• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Happy Hour at Llywelyn's: Celtic-Style Eats and Drink Specials Galore

    The Place: Llywelyn's Pub - Webster Groves (17 Moody Avenue; 314-926-1515) The Hours: Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and daily from 10 p.m. to midnight. The Deals: A selection of appetizers for $3 to $5, as well as $2 domestic bottles, $3 selected drafts, $3 premium wells, $3 house wines a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Happy Hour at Juniper: Discounted Southern Comfort Food and Cocktails

    The Place: Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. The Deals: $3 off of specialty cocktails and "snackies."

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Chef Chat: Grace Dinsmoor on Going from Jell-O Shots to Gourmet

    Ask Grace Dinsmoor why she cooks, and she'll tell you that it isn't really a choice. "I'm a chef by blood," she says. This doesn't mean it's come easy; this self-taught culinarian has spent the last twenty years working her way up in some of the city's hottest kitchens (Blue Water Grill, Modesto, Ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Happy Hour at United Provisions: Half-Price Sushi, Sake and More

    The Place: United Provisions (6241 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-833-5699) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. The Deals: Half-off select sushi, sake, wine and beer.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Happy Hour at Hammerstone's: St. Louis-Style Appetizers and More

    The Place: Hammerstone's (2028 South Ninth Street; 314-773-5565) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. The Deals: Discounted appetizers. Fifty cents off of drafts, wells and domestics.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Happy Hour at Ranoush: Syrian Cuisine Featuring Half-Price Everything

    The Place: Ranoush (6501 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-6874) The Hours: Every day from 3 to 6 p.m. The Deals: Half-off prices on the entire menu, excluding hookah. This includes wine, beer, food and cocktails.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Happy Hour at Siam: Half-Price Sushi at the Grove's Newest Nightlife Destination

    The Place: Siam (4121 Manchester Road; 314-533-7426) The Hours: Happy hour is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deals: Half-price sushi, $4 wine and $2 domestics.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Happy Hour at SOHA Bar & Grill: Gastropub Bites At An Unbeatable Price

    The Place: SOHA Bar & Grill (2605 Hampton Ave; 314-802-7787) The Hours: SOHA offers happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deals: $1 off all drafts. Well drinks are $3, wine is $4 and buckets are $12. All pizzas and appetizers except for the small plate combo are half-price.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Happy Hour at Modesto: Bite-Sized Tapas Bliss and Sippable Sangria

    The Place: Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. -- the specials extend through the rest of the night on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Deal: Bite-sized appetizers that range from 75-cents to $2.50 each. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Modesto Puts a Spanish Spin on Classic Cocktails

    The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. Amid a sea of Italian-American rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Modesto Tapas Creates Special Allergy-Sensitive Menu for Spring

    It's hard to be a diner with a severe allergy. Half the time people think you're just finicky -- or worse, faking it -- and you could potentially end up in the hospital if you get something you weren't supposed to. In solidarity, Modesto Tapas (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) has partnered with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Modesto Tapas Revives Mirasol With Pop-Up Menu

    Brendan Marsden's Modesto Tapas focuses on Spanish cuisine. His old restaurant, Mirasol, wasn't far off, but it highlighted New World flavors. Marsden opened the Loop restaurant in 2004 with his brother; the space has been a Pi Pizzeria since 2008. Modesto opened in 2001 and has outlasted its siblin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Modesto Tapas Goes Vegan, With the Help of STL Veg Girl

    Modesto is trying something a bit different this Thursday: a vegan menu. The Spanish restaurant has some vegetarian offerings, but it's definitely something new for a restaurant that celebrated its birthday last summer by grilling pork ribs outside all day. Modesto has paired with STL Veg Girl, aka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    The 5 Best Tapas/Small Plates Restaurants in St. Louis

    No, small plates are not going away. Embrace it, because it means you get to eat lots of different stuff, and it's usually paired with great cocktails or wine. Although some people are sticklers for what actually constitutes tapas, we lost that war long ago. Just go with it. See also: More Than a M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Tomato Explosion at Modesto Tapas in Honor of La Tomatina

    La Tomatina is the annual festival where shit gets crazy in Spain and the town of Bunol has a giant tomato fight. Sounds like a great time -- unfortunately, there aren't any organized veggie brawls in ol' St. Louis. But Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) is holding a little celebration in hono ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Modesto Celebrates 12 Years on The Hill

    Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant (5257 Shaw Avenue, 63110) is celebrating its twelfth birthday this weekend with a special Spanish barbecue menu. Modesto was the first full-scale authentically Spanish tapas place in town, and one on The Hill, no less. Gut Check spoke to owner Brendan Marsden to see wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Modesto's "The Armada": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Today is National Dry Martini Day, and to celebrate we're visiting Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) for a Spanish take on the dry martini: "The Armada." Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions Brian Hornbeck, general manager of Modesto, guided us through the Hill restaurant's coc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Modesto Tapas Bar Unveils a New Spring Menu

    It may be cold and rainy in Madrid right now, but at Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272), Spring is officially here. Last Wednesday, the Spanish restaurant introduced its new Spring/Summer menu, which includes tapas dishes as well as "small bites," which will be availab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Aug. 24-26

    Friday (Aug. 24): Murder in Maybury! @ Maggiano's Little Italy A three-course family-style dinner and two drinks get accompanied by a murder mystery. Call 314-824-2402 for reservations. 6:30 p.m. 8th Annual Downtown Restaurant Week @ Downtown St. Louis Choose from twenty downtown restaurants that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Nico Announces Grace Dinsmoor as Executive Chef

    Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200) announced Friday that Grace Dinsmoor is the restaurant's new executive chef. She succeeds Darin Since, who in turn replaced original chef Chris Williams. Dinsmoor is likely best known to St. Louis diners for her time as executive chef at M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Chef John Griffiths Hosts James Beard Preview Dinners in St. Louis, Features Missouri Wines

    In February, Gut Check reported that chef John Griffiths, the former executive chef of Truffles (9202 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-567-9100) in Ladue, was slated to cook a dinner at the James Beard House in New York City in June. Yesterday Griffiths contacted Gut Check to tip us off to two preview dinne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Modesto's New Chef Selects Spring Menu

    On March 1, Gut Check reported that chef Grace Dinsmoor had left Modesto Tapas Bar and Restaurant (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-82720) over creative differences, and Michael Warhover, former executive chef of Bailey's Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121), had landed at Modesto as its new executive ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Chef Shuffle: News from Modesto, Bailey's Range and Franco

    Michael Warhover, former executive chef of Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street, 314-241-8121), announced he's now the executive chef of Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue, 314-772-8272). Peter Clark, a new addition to the St. Louis dining scene via the West Coast, replaces Warhover as executive chef of Bailey's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    The Nine Best Tapas/Small Plates Restaurants in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto, Part 2

    This is part two of Chrissy Wilmes Chef's Choice profile of Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Dinsmoor, will be published tomorrow. Chrissy WilmesDinsmoor supervises Fidel Vergra, one of her two trusted assistants.​Did your family cook when you w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto

    This is part one of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of chef Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto tapas bar on Shaw Avenue on the Hill. Part two, a Q&A with Dinsmoor, will be posted tomorrow. Look for part three, a recipe from Dinsmoor, Thursday. Chrissy WilmesExecutive Chef Grace Dinsmoor in her kitchen ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Top Ten Happy Hours for Foodies

    In this week's hot-off-the-presses print edition, we've compiled the Riverfront Times' comprehensive guide to the finest happy hours in St. Louis. (And no, this wasn't done only as a public service -- we're also bringing to your attention the very cool free smart-phone app that includes our fascinat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Happy Hour of the Day: Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant

    In this week's print edition, we're rolling out the Riverfront Times' comprehensive list of the best happy hours in St. Louis. (And no, this isn't only being done as a public service to you, dear reader -- we're also promoting the very cool free smart-phone app that includes our fascinating fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Image via​ After Ian dined at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse for this week's review, he decided to poll readers about their favorite cuts of steak (click here to vote -- the poll closes on Monday, July 19). We also put our livers into recovery and recapped the World Goblet, plus we learned a little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Is Modesto Your Happy Place?

    Kristen Klempert​The Joint: Modesto 5257 Shaw Avenue 314-772-8272 The Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m., and all day on Tuesday The Deal: $2.50-$3 for a (small) selection of bottled and draft beers, $5 daily cocktail special, $6 sangría del día and $16 pitcher of sangría roj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Forbes Magazine Ranks St. Louis as No. 7 "Most Miserable" City

    Another week, another poll ranking St. Louis as one of the crappiest places to live. This one from Forbes, which is out with its survey of "America's Most Miserable Cities". ​The magazine ranks cities based on a number of factors, including: unemploymenttaxes (both sales and income)commute timesvi ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    FoodWire: Benefit for Modesto Chef Grace Dinsmoor September 13

    Chef Grace Dinsmoor of the popular tapas restaurant Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue; website) has been battling a severe bone infection in her right leg for the past several months. On September 13, Bar Italia (13 Maryland Plaza; website) will host a benefit toward her medical bills. The benefit, organize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    FoodWire: Tomato Festival at Modesto

    Aaron Corey, Wikimedia Commons​Yesterday was the annual La Tomatina festival in Buñol, Spain, a giant tomato food fight. Or, as we like to call it here at Gut Check International Headquarters, Wednesday. On Saturday, September 5, the popular Hill tapas bar Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue; website) will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Show Review Photos Setlist: The Hold Steady at the Gargoyle, April 6

    Even before the show began, the boys in the Hold Steady had a challenge set before them. The celebrated Brooklyn group, widely considered to be one of the best working bands in indie rock or anywhere else, was booked at Washington University's Gargoyle club, a venue that most post-collegiate show-go ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 7, 2009
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Tapas

    Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant

  • News

    September 22, 2004
  • Dining

    May 5, 2004

    You Must Remember This

    Mirasol makes its unforgettable debut

  • Music

    October 8, 2003

    Lost in Paradise

    Grandaddy is California nightmarin'

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Tapas

    Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant

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    April 2, 2003


    T.G.I. Friday's

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2002

    When Seconds Count

    Eat up -- it's for a good cause

  • Dining

    November 20, 2002

    Joan Miro

    Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant, 5257 Shaw, 314-772-8272

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    April 17, 2002
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    April 17, 2002


    TGI Friday's

  • Dining

    August 22, 2001

    O Solomillo!

    One taste of Modesto's offerings, and you'll be the Spanish prisoner

  • Music

    August 16, 2000

    Radio Who?

    Hailed as a successor to Radiohead, Grandaddy makes great music while looking to the good old days

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