Mabel Suen

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    June 13, 2014

    Apop Records Celebrates Ten Years In The Business of Subversive Sound

    Before the advent of Record Store Day, Apop Records had a birthday celebration every April, and for good reason. Having a storefront focused solely on fringe art is a bold move, and not a particularly smart business decision. But that doesn't deter owner Tiffany Minx. She has built a hub for creativ ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Our 20 Favorite Restaurant Openings of 2013

    As the year winds ever closer to its end, we here at Gut Check are getting awfully nostalgic for the year that is and was 2013. In celebration, we compiled a list of the twenty restaurants, coffee shops, bars, burger shacks, barbecue joints, and so on that opened for business in 2013 and changed the ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Where to Get Your Homemade Thanksgiving Pies (and More) in St. Louis

    Your family gave you one job: Bring the dessert. We all know you can't just throw some in some slice-and-bake cookies in the oven and call it a day. This is Thanksgiving, and everyone's expecting a pie. Pumpkin. Or pecan. Or anything autumn-sounding, really. Do the holiday some justice and don't pic ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Check out Pillow Talk, St. Louis' Most Sarcastic Noise-Punks

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Pillow ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    First Look: Billy G's Huge Italian-American Eatery in Kirkwood (Photos)

    On August 6, Kirkwood welcomed a brand new restaurant, fully equipped with a wine-and-dine-worthy patio: Billy G's (131 West Argonne; 314-984-8000). Owned by the family-operated Gianino's Restaurant Group, the proprietors of nine other local establishments, Billy G's serves up Italian and American e ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Meet the Pawpaw: Missouri's Forgotten Fruit

    A couple weeks ago, Gut Check came into possession of some mystery produce: the pawpaw fruit. As soon as we learned some of its common nicknames, "a poor man's banana" and "American custard apple," we were intrigued. What is this? Where did it come from? What can we do with it? Enter Andy Moore, w ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    First Look: Jax Cafe in Benton Park [Photos]

    Chef Brian Hale has made waves all over the St. Louis dining scene, manning the helm at the late, great Monarch Restaurant as well as working with Chase Park Plaza, BARcelona and Coastal Bistro. On July 23, he started the next chapter in his culinary career as the executive chef of Jax Cafe (2901 Sa ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Papa Murphy's, Named America's Best Pizza Chain, Brings Take'n'Bake to South City [Photos]

    South city residents might have noticed a comically large, inflatable Italian chef -- at least 25-feet-tall, similar to a massive Christmas-themed lawn ornament -- hanging out on Gravois Avenue in early August. The cause for the overtly cartoon-ish decor? Papa Murphy's (3909 Gravois Avenue; 314-875- ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Sister Cities Cooks Up Cajun Food and Barbecue in Dutchtown [Photos]

    In June, Sister Cities (4144 South Grand; 314-875-9653) opened in the Dutchtown neighborhood. Named in regard to French heritage parallels between St. Louis and New Orleans, business partners Pamela Melton and Travis Parfait serve up a corresponding mashup of Cajun food and home-style Midwest barbec ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Stone Soup Cottage Hosts a Week of Special Dinners Before Making its Move to a New and Improved Location

    Chances are, you probably haven't experienced true "farm-to-fork" dining unless you've eaten at a place like Stone Soup Cottage (5525 Oak Street) that gets its produce from a farm that's less than a minute away. In September, the Cottleville dinner destination with a small dining room but big person ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    First Look: Melt Serves Savory Waffles and More at New Location on Cherokee Street [Photos]

    Exactly one year after opening its doors in the south Carondelet neighborhood, Melt (2712 Cherokee Street; 314-771-6358) officially made its move to bigger digs on Cherokee Street. The 2000-square-foot space supersizes just about every aspect of the original Melt from the kitchen and bar to the dini ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    First Look: Tree House Serves Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw and Gluten-Free Bistro-Style Dishes on South Grand [Photos]

    Sound Grand just got a lot greener, and we're not just talking about the lime-colored accents painted on the refurbished building at the corner of Grand Boulevard and Connecticut Street. Tree House (3177 South Grand Boulevard; 314-696-2100), a modern vegetarian and vegan bistro, opened its doors rec ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    First Look: Annie Moons Bakery and Café Makes Bite-Sized Breakfast, Lunch and Baked Goods in Tower Grove South [Photos]

    The hand-drawn lady in the logo for Annie Moons Bakery and Café (4001 Utah Street; 314-296-3300) -- a Cartoon Network-esque chick who resembles someone's ridiculously boisterous aunt -- boasts an extraordinarily large behind. Contrastingly, the portions at the recently opened Tower Grove South rest ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Spelling Bee Outs "Joe Sly," Alleged Undercover Cop Posing as Punk Fan

    We here at RFT Music can barely breathe this is so awesome. St. Louis's own Spelling Bee has apparently outed an undercover police operation in Boston. The cops' goal: Breaking up DIY punk shows by posing as fans. "Basically I think the cops should have something better to do," says drummer and vo ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012
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    December 13, 2012

    The Meticulous, Furious Cacophony of Spelling Bee: Review

    Together, Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen make St. Louis a much noisier place. As light-night DJs on the KDHX (88.1 FM) program Wrong Division, the couple spins sides from labels like Skin Graft and Touch and Go with special attention paid to local bands, past and present. Their website, ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012
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    February 16, 2012

    First Look: Parker's Table Reopens at Oakland and Yale

    Mabel SuenThe Parker's Table storefront with vintage refurbished mail truck turned food cart.​Jonathan Parker grew up in markets. As an adolescent, his family owned a small bell foundry and sold utilitarian bronze bells in arts and crafts fairs. Many years later, when he first arrived in St. L ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    First Look: Root Features Old-School American Cuisine

    Mabel SuenCreamed lobster with brandy and fried bread.​Envision a warm, open hearth with a pot of stew or suckling pig roasting. This was the image that chef Brian Hardesty imagined while dreaming up his concept for Root (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345), the spac ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Mike Warhover of Baileys' Range: Smoked Onion Rings and Chipotle Catsup

    This is part three of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Mike Warhover of Baileys' Range. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Warhover, is published here. Chef Mike Warhover's approach to "simple food done right" takes classic American fare like burgers, french fries and onion rings ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Mike Warhover of Baileys' Range, Part 2

    This is part two of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Mike Warhover of Baileys' Range. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Warhover, will be published tomorrow. Did your family cook when you were a child? Yes. My mom cooked all the time, and that's where I found my love for fo ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Soup Countdown #15: Café Mochi's Udon Soup

    January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Mayer's Bakery Takes On a New Art Bar Identity in South City

    With corner bars inhabiting infinite crevices throughout St. Louis city, the ability to set them apart can prove tiresome. Maggie Ginestra and Mike Stasny, however, set the bar for Mayer's Bakery, their business-to-be, on a completely different par filled with imaginative art, locally developed snac ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Plush Opens in Midtown

    ​Over at RFT Music, my colleague Kiernan Maletsky reports that, at long last, Plush has opened its doors at 3224 Locust Street in Midtown.The 40,000-square-foot -- that's not a typo, by the way -- restaurant, club, bar and concert venue has been in development for two years, though owner Maebelle ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Preview: Plush Saint Louis Prepares to Open its Doors in Midtown

    In recent RFT news, writer Diana Benanti provides an update on the soon-to-be drinking, dining and live music mainstay Plush in Midtown. The 40,000 square foot, four-story combo of mid-size music venue, full-service diner and cafe, bar and private event space will open its doors to the public as soo ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Coastal Bistro and Bar Features Southern-inspired Land and Sea Cuisine

    Mabel SuenChefs in the kitchen at Coastal Bistro and Bar.​This past September the Schmitz family welcomed a new kid on their cozy, close-knit Clayton block -- Coastal Bistro and Bar (14 North Central Avenue; 314-932-7377). The Southern-inspired seafood bar and restaurant, featuring a combinati ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #8: Danno's Miracle on 34th Street

    Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #10: Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge's Hot Spiked Cider

    Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Maude's Market Offers Heritage Turkeys for Thanksgiving

    Turkey time is quickly approaching! If there's still no word on your bird, consider a locally raised heritage turkey from Maude's Market (4219 Virginia Avenue; 314-353-4219) for the dinner table this year. Maude's Market, a year-old shop in up-and-coming south-city neighborhood Dutchtown, provides f ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Bailey's Range Now Open for Lunch

    Mabel Suen​Last week, Dave Bailey's newest venture, Bailey's Range, debuted with its soft opening in downtown St. Louis. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the restaurant began offering lunchtime hours as well. Gut Check caught up with Bailey for a glimpse into the brand new burger-and-shake eatery's offe ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    The Atomic Cowboy Now Serving Breakfast at Giddy Up Breakfast Bar

    Mabel SuenFreshly baked muffins and fruit parfaits at Giddy Up Breakfast Bar.​Many a cowpoke has chosen to chase the day away with Tex-Mex grub and a drink (or three) at the Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775). Now, the popular watering hole in the Grove is introducing Giddy U ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Jimmy Hippchen of the Crow's Nest: Pulled-Pork Sandwich with Cilantro Barbecue Sauce

    This is part three of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Jimmy Hippchen of The Crow's Nest. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Hippchen, is published here. Mabel SuenChef Jimmy Hippchen's pulled-pork sandwich with cilantro barbecue sauce.​Anyone who's been to the Bleeding Dea ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Jimmy Hippchen of the Crow's Nest, Part 2

    This is part two of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Jimmy Hippchen of The Crow's Nest. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Hippchen, will be posted Thursday. Mabel SuenChef Jimmy Hippchen in the Crow's Nest's kitchen.​Did your family cook when you were a child? My mom ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Man Or Astro-man? At The Duck Room, 10/10/11: Review, Photos And Setlist

    Mabel SuenCoco ignites the theremin. ​Man or Astro-man? | Jaill Blueberry Hill Duck Room October 10, 2011 The stage was crammed with flickering lights and three projector screens sporting an amalgam of space propaganda with vivid imagery. Space rock was split into fractions with science ficti ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Todd Lough of Bixby's, Part 2

    This is part two of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Todd Lough of Bixby's. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Lough, will be posted on Thursday. Mabel Suen​Did your family cook when you were a child? Not really. I started cooking for the family when I was twelve. Fir ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    New Fall Menu with Todd Lough of Bixby's

    This is part one of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Todd Lough of

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    September 13, 2011

    NeighborGood Foods Delivers Farm-Fresh Produce To A Doorstep Near You

    Mabel SuenJohn Doelling and Andi Smith, co-owners of NeighborGood Foods.​Imagine getting a big lush box of fresh, local fruits and vegetables each week without even having to set foot outside of the house. NeighborGood Foods, a brand-new company operated out of Maplewood by couple Andi Smith a ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Interview & Recipe with Schlafly Gardener Jack Petrovic

    Mabel SuenSchlafly gardener Jack Petrovic and assistant gardener Nolan Kowalski with various types of garlic including Creole Red, Music Pink and California Late​Schlafly gardener Jack Petrovic loves garlic, but he's tired of having to give his away. And that's fair, considering that the gourm ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Yemanja Brasil Introduces New Lunch Menu

    Mabel SuenLinguiça Jobim sandwich with Yemanja Brasil potato salad and a lime mousse dessert.​Yemanja Brasil (2900 Missouri Avenue; 314-771-7457), a dinner-only establishment for the past ten years, recently reined in the return of a long lost lunch menu, featuring plenty of affordable appeti ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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    July 28, 2011

    Preview: Dough to Door, A Cookie Delivery Business in the Delmar Loop, Set to Open Soon

    Mabel SuenManaging partners Tamika Moore and Jonathan Weinberg in the kitchen​There's nothing like a warm cookie fresh from the oven. The sweet, comforting smell of leavened butter and sugar-infused treats wafts from seemingly a mile away, ensnaring all within its path. Now, imagine having th ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Advice To New Bands From Spelling Bee's Mabel Suen And Joseph Hess

    Photo by Andy Peterson​Spelling Bee's Mabel Suen and Joseph Hess have thrown themselves into more-or-less every corner of DIY music -- their relentless efforts are detailed in this week's feature. Their band kicks off its sixth tour this Friday at Pig Slop Studios. As you might expect, there ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Heavy Anchor's Jodie Whitworth and Joshua Timbrook: Featured Bartenders of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Mabel Suen profiles The Heavy Anchor's Jodie Whitworth and Joshua Timbrook. Below is a Q&A with the pair, followed by the recipe for their concoction, the Rusty Anchor. Mabel SuenJoshu ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Interview: Joy Christensen Talks About The Fountain On Locust's New Menu

    Mabel SuenJoy Christensen, owner of The Fountain On Locust​July is National Ice Cream Month, and the Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street, Midtown; 314-535-7800) delivers just in time to celebrate with an updated menu featuring plenty more drinks and frozen treats, plus a couple of brand new ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    A Visit to Shameless Grounds -- A Different Kind of Cafe

    Mabel Suen​Back in February, Gut Check previewed Shameless Grounds (2650 Sidney Street, Benton Park; 314-773-9900), a sex-positive coffeehouse connected to the Koken Art Factory. Tip of the Tongue checks back in with owner Andrew Mueller to see how things have been running since SG's opening i ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Tomorrow! Spelling Bee Tour Kickoff at Apop Records

    Spelling Bee is a newish noise/experimental duo featuring Mabel Suen (Ultraviolents) and Joseph Hess (ex-Sleep State) who's starting to earn some buzz around town. Next week, the pair is heading out on a very cool, unorthodox Southern tour -- and has graciously agreed to keep a tour diary for us. Bu ... More >>

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    June 4, 2008

    The Ultraviolents

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    June 8, 2007

    Bonjour, Monsieur!

    Nice try, but non.If your knowledge of French culture can be summed up by terms like "French toast," "French fries" and "French kissing," then you're more than likely missing out on a whole world of cultural cultivation. Now's your chance to learn about French colonial Missouri (and to redeem yourse ... More >>

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