North-American Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    El Tropical's New Cuban and Mexican Restaurant in South City

    Recently the space formerly filled by the longstanding La Tropicana Market opened under new ownership and a new name, albeit serving up similar Mexican and Cuban favorites. El Tropical (5001 Lindenwood Avenue; 314-833-3513) debuted on August 29 featuring tacos, taquitos, Cuban sandwiches and more. O ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    John Perkins Looks Back on Juniper's First Year

    Many impressive restaurants have opened in the past year or so. Several succeeded, many did not. Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) is one of the lucky ones. Chef and owner John Perkins turned his restless pop-up into an acclaimed restaurant that celebrates the best of Southern cuisine. ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Missourians Google "Chimichanga" More Than Any Other Food Search Term

    Missouri ranks all over the place in lots of crazy lists, but the results for the latest survey just may be the strangest. The fine folks over at Estately -- they're the ones who told us how barbecue-crazed we are -- have figured out the top food-related Google searches over the last ten years. Miss ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Kinfolks Soul Food Festival Leaves Forest Park Trashed, St. Louis Crowd Furious

    An Oklahoma-based production company with an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau did little to improve its reputation during a stop through St. Louis on Saturday. Slideshow: Kinfolks Soul Food Festival in Forest Park Those who attended the Kinfolks Soul Food Festival on Forest Park's Art Hi ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Cajun/Creole Restaurant

    You guys love New Orleans cuisine more than we thought. We got a lot of feedback in our latest poll, and now it's time to take it to a vote. We tallied up the restaurants mentioned the most and narrowed it down to the top four. You can also write in your own if you think we got it wrong. See also: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Happy Hour at Mile 277 Tap & Grill: Plenty of Snacking on Route 66

    The Place: Mile 277 Tap & Grill (10701 Watson Road; 314-645-3277) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11 am. to 5 p.m. The Deal: $3 happy-hour drinks including Smirnoff cocktails, domestic bottled beer, Big Dawg domestic draughts ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Sister Cities Cajun and BBQ to Double Size

    Sister Cities Cajun and BBQ (4144 South Grand; 314-875-9653) opened in Dutchtown in June 2013, but they've got a second storefront that lays unused. Owners Travis Parfait and Pamela Melton plan to open the other 1,200 square feet as a bar -- albeit one where you shouldn't feel obligated to "get hamm ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: February 14 to 16

    Yay, Valentine's Day! Or, boo, Valentine's Day! If you're celebrating with your significant other, enjoy a candlelit dinner or howl with the wolves. Looking ahead to Mardi Gras? Watch some of the best chefs in St. Louis cook up some Cajun food, or help celebrate the city's 250th birthday. Check out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Evangeline's Bistro & Music House Offers Blues, Booze and New Orleans Food (Photos)

    On a blustery winter day, our server at Evangeline's Bistro & Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-3644) warns us that our appetizer will take fifteen minutes or so, as it's baked to order. Luckily, a couple of fizzy Champagne cocktails from the menu ward off lunchtime hunger pangs. One com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Mexican Restaurant Is...

    Even after all the great nominations, we still had folks claiming there is no good Mexican to be had in St. Louis. We would like to direct the haters to this list. And the winner is... See also: Ten Best Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis

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    August 30, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 30 to September 2

    There are festivals abound this weekend -- it is Labor Day, after all! Take advantage of the end of summer and your day off and spend it outside. Or, just use the halfway point between Mardi Gras as an excuse to eat Cajun food. Read on for our food-themed recommendations. See also: Food of the Fest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Sister Cities Cooks Up Cajun Food and Barbecue in Dutchtown [Photos]

    In June, Sister Cities (4144 South Grand; 314-875-9653) opened in the Dutchtown neighborhood. Named in regard to French heritage parallels between St. Louis and New Orleans, business partners Pamela Melton and Travis Parfait serve up a corresponding mashup of Cajun food and home-style Midwest barbec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    J. Gumbo's to Reopen in August on Site of Five-Alarm Fire

    It's been just over a year since a five-alarm fire broke out on Lindell Boulevard and destroyed a Central West End apartment building, as well as Desserts on the Boulevard (3949 Lindell Boulevard) and J. Gumbo's. The Cajun restaurant had only been open three weeks before it was forced to close, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Kirkwood: A Culinary Tour of a Commuter Town Tranformed Into a Dining Destination

    View Kirkwood in a larger map 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. Kirkw ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    The Kitchen Sink's Corn Fritters: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

    The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Fresh, Bright Vegetarian Fare Shines at Sunset 44 Bistro in Kirkwood

    The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to proselytize ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Siete Luminarias' Guanajuato-Style Carnitas: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

    The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013
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    January 28, 2013

    Chipotle "Hidden Menu" Is an Urban Legend

    For a while now, word has been circulating about a "hidden menu" at Chipotle Mexican Grill. According to a few (dubious) (online) sources, if there's a dish you want and Chipotle has the ingredients, they'll make it for ya. Gut Check is here to tell you that this is simply not true (in St. Louis, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina, Arcelia's: Reviews Slideshow

    This week, I offer a two-fer of new Mexican restaurants -- or, rather, one new and one newly returned. New is Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina (at St. Louis Galleria, South Brentwood Boulevard & Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; 314-863-1150). Newly returned, in a new location, is Arcelia's (1928 South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Top Ten Dishes 2012 #9: The Pambazo at Siete Luminarias

    I'm counting down the top ten dishes from the new restaurants that I reviewed in 2012. Read the complete series to date. #9. The pambazo at Siete Luminarias (2818 Cherokee Street; 314-932-1333)

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    October 23, 2012

    Review Preview: Laredo on Lafayette Square

    This week, I visit Laredo on Lafayette Square (2001 Park Avenue; 314-231-9200), which opened this summer in the former location of Arcelia's Mexicana Restaurant. (Arcelia's, meanwhile, has reopened in Soulard.)

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    October 16, 2012

    Pi Pizzeria Team Opening Gringo, a Taco Joint, in Central West End

    What would Pi Pizzeria (multiple locations) owners Chris Sommers and Frank Uible do next after opening four sit-down restaurants as well as a takeout-only location, expanding to the nation's capital and operating (and then retiring) two successful food trucks? If you said, "Open a taco joint," step ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    The Ten Best New Restaurants in St. Louis 2012

    Selecting the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we're chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Fiesta! Modern Mexican Cuisine: Review Slideshow

    At Fiesta! Modern Mexican Cuisine (185 Hilltown Village Center, Chesterfield; 636-536-0002), the "modern" is as much about the flatware -- yes, the flatware -- as it is the food. My review of Fiesta! Modern Mexican Cuisine is now available online.

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    August 30, 2012
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    May 14, 2012

    Tidbits from Louisiana Cafe, J. Gumbo's

    - Louisiana Cafe reopened last week at its new location: 1350 Triad Center Drive in St. Peters. The restaurant's phone number is now 636-922-7249. Louisiana Cafe is open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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    April 26, 2012
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    April 12, 2012
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    February 23, 2012

    Iguana's Mexican Cuisine Opening in South City

    A reader passed along news that the space at 5641 South Kingshighway Boulevard last occupied by La Sala Mexican Bar & Grill, and before that by another Mexican restaurant, Su Sala, will become...wait for it...yet another Mexican restaurant, this one called Iguana's Mexican Cuisine. The sign hanging ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Soup Countdown #8: Broadway Oyster Bar's Crawfish Bisque

    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 >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Top Ten Dishes 2011 #9: Carnitas at La Tejana Taqueria

    I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. The top dish will be revealed on Tuesday, December 27, and look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.Jennifer SilverbergTony and Brenda Garcia, husband-and-wife owners of La Teja ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011
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    October 5, 2011

    The Veggielante Visits Atomic Cowboy

    The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to proselytize ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    #76: Shrimp Fajitas at El Matador

    Emily Wasserman​Picture the excitement of a Mexican bullfight: A small man in a sombrero waves the red flag, the bull, frothing at the mouth, charges toward him, and the audience sits on the edge of their seats, praying that the man (and his sombrero) survive. Things don't get quite this exci ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    #92: Cuban Sandwich from La Tropicana

    Deborah Hyland​Once the American palate got a hold of Hispanic foods, we ended up with platter-sized chimichangas, guacamole from a jar and nacho cheese from a can. Fortunately, we also got the Cuban sandwich: a hearty, portable lunch born when Cuban immigrants came to Florida. Each Sandwich ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Are There Good Fajitas?

    Ian FroebWhat am I missing?​Recently, as I sometimes do, I drove a major thoroughfare until I saw a restaurant where I've never eaten. Which is how I ended up having lunch at an unnamed Mexican restaurant in a strip mall. (Why I'm not naming the restaurant should become clear shortly.)As most Mexi ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Mike Ryan of Lola

    This is part one of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of chef Mike Ryan of Lola. Chrissy Wilmes​Some chefs fall in love with cooking early. Mike Ryan's infatuation came later - the aftershock of what began as an arranged marriage rather than an organic romance. Ryan's father oversaw resta ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    The Brunch Menu at Milagro Modern Mexican

    Ian FroebThe breakfast tacos at Milagro Modern Mexican​Last month, reigning RFT "Best Mexican Restaurant" Milagro Modern Mexican (20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-4300) introduced a new brunch menu. It's available every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and unless your weekly brunch must include ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Review Preview: Rosalita's Cantina

    Jennifer SilverbergThe duck mole at Rosalita's Cantina​This week I visit the loft-district Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant Rosalita's Cantina (1229 Washington Avenue, 314-621-7200).Here's where Rosalita's conflicted personality begins to reveal itself. There are entrées you wouldn't expect to find ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    What Is That? Deciphering Names of Dishes Served at Taste of Soulard

    ​This Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27, the rousing ramp-up (or debauched downward spiral, depending on your perspective) to Mardi Gras continues with the Taste of Soulard, sponsored by Southern Comfort. For $25, patrons receive a booklet of 7 tickets, redeemable from 11 a.m. to 5 ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010
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    December 24, 2008
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    December 9, 2008

    FoodWire: El Borracho Mexican Cantina Opens Next Tuesday

    El Borracho Mexican Cantina will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, December 16, at 2001 Locust Street. This is the former location of Nectar, and the team behind that establishment (as well as the Pepper Lounge and Mandarin), joined by the team from Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood, is beh ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    Review Preview: Flaco's Cocina

    I'm supposed to mention that Flaco's Cocina, which opened late last year in the Soviet Bloc-style strip mall and office complex at the intersection of Delmar Boulevard and I-170, is an homage to the late, lamented Flaco's Taco. This, I've learned after bugging a few longtime St. Louisans, was the re ... More >>

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    August 13, 2007

    The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival: Que Delicioso

    All too often the word Hispanic acts as little more than a thinly-veiled PC stand-in for Mexican. Fortunately, the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival more than lived up to its all-encompassing title. The cuisines of at least eight different countries were represented: Venezuela, Belize, Colombia, A ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 31, 2004

    Boy Meets Grill

    Griffins Farmer's Market Cafe could use some time to grow

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    March 27, 2002

    Wrap-Up Show

    Mexican-food lovers should swing by El Burrito Loco

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    May 30, 2001

    Hog Heaven

    New Haven's Front Street Grille attracts a clientele ranging from bikers to locals but manages to make them all happy

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    January 24, 2001

    Side Dish

    Local chefs provide their favorite uses for the newly glamorous sausage

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