Mike McLaughlin

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Blind Tiger at Sutton Place to Close Friday, September 19

    Mike McLaughlin's rookie restaurant the Blind Tiger at Sutton Place (7376 Manchester Road; 314-646-8822) will close this Friday, September 19, after just a year in business. When we reviewed the pizza, ribs and whiskey joint, we acknowledged that there was some work to be done, but the pizza is just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Review Preview: The Blind Tiger

    The Crow's Nest owner Mike McLaughlin is at it again in Maplewood, this time with the Blind Tiger (7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-646-8822), a pizza, ribs and whiskey speakeasy on the prime corner of Manchester and Sutton. McLaughlin and his team take advantage of this space to host private ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    First Look: Blind Tiger's Pizza and Speakeasy-Inspired Drinks in Maplewood

    The food menu at restaurant and event space, Blind Tiger (7376 Manchester Road; 314-646-8822), seems small but mighty at the outset. A single one-sided sheet of printer paper clamped onto a clipboard, it presents itself with positively zero frills. Dated at the top to signify its most recent revisio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Blind Tiger Opens in Maplewood

    Mike McLaughlin has opened his second restaurant in Maplewood: Blind Tiger Pizza, Whiskey and Ribs (7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-646-8822). After a weekend of family and friends events and parties, plus dinner service on Sunday night, the artisanal pizza restaurant and whiskey bar will be op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Blind Tiger Will Marry Whiskey, Pizza and Ribs

    The Crow's Nest (7336 Manchester Road; 314-781-0989) is a much-loved watering hole in downtown Maplewood, as was owner Mike McLaughlin's previous restaurant, The Bleeding Deacon. Now, McLaughlin is taking on one of the most prominent storefronts in the neighborhood -- the former home of Jumpin' Jupi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Truffle Frites and Other Vegetarian Delights at Maplewood's The Crow's Nest

    The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to proselytize ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The Five Best Restaurants to Die in the Past 12 Months 2012

    Selecting the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we're chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Review Preview: The Crow's Nest

    This week, I visit the Crow's Nest (7336 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-781-0989), the successor to the late, lamented Bleeding Deacon Public House. Does the new spot surpass the original? A sneak peek at my review after the jump.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    BRAINS! St. Louis-Style at the Crow's Nest

    While these days it seems like those who eat offal are adventurous gourmands, this wasn't always the case. Organ meats are humble by nature, the odd science-project leftovers after the animal has been broken down into the more obviously appealing roasts and steaks. With clever cooking techniques, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #3: Xmas in December at the Crow's Nest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    The Bleeding Deacon Closes Temporarily, Possibly to Relocate

    ​Rumors swirled on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend that the Bleeding Deacon Public House (4123 Chippewa Street; 314-772-1813) would close after business yesterday, November 27. Gabe Hartwig of the Post-Dispatch even tweeted confirmation of the news by a Bleeding Deacon employee.However, gene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Bleeding Deacon Closes, But Not For Good

    The Bleeding Deacon Public House (4123 Chippewa Street; 314-772-1812): Home of Music Trivia Tuesdays and the occasional Bitch Please party, employer of some of our favorite musicians and generally excellent place to drink a few beers, has closed its doors. However, despite a minor social media panic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Jimmy Hippchen of The Crow's Nest

    This is part one of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Jimmy Hippchen of The Crow's Nest. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Hippchen, will be posted on Thursday.Mabel SuenChef Jimmy Hippchen in The Crow's Nest's "prep dungeon."​Jimmy Hippchen started hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    The Crow's Nest Makes Its Debut in Maplewood

    This month, Manchester Road in downtown Maplewood gets a brand-new bar and eatery brought to the neighborhood by Mike McLaughlin, the owner of the Bleeding Deacon Public House in south city. The Crow's Nest (7336 Manchester Road) will feature homey Midwestern cuisine with innovative spins which will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    The Crack Fox to Open in Former 2 Cents Plain Location

    A new venue/bar called the Crack Fox is set to open up within the next month at 1114 Olive Street, in the location once occupied by 2 Cents Plain. The proprietor of the venue -- whose name is a Mighty Boosh reference -- is Mike McLaughlin, who also owns the South-city restaurant/bar the Bleeding De ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 4, 2009