• Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Happy Hour at Nadine's Gin Joint: A Dive Into Soulard's Social Scene

    The Place: Nadine's Gin Joint (1931 South 12th Street; 314-436-3045) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. The Deals: Nadine's offers a few $5 appetizer options in addition to $2.25 domestic bottled beer, $3.25 craft bottled beer, $2 domestic beer bucks, $5 craft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Square One Builds its Cocktail List Around House-Distilled Spirits

    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. More and more bars have been toutin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    White Box Eatery Nears Opening in Clayton

    Modesto Tapas (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) co-owner Brendan Marsden announced a new venture back in May: a breakfast and lunch restaurant called White Box Eatery at 176 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton. Renovations are wrapping up, permits granted and Marsden is eyeing an opening during the second we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Pop-Up-Ready Space Opens at Malmaison

    The Gardens at Malmaison (3519 St. Albans Road, St. Albans; 636-458-0131) announced this week that its restaurant space is now available for chefs and restaurateurs to use for pop-up projects. Whether it's one night or a few months, the 19th-century building in St. Albans is certainly an interesting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    STL Veg Girl Launches Line of Plant-Based Food Products

    Caryn Dugan gets it. A lot of people think vegans are crazy. She used to be one of them, until her father died of cancer in 2008 and her own diagnosis came ten weeks later. Six years later, she's healthy and known by the once-unlikely moniker STL Veg Girl. As of yesterday, her booming business now i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    The 5 Best Menus at Restaurant Week on the Hill 2014

    We have several restaurant weeks around St. Louis, and it really is a great way to sample all that a neighborhood has to offer. Restaurants prepare special prix fixe menus to give you a taste of the awesome eats. The Hill is celebrating Restaurant Week 2014 until April 27, and we've whittled down th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 28 to 30

    Here we are, at the last weekend of March, and hardly a sign of spring in sight. Temperatures should be fairly reasonable -- no snow, at least -- so get out and chow down. Sample wines made by women, learn to grow fruit trees or check out the scene in Edwardsville. Check out our food-related recomme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    30 Reasons to Love Drinking in St. Louis

    Craft beer has boomed over the past few years and with it, beer-centric events new and old -- attendance at Oktoberfests has ballooned, for example. But in St. Louis, spirited beer-drinking is too established and ingrained the culture to be called just a trend. Here are thirty ("Only, thirty?" you m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 10 to 12

    We hope you're thirsty this weekend. Read on for ways to quench that drinking curiosity with a wine festival, wine walk, beer-lesque, and bloody mary bar. Besides that, plenty of other drinking and dining options await. Read on for our suggestions. Friday (May 10): Rhythm & Ribs @ St. Charles Com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 4 to 6

    Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day and First Friday are only a few of the excuses to get out and get your drink on this weekend. Besides that, rejoice over the bounty of a new farmers' market season in Tower Grove Park, celebrate Big Sky Cafe's 21st anniversary or take a tour or class this weekend. Details on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    From Michael Ruhlman to Mom: The Favorite Cookbooks of St. Louis Chefs

    Chef's Choice is Gut Check's regular profile and interview, with recipe, of a St. Louis chef. From time to time we'll present several chefs' answers to one of our regular questions. This week: What is your favorite cookbook? Shopped for a cookbook lately? So many beautiful choices. So many expensiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Celebrate Restaurant Week on the Hill Through Sunday

    Every day is a celebration of food on the Hill, St. Louis' iconic Italian neighborhood. Toasted ravioli was invented there, and there's an Italian eatery on every corner. Dining on the Hill can feel like stepping into your Italian grandmother's kitchen for a taste of the old country. Every square fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Neighborhood Bites: The Hill

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. The Hill is the classic St. Louis ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 6.27-7.4

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. The Cupcake Project: Stef announced the winners of the 2011 Ice Cream Cupcake Contest. Iron Stef: A craving led Stef to share a recipe for minty pea ravioli. Kaldi's Coffee: Steve wrote that a toddy will help keep coffee lovers cool ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto: Recipe for Pulpo a la Gallega

    This is part three of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Dinsmoor, is published here. Chrissy WilmesPulpo a al Gallega​ Finally, octopus is "in" at U.S. restaurants. This tasty seafarer has long been popular in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Happy Hour of the Day: Tin Can Tavern & Grille

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

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Happy Hour of the Day: Lafayette Fire Company No. 1

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

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Happy Hour of the Day: The Scottish Arms

    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 23, 2010

    Amy Zupanci of Fond and Township Grocer, Part 2

    Robin Wheeler​ This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Amy Zupanci of Fond and Township Grocer. Part one is available here, and part three, a recipe, follows on Monday. Did your family cook when you were a child? If so, what meals stand out? Yes. The everyday dinner. Family ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Pi, Niche and 30 Other Loud Restaurants

    Jesus, it's loud in here.​Gut Check recently asked readers to chime in and name the loudest restaurants in St. Louis. While this is a highly unscientific poll, the responses show that a few restaurants stand out when it comes to decibel level.Our survey received 46 votes. 7 of them went to Pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 11.7-11.13

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly experienced the pain in the ass of French cooking. Iron Stef: Stef hung out with the Forking Fantastic authors.Show Me Vegan: Lisa reviewed Eating Animals.

  • News

    September 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    What Do Bakersfield and Charleston Have That St. Louis Doesn't?

    Men's Health and Women's Health magazines have come out with their ranking of the 100 best -- and worst -- cities in America for healthy living. St. Louis ranks as the second-worst city in both Men's Health and Women's Health, with only Bakersfield, California, and Charleston, West Virginia, respect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    The Return of Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest

    A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... After taking a few weeks off, the digest returns with news of a new, very well written St. Louis food blog called Let Them Eat Cake. Go check it out. Off the Menu: Joe Bonwich has news of a new endeavor from Revival chef Cary McDow ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2007

    Little Italy

    Italian tapas: A new taste sensation, or just another mixed metaphor?

  • Dining

    May 2, 2007

    Balaban's Is Back

    Same as it ever was? No — but that's not a bad thing.

  • News

    May 25, 2005

    Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Booze

    Chill out at these St. Louis watering holes

  • Calendar

    September 15, 2004

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of September 15, 2004

  • Dining

    August 18, 2004

    Mojito Limón

    Tavern 43, 7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, 314-725-4334

  • News

    January 7, 2004

    Kindergarten Pop

    One of the Lou's finest female linebackers moonlights as a kindergarten teacher, and Bevinco wants to put the fire under your favorite, most generous bartenders; plus Le Many Moods of Blake Ashby (en français!)

  • Music

    September 24, 2003

    Best Bartender

    Roxanna Ratossa

  • News

    June 4, 2003

    Play "Ball"!

    Week of June 4, 2003

  • Dining

    May 14, 2003

    Tapas Without Passion

    The wrong location, the wrong vibe for this lively style of dining

  • Music

    March 5, 2003

    Sum of Their Parts

    With a twisted vision, Reverend Glasseye and His Wooden Legs get a leg up on the competition

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002
  • News

    May 23, 2001

    Who's Next?

    Annette Green didn't have to die. Her death was a tragedy waiting to happen in St. Louis County's reckless war against two-bit drug dealers and addicts.

  • News

    March 3, 1999

    From the Norm

    South African architect Jo Noero designs buildings that put people first, helping revitalize a country devastated by apartheid. Now he's working in St. Louis to rebuild the inner city. His greatest obstacle: "You can't do that here."