• Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    The Best Places in St. Louis to Watch the Kentucky Derby

    Yes, the race only lasts for two minutes, but it is the most exciting two minutes in sports. Plus, we kind of love everything that goes with the Kentucky Derby -- the hats, the clothes and especially the mint juleps. We may not be at Churchill Downs, but we can still party. Here's where to do it. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Bar Napoli's Han Bomb: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Soup Countdown #4: Cafe Napoli's Cioppino

    January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Bar Napoli's Han Tran: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Kelsey Whipple profiles Bar Napoli's Han Tran. Below is a Q&A with Tran, followed by the recipe for the Summer Breeze.Kelsey Whipple​Han Tran is a welcome rarity. He's a spiritual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Balaban's -- Along With 3,700 Other Restaurants -- Wins 2011 Wine Spectator Award

    Jennifer SilverbergA view of Balaban's award-winning wine selection.​When we first heard that Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) took home one of Wine Spectator's awards of excellence, we were happy for the restaurant. We still are. Open for just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Dogs Dine Out: You'd Pick Café Provencal Over Kibble, Too

    Deborah HylandGut Check's official dog-food critic, Steuben, tastes the cheese puff yappetizer.​Imagine the horror of a restaurateur approached about working with Three Dog Bakery (1134 Town and Country Crossing Drive, Town and Country; 636-527-3364) to co-host a Dogs' Night Out at his or her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Deborah Hyland​As usual, we ate a lot this week. We tried out the soft-shell crabs at Napoli 2 and the Reubenesque at Mike Duffy's, and we vegged out at Barrister's. What else did we do this week? We celebrated the return of garlic scapes. Ericka Frank of the Cakery and the Cup made some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Soft-Shell Crabs at Napoli 2

    Deborah HylandThe "Peelers" at Napoli 2​Traditionally, soft-shell crab season begins on the first full moon in May, when blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay molt, leaving them with paper-thin shells. Theoretically, soft-shells are available until September, but good luck finding them in St. Louis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Bistro 1130 Opens in Town and Country This Evening

    Ian FroebBistro 1130 in Town and Country aims to bring sexy back.​Bistro 1130, which describes itself as "the sexiest French restaurant in town," opens for dinner at precisely 5:45 p.m. this evening. The restaurant is located at 1130 Town & Country Crossing Drive, the same shopping plaza where ... More >>

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    October 16, 2002

    Italian for Beginners

    Café Napoli's popularity is baffling