• Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Strange Donuts Kirkwood Opens October 22, Central West End Location Soon

    It's been a whirlwind year for Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851), which celebrates its first birthday on Saturday. The little Kickstarter that could turned into (after a few delays) a hit bakery in Maplewood, and within months announced expansions to Kirkwood and Columb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Review: A Pizza Story Writes the Book on Fantastic Neapolitan Pie

    A Pizza Story (7278 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-899-0011) 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon.) See also: A Pizza Story Serves Neopolitan Pizza in Maplewood

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The Best Food Events This Weekend: July 11 to 13

    It's the middle of summer in St. Louis, and it's only going to get hotter. And we don't just mean the food scene! (We'll be here all week.) Hit up this month's Food Truck Friday, or the annual celebration of Bastille Day in historic Maplewood. Or hey, eat some elk! Check out our food-related recomme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Strange Donuts Approved for Second Location in Kirkwood

    Speculation has been rampant ever since Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard) announced it would expand to a second location after only a few months in business. Soon fans were guessing Kirkwood would be the place -- it's fairly central and is similar in feel to Mapelwood, home of the original. Tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Chris Bolyard Says Goodbye to Sidney Street Cafe; Plans to Open Maplewood Butcher Shop

    After ten years with the celebrated Kevin Nashan, Chris Bolyard is leaving Sidney Street Cafe (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777). He says it's bittersweet, though -- Bolyard and his wife are starting their own whole-animal butcher shop called Bolyard Meat and Provisions. See also: Sidney Street Caf ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014
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    November 14, 2013
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    August 22, 2013

    Home Wine Kitchen Pairs With Chaumette Winery

    Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road; 314-802-7676) is hosting a six-course wine dinner tonight, August 22, in collaboration with Chaumette Winery in Ste. Genevieve. The Maplewood restaurant, known for its delicious burger as much as its ever-changing menu, was even featured in Bon Appetit last m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 12, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: July 12 to 14

    This weekend, check out Let Them Eat Art in Maplewood, Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park, Tour de Donut at Fireman's Park, an opening at Vino Gallery and much more. Work up an appetite and start planning ahead!

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013
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    April 11, 2013

    Happy Hour at the Crow's Nest in Maplewood: Cruise for Boozing

    The Crow's Nest (7336 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-781-0989) The Hours: Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with late-night specials Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9 p.m. to Midnight. The Deal: Drink specials include $3.00 rail drinks, $2.00 PBR and Miller ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Mediterranean Platter and Win $10 to La Tejana Taqueria

    Guess where we ate this Mediterranean platter with hummus, spinach, kalmata olives, marinated onions, hormone-free fet and warm organic pita slices and win $10 to La Tejana Taqueria (3149 N. Lindbergh Blvd. Maryland Heights; 314-291-8500). Hint: We dined at a popular coffee shop in Maplewood. Rules ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Tidbits: Food Trucks in Maplewood, New Chef at Ritz-Carlton

    - Maplewood could become the latest St. Louis County municipality to allow food trucks to roam its streets. Maplewood-Brentwood Patch reports on this week's meeting of the Maplewood City Council at which Councilman Tim Dunn proposed a six-month trial for food trucks provided that they avoid the main ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating these Enchiladas and Win $25 to Momos Ouzaria Taverna [Updated]!

    You can win $25 to Momos Ouzaria Taverna (630 North and South Road, University City; 314-863-3511) and all you have to do is guess where we ate these enchiladas. Hint: We dined at a restaurant in Maplewood. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitter handle or Facebook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating these Biscuits and Gravy and Win $10 to La Tejana Taqueria!

    You can win $10 to La Tejana Taqueria (3149 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Maryland Heights; 314-291-8500) and all you have to do is guess where we eat this plate of biscuits and gravy. Hint: We dined at a restaurant in Maplewood. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    The (Peep?) Show Goes on at Jumpin' Jupiter, Despite Budget Cuts and Tax Issues

    Jumpin' Jupiter, a neo-supper club in Maplewood, narrowly evaded eviction this weekend after owner Jim Callahan settled a dispute with the state for $28,000 he owed in sales taxes. The city of Maplewood agreed to renew his business license on Friday, but the raunchy Saturday night show wasn't exactl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    The Veggielante Surveys Schlafly Bottleworks

    Destination: Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue; 314-241-2337) Neighborhood: Maplewood Cuisine: American, Contemporary Overview: The name Schlafly is likely to spark a craving for some quality microbrews, but beer isn't the only thing it has to offer St. Louis vegetarians.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    William Lawrence: Craigslist Founder Assisted Death-Threat Investigation, Record Suggests

    ​An affidavit accompanying criminal charges filed last week against a Maplewood resident suggests that the founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark, personally got involved in helping detectives in their investigation.William Lawrence was charged last Friday with  murder-for-hire after he alleged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Comedian Andi Smith of NeighborGood Foods Gets Raw About Her Mom, Refinancing and Hot Female Comics

    In September, Gut Check chatted with comedian power couple Andi Smith and John Doelling about NeighborGood Foods, their Maplewood-based food delivery service that brings responsibly grown produce to folks in the St. Louis area. Yesterday, Daily RFT published an interview with Smith, where she discu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Riding Out the Rapture at Taste of Maplewood

    Holly FannThere was plenty of Schlafly on ice at Taste of Maplewood​ The Rapture didn't happen, and it's a good thing. When the festivities and food officially started on Saturday at noon, Taste of Maplewood was already bustling. White tents lined both sides of Sutton Boulevard; a few were ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Ozark Forest Mushroom Company -- It's Fungis...and Gals!

    Holly FannNicola Macpherson and her son Henry at the Maplewood Farmers' Market.​ One of the best aspects of going to a local farmers' market is that you will have access to produce and specialty vendors who provide to local restaurants as well. At the Maplewood and Tower Grove markets, you wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events this Weekend: May 20-22

    Egan O'KeefeA scene from 2009's Taste of Maplewood​The weather forecast for the weekend may be full of storms and gloom, but forget about it! There's plenty of booze, food and tunes to keep everyone out of the house. Take, for instance, the Missouri Brewfest in Westport or the 30th Annual Fine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    ​Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter. In this week's newsletter, we prepare for Taste of Maplewood and check out some cooking classes that focus on grilling. Subscribing is e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    ​Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter. In this week's newsletter, we celebrate the onset of Spring with the Maplewood and Kirkwood Farmer's Markets and Black Bear Bakery's brunc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Kakao Maplewood Open for Business

    Aimee LevittBrian Pelletier behind the counter of Kakao Chocolate's new location on Manchester Avenue in Maplewood.​Nobody thought it would actually happen, least of all owner Brian Pelletier, but on Thursday, February 3, just two months after signing the lease and two days after an ice storm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Review Preview: Nosh

    Jennifer Silverberg​This week, I visit Nosh, which opened this summer at 7322 Manchester Road in Maplewood. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Lavender Lemonade at Foundation Grounds Coffee House

    Image via​Do the day-to-day realities of being a grown-up ever get you down? Update your anti-virus software! Oil change is due! The washing machine broke! Does the endless succession of problems to solve and commitments to honor ever seem too daunting to even contemplate? Some people are custom- ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 7, 2010
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    May 20, 2010

    Nightclubbing: Maya Music Room Adds to Maplewood's Venue Resurgence

    Grace WoodardMaya Cafe in Maplewood debuted a new music room this month, making it the third venue on the block.​Maya Cafe (2726 Sutton Boulevard) is an established pan-Latin restaurant and bar in the heart of Maplewood. The Sutton Boulevard location has been open for about ten years, and this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    The Jive and Wail Opening an Outpost Downtown

    Lewis Reed, president of the Saint Louis Board of Aldermen, took to his Twitter account yesterday to announce the opening of a downtown outpost of the Jive and Wail. The popular Maplewood branch of the dueling-piano bar, incidentally, was the RFT's "Best Place to Go Cougar Hunting" in 2009. Set to o ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 20, 2010
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    January 18, 2010

    FoodWire: Deluxe Fine Food & Spirits Closing

    Jennifer Silverberg​My colleague Annie Zaleski broke this news Saturday on A to Z: Maplewood restaurant, bar and concert venue Deluxe Fine Food & Spirits (2733 Sutton Boulevard) will close after a final concert on Friday, January 22. Deluxe opened in September 2008, serving slightly jazzed up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2010

    Breaking: Deluxe Fine Food & Spirits Is Closing

    ​Acting on a tip from Beatle Bob (hey, credit where credit's due), I just popped into the venue/restaurant and confirmed that Deluxe Fine Food & Spirits (2733 Sutton Boulevard) is closing. The bartender I talked to said that they'll be open on Tuesday and then next Saturday, January 22, for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The Ten Most Important St. Louis Restaurant Openings of the Aughts #2: Monarch (2003)

    ​Monarch (2003)Josh Galliano is reason enough to rank Monarch so high: The Louisiana native, sent packing when Katrina devastated New Orleans, is everything you could want in a chef -- creative yet respectful of tradition; ambitious yet humble. Yet he has been the executive chef at Monarch for onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Ten Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, December 4-6, 2009

    Inexpensive holiday crap abounds this weekend! Some of it's free, some of it's $6, all of it's $10 or less! So please, take this opportunity to escort your friends -- naughy or nice -- to one of these events this weekend and sneakily pick their brain for holiday gifts. You'll thank us later.Maplewoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    FoodWire: Various Restaurant Tidbits

    Lots of news items the past few days...- The Post-Dispatch reports that an employee of Downtown West pub Maggie O'Brien's (2000 Market Street) was shot and killed during a robbery last night. No arrests, as of yet.UPDATE: As I was writing this, my colleague Chad Garrison posted an item about the kil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    FoodWire: Fumanchu Closed?

    Ominous signs for Maplewood's pan-Asian restaurant Fumanchu -- a.k.a. Fu Manchu, a.k.a. Fu Man Chu. The restaurant doesn't appear to be open for dinner today, and the phone number rings to a disconnected message.If nothing else, the restaurant needs to contact its phone company and post updated hour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    In This Week's Issue: Pork, Deluxe and Spanish Coffee

    This week's issue is now available online. Kristen Hinman presents a feature story on Russ Kremer and the Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative. I review Deluxe Fine Food & Spirits, a comfort-food joint and bar in Maplewood. Kristie McClanahan's Drink of the Week visits Cafe Ventana for a Spanish Coff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Review Preview: Deluxe Fine Food & Spirits

    Can you imagine, without reference to scatology or infectious disease, a less appealing name for a sandwich than the Hot Brown? If you don't know what a Hot Brown sandwich is, could you even begin to guess? This week I visit Deluxe Fine Food & Spirits in Maplewood. Check back here tomorrow to se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008
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    September 11, 2007

    Today's Restaurant Tidbits

    Opening very soon in Maplewood is the Jive & Wail (7376 Manchester Road), an upscale lounge featuring dueling pianists and appetizer fare from Monarch. For more information, call 314-781-8000 In his column in today's Post-Disptach, Joe Whittington talks with Finale owner Steve Schankman about what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2007

    The Week in Gut Check

    source: > Gut Check's got your goat. It was a busy week at Gut Check. We - asked for your help to make ice cream. - made an unexpected connection between a new barbecue and Tex-Mex joint in Maplewood and a certain rock group with quite a cult following. - wondered w ... More >>

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Lunch Counter

    Tiffany's Original Diner

  • Dining

    January 7, 2004

    Father Figures

    The dishes and decor at Arthur Clay's in Maplewood are downright inspired

  • Music

    September 24, 2003

    Best Margarita

    Maya Café

  • Calendar

    September 3, 2003

    Of Mice & Lions

    Local rodents psych themselves up for the Cheese Hill Downs

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Use for a Bookmobile

    Gina and Dan Gibbons' Wedding

  • News

    June 6, 2001

    Taking the Plunge

    St. Louis' suburban cities have been competing for years to build the biggest and best places to play. Around here, keeping up appearances is serious business.

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    September 27, 2000
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