Jonathan Olson

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The Five Best Restaurants to Die in the Past 12 Months 2012

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Market Grill to Close June 9 -- A Sad Day in Soulard

    This just in from Market Grill (728 Lafayette Avenue; 314-436-7664) general manager Katie Shanahan: The restaurant will close June 9. "I thought I would let you guys know before rumor hits the street that we are closing the restaurant," Shanahan writes in an e-mail addressed to RFT restaurant criti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Iron Fork 2012: The Winners and the Hangover

    Gut Check has a headache, we can't hear very well out of our left ear, and our favorite white dress shirt is stained with all of the major food groups and a fair amount of booze. Yup. Iron Fork 2012 was a success.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Iron Fork 2012 Advance Ticket Sales End Today!

    Attention all of you who have been procrastinating or sitting on the fence or living in the dark cave of your own ignorance: Today is the last day that you can buy advance tickets for Iron Fork, Riverfront Times' blockbuster tasting event tomorrow, March 22, at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Iron Fork 2012 Is One Week Away!

    Oh, hello. Ian here on behalf of Gut Check. You know, we often use exclamation points in our headlines -- usually ironically or sarcastically or because our finger slipped and we're too lazy to fix the typo. In this case, however, we really are excited. Next Thursday, March 22, is our annual Iron F ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 29, 2011
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    December 23, 2011

    Top Ten Dishes 2011 #10: The Porchetta Sandwich at Market Grill

    I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. The top dish will be revealed on Tuesday, December 27, and look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.Jennifer SilverbergChef Jonathan Olson in the kitchen of Market Grill​Chef ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Review Slideshow: Market Grill, Version 2.0

    Jennifer SilverbergJonathan Olson prepares one of the new dishes at Market Grill.​Market Grill (728 Lafayette Avenue; 314-436-7664) has taken the bold step of completely reinventing itself after more than a year in business. My review of Market Grill is now available online, as is Jennifer Sil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Swine Before Pearls? Pig Wings (Finally) Gain National Attention

    ​Gut Check knows the joke well. Gut Check has made the joke. The Manhattan tastemakers fall in love with some seemingly random food object, celebrate it in countless breathless blog posts and articles and then mock those late to the party for their interest in something so last season.Later -- lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Tidbits from Market Grill, Pita Pit

    Laura Ann MillerInside Market Grill in Soulard​A couple of updates to some recent items:- We learned a couple of weeks ago that Jonathan Olson would take over as chef of Soulard's ​Market Grill (728 Lafayette Avenue; 314-436-7664).The restaurant debuted its new menu last weekend, and you can now ... 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 27, 2011

    Morel Majority: Terrace View's Jonathan Olson Forages for Mushrooms

    Robin Wheeler​When Gut Check featured Jonathan Olson back in January 2010, he had just taken over the executive chef position at Erato. Much has changed since then: Olson left Erato, did a lot of traveling and restaurant exploration and recently took the helm at Jim Fiala's Terrace View. Wha ... 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

    July 16, 2010

    Metro East Chefs Go Field to Fork on Saturday

    Too many people write off the Metro East as strip clubs, squalor and crime. Beyond the stereotype strife, fields roll with local produce and livestock nurtured by generations of family farmers. There's also a growing culinary scene, populated by chefs who focus on fresh and local food. Southwestern ... More >>