Main Dish Recipes

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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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    December 30, 2010
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    November 4, 2010
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    October 29, 2010

    Poisoned Candy, Free Lifetime KFC, and Other Halloween Food Horrors

    What's scarier - urban legends about psychos contaminating Halloween candy with poison and sharp things, or dressing up as Colonel Sanders to win a lifetime supply of KFC? The Atlantic debunks spooky tales of razor blades and cyanide in treats, giving evidence that most "Halloween sadist" stories ar ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Bob Colosimo's Pasta with Walnut Sauce

    This is the final installment of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Bob Colosimo of Eleven Eleven Mississippi. Part one is available here; part two, a Q&A, is posted here. Robin Wheeler​While traveling in Tuscany last month, Eleven Eleven Mississippi's Bob Colosimo noted the abundance o ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010
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    September 23, 2010

    Cook's Illustrated's New iPhone App: A Gut Check Test Drive

    A free Cook's Illustrated app? Free? America's Test KitchenChristopher Kimball: bow-tied culinary mogul​Cook's Illustrated, the flagship magazine of Christopher Kimball's food-media hydra, isn't known for giving it away. Kimball refuses to sell advertising in any of his magazines and cooki ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    St. Louis to Sitka: Chef TJ Weston Publishes Alaskan Seafood Cookbook

    ​TJ Weston, a St. Louis native and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, has published his first cookbook, Eat, Fish & Be Happy: Salmon and Halibut Recipes to Celebrate the Taste of Alaska. The book draws from the 28-year-old Weston's time as the chef at a fishi ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Chef's Choice Recipe: Jennifer Pensoneau's Cochon de Lait and Cherry Cobbler

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Jennifer Pensoneau of JFires' Market Bistro. Part one can be accessed here. Part three, a Q&A with Pensoneau, is here. Robin WheelerThis little piggy looks delicious!​The cochon de lait at J.Fires' Market Bistro reflects the Louisia ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010
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    May 14, 2010

    David Molina's Paella Valencia Recipe

    This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef David Molina of BARcelona Tapas. Part one is available here; part two is here. Robin Wheeler​Paella Valencia Serves 6 4 1/2 cups chicken stock Robin Wheeler​1 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 1/4 poun ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Chef's Choice Recipe: Eliott Harris' Tuna and Salmon Tartare

    This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec. Part one is available here; part two is here. Robin Wheeler​"People have this misconception about the Midwest that if you're landlocked, tough," sushi chef Eliott Harris says of sashimi ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Chef's Choice, Part 2: Jarvis Putnam of Bossanova Restaurant and Martini Lounge

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Jarvis Putnam of Bossanova Restaurant & Martini Lounge. To read part one, click here. Stay tuned for part three tomorrow. Robin WheelerJarvis Putnam of Bossanova Restaurant & Martini Lounge​Did your family cook when you we ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Chef's Choice Recipe: Chef John's Egg Ravioli with Lardons and Mustard Greens

    This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Chef John of Entre:Underground; to read part one, click here. To read part two, click here. Robin Wheeler​"I've had three kitchen jobs, and they've all been really short because they were in the summer before going back to sch ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Chef's Choice Recipe: Frazer Cameron's King Crab Boil

    A staple on the Frazer's Restaurant and Lounge menu, this classic crab boil highlights owner Frazer Cameron's dedication to fresh ingredients, prepared simply to maintain their integrity. It also connects him to his childhood in San Francisco. ​Frazer Cameron​"When I was a kid, my mothe ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    20 Unholy Recipes: Dishes So Awful We Had to Make Them

    After about a year of perusing old-school cookbooks looking for weird recipes and spotting bizarre trends (hot dogs eggs, inside a Jell-O mold) from the '50s, food blogger Robin Wheeler compiled her twenty most stomach-turning concoctions. (Do not view this list before lunch. Jeez, or maybe after ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Farmers' Market Share: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    So hopefully the omnivores in the audience haven't given up on me yet. I know I burst onto the Gut Check scene in 2009 promising to explore the full spectrum of local foods, yet I've barely glanced at foods with faces.To the patient among you, rejoice!Alissa Nelson​The reason for the absence of me ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Chef's Choice Recipes: Jon Feraro's Fast Pizza Recipe

    Robin Wheeler​"Here is a little recipe very similar to the way I make pizza in the shop and at home," says Jon Feraro of Feraro's Jersey Style Pizza, who was profiled in yesterday's Chef's Choice. "If you follow these steps, you can impress your friends and family with fresh Jersey-style pizza at ... More >>

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