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 >>
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."
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 >>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Kristen KlempertThe Joint: Modesto 5257 Shaw Avenue 314-772-8272 www.modestotapas.com 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Aaron Corey, Wikimedia CommonsYesterday 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 >>
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 >>
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