Main Dish Recipes

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    November 9, 2011

    #48: Lengua Tacos at La Vallesana

    Evan C. Jones​There are many tempting options available at La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223), but whether you're getting quesadillas, burritos or tortas, there's something on the menu that leaps out to most people as something to avoid: tongue. Offal is something that most Am ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    #49: Hummus and Balela Platter at Nosh Bistro

    Bryan Peters​When Nosh Bistro (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-4734) closed a few months ago, we sank into a brief, but profound, funk. We'd grown terribly fond of their hummus and balela salad platter, and we didn't want to know a world without it. So you can imagine ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    #50: Bread Pudding at Harvest

    Evan C. Jones​How good is the bread pudding at Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522)? When Gut Check dropped by to pay homage to this favorite desert, chef de cuisine Brendan Noonan came clean about his consumption. "I've already had four portions of the bread ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    #51: Root Beer Float at Dr. Jazz

    Julia GabbertRoot beer float at Dr. Jazz​ Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain and Grille (29 N. Gore; 314-961-5299) is a homey little restaurant in charming Webster Groves. Dr. Jazz serves up your typical club sandwiches, burgers and lots of comfort food like chili fries and onion rings. The best part, th ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    #52: Le Croque Monsieur at LaBonne Bouchée

    Ashley AtkinsLe Croque Monsieur!​LaBonne Bouchée (12344 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur; 314.576-6606) offers the Francophile a wide selection of authentic French cuisine, ranging from le quiche du jour to le vol au vent to petit fours. But Gut Check's favorite way to eat à la française is to devou ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    #53: Biscuits and Wild Mushroom Gravy at Blood and Sand

    Blood and SandSweet Potato Biscuits and Wild Mushroom Gravy​When we first heard about the members-only concept at Blood and Sand (1500 St. Charles Sreet.; 314-241-7263), we were a bit skeptical, particularly considering the current economic climate. Sure, bigballers wouldn't have to sweat a 15 ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    #54: The Gracey at Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium

    Emily Wasserman​Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium (1170 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-932-5414) serves up a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers and hot dogs, offering selections for red-meat-loving carnivores, but also vegetarians. The ingredients are fresh, and many of the ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    #55: The Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza at Katie's Pizzeria

    Emily Wasserman​Katie's Pizzeria (6611 Clayton Road; Clayton; 314-727-8585) is a small establishment serving up delicious, albeit unique, pizza. With ingredients ranging from smoked salmon to speck, Katie's pizzas aren't for the culinary faint of heart. Each pizza is uniquely crafted and made ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    #56: Brioche French Toast at Half & Half

    Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue; 314-725-0719), St. Louis' newest breakfast and brunch eatery, despite being surrounded by breakfast and brunch giants like First Watch, Companion and the City Coffeehouse and Creperie, is becoming a legend in its own right. The menu offers a wide variety of brunch ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    #57: Fish and Chips at Llywelyn's

    Following closely on the heels of fish and chips in terms of prevalence on any pub menu is the sandwich version - a piece of fried fish on a bun. Fish sandwiches can range from the blah to the greasy, but at Llywelyn's Pub (4747 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-3003), the full flavor of fish shows up in th ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    #58: Chicken Kabob at Al Waha

    Kristie McClanahan​Chicken and rice is ubiquitous the world over: Stick it in a tortilla and call it a Mexican dish in Chihuahua, or blend it with coconut milk and curry in Chiang Mai and call it Thai. No wonder, though -- chicken and rice is uncomplicated, versatile and, when flawlessly prepa ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    #59: Seafood Ravioli at Gian-Tony's Ristorante

    Erika MillerSeafood ravioli at Gian-Tony's comes drenched in the best flavors of Italy.​There's nothing more relaxing than lounging in a steaming hot tub, letting the hot water soothe away the day's tensions. For food, the equivalent of relaxing in a hot tub has to be sitting in a simmering, f ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    #60: Raw Veggie Burger at PuraVegan

    Bryan PetersNo buns allowed, no buns needed.​St. Louis is no stranger to veggie burgers -- from the divine at SweetArt to the pedestrian at too many places -- and it's important to understand this context. In fact, the owners of PuraVegan first started making veggie burgers at their old restau ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    #61: Hot Chick On-a Stick at Fast Eddie's Bon Air

    Deborah Hyland​Ghost tours in Alton, Illinois, feature Confederate prisoners of war, slaves fleeing on the Underground Railroad and the occasional juicy murderous love triangle or suicide. Surely the tour guide should mention the mystery of the maimed, wingless chickens. Order the Hot Chick O ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    September 8, 2011

    #62: Mixed Grill Platter at Flaco's Cocina

    Chrissy Wilmes​Letting oneself get too hungry is a dangerous thing. When blood sugar runs low, tempers can run high, and the simple act of ordering something new becomes a high-risk roll of the dice. For those times of extreme hunger and limited patience, it's important to reserve a few favori ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    #63: Arancini From Mangia Mobile

    Robin WheelerOnly one Mangia has arancini.​ What's in a name? If you're food truck Mangia Mobile, a lawsuit from a similarly-name local restaurant. Mangia Mobile compensates for name overlap by bringing Italian street food to St. Louis. Specifically, Sicilian-style arancini. Owners Catherine ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    # 68: Lamb Burger at The Scottish Arms

    Erika MillerThe lamb burger is an American classic with a Scottish Arms twist.​Pubs seem to come in one of two varieties -- those filled with kitsch and bland fish and chips, or those filled with authentic food, drink and conversation. The Scottish Arms (8 South Sarah Street, Central West End; ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    #69: Crispy Pork Spring Rolls at Bobo Noodle House

    Robin WheelerCrispy and flavorful, the pork spring rolls at Bobo Noodle House​So ubiquitous, the pork spring roll. Or egg roll. By any name, it's the same creature -- usually crispy on the outside, wrapper still a little chewy on the inside, filled with a pulverized blend of...stuff. Not at ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    #70: Turkey Melt and Field Greens Salad at Schlafly Bottleworks

    Chrissy Wilmes​Schlafly's brewpubs, although known primarily for their craft beers, put just as much effort and though into their menu, seeking out high quality food from local sources. From the grilled cheese to the pulled pork to the ribs to the pizza, every dish has a little something extra ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    #71: The Vegetarian Platter at Ranoush

    Emily Wasserman​Entering Ranoush (200 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-726-6874) is like stepping into a scene out of Arabian Nights. Sequined tapestries line the walls, brass lamps hang from the ceiling and intricately carved metal rings hold the napkins and silverware. Gut Check uncovered ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    #72: Vegetarian Meatballs at Lucas Park Grille

    Lucas Park GrilleWho needs meat with veggie meatballs this good?​Downtown St. Louis isn't exactly a vegetarian's paradise, but Lucas Park Grille (1234 Washington Avenue; 314-241-7770) keeps it real for the herbivores with one of its menu's staple entrées: Vegetarian Meatballs. We've embarrass ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    #73: Sizzling Rice Soup at Hunan & Peking Garden

    Robin Utz​In Gut Check's experience, there aren't enough Chinese restaurants in the St. Louis area offering sizzling rice soup on their menus, and Hunan and Peking Garden's (1262 Old Orchard Center, Manchester; 636-227-6445) is worth the jaunt to West County. The soup is designed to be shared ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    #74: Straw and Hay Pasta at Trattoria Marcella

    Erika MillerThe straw and hay pasta at Trattoria Marcella is a piece of Italian artwork.​In a city that boasts an Italian district brimming with toasted ravioli, red wine and tiramisu, Gut Check is no stranger to Italian food, both rustic and refined. And in our humble opinion, not all of the ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    #75: Spaghetti Pomodoro at Babbo's Spaghetteria

    Emily Wasserman​Nothing beats a good Spaghetti Pomodoro. You can find it on the menu at most Italian restaurants, and it's usual the safe, go-to classic when deciding what to order. Italian's don't like too many bells and whistles in their cooking, and the Spaghetti Pomodoro at Babbo's Spagh ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    #76: Shrimp Fajitas at El Matador

    Emily Wasserman​Picture the excitement of a Mexican bullfight: A small man in a sombrero waves the red flag, the bull, frothing at the mouth, charges toward him, and the audience sits on the edge of their seats, praying that the man (and his sombrero) survive. Things don't get quite this exci ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    #77: Vegetable Quesadilla at Chava's

    Bryan Peters​Chava's (925 Geyer Avenue, Soulard; 314-241-5503) is a great place to mosey up to the bar, plop a lime in a Corona, and, until recently, light up a smoke. But it's the food that brings you back. The salsa is always exceptionally fresh, the guacamole vibrant, nutty and abundant. Bu ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    #78: Companion Rustic Olive Bread

    Robin WheelerCompanion's Rustic Olive Loaf​ Picking a favorite bread from Companion (8791 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-352-4770 and 8143 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-721-5454)? It's not easy. Not even a little. But if forced to choose in some terrifying situation involving firearms or knives not ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    #79: Salt and Pepper Shrimp from Wei Hong

    Deborah HylandSalt and pepper shrimp at Wei Hong​This Cantonese delicacy, traditionally cooked heads-on and shell-on, left American diners completely flummoxed about how to eat the battered shrimp. Down the crustaceans, shells and all? Peel the shrimp and lose all the salty batter? Nibble away ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Lynne Truong of Banh Mi So #1 Saigon Gourmet: Recipe for Bun Ga Xao

    This is part three of Antonio Pacheco's Chef's Choice profile of chef Lynne Truong of Banh Mi So #1. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Truong, is published here. Antonio Pacheco​While chef Lynne Truong prepares myriad Vietnamese dishes, a highlight of Banh Mi So #1 -- Saigon Go ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Ivy Magruder of Vin de Set: Recipe for Bouillabaisse

    This is part three of Amanda Woytus' Chef's Choice profile of chef Ivy Magruder of Vin de Set. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Magruder, is published here.Amanda WoytusVin de Set's bouillabaisse​If you eat one thing on Vin de Set's (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989 or ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Miguel Carretero of Guido's: Recipe for Bacalao a la Vizcaina

    This is part three of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of Miguel Carretero of Guido's. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Carretero, is published here. Deborah Hyland Carretero's recipe for Bacalao a la Vizcaina​Tapas have become quite trendy over the past decade, often to ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Mike Ryan of Lola: Recipe for Andouille Corn Dog with Red Beans and Rice

    This is part three of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of Mike Ryan of Lola. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Ryan, is published here. Chrissy WilmesAndouille sausage corndog with red beans and rice​When does a deep fried carnival staple evolve into an entree? When Mike R ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011
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    May 5, 2011

    John Caton of Benton Park Cafe: Recipe for Classic Breakfast Pizza

    This is part three of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of John Caton of Benton Park Cafe. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Caton, is here. Chrissy Wilmes​Everyone has a favorite type of pizza. Whether it's thick crust or thin, red sauce or white, St. Louis style or New Yo ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Chris Williams of Franco: Recipe for Chicken Roulade

    This is part three of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of Chris Williams of Franco. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Williams, is here. Chrissy Wilmes​When it comes to education, some chefs choose the formal route, attending culinary school and working externships, while ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Jeff Robtoy of the Bleeding Deacon Public House: Recipe for 'Wich Came First

    This is part three of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of Jeff Robtoy of the Bleeding Deacon Public House in south St. Louis. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Robtoy, is here. Chrissy Wilmes​Jeff Robtoy's creativity goes far beyond the kitchen. He's an art school grad, a ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Matt Dawson of Brandt's Cafe: Recipe for Duck Tacos

    This is part three of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of Matt Dawson of Brandt's Cafe. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Dawson, is here. Deborah HylandBrandt's Cafe chef Matt Dawson prepares duck tacos.​Appetizers are Brandt's Cafe (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University Cit ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Kraken Wise: Squid Rocks

    ​No question about it: Squid and octopus are in. On a whirlwind visit to New York late last year, Gut Check partook of octopus dishes at four different restaurants on four consecutive nights. Last week, right here in blogland, our featured chef of the week Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto shared her ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011
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    February 25, 2011

    The Firth King, and Other Acadamy Award-Inspired Fast Food Treats

    In honor of being nominated for Best Actor in his role as stammering King George VI in The King's Speech, fast food-loving Brit Colin Firth will get to create his own sandwich at Burger King if he wins the Academy Award.​ Firth hasn't said what he'll put on his burger if he ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Battle Meat Pie: England vs. Australia Grudge Match!

    ​England vs. Australia may sound like a cricket match, but it's merely the latest Fight Club Sandwich installment: battle meat pie. The two nations may share one language and a similar gene pool, but culturally they're as far apart as they are geographically. One is planning a royal wedding; ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Con Fusion: A Visit to Thai Pizza Co.

    Ian FroebThe panang curry pizza (?) at Thai Pizza Co.​I last visited Thai Pizza Co. (608 Eastgate Avenue; 314-862-4429) five or maybe six years ago -- before I was the RFT's restaurant critic. Though the restaurant is located right down the street from Gut Check International Headquarters, I ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Making Mom Proud: A Visit to Nora's

    Ian FroebThe "For Pete's Sake" sandwich -- smoked pork loin, bacon, brie, caramelized onion and applesauce -- at Nora's​When you name your restaurant after your mother, as the owner of the Dogtown sandwich shop Nora's (1136 Tamm Avenue; 314-645-2706) has done, you don't leave yourself much margin ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Poll-oh Boy! A Visit to Amigo Joe's Chicken

    Ian Froeb​It was sometime last summer when I first noticed the sign along Hampton Avenue advertising Amigo Joe's "American Fried Chicken" restaurant. Now, you rarely see "American" added to the name of a fried chicken joint. It's redundant. Here, though, it made sense: Amigo Joe's is a Mexican res ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    January 19, 2011

    Kosher Soul Food: The Recipes

    Aimee Levitt​On a recent morning, Andria Simckes and her mother Evelyn Lard invited Gut Check to Simckes' Creve Coeur kitchen to give us a crash course in their specialty: kosher soul food. The results were delicious. They were kind enough to provide recipes, but Gut Check declines to take res ... More >>

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