaurant devoted to the dish. John Perkins and Josh Galliano take it to the next l ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 7 to 9

    It doesn't feel like November quite yet, and we're not complaining. Plus, the beer festivals are still going strong! Get out of the house this weekend for Budweiser's Brew Fest, a chili cookoff, or even a fairy-tale tea party. Continue on for our food-related recommendations. See also: Thrillist Na ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Happy Hour at Juniper: Discounted Southern Comfort Food and Cocktails

    The Place: Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. The Deals: $3 off of specialty cocktails and "snackies."

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    October 22, 2014

    The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: October 15-21

    Our Instagram feed has become delightfully seasonal, especially over the past week. The novelty of pumpkin spice everything has made way for belly-warming soups and hearty meals from St. Louis' finest. Just try not to drool, and let us know who we should be following in the comments. See also: John ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    John Perkins Looks Back on Juniper's First Year

    Many impressive restaurants have opened in the past year or so. Several succeeded, many did not. Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) is one of the lucky ones. Chef and owner John Perkins turned his restless pop-up into an acclaimed restaurant that celebrates the best of Southern cuisine. ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: September 15-22

    We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Instagram was practically made for pictures of food. Gut Check has rounded up our favorite foodie accounts in St. Louis, but there are so many cool photos every week, we wanted to share what St. Louis' best chefs, bartenders and eaters are Instagramming. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Juniper, Home Wine Kitchen and More Launch Tour de Poulet

    As if you needed another excuse to eat fried chicken, chef John Perkins of Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) has dreamed up the Tour de Poulet. It's a program for the month of August that spotlights some of the best fried chicken dishes in the city. Plus, there's something in it for you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Juniper Adds Happy Hour and a New Menu

    Owner and executive chef John Perkins announced this week that Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) is adding a happy hour and implementing one of its biggest menu changes to date. The menu usually rotates every couple weeks, and Juniper has always had craft cocktails, but Perkins aims to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Dinner Lab Experiments With Underground Dining in St. Louis

    St. Louis is no stranger to underground dining. You may remember the secret dinners that got Juniper chef John Perkins started here in town, which turned into the dining club Entre. There hasn't been much of that lately, but and New Orleans-based Dinner Lab is about to change that. See also: John ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Chef Chat: Sous Chef Josh Poletti is the Libertine's Unsung Hero

    Back in the Libertine's (7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-2999) kitchen, a chef named Josh toils day in and out, feeding the bread starter, making housemade butter and cooking up a mean porchetta. No, it's not Josh Galliano. The Libertine's other Josh, executive sous chef Josh Poletti, serve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Food Wine Design Culinary Week Celebrates Three of Our Favorite Things

    You already know we love food. We also love wine. But did you know we love design? The three actually go pretty well together, and all next week they'll be combined in one delicious package. The best chefs in St. Louis are getting together for St. Louis' Food Wine Design event next week. And when we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Chef Chat: Juniper's John Perkins Explains the Dangerous "Steak Double Down"

    It's been quite a year for pop-up chef-turned restaurateur John Perkins. First came the opening of his permanent restaurant, Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) -- already considered one of the city's best. Then came his Iron Fork win, where he somehow managed to turn beef liver into a br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis Weekend: May 2 to 4

    There is one event looming large over beer-obsessed St. Louis this weekend: Microfest. We've got all the details, but if that's not your thing, how about some Cinco de Mayo celebrations? It's also the Kentucky Derby, if you prefer your bourbon with a little mint. Check out our list of food-related r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    John Perkins Revives His Underground Dinners with Salon1500

    The best and worst part of underground dinners is that they're so ephemeral. No, you won't be able to eat it again, but you should go because, hey, you won't be able to eat it again. We're not sure if this is John Perkins' thought process (probably not) but the chef and owner of Juniper (360 North B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Chef Carl Hazel, Scottish Arms, Loves Taking On the Whole Animal

    I had the pleasure of meeting chef Carl Hazel at Riverfront Times' Iron Fork 2014 event. We were both judges for the chef competition, and I have never met someone so excited about liver. As the four chefs prepared their offerings, Hazel could be overheard, circling the pop-up kitchen, saying things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Harvest Wins People's Choice Vote at Iron Fork 2014

    There were 39 topnotch restaurants at Iron Fork last week, armed with samples of everything from spicy savory doughnuts to lobster risotto. There were nearly 2,000 people at the sold-out event. Guests texted their votes to pick the Bite of the Night. And the winner is... See also: John Perkins Take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Chef Ivy Magruder on Whiskey, the Next Big Local Chef and Secret Nocturnal Behavior

    If the St. Louis food community gave out an award for "Mr. Congeniality," Ivy Magruder would be the hands-down winner. The Gamlin Whiskey House (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-875-9500) chef may work at hip whiskey bar, but he is the kind of guy who's more comfortable chatting about his kids. "We're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    John Perkins Takes the Title at Iron Fork 2014

    One of the best parts of Iron Fork is the competition. Chefs and bartenders from some of our favorite restaurants battled for supremacy. Returning champ Ed Heath of Cleveland Heath took on challengers John Perkins of Juniper, Colleen Clawson of Standard Fare and Brian Coltrain of Element. The compet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: Brian Coltrain, Element

    Iron Fork 2014 is only days away, and one of the best parts (besides all that food) is the chef competition. Four local chefs at the top of their game will cook their hearts out live, onstage, with a mystery ingredient. Only one will be declared the winner. Last year, Ed Heath of Cleveland-Heath to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    The Full List of Iron Fork 2014 Participants Plus $5 Off Your Ticket

    Iron Fork is just over a week away, and we are looking out for you, loyal Gut Check readers. Not only have we finalized the list of participating restaurants and competing chefs, but we have a special deal for you. See also: The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: John Perkins, Juniper

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: John Perkins, Juniper

    Iron Fork 2014 is only a few weeks away, and one of the best parts (besides all that food) is the chef competition. Four local chefs at the top of their game will cook their hearts out live, onstage, with a mystery ingredient. Only one will be declared the winner. Last year, Ed Heath of Cleveland-H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: February 14 to 16

    Yay, Valentine's Day! Or, boo, Valentine's Day! If you're celebrating with your significant other, enjoy a candlelit dinner or howl with the wolves. Looking ahead to Mardi Gras? Watch some of the best chefs in St. Louis cook up some Cajun food, or help celebrate the city's 250th birthday. Check out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    The Restaurants and Competitors of Iron Fork 2014

    Iron Fork, our annual celebration of St. Louis food, is only weeks away. We're lining up some of the best restaurants and chefs in town for your eating pleasure. The Gut Check editorial staff has personally picked the participants and competitors, and we wanted to give y'all the first look at who's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    #99: Breadbasket at Juniper

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. When chef John Perkins started doing underground dinners, he was a theology student who never planned on opening his own place. Now he's in the kitchen full-time at his first permanent restaurant, Juniper (360 North ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    The 5 Best Biscuits in St. Louis

    The biscuit is one of our favorite sides. But it has a lot of versatility, too -- it can be breakfast, lunch or dinner, a la carte, smothered with gravy, or replace bread in a sandwich. We've chosen a few of our favorites to get you started; these are all places where biscuits are available on their ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014
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    January 9, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Juniper's Chef John Perkins Finally Gets Taken Seriously

    Chef John Perkins likens his foray into the restaurant business to a frog boiling in a pot of water. "You know the story -- there's a frog swimming in a pot of water. At first it's just warm, but someone turns up the heat. It's so gradual that he doesn't realize it. The next thing he knows, he's co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Chef Brian Hardesty's Guiltiest Pleasure and Most Hated Ingredient

    When you've worked in some of St. Louis' most venerable kitchens -- Monarch, Harvest, Terrene -- such as chef Brian Hardesty has, you could be excused for sticking with what you know. After all, if you're privy to a winning formula, why not take the easy route and open a place that replicates past s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Review Preview: Juniper

    Rambling man John Perkins had one of the most highly anticipated openings of last year with Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696), the southern table and bar located on the northeast edge of the Central West End. Perkins made his name, first as the not-so anonymous chef behind a series of u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    2013 Openings & Closings: A Year in St. Louis Restaurants

    Is it really 2014 already? It was a banner year for the St. Louis dining scene. A number of acclaimed chefs opened up new spots, like Josh Galliano, Cassy Vires and John Perkins. Many beloved spots closed, too, but we suppose that's just the way it goes. It's inevitable that we missed some things, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Juniper Adds Late Night Eats and Happy Hour

    John Perkins opened his restaurant Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-520-6750) after a series of pop-ups on October 16. Beginning Friday, December 13, Juniper will add extra hours and new late-night menu. See also: First Look: Juniper Serves Southern Cuisine in the Central West End (Photos) "I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    First Look: Juniper Serves Southern Cuisine in the Central West End (Photos)

    As reported earlier this month, local pop-up restaurant proprietor John Perkins decided to settle down with a concept that's made to last. On October 16, his latest creation, Juniper: A Southern Table & Bar (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-520-6750), opened in the Central West End. Gut Check stopped in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Juniper Opens October 16; Pop-Up Impresario John Perkins is Ready to Settle Down

    Fans of chef John Perkins' ephemeral eateries will be pleased to know that his newest venture, Juniper: A Southern Table & Bar, is built to last. That's right, the nomadic mastermind behind pop-up restaurants like the Agrarian and A Good Man Is Hard to Find is settling down. "It really was becoming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    The Art of Food Brings St. Louis' Top Chefs Together for Slow Food St. Louis

    Slow Food St. Louis does a lot to promote sustainable, local food in the area -- unfortunately, nonprofits tend to be strapped for cash. That's why the annual fundraiser is so important; it provides funds for things like biodiversity microgrants and educational programs. On the bright side, Slow Foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 9 to 11

    This weekend, hit up Food Truck Friday and Local Social in the Central West End. Alternatively, consider going on an ice cream bicycle ride hosted by Trailnet or sign up for a class at Kitchen Conservatory. Plenty of food-related fun awaits right after the jump. See also: - Iron Barley's Tomato Fes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    The Agrarian Pop-Up Restaurant from Entre Opens Wednesday

    Round two of Entre's (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-632-6754) pop-up venture, the Agrarian, begins Wednesday night. The first incarnation ran through June and July and featured locally sourced and seasonal foods -- but it was a mostly vegetarian menu. This time, though, there will be plenty of meat. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    A Good Man Is Hard to Find's "Pork-n-Beans": One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now (Seriously, Only Three Weeks Left)

    The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Entre's John Perkins on Pop-Up Restaurant #2, A Good Man Is Hard to Find

    A Good Man Is Hard to Find, the new pop-up restaurant from the catering firm-mobile kitchen-underground restaurant Entre (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-632-6754), opens tomorrow, March 14, at 5:30 p.m. A Good Man is Hard to Find follows this winter's pop-up, Le Coq, which Entre chef John Perkins tells ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Entre's John Perkins Discusses Pop-Up Chicken Restaurant Le Coq and Future Plans

    "I think chicken tends to get short-shrift," says John Perkins, the formerly anonymous chef behind the caterer-mobile kitchen-underground restaurant Entre. "This is a chance to rehabilitae its image -- or at least for us to try to do that." The "this" of which Perkins speaks is Le Coq, the chicken- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Tidbits from DeMun Oyster Bar, Perennial Artisan Ales, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

    Jennifer SilverbergDeMun Oyster Bar in Clayton​- DeMun Oyster Bar (740 DeMun Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0322) has announced a change in hours. Beginning today, Monday, October 31, the seafood-centric restaurant will be open from 4 p.m. daily. Lunch will be available on Saturday only, beginning at 11 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: October 14-16

    ​Friday (Oct. 14): World Food Day Commemoration @ The Donald Danforth Plant Science CenterSt. Louisans are invited to help make 500,000 meals for Sub-Saharan Africa individuals in need during a global effort to increase awareness, understanding and action to alleviate hunger. Take a bite out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    St. Louis Chefs Are an Educated Lot

    Chrissy WilmesChris Williams of Franco studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.​Last week Eater asked chefs if they thought culinary school was worth the time and expense for aspiring chefs. The answer was a resounding "probably not." The discussion made us wonder how well-e ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Entre Sucre Debuts Underground Dessert Dinner

    Robin WheelerPassion fruit tartlet with toasted marshmallows, blackberries and basil​"It's sort of like being kids, staying up past your bedtime and eating dessert for dinner," chef Steven Caravelli told members of his first sold-out Entre Underground crowd as they finished his four-course, al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    John Perkins Talks Entre Sucre

    The news of Steven Caravelli joining the Entre Underground group traveled at warp speed after Entre founder John Perkins made the announcement to his email list. Entre Sucre, an all-dessert dinner to premiere Caravelli on July 28, sold out so quickly they had to add a second date. Since leaving Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    The Knives Have It: Local Chefs and Their Favorite Tools

    co.designMore gadgets than a Williams-Sonoma outlet store. (Click pic for humongous version.)​ Got gadgets? Pop Chart Lab does, and they've put 100 of them on a poster. But are all of them beloved? Can you find any local chefs who give names to their chinoise, or keep their clam knife in hand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    "Tastes Like Chicken": The Video Remix!

    Steve AdamsClick here for the entire Tastes Like Chicken slideshow.​To complement Brooke Foster's feature this week, "Tastes Like Chicken: An RFT Food Experiment," we are pleased to bring you the video version of events. For this unique gustatory exploration, we divvied ourselves up into four ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010
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    October 1, 2010

    Fat Food Taxi Rolls Through St. Louis, Across U.S., in Search of Dining Underground

    Stephen BarberEntre:Underground chef John Perkins (left) and chef Efrain Cuevas of the Clandestino Chicago Supper Club​What did you do on your summer vacation? Whatever it was, it probably wasn't as cool as what Eliza Flanagan and Stephen Barber did. The couple left their home in London, whe ... More >>

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