Monte Bello

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Oasis Shisha Lounge: An Obscure Hookah Restaurant with Afghan Family Recipes

    Welcome to Hidden Gem, Gut Check's short love letter to restaurants, coffee shops and bars that lie off the beaten path. These places soldier on in relative anonymity, beloved by their regulars, but largely overlooked by the greater populace. Hidden Gem will attempt to rectify these terrible oversig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    The Best Things We Ate This Year

    We ate so much this year. Sure, it's part of the job, but not everything we try is delicious. In the past twelve months, though, there have been a few dishes that stood out to us amid the sea of cronuts, kale and Sriracha overload. See also: The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Monte Bello: A Basement Pizza Kitchen That's About to Become St. Louis' Worst-Kept Secret

    In what seems like a top-secret pizza lair in south St. Louis -- in a Lemay basement, to be specific -- 54-year-old Tom Nix spends six nights a week single-handedly baking up what he calls St. Louis' original thin crust pizza. That claim sounds like a tall one coming from a place that many St. Louis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Pizza: Semifinals

    Gut Check's call for nominations for St. Louis' most underrated pizza prompted a flood of suggestions. Using a patented and utterly arbitrary system, we narrowed these down to a field of seven semifinalists -- though, again, we've included a write-in option. The top three vote-getters move onto the ... More >>