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    July 24, 2014

    Plank Road Pizza Now Open in Cottleville

    Plank Road Pizza (5212 Highway N, Cottleville; 636-477-6155) is now open in Cottleville in St. Charles. It's one of several new restaurants out west, including Rack House Winery and Se7en Cupcakes and Martinis. An 1841 home -- the oldest still standing in Cottleville -- houses the restaurant. See a ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Milque Toast Bar to Bring Gourmet Toast to McKinley Heights

    Toast is one of the simplest dishes. It's one step away from a plain slice of bread, but somehow it's the perfect vehicle for so many delicious things: melt-in-your-mouth butter, peach compote, avocado, Nutella. Chef Colleen Clawson is taking it up a notch with her upcoming cafe Milque Toast Bar at ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013
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    November 14, 2013

    Cucina Pazzo Brings Rustic Italian to Former Duff's Location in the Central West End

    Cucina Pazzo (392 North Euclid Avenue; 314-696-8400), the Italian restaurant from the team behind The Tavern Kitchen & Bar (2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, Kirkwood; 636-825-0600), is now open. Steven Caravelli, formerly of Euclid Hospitality Group, took over as executive chef recently at The Tavern so J ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    8 Best Ice Cream Spots in St. Louis

    The dreaded St. Louis summer is upon us, and one of the only effective strategies to combat the soul-crushing humidity is to search out the nearest ice-cream parlor. Luckily, St. Louis has its share of unique and even iconic spots to enjoy frozen treats. (Note: We aren't counting frozen yogurt; it's ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 05.06-05.12

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. The Sweets Life: Natalie made white chocolate banana muffins. Cupcake Project: Stef shared strawberry rhubarb cupcakes. Family Style Food: Karen made fava bean ravioli. Iron Stef: Stef made breakfast balls: peanut butter banana oatmeal and ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Zone In On Imaginative Fast-Casual Vegetarian Fare at Sauce on the Side

    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 >>

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    January 7, 2013

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 12.31-01.06

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly recapped the top ten posts on her blog in 2012. Cupcake Project: Stef made Nutella banana pull-apart bread. The Sweets Life: Natalie made whole wheat spaghetti with greens, poached eggs and toasted breadcrumbs ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 10.22-10.28

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. A Veggie Venture: Alanna made quinoa pilaf with kale and corn. Iron Stef: Stef shared chicken sausage balls with fennel and waffle-ized polenta. Cupcake Project: Stef made vegan Pabst Blue Ribbon cupcakes with vegan buttercream frosting. The ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Best of Missouri Market Preview -- Including Seven Show-Me State Products to Taste Test

    If you're looking for the the cream of the crop from the Show-Me State, head down to the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-9400) this weekend. The annual Best of Missouri Market will take place Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October, 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will a ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Nutella & Go! Snack Spotted at St. Louis Wal-Mart, Be Still Our Beating Heart

    During a recent jaunt to the Wal-Mart (3270 Telegraph Road) on Telegraph Road, Gut Check made a semi-life-altering discovery: Nutella & Go!, an individually packaged, snack-size portion of Nutella and bread sticks. Produced by Ferrero, the people behind everyone's favorite hazelnut spread, the to-go ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Stuff It: Gut Check Makes Stuffed Crust Pizza Monsters, Nasty Food Gang Bang Ensues

    Gut Check is suffering from Pizza-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the last month we've seen Pizza Hut UK introduce a hot dog stuffed crust pizza and Pizza Hut Middle East roll out a cheeseburger-stuffed-crust pizza and a chicken-filet-stuffed-crust pizza. We reported that Pizza Hut US re-released its ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 2.13-2.17

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Every Little Thing: Stacy made Mardi Gras chicken and sausage jambalaya. Iron Stef: Stef shared a recipe for black sesame salmon balls.

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    December 1, 2011

    #47: Veggie Breakfast Burrito at the Mud House

    On Cherokee Street hungry diners can find a burrito for any time of day or night, and the Mud House(2101 Cherokee Street; 314-776-6599) has your breakfast needs covered with a veggie breakfast burrito that's almost too big for its plate. A giant flour tortilla is stuffed with black beans, tomato, c ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    #48: Lengua Tacos at La Vallesana

    Evan C. Jones​There are many tempting options available at La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223), but whether you're getting quesadillas, burritos or tortas, there's something on the menu that leaps out to most people as something to avoid: tongue. Offal is something that most Am ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    #49: Hummus and Balela Platter at Nosh Bistro

    Bryan Peters​When Nosh Bistro (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-4734) closed a few months ago, we sank into a brief, but profound, funk. We'd grown terribly fond of their hummus and balela salad platter, and we didn't want to know a world without it. So you can imagine ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    #51: Root Beer Float at Dr. Jazz

    Julia GabbertRoot beer float at Dr. Jazz​ Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain and Grille (29 N. Gore; 314-961-5299) is a homey little restaurant in charming Webster Groves. Dr. Jazz serves up your typical club sandwiches, burgers and lots of comfort food like chili fries and onion rings. The best part, th ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    #52: Le Croque Monsieur at LaBonne Bouchée

    Ashley AtkinsLe Croque Monsieur!​LaBonne Bouchée (12344 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur; 314.576-6606) offers the Francophile a wide selection of authentic French cuisine, ranging from le quiche du jour to le vol au vent to petit fours. But Gut Check's favorite way to eat à la française is to devou ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    #53: Biscuits and Wild Mushroom Gravy at Blood and Sand

    Blood and SandSweet Potato Biscuits and Wild Mushroom Gravy​When we first heard about the members-only concept at Blood and Sand (1500 St. Charles Sreet.; 314-241-7263), we were a bit skeptical, particularly considering the current economic climate. Sure, bigballers wouldn't have to sweat a 15 ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    #54: The Gracey at Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium

    Emily Wasserman​Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium (1170 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-932-5414) serves up a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers and hot dogs, offering selections for red-meat-loving carnivores, but also vegetarians. The ingredients are fresh, and many of the ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    #55: The Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza at Katie's Pizzeria

    Emily Wasserman​Katie's Pizzeria (6611 Clayton Road; Clayton; 314-727-8585) is a small establishment serving up delicious, albeit unique, pizza. With ingredients ranging from smoked salmon to speck, Katie's pizzas aren't for the culinary faint of heart. Each pizza is uniquely crafted and made ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    #56: Brioche French Toast at Half & Half

    Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue; 314-725-0719), St. Louis' newest breakfast and brunch eatery, despite being surrounded by breakfast and brunch giants like First Watch, Companion and the City Coffeehouse and Creperie, is becoming a legend in its own right. The menu offers a wide variety of brunch ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    #57: Fish and Chips at Llywelyn's

    Following closely on the heels of fish and chips in terms of prevalence on any pub menu is the sandwich version - a piece of fried fish on a bun. Fish sandwiches can range from the blah to the greasy, but at Llywelyn's Pub (4747 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-3003), the full flavor of fish shows up in th ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    #58: Chicken Kabob at Al Waha

    Kristie McClanahan​Chicken and rice is ubiquitous the world over: Stick it in a tortilla and call it a Mexican dish in Chihuahua, or blend it with coconut milk and curry in Chiang Mai and call it Thai. No wonder, though -- chicken and rice is uncomplicated, versatile and, when flawlessly prepa ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    #59: Seafood Ravioli at Gian-Tony's Ristorante

    Erika MillerSeafood ravioli at Gian-Tony's comes drenched in the best flavors of Italy.​There's nothing more relaxing than lounging in a steaming hot tub, letting the hot water soothe away the day's tensions. For food, the equivalent of relaxing in a hot tub has to be sitting in a simmering, f ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    #60: Raw Veggie Burger at PuraVegan

    Bryan PetersNo buns allowed, no buns needed.​St. Louis is no stranger to veggie burgers -- from the divine at SweetArt to the pedestrian at too many places -- and it's important to understand this context. In fact, the owners of PuraVegan first started making veggie burgers at their old restau ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    #61: Hot Chick On-a Stick at Fast Eddie's Bon Air

    Deborah Hyland​Ghost tours in Alton, Illinois, feature Confederate prisoners of war, slaves fleeing on the Underground Railroad and the occasional juicy murderous love triangle or suicide. Surely the tour guide should mention the mystery of the maimed, wingless chickens. Order the Hot Chick O ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    #62: Mixed Grill Platter at Flaco's Cocina

    Chrissy Wilmes​Letting oneself get too hungry is a dangerous thing. When blood sugar runs low, tempers can run high, and the simple act of ordering something new becomes a high-risk roll of the dice. For those times of extreme hunger and limited patience, it's important to reserve a few favori ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    #63: Arancini From Mangia Mobile

    Robin WheelerOnly one Mangia has arancini.​ What's in a name? If you're food truck Mangia Mobile, a lawsuit from a similarly-name local restaurant. Mangia Mobile compensates for name overlap by bringing Italian street food to St. Louis. Specifically, Sicilian-style arancini. Owners Catherine ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    # 68: Lamb Burger at The Scottish Arms

    Erika MillerThe lamb burger is an American classic with a Scottish Arms twist.​Pubs seem to come in one of two varieties -- those filled with kitsch and bland fish and chips, or those filled with authentic food, drink and conversation. The Scottish Arms (8 South Sarah Street, Central West End; ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    #69: Crispy Pork Spring Rolls at Bobo Noodle House

    Robin WheelerCrispy and flavorful, the pork spring rolls at Bobo Noodle House​So ubiquitous, the pork spring roll. Or egg roll. By any name, it's the same creature -- usually crispy on the outside, wrapper still a little chewy on the inside, filled with a pulverized blend of...stuff. Not at ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    #70: Turkey Melt and Field Greens Salad at Schlafly Bottleworks

    Chrissy Wilmes​Schlafly's brewpubs, although known primarily for their craft beers, put just as much effort and though into their menu, seeking out high quality food from local sources. From the grilled cheese to the pulled pork to the ribs to the pizza, every dish has a little something extra ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    #71: The Vegetarian Platter at Ranoush

    Emily Wasserman​Entering Ranoush (200 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-726-6874) is like stepping into a scene out of Arabian Nights. Sequined tapestries line the walls, brass lamps hang from the ceiling and intricately carved metal rings hold the napkins and silverware. Gut Check uncovered ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    #72: Vegetarian Meatballs at Lucas Park Grille

    Lucas Park GrilleWho needs meat with veggie meatballs this good?​Downtown St. Louis isn't exactly a vegetarian's paradise, but Lucas Park Grille (1234 Washington Avenue; 314-241-7770) keeps it real for the herbivores with one of its menu's staple entrées: Vegetarian Meatballs. We've embarrass ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    #73: Sizzling Rice Soup at Hunan & Peking Garden

    Robin Utz​In Gut Check's experience, there aren't enough Chinese restaurants in the St. Louis area offering sizzling rice soup on their menus, and Hunan and Peking Garden's (1262 Old Orchard Center, Manchester; 636-227-6445) is worth the jaunt to West County. The soup is designed to be shared ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    #75: Spaghetti Pomodoro at Babbo's Spaghetteria

    Emily Wasserman​Nothing beats a good Spaghetti Pomodoro. You can find it on the menu at most Italian restaurants, and it's usual the safe, go-to classic when deciding what to order. Italian's don't like too many bells and whistles in their cooking, and the Spaghetti Pomodoro at Babbo's Spagh ... More >>

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    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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    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 >>

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    July 7, 2011

    #78: Companion Rustic Olive Bread

    Robin WheelerCompanion's Rustic Olive Loaf​ Picking a favorite bread from Companion (8791 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-352-4770 and 8143 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-721-5454)? It's not easy. Not even a little. But if forced to choose in some terrifying situation involving firearms or knives not ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    #79: Salt and Pepper Shrimp from Wei Hong

    Deborah HylandSalt and pepper shrimp at Wei Hong​This Cantonese delicacy, traditionally cooked heads-on and shell-on, left American diners completely flummoxed about how to eat the battered shrimp. Down the crustaceans, shells and all? Peel the shrimp and lose all the salty batter? Nibble away ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Competitive Eating Proves More Interesting Than Tennis, NASCAR

    On Monday, Joey Chestnut won his fifth Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest by cramming 62 hot dogs down his gullet in a gut-wrenching ten minutes. A weekend poll of ESPN viewers shows that more people were interested in the hot dog eating contest (27 percent) than t ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    #80: Ba-Mee Mhoo Dang at Basil Spice

    Robin Utz​You probably don't go into a Thai restaurant planning on ordering a barbecue dish, but Basil Spice (3183 South Grand Boulevard; 314-776-1530) makes the idea not only appealing but downright mouthwatering in the form of their #35 - Ba-Mee Mhoo Dang. The Ba-Mee Mhoo Dang arrives at y ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    #81: Catfish Platter at the Gumbo Shop

    Ettie BernekingThe catfish platter comes with a side of gumbo or jambalaya so prepare to be stuffed.​While our arteries might disagree, here at Gut Check we say there's no such thing as too much fried food. Which is why the catfish platter at the Gumbo Shop (9501 Manchester Road, Webster Grove ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    #82: Shrimp & Andouille Flatbread at the Shaved Duck

    Chrissy Wilmes​St. Louis has, for the most part, avoided being pigeonholed into one type of regional cuisine. The city's restaurants reflect the food fancies of the entire country, and at the Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407), the soulful tastes of the South reign supreme. This ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    #83: Vegetarian Pasta at Terrene

    Bryan PetersA symphony of flavors and textures.​At Terrene (33 North Sarah Street; 314-535-5100), chef Michael Warhover and owner John McElwain have struck gold with the vegetarian pasta entrée on the restaurant's spring menu. This isn't the token vegetarian pasta you so often see in less inv ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Jennifer Silverberg​It was a delicious week here at Gut Check International HQ. We were busy eating the grilled cheese at Half & Half, the beef spedini at Ricardo's Italian Cafe and enjoying some vino during Copia Urban Winery's Happy Hour. What else did we do this week? Ian reviewed the Mud ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    #84: Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms at Zia's

    Ettie BernekingThe seafood stuffed mushroom are made fresh each day with hunks of tender crab meat peering out from the mound of filling. ​Trying to eat out on a budget is no easy task, especially when you're not willing to sacrifice your taste buds, and the local greasy spoon just isn't your ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    #86: City Coffeehouse & Crêperie's Nutella-Banana Crêpe

    Emily Wasserman​Walking the streets of Paris, you can't escape the fragrance of one of France's most beloved dishes. You follow your nose toward an unassuming Frenchman, who pours batter onto a giant hotplate, throws on some chocolate syrup and voilà! Your crêpe is ready for consumption. ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 12.20-12.26

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. The Cheesemonger's Wife: Annie discussed American artisanal cheese. One Hot Stove: Nupur shared a recipe for Butternut Squash Lentil Soup. St. Louis Eats and Drinks: The Pollacks visited Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe.

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    December 10, 2003

    Nocello, Neat

    Harvest, 1059 Big Bend Boulevard, 314-645-3522

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