• Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Whisk's Apple-Cinnamon "Pop Tartlets": Fall Flavors Wrapped Up in Flaky Pastry

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Whisk: A Sustainable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Sugarfire Smokehouse to Open Sugarfire Pie

    Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-5301) is fresh off his Top Chef win at last weekend's Ultimate Burger Challenge, but he isn't slowing down. The barbecue master has just announced he'll be opening Sugarfire Pie. Before you object, may we remind you of Joh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Nosh Pit at LouFest Features Delicious Snacks from St. Louis' Finest

    We're super excited for LouFest (hello, Outkast!), but of course we can't forget about the food. Contrary to the usual festival food, LouFest actually has eats from some of the best restaurants in St. Louis. Check out the full lineup after the jump. See also: In the Nosh Pit at LouFest 2013

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Sugarfire Smokehouse's Crack Pie: A Gooey, Buttery Treat Perfect For the Fourth of July

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Summertime means p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Cafe Ventana's Beignets, an Airy Sugar-Dusted Fritter to Go with a Cup of Joe

    Cafe Ventana (3919 West Pine Boulevard; 314-531-7500), a self-proclaimed "bohemian bistro with a French Quarter feel," offers the one pastry that any cafe touting a N'awlins theme ought to: beignets. The hand-cut fritters are brought to life in a bath of hot oil and come with the requisite dusting o ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Where to Get Your Homemade Thanksgiving Pies (and More) in St. Louis

    Your family gave you one job: Bring the dessert. We all know you can't just throw some in some slice-and-bake cookies in the oven and call it a day. This is Thanksgiving, and everyone's expecting a pie. Pumpkin. Or pecan. Or anything autumn-sounding, really. Do the holiday some justice and don't pic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    For Chefs, Thanksgiving Is Hardly a Holiday

    In her semi-regular column Real Life of a Pastry Chef, pastry sous chef Mary Boehne of Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) at the Four Seasons Hotel dishes on secrets of the trade and about the industry as a whole. This week's topic: Thanksgiving. Every year I am asked the same question: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Buy a Thanksgiving Pie and Help a Family in Need with Operation Food Search

    Saving room for dessert is a very important (and very difficult) part of Thanksgiving dinner. But there are so many delicious pies to be had! Operation Food Search has teamed up with John Johnson, executive chef at River City Casino & Hotel, to offer homestyle Thanksgiving pies. The best part, thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Five Bistro Dinner Highlights French Wine

    The latest in Five Bistro's (5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-773-5553) celebrated wine dinners is Friday, August 23, hosted by French vintner Fabrice Roelandt. Chef Anthony Devoti has created a French country dinner menu around five Domaine Moillard wines. See also: Napa Valley Winemaker Visits Five Bistr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Best Pies in St. Louis: A Roundup

    This month has nothing to do with pies. There is no holiday in April (or May, even) when one is expected to eat pie. It's not National Pie Week or Celebrate Pie Day. It's not March 14 (National Pi Day) or January 23 (National Pie Day). So why are we writing about pie now? A reader bugged us about i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    7 St. Louis Bakeries Offering King Cake and Other Mardi Gras Desserts

    King cake is a Mardi Gras tradition. There are Louisiana versions, French versions, Spanish versions, and, thankfully for Gut Check, St. Louis versions, too. The classic Louisiana king cake is essentially a giant cinnamon roll bedazzled with purple, yellow and green sugar sprinkles and a baby figuri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Happy National Pie Day!

    Rejoice, o pie lovers of St. Louis! Today, January 23, is National Pie Day! Why January 23? Why not the infinitely more logical March 14? (3.14 = Pi = Pie.) Why the hell not? Not that you necessarily need a reason to eat pie, but isn't it nice to have an excuse? Especially during this month of cold ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 8, 2012
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    February 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Gut Check Takes a Pie in the Face

    This Monday, January 23, marks an important national holiday: National Pie Day. This great festival is the brainchild of the American Pie Council -- and how did we not know that such an organization existed, devoted exclusively to the celebration of pie? From this day forward, we resolve that all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen: Recipe for Crustless Buttermilk Pie

    This is part three of Stephen Fairbanks' Chef's Choice profile of Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Vires, is published here. Stephen FairbanksCrustless Buttermilk pie with lemon creme anglaise and lemon zest. ​Cassy Vires, chef-owner of Home W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Café Pintxos Drops the Tapas (Including the Pintxos)

    Jennifer SilverbergCafé Pintxos​When I reviewed Café Pintxos (3407 Olive Street, 314-338-2500) this July, I noted how I was unable to order the restaurant's namesake dish, a Basque variation on Spanish tapas. For no clear reason, the pintxos weren't available during my visits.Now the pintxos -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Somebody Sumac Me!

    Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check looks at overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you probably don't own -- and probably should. History: As summer begins its nosedive into fall, with it go certain plants we won't think of again till springtime, like the itchy trio of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Foot Hi Pie at Blue Springs Cafe

    Robin Wheeler​Last October Gut Check staged the Great Illinois Pie Fight, with Blue Springs Cafe in Highland taking a sound beating from Mills Apple Farm in Marine. How sound was the beating? But if we ever need to gather ammunition for a pie fight, we're heading straight to Blue Springs. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Jane Muscroft of Queen's Cuisine: Recipe for Eccles Cakes

    This is part three of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of Jane Muscroft of Queen's Cuisine ( Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Muscroft, is published here. Deborah Hyland​ According to The Food Lover's Companion, Eccles cake, named after the town of Eccles, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    It's Sweetie Pie Day in Mascoutah!

    ​Manage to get through being housebound without attempting to murder anyone with an axe? You deserve a road trip and pie! This Saturday, pie takes over downtown Mascoutah, Illinois, about 40 minutes east of downtown St. Louis. The town's hosting its annual Sweetie Pie Day, where nineteen bus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    The Dish: Fish and Chips at Molly Darcys

    Maybe I need to take a break from fish and chips.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Review Preview: Café Ventana

    God knows Mondays don't need any help in order to be a pain in the rear end, but on this particular Monday afternoon, my 401(k) is following the Dow down the drain, there are still four interminable, talking point-filled weeks till the election and I just forgot my debit card inside an ATM machine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008

    Opening Next Month: Cafe Ventana

    Café Ventana will open at 3919 West Pine Boulevard on Thursday, August 21, according to the new restaurant's Web site. The menu features breakfast soufflés and paninis as well as a lunch and dinner menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. Maybe most exciting of all, Café Ventana will off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    Salmonella! Pot Pies! The Year of Eating Dangerously Continues...

    Frozen turkey and chicken pot pies from Banquet (owned by ConAgra) are the likely culprits of a salmonella outbreak. (CNN) -Ian Froeb

  • Dining

    November 23, 2005

    Grouse of the Seven Gables

    Will this Clayton inn ever get an above-par eatery?

  • Dining

    June 27, 2001

    OK by You

    Visiting the Crescent City by way of Florissant

  • Dining

    March 14, 2001


    Two Metro East purveyors of dainties satisfy all the senses