Molly's in Soulard (816 Geyer Avenue; 314-241-3200) is already known for its Cajun food (fried alligator, anyone?) but new executive chef Bryan Johnson wants to kick things up a notch. An alum of Brasserie by Niche, Broadway Oyster Bar and Central Table Food Hall, Johnson will roll out a new menu Ma ... More >>
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. View Olive Boulevard Asian Eateries ... More >>
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 >>
J. Gumbo's had been open for only three weeks when a five-alarm fire swept through its building at 3949 Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End. No one was killed or seriously injured in the fire on July 17 of last year, which destroyed multiple floors of apartments as well as J. Gumbo's and the b ... More >>
In last week's review of Kim Cheese, which took over a shuttered Dairy Queen in Chesterfield, I celebrated the phenomenon of local, independent restaurants moving into closed fast-food spots, including the taqueria that opened inside a former Taco Bell: Taqueria La Pasadita (2336 Woodson Road, Overl ... More >>
Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina (South Brentwood Boulevard & Clayton Road; 314-863-1150), the new, higher-end Mexican restaurant at the St. Louis Galleria, has its official grand opening tomorrow evening, but a phone call reveals that the restaurant is open for business right now. Vida is located at ... More >>
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 >>
"Can Taco Bell Do Gourmet?" and "Think Taco Bell Can't Do Gourmet?" are questions scrawled across promotional materials for Taco Bell's new Cantina Bell menu. As Gut Check reported earlier this month, Taco Bell introduced its new Cantina Bell menu in stores nationwide on Thursday, July 5. It was no ... More >>
With more live entertainment slated for the St. Louis Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 22, than ever before, this year's celebration is bound to knock St. Louis up to the second largest Earth Day festival in the country -- after all we are world champs, at things both big and small (but mostly bi ... More >>
MEDIAnoche (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719), a new evening hot spot from Mike Randolph of the Good Pie and Half & Half, made Gut Check's list of the five most anticipated new St. Louis restaurants of 2012. We stopped by recently to meet with Randolph and general manager Mike Marquard an ... More >>
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 >>
Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>
Kaylen WissengerThe "Cucuy's Coffee" at Diablito's"I HATE tequila," says Ami Grimes, co-owner of the brand-new Diablito's Cantina (3761 Laclede Avenue; 314-644-4430). "But when Angie [Cornish, head bartender] started creating the infused tequilas, I was all for it." Which is a good thing, as ... More >>
Screenshot: www.tacobell.comStop me if you've heard this one before:The Smoking Gun reports that a man bought two "XXL Chalupas" from the drive-thru window of an Albany, Georgia, Taco Bell. When the man opened his order at home, he thought he'd been short-changed on the amount of meat in these "X ... More >>
Bryan PetersChava's (925 Geyer Avenue, Soulard; 314-241-5503) is a great place to mosey up to the bar, plop a lime in a Corona, and, until recently, light up a smoke. But it's the food that brings you back. The salsa is always exceptionally fresh, the guacamole vibrant, nutty and abundant. Bu ... More >>
This is part three of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of Mike Ryan of Lola. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Ryan, is published here. Chrissy WilmesAndouille sausage corndog with red beans and riceWhen does a deep fried carnival staple evolve into an entree? When Mike R ... More >>
Chrissy Wilmes Many Mexican restaurants utilize the same basic menu format: house specialties, a la carte and combinations. The combinations create a rare complication -- we find ourselves trying to find the perfect grouping of sides, and the entree is really secondary. After all, it's all d ... More >>
Ian FroebTacos al pastor, with a side of papas picositas, at Señoritas PiqueA Mexican restaurant attached to a Quality Inn in Sunset Hills? The prospect might seem daunting, but what if I told you it's a sibling of one of the area's better Mexican restaurants, Señor Pique in Ballwin?Does that m ... More >>
Just learned that noted chef Rick Bayless (Chicago restaurants Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, the PBS show Mexico -- One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless and numerous cookbooks) will be haivng a book signing Saturday, March 14, at 3 p.m. at the center court of Plaza Frontenac. You can purchase cop ... More >>
This week I visit Taqueria el Jalapeño, a six-month-old Mexican joint along St. Charles Rock Road in St. Ann. What I especially love about the taquerias in St. Louis -- besides the food -- is that they are the few restaurants in which an adventurous diner, even one with more than a passing acquaint ... More >>
To call a torta a sandwich doesn't do it justice. Meat, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, avocado, jalapeño and sometimes more spilling out from a giant bolillo roll: The Earl of Sandwich never imagined this. And, yes, fries do come with that. How does the torta from La Michoacana, a year-old Mexican r ... More >>
I couldn't remember the last time I'd driven Woodson between Page and St. Charles Rock Road. I didn't know of any restaurants along this stretch besides Woofie's, so I tried to catalog the strip malls we passed that evening. Liquor store. Sports bar, maybe with food. Taqueria. "Wait. Did we just pa ... More >>
The lamb barbacoa at Taqueria los Tarascos is served in a small chafing dish. The little blue flame heating the bowl of meat gutters as your server carries it to the table. You remove the lid from the chafing dish, releasing a puff of lip-smackingly savory steam, and there, inside, is a half-pound o ... More >>
It just might be able to find its niche in the Grove.
This week the RFT releases its annual Best of St. Louis issue. Which means no new restaurant review by yours truly. I know, I know: It will be tough, but we'll get through it together. www.wikimedia.org To compensate, I'm proud to bring back a feature no one except me likely even remember ... More >>
El Scorcho promises a chile reception.
I visit many restaurants -- too many to cover in the print version of the RFT. From time to time I'll share my thoughts on these visits in briefer and somewhat less formal blog-exclusive reviews. The Mexican government recently hosted 50 American restaurateurs for lessons on what is and isn't true ... More >>
antiorange.dawgtoons.com Stay out of our corn husks! So I screwed up. In this week's review of Lily's, I mentioned chicken tamales. Dutiful readers have been dropping by Lily's and asking for said tamales. One problem: Lily's doesn't have chicken tamales. They have pork tamales, which is w ... More >>
Ian finds a trio of local gems that hit close to home.
Ian hastens to tasty Cherokee Street but can only waddle back home.
Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen is the real deal.
Solid eats, electric atmosphere
Robbie Montgomery opens a second Sweetie Pie's, as soul-warming as the original
Looking for cold beer and down-home Cajun classics? Head to Graham's.
Steve Gontram's culinary compass points south-of-the-border
Infierno is all about kitsch and late-night fun -- and the food is good, too
The Goody Pancake House serves up flawless fare
A friendly family offers a sweet and charming introduction to Mexican home cooking
Football Cardinal great Jackie Smith promises diners a hot time at his new West County restaurant
In the mood for something a bit out of the ordinary in West County? Taqueria Chihuahua offers authentic Mexican fare in generous and inexpensive servings.
Visiting the Crescent City by way of Florissant
A trip to the South Side is a quick way to go south of the border