North-American Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    A Look Inside Riverbend Restaurant and Bar's New Expanded Space in Richmond Heights

    As reported by Gut Check in August, restaurant owner Sam Kogos would move his popular New Orleans-style restaurant to the space recently vacated by Harvest. Riverbend Restaurant and Bar (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-664-8443) opened in Richmond Heights in early November with an expanded menu a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Molly's in Soulard's New Executive Chef to Roll Out Po' Boy Menu May 1

    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 9, 2013
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    March 18, 2013

    Olive Boulevard Asian Eateries & Much More: An Updated Guide to Restaurants Along Olive, Westward From University City

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    La Tejana Taqueria's Goat Soup: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    J. Gumbo's to Rise from the Ashes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Original Taqueria La Pasadita Closes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina Now Open at St. Louis Galleria

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Fight Club Burrito Bowl: Chipotle Mexican Grill's Burrito Bowl vs. Taco Bell's Cantina Bowl

    "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 >>

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    June 7, 2012
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    April 20, 2012

    St. Louis Earth Day Festival Food Preview

    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 >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    February 2, 2012

    First Look: MEDIAnoche

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Soup Countdown #2: Menudo at Taqueria Durango

    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

    December 21, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #4: Milagro's Spicy Chocolate Martini

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    First Look: Diablito's Cantina

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Man Responds to Understuffed Chalupas with Molotov Cocktail

    Screenshot:​Stop 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    #77: Vegetable Quesadilla at Chava's

    Bryan Peters​Chava'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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Mike Ryan of Lola: Recipe for Andouille Corn Dog with Red Beans and Rice

    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 rice​When does a deep fried carnival staple evolve into an entree? When Mike R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    #99: Beef Taquitos Mexicanos at El Indio

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Chips and Salsa Off the Old Block: A Visit to Señoritas Pique

    Ian FroebTacos al pastor, with a side of papas picositas, at Señoritas Pique​A 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 >>

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    January 20, 2011
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    December 30, 2010
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    May 26, 2010
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    February 25, 2009

    FoodWire: Rick Bayless in St. Louis March 14

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Review Preview: Taqueria el Jalapeño

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    The Dish: Torta Milanesa at La Michoacana

    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 >>

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    July 23, 2008
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    June 10, 2008

    Review Preview: Taqueria la Pasadita

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2008

    Review Preview: Taqueria los Tarascos

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2008

    Agave gives Mexican cuisine the white-tablecloth treatment.

    It just might be able to find its niche in the Grove.

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2007

    The Return of the Reader Review of the Week!

    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. To compensate, I'm proud to bring back a feature no one except me likely even remember ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 19, 2007

    Hot or Not?

    El Scorcho promises a chile reception.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Canyon Café

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2007

    No Chicken Tamales at Lily's! 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 >>

  • Dining

    July 18, 2007

    Southtown Bound

    Ian finds a trio of local gems that hit close to home.

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    July 11, 2007

    Cherokee Pastoral

    Ian hastens to tasty Cherokee Street but can only waddle back home.

  • Dining

    December 20, 2006

    Cruise Control

    Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen is the real deal.

  • Dining

    August 2, 2006

    My Ohm My

    Solid eats, electric atmosphere

  • Dining

    December 14, 2005

    Mississippi Yearning

    Robbie Montgomery opens a second Sweetie Pie's, as soul-warming as the original

  • Dining

    September 15, 2004

    Ragin' Cajun

    Looking for cold beer and down-home Cajun classics? Head to Graham's.

  • Dining

    April 21, 2004

    Don't Mess with Tejas

    Steve Gontram's culinary compass points south-of-the-border

  • Dining

    February 11, 2004

    Hunka-hunka Burning Tex-Mex

    Infierno is all about kitsch and late-night fun -- and the food is good, too

  • Dining

    January 8, 2003

    A Whole Lotta Soul

    The Goody Pancake House serves up flawless fare

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    May 8, 2002

    Picture of Lily's

    A friendly family offers a sweet and charming introduction to Mexican home cooking

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    November 28, 2001

    Hall of Flame

    Football Cardinal great Jackie Smith promises diners a hot time at his new West County restaurant

  • Dining

    August 8, 2001

    Dog Days

    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.

  • Dining

    June 27, 2001

    OK by You

    Visiting the Crescent City by way of Florissant

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    March 8, 2000

    Cherokee People

    A trip to the South Side is a quick way to go south of the border

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    June 2, 1999
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