This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Rick Lewis of Quincy Street Bistro. Part two, a Q&A, will be published Wednesday, and part three, a recipe from Lewis, will be available on Thursday. When Rick Lewis took the helm of south city's Quincy Street Bistro (6931 Gravois Avenue; 314 ... More >>
Lest there was any doubt, St. Louis is officially bizarre. According to the Travel Channel, that is. Soulard Farmers Market (730 Carroll St., 314-622-4180) announced on its Facebook page last night that Bizarre Foods America will be shooting at the market in March. They haven't yet set an exact dat ... More >>
Washington University Dining Services announced on Monday that it has named the acclaimed St. Louis chef John Griffiths as its campus executive chef. The high-profile hiring shouldn't come as too much of a surprise: Wash U., through its dining-services operator Bon Appétit Management Services, espo ... More >>
Selecting the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. This year, Gut Check is celebrating five contenders in several categories.Larry Forgione bid St. Louis adieu.With very few exceptions, the Be ... More >>
This is part one of Amanda Woytus' Chef's Choice profile of chef John Griffiths of Truffles. Part two, a Q&A, will be published tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Griffiths, will be posted on Thursday.Amanda WoytusChef John Griffiths of Truffles in the restaurant's dining roomOn a weekda ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergNewstead Tower Public HouseOctober was a very busy month for restaurant news in St. Louis. Judging by the reaction here and elsewhere, I'd guess the biggest news was the closing of Newstead Tower Public House. (Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch reported via Twitter on Saturday, Ne ... More >>
New York-based restaurateur Larry Forgione tells Sauce Magazine that An American Place St. Louis, the restaurant he opened six years ago in the Renaissance Grand Hotel on Washington Avenue, will soon close. "It was a five-year renewable [lease]," Forgione told Sauce. "I would have considered ... More >>
Larry ForgioneTom Finkel already provided a thorough postmortem yesterday on the news that Larry Forgione's An American Place will soon close its doors. To his analysis I'd add only this:In the same Sauce Magazine roundtable that Tom cites for Forgione's comments about portion size, the chef also ... More >>
Robin WheelerSteven CaravelliSteven Caravelli took over as executive chef at Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, 314-725-6667) last month. Now he has unveiled his new menu for the Clayton restaurant."The formula is the same: small plates, flatbreads, salads, soups and entrées," Caravelli explains. "I p ... More >>
Image viaBoot camp? Or the kitchen of your favorite restaurant?An interesting debate has started on the New York Times Diner's Journal blog: What constitutes crossing the line when a diner has an issue with a restaurant or, in this case, the head chef?The situation is this: Times writer Ron Liebe ... More >>
An American Place (2004)Five years, the economic plunge that stalled downtown's "renaissance" and, frankly, the disparaging comments about St. Louis diners that Larry Forgione made during a Sauce Magazine interview have taken some of the luster off An American Place. Still, when it opened in 200 ... More >>
Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.Cupcake Project: Stefani conquered a vampire with garlic cupcakes and chocolate-covered garlic, and then got witchy. She also shared Bride and Groom 3.0's first video review.Iron Stef: Stephanie partied with her mushroom-growing uncle.Show Me ... More >>
Walgreens, 4140 S. Broadway, 314-832-4990.
An American Place, 822 Washington Avenue; 314-418-5800
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Missourians have a healthy appetite for wild game meat. Some say raccoon tastes better than roast beef.
Is An American Place worthy of its buzz? In a word: absolutely.
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