• Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Now Open: Racanelli's in the Loop, Cantina Laredo, Strange Trap Kitchen

    There are some tidbits to share as we approach the end of the month. A few places popped up, and it's worth noting that, as we reported earlier this week, two of three Lester's sports bars have closed this month. See also: Strange Donuts Kirkwood Opens October 22, Central West End Location Soon

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: July 2014

    Some of the most-anticipated restaurants of the summer are still teasing us with opening dates -- we didn't get much in July. Peacemaker, the Peacock Diner, Old Standard, White Box Eatery and more are almost here. For now, we'll just have to get along with the knowledge that we were spared the resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Strange Donuts Announces Columbia Expansion

    Fresh off its National Donut Day celebration at Kuva Coffee last Friday, Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard; 314-932-5851) announced plans for a third location in Columbia, Missouri. Co-owner Cory Smale made the announcement at the Donut Day party, but he tells us its been in the works for at lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Strange Donuts Approved for Second Location in Kirkwood

    Speculation has been rampant ever since Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard) announced it would expand to a second location after only a few months in business. Soon fans were guessing Kirkwood would be the place -- it's fairly central and is similar in feel to Mapelwood, home of the original. Tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Smallcakes Cupcakery Prepares for Kirkwood

    Smallcakes Cupcakery (343 South Kirkwood Road, #8, Kirkwood; 314-698-2780) will open next month in Kirkwood. The Atlanta-based franchise is coming to St. Louis in early April. See also: Strange Donuts Announces Plans for Second Location

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    First Look: Five Star Burgers Now Serving its Critically Acclaimed Menu in Kirkwood

    From the green chile cheeseburger to the German chocolate milkshake, Gut Check will gladly try just about anything from Five Star Burgers. Eater National ranked its burgers among the "25 hottest" in the country last year, and the menu even gets the Veggielante stamp of approval. Just in case you mis ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    November 21, 2013
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    November 20, 2013

    Review Preview: Billy G's Serves Scene But Does It Serve Substance?

    Billy G's (131 West Argonne, Kirkwood; 314-984-8000), the latest feather in the Gianino's Restaurant Group's cap, opened its Kirkwood doors this August to much fanfare. Occupying the former Massa's location, the space underwent a massive renovation that resulted in, most notably, a stunning outdoor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Kirkwood, Mehlville School Districts Legally Must Accept All Student Transfers, ACLU Says

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri is getting involved in the intense school transfer controversy in the state, arguing that two local districts have a legal obligation to accept outside students looking to enroll. "All children, regardless of their race, where they live, or the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    First Look: Sushi Bistro Rolls Sushi and Hibachi Into a Single Concept in Downtown Kirkwood [Photos]

    In late February, Kirkwood welcomed a new seafood-centric restaurant to town: Sushi Bistro (343 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-966-5545). The sushi bar and hibachi grill is run by owners Jimmy Li and Zhenkun Lin with chef Andy Chi, whose experience comes from rolling sushi on the East Coast for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Fresh, Bright Vegetarian Fare Shines at Sunset 44 Bistro in Kirkwood

    The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to proselytize ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    First Look: Manila Bistro Offers Flavors of the Philippines in Kirkwood

    It's hard to imagine that St. Louis' longest standing Filipino restaurant concept, Manila Cafe, started out with just two tables on Cherokee Street in 1978. Its history spans various incarnations at dining destinations such as annual local festivals, Union Station, South Grand and downtown Kirkwood. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    October 2012 Openings & Closings

    As has been the pattern for many, many months now, October saw far more openings than closings. In fact, Gut Check can confirm only one actual closing for the month: the Kirkwood location of Trattoria Branica. (There is one other possible closing.) Openings included a new barbecue joint at Mad Art ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    First Look: Local Harvest Grocery in Kirkwood

    On Thursday, October 18, a second Local Harvest Grocery (12309 Old Big Bend Road, Kirkwood; 314-966-6566) opened its doors. This is the first location in St. Louis county, with its flagship, Local Harvest Grocery (3108 Morgan Ford Road; 314-865-5260), in south city. Co-owners Patrick Horine and Madd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    "Web's #1 Site For Women!" Tries to Trick Panera Bread, Gets Dumped

    More corporate intrigue from the yeasty world of Panera Bread, a.k.a. Kirkwood-based St. Louis Bread Company.The editors at -- the "#1 Site for Women!" -- wanted Panera to know that their online advertising dollars were going to good use. Even if, in fact, they really weren't. So the s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2012
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    November 18, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: November 18 to 20

    ​Welcome to the weekend, St. Louis music fans! And what a weekend: At least five locals are releasing albums in the next three days (that's the cover of Dubb Nubb's Sunrise Sleepy Eyed pictured here). On the national side, we're especially excited about Lydia Loveless and Kings Go Forth. Loom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    The Franchise Grows: Dunkin' Donuts Heads for Telegraph Road

    The city's Dunkin' Donuts tally could climb as high as 22 franchises.​Gut Check's journey through the city's Dunkin' Donuts renaissance is nothing new. More than a decade after the last of the fried dough franchise closed in the city, St. Louis was reintroduced to the chain in March 2010 with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    NYT Mag Features St. Louis-Style Pizza (Well, Sorta)

    New breakfast of champions?​Our cardboard-and-paste indigestion-inducing flatbread beloved, delectable hometown pizza was served up on a national platform over the weekend, via The New York Times Magazine. In an image shot by Ron Haviv and splashed across the mag's brand new photography sectio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    When Criminals Imitate the "People of Walmart"

    Police describe the suspect as "heavy set" and bald with some bad tattoos on his forearm.​St. Louis County police are looking for the man pictured here in connection with the theft and fraudulent use of a credit card stolen from a vehicle in October. The suspect later used the credit card to purch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Restaurant Tidbit Smörgåsbord: The Tavern, Vito Racanelli and More

    Robin WheelerVito Racanelli Jr. of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria​It's only the second full week of October, but it's already been a busy month for local restaurant news -- so busy that our friends in the local have scored several scoops of their own.- Evan Benn reports at Off the Menu that The Tave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    News Tidbits from the Tavern Kitchen & Bar, Mihalis

    ​I was in Seattle last week, drooling over the fresh seafood at Pike Place Market -- the rare tourist destination that lives up to (maybe even exceeds) the hype -- so pardon me for tipping my cap to Gut Check's fellow bloggers for the news I missed.First up, George Mahe reported on Relish that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    ​This week was full of celebratory cheer at Gut Check and hippie communes everywhere, as both Earth Day and 420 took place. You can keep the holiday spirit alive all year long with Eco-Friendly Drinks and Alice B.Toklas' Recipe for Haschich Fudge. And if that just wasn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    2009 in Review: January

    ​​When Gut Check learned that the Chocolate Oreo Milkshake at Baskin Robbins had been named the worst food in America, checking in at 2,600 calories and 263 grams of sugar...well, we just had to try it! The grim results and the rest of the month in review after the jump.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    It's a Lovely Day for a Snow Cone, Don't You Think?

    Steve TruesdellOK, so summer has arrived with a wallop this year. It sucks. But we can spend the next few months either complaining about how underwear-meltingly hot it is, or we can do what little we can to relieve the misery that is summer in the Midwest.How about a snow cone? I had one just yeste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    By the Boards: Dennis Brown on the STL Theater Scene May 7-10

    After the deep darkness that has pervaded area theaters during the past few weeks -- most notably with heavyweight dramas by Brecht, Büchner and Kafka -- the first lilting notes of an impending musical summer can be heard. This weekend (through May 9) the Kirkwood Theatre Guild concludes its produc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Suburban Journals Fires Reporter Who Took Bullet During Kirkwood Shootings

    The Suburban Journals, sister paper to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, last week laid off the reporter who took a bullet in the hand during the infamous February 7, 2008, Kirkwood City Council shootings. Todd Smith, 37, and a Journals reporter since September 2006, was the only person injured in the sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    A Year Later, Kirkwood Still Reeling From Attack That Left Seven Dead

    Tomorrow night the City of Kirkwood will hold a vigil marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal shootings that claimed the lives of seven people.  In the year since the massacre, Kirkwood has done its best to recover from the tragedy. It's patched and painted the bullet holes in City Hall, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    FoodWire: Two Nice Guys and Trattoria Two Closed

    George Mahe has the unfortunate news at Feast: The casual Italian restaurant Two Nice Guys and its upscale dining room, Trattoria Two, have closed. A note from owner and chef Chris Kramer (pictured right) says the Kirkwood restaurant couldn't continue "one more day" given the current economy.I liked ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 23, 2008
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    May 7, 2008
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    February 21, 2008
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    February 8, 2008
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    February 7, 2008
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    November 7, 2007

    Daily Web Crawl

    Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE A first at A to Z: Annie has nothing to say. Yet, she still manages to give us three paragraphs. On Gut Check, Ian sets his sights on food writer Michael Ruhlman. Was a Kirkwood woman assaulted by a human or a Demento ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 27, 2007
  • News

    April 12, 2006

    Letters Column

    Week of April 13, 2006

  • Calendar

    January 4, 2006
  • News

    July 27, 2005

    Meat Beaters

    Unreal mingles with true meat-masters, joins the campaign to save CBGB and receives a dispatch from Redbird Nation. Plus, what's Keebler doing handing out roach clips?

  • News

    March 16, 2005

    Post Mortem Postmortem

    Letters from the issue of Wednesday, March 16, 2005

  • News

    February 13, 2002

    A Mayor Runs Through It

    With the determination of a Missouri mule, Mayor Mike Swoboda drags a $40 million development into the heart of Kirkwood

  • News

    June 6, 2001

    Taking the Plunge

    St. Louis' suburban cities have been competing for years to build the biggest and best places to play. Around here, keeping up appearances is serious business.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000
  • Dining

    May 10, 2000

    Able Kane

    Our reviewer presents a bouquet of rosebuds to Citizen Kane's steakhouse

  • Dining

    February 23, 2000

    Around the World

    A minitour of area ethnic eateries and groceries

  • News

    October 27, 1999
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    April 28, 1999
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