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Laura Miller

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    February 6, 2014

    St. Louis Named #2 Most Romantic Dining For Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day is in less than two weeks, so we imagine the coupled among you are scrambling for dinner reservations. Lucky for you, OpenTable users voted St. Louis the second most romantic city in America, after...San Antonio? The weird part, though, is users of the restaurant reservation site nam ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    The Seven Best St. Louis-Based Chain Restaurants

    There are plenty of national chain restaurants in St. Louis, but go to any Midwestern city and you'll find a similar selection. Locally-based chains, however, are unique -- places we can claim as our own, and that usually end up defining (like it or not) St. Louis' culinary identity. Here's a list o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Where to Eat Out On Christmas Eve in St. Louis

    Christmas is already stressful enough. Several fantastic restaurants will be open, offering delicious dinners. Pick from prix fixe or a full menu. Before you criticize us for "promoting" restaurants being open on Christmas Eve, keep in mind that it's a tradition for many people. If you're looking fo ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Local Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie

    Thanksgiving may be the holiday focused on food, but Christmas is a close second. There are so many treats to be had: baked goods, chocolates, peppermint, coffee. We know how y'all love to buy local, so we rounded up some great holiday gifts from local restaurants, shops and cafes. Your friends will ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in St. Louis

    Thanksgiving is all about the food, but for some people, it's about going out to eat, not spending the day elbow-deep in a greasy oven. Or maybe you're not going to be with your family this year, but you still want that delicious turkey. Behold, our handy-dandy guide to eating Thanksgiving dinner at ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    The 10 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis

    As the long summer afternoons drag on, we could all use a quick pick-me-up -- not those sugary, chemical-ridden energy drinks, but rather good old-fashioned coffee. Chances are your local coffee shop is like a second home -- special mugs, chatty baristas and free wifi; it's likely you've grown quite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Soulard: A Glutton's Guide to St. Louis' Funnest Neighborhood

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. One of St. Louis' most iconic neighb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Trendy Cocktails and Sky-High Sandwiches: The Central West End

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. The tony Central West End offers one ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Lafayette Square: The Food Lover's Guide to One of St. Louis' Tastiest 'Hoods

    View Lafayette Square in a larger map St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Hungry Nerd's Restaurant Guide to Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis

    Visiting Wizard World's St. Louis Comic Con at America's Center this weekend? Here are some choice places to which to adjourn for victuals and libations -- all within easy walking distance of the con! See also: - Non-Nerd's Guide to Wizard World Comic Con

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Benton Park: An Updated Guide to Restaurants in the Benton Park Neighborhood of St. Louis

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. This week we wander the old-school ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    The Five Best 2012 Downtown Restaurant Week Menus

    Downtown Restaurant Week begins Monday, August 20, and runs through Sunday, August 26. This year, 20 restaurants are offering three-course meals for $25, excluding tax and tip. Where to begin? You can view each restaurant's menu online, but if you don't have time to read through 20 different menus, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    The Nine Best Wine Bars in St. Louis

    Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2012 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    The Ten Best Outdoor Dining Spots in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    The Ten Best Dessert Spots in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Cards' Comeback Opens Up Some Prime Tables

    Laura MillerThese seats could be yours!​Want to score last-minute reservations at a popular restaurant on a Friday evening? Usually, barring someone else's last-minute change of plans, you're out of luck.Tonight, unsurprisingly, that might not be the case.The Cardinals' dramatic victory last night ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 2, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. There are plenty of new titles on this week's adu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Owner of Downtown's J.F. Sanfilippo's Plans New Restaurant for Chesterfield Valley

    Laura MillerFilippo's Italian Kitchen and Bar will have a larger bar area than its downtown counterpart, pictured here.​Joe Sanfilippo, who owns and operates J.F. Sanfilippo's in downtown St. Louis, has just announced plans to open a new venture. This time, the Italian restaurant owner has his ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Brasserie by Niche, Tortillaria Burglarized

    Laura Miller​Burglars have struck two Central West End restaurants this week, Brasserie by Niche (4380 Laclede Avenue; 314-454-0600) and Tortillaria (8 1/2 South Euclid Avenue; 314-361-4433). It remains unclear as of now whether the two crimes are connected, though the m.o. is similar in each.The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Del Taco to Close Tomorrow; But Board Bill May Actually Save Building

    Laura MillerDoes Board Bill #118 actually help save this building?​Alderwoman Marlene Davis wanted people to know that Board Bill #118 has nothing to do with any proposed demolition of the Del Taco building at South Grant and Forest Park. She repeated several times at today's Housing and Urban De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    [Update] South Grand Del Taco Gets Facebook Love -- But Could Get Demolished Anyway

    photo by Laura Miller​Update: By attending the meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, Daily RFT's Albert Samaha called the bluff of more than 9,000 enraged citizens who like the "Save St. Louis Del Taco" Facebook page. Would they show their opposition to the bill that would create a commu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Win One of Three $10 Gift Certificates to Gioia's!

    Laura Miller Do you really want to hurt me? ​Today's contest is especially easy. It involves no guessing and absolutely no correctness (political or any other kind). To win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to Gioia's (1934 Macklind Avenue, The Hill; 314-776-9410), all you have to do is 1) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Top Five Fast Food Joints Besides Del Taco to Enjoy While Drunk

    Laura MillerSo long, after-bar hangout.​A community of St. Louis drinkers was surely surprised when news broke that plans might be in the works to demolish an after-bar staple, the midtown Del Taco (212 South Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1424). Gut Check reported yesterday that developer Rick Yack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Mob of Angry Del Taco Lovers Noticeably Absent from City Hall

    Laura Miller​More than 9,000 enraged citizens have shown their support of the Del Taco on South Grand by clicking the "Like" button on the "Save St. Louis Del Taco" Facebook page. Democracy in action! The people are speaking! As the Arab Spring has taught us, social media can topple power stru ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Del Taco Demolition on Aldermanic Agenda Tomorrow

    photo by Laura Miller​The flying saucer where so many drunken late-night tacos were scarfed, the Del Taco on Grand Boulevard, may be getting demolished, despite being on the National Register of Historic Places and causing an outpouring of love on Facebook.At tomorrow's meeting of the board of ald ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Shrewsbury Man Owns Tony's After Groupon Mix-Up

    Mitchell Backman, the new Tony's owner, outside his Shrewsbury home​Mitchell Backman thought the Groupon deal in his email inbox must be too good to be true: a $50,000 gift certificate to the crown jewel of St. Louis restaurants, Tony's (410 Market Street; 314-231-4740), for only $25.It wasn't.Now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    CWE Bissinger's Now Open for Morning Treats, Too

    Laura MillerNow available at breakfast, too. (Dear God!)​As a chocolatier offering scrumptious tortes, pastries, wine pairings and even the occasional chocolate martini, Bissinger's at Maryland Plaza has long been a favorite spot of midafternoon snackers and dessert-minded revelers.But now you don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Review Preview: Prime 1000

    Laura MillerThe dining room of Prime 1000​This week I visit Prime 1000 (1000 Washington Avenue; 314-241-1000), the posh new loft district steakhouse. Upon entering the four-month-old steakhouse Prime 1000, to the left of the host's stand, you will see your dinner. Well, not specifically your dinne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Chocolate Is Always the Right Size for Valentine's Day

    Laura MillerChocolates at Bissinger's at Maryland Plaza​Valentine's Day is this Monday, February 14. What's that? You haven't done your shopping yet? No worries. On this holiday, it's not the thought that counts -- it's the quality of the chocolate.Gut Check checked in with a few of our favorite ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Claus Schmitz Sells Stake in Prime 1000 Steakhouse

    Laura MillerThe dining room of Prime 1000​Mosaic owner Claus Schmitz announced this weekend that he has sold his stake in Prime 1000, the upscale steakhouse that opened across the street from Mosaic in November of last year. Schmitz plans to focus on his Mosaic properties, which include not only t ... More >>

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