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Patisserie Chouquette

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    #74: "Burger" at Small Batch Whiskey & Fare

    Sometimes, I just have to have a big, greasy burger -- one that covered in gooey cheese, tangy sauce and served on a soft buttery bun with crispy lettuce, red onions and some juicy tomatoes. I never expected I'd find one to satisfy this craving at a vegetarian restaurant. See Also: Dave Bailey A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    The Darkness Debuts at La Patisserie Chouquette

    La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) releases its latest creation today: the Darkness. It's a flaky chocolate croissant made with dark chocolate dough, 72 percent chocolate butter and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was originally set to debut on Saturday, July 19, but owner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Vinnie's Pinwheel Baklava: A Lighter Take on the Traditional Greek Favorite

    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. If you type the name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    #75: Smoked Salami Sandwich from Adam's Smokehouse

    The secret to the smoked salami at Adam's Smokehouse (2819 Watson Road; 314-875-9890) is the 70/30 blend of pork and beef. Or is it the fruitwood smoke that permeates the meat? Then again, it could be the generous flecks of black pepper and blend of spices the pit-masters keep as closely guarded as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Red Fox Baking & Catering's Lemon Tart: A Delicate Pastry Baked In a Wood-Fired Oven

    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. Red Fox Baking & Cat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    #76: Gryo on Pita at Olympia Kebob House & Taverna

    Please indulge this recently repatriated St. Louisan who just returned from the hinterlands. It's not exactly breaking news that Olympia Kebob House & Taverna's (1543 McCausland Avenue, Richmond Heights; 314-781-1299) gyro is the best in town. Like most, I've been going to Olympia for years, taking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    In Honor of Fourth of July, We Blew Up the Riverfront Times Gingerbread House

    Way, wayyyy back in December, we bought a gingerbread house kit from La Patisserie Chouquette (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) and spent an absolutely grotesque amount of time turning it into the official Riverfront Times gingerbread house. And then, because we're a bunch of pseudo-adults, it ... More >>

  • 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

    June 27, 2014

    #77: The Johnny Cake at Tree House

    I used to feel bad for vegetarians. While I got to dine out and stuff my face with prosciutto and ribs, their menu choices were typically more limited ("Um, we can do a veggie pasta?"). Thankfully, meatless options have gotten much better over the past few years, and vegetarian restaurants like Tree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Russell's on Macklind's Coconut Cake, A Divine Classic Dessert By the Slice

    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. Chef Russell Ping of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    #79: Skordalia at the Purple Martin

    This is not just my usual weekly selection. It's a plea to Brooke Roseberry and Tony Lagouranis, owners of the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011). See, just recently they announced that they're revamping the menu at their delightful Fox Park eatery. Guys, I'm begging you: Keep the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    #80: Beef Brisket Birria Taco at Mission Taco Joint

    It's difficult to decide between beef and pork for the ideal taco filling. A well-prepared carne asada gives such a meaty richness, but the sweet pork flavor of something like carnitas is hard to beat. When I go to Mission Taco Joint (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430), I don't have to choose. I s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    The Kitchen Sink's Sweet Potato Fries: A Taste of Thanksgiving In Each Bite

    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. Servers at the Kitch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    #81: Cappuccino from Sump Coffee

    Thank goodness former patent attorney Scott Carey had the courage to follow a dream. Since opening Sump Coffee (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670) in 2011, this soft-spoken craftsman has elevated the St, Louis coffee scene to new heights, serving house-roasted seasonal selections from his so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    #82: Salted Caramel Croissant at Pint Size Bakery

    When it comes to her salted caramel croissants, Pint Size Bakery (3825 Watson Road; 314-645-7142) owner Christy Augustin lays down the law. "They come out at 10 a.m., there's only two per transaction, and when they're gone, they're gone," she says. Just because there are rules doesn't mean everyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    La Patisserie Chouquette Crafts Couture Cake Toppers

    Simone Faure at La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) debuted her newest line of sweet creations on Wednesday and she has managed, once again, to top herself. The Spring/Summer 2014 Sweet Chic collection is a line of cake toppers make of sugar or chocolate that look like v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Giovanni's Kitchen's Panna Cotta Trio, A Creamy Dessert in Three Different Flavors

    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. Here's how we know t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    #83: Gnocchi at the Good Pie

    One could be forgiven for assuming that the must-eat dish at the Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-899-9221) would be the pizza. Without a doubt, it's fantastic, but the delicious pies run the danger of obscuring the best dish on the menu -- the housemade gnocchi. Diners may be t ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    #85: Marinated Feta Cheese at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House

    The bar at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-3644) is the kind of place that makes you feel like you're on vacation. It could be the Dixieland music -- or maybe it's the hurricanes. A drink like this, at once strong and sip-able, requires some serious bar snacks t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Frida's Deli's Raspberry-Chocolate Avocado Mousse, A Guilt-Free Chilled Treat

    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. Most desserts serve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    India Palace's Gulab Jamun: A Fried Delight with Exotic Spices

    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. Every culture has it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Melt's "Violet Beauregarde," A Blueberry Buttermilk Waffle with the Works

    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. "Violet! You're turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    #88: WildSmoke's Smoked Chicken Wings

    Choosing a favorite chicken wing is like selecting a favorite song: With so many different styles, it's an impossible task. Sometimes, the tangy, Louisiana-style heat of the Buffalo wing dipped in funky blue cheese is the only thing that satisfies. Other occasions call for some thick, molasses barbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Brevan's Patisserie's "Brendan": A Russian Doll of Peanut Butter and Chocolate

    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. Few things in life p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    #89: The Duck Proscuitto Flatbread at Bella Vino

    If the bed-and-breakfast-style charm of Bella Vino (325 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-3434) isn't enough of a reason to make the trek across the river, then the duck prosciutto flatbread should be. See Also: Bella Vino, in historic St. Charles, is a meal worth driving for

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    #90: The "Dam Burger" at the Dam

    If Pulp Fiction's Jules Winnfield thought his "Big Kahuna" burger was tasty, he would be downright out of his mind for the "Dam Burger" at the Dam (3173 Morganford Road; 314-771-3173). See also: The Dam Cooks Up Bar Food Fit for the Fried

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    La Patisserie Chouquette's Eclairs: A "French Equivalent of Doughnuts"

    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. From its picture-per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    #91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger

    After shooting photos at the Blind Tiger (7376 Manchester Road; 314-646-8822) for Gut Check, my colleague returned to the office, eyes filled with the raptures. "Oh my goodness. You have to have the 'Hog Mess,'" she said. See Also: Blind Tiger serves great pizza in a space with a split personality

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    #92: Khao Soi at Fork & Stix

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. My relatively limited exposure to Thai cuisine typically leads me to a plate of pad thai and some spicy papaya salad. However, my predecessor, Ian Froeb (now food critic at the Post-Dispatch), said that I had to try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    #93: The "Smokehouse Club" Sandwich at Bud's Smokehouse

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. The words "club sandwich" typically evoke visions of cold cuts on white bread, triple-decker style. Maybe it's classed up with those toothpicks that have the crinkly plastic on top. Lunchmeat, mayo, iceberg lettuce. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. When it comes to food, I don't do well with change. Sure, I like to try new things, and experiment with exotic ingredients. However, where my favorite, go-to dishes are concerned, I'm less flexible. When Café Natas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Where to Get King Cake for Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras isn't all boobs and beads. This weekend also calls for lots and lots of New Orleans flavor, from gumbo to Hurricanes and of course, king cake. The treat dates back to the 1700s in French Alabama and Louisiana. The name comes from the three kings (the Christmas ones) because believe it or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    #95: Macarons at La Patisserie Chouquette

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. Simone Faure is an artist. Not in the empty, overused way of describing anyone and everyone in the restaurant business, but in the truest sense of the word. Sure, she makes delicious pastries, but her genius is in h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    The Gut Check Guide to Anti-Valentine's Day

    Maybe you're single. Maybe you don't need a holiday to show your love. Maybe you just really, really love House of Cards. Whatever it is, it's probably best to avoid any and all restaurants tonight. It'll just make you mad. Follow our guide instead. See also: Valentine's Day Do-Over: Your Romantic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Valentine's Day Do-Over: Your Romantic Date Plan B

    So you forgot to make a reservation for Valentine's Day. Don't panic. There may be some spots left, but we've got a better idea. Lots of places are extending their romantic dinners all weekend or offering alternative activities. We're here to help -- you'll have such a good time, your significant ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Post-Apocalyptic Portraits of Abandoned YMCA Taken by St. Louis Pastry Chef (PHOTOS)

    By day, Patrick Devine slaves over designer macarons, tarts and cakes so intricately detailed they look like they were assembled by gnomes at La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935). But in his free time, Devine makes art in a very different way -- he enters abandoned proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    2013 Openings & Closings: A Year in St. Louis Restaurants

    Is it really 2014 already? It was a banner year for the St. Louis dining scene. A number of acclaimed chefs opened up new spots, like Josh Galliano, Cassy Vires and John Perkins. Many beloved spots closed, too, but we suppose that's just the way it goes. It's inevitable that we missed some things, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    The 7 Best Eggnog-Flavored Treats to Brighten Your Holiday

    Sometimes eggnog gets a bad rap. It may be an acquired taste, but there's more to enjoy besides those huge jugs of the pre-made stuff. Even if it's not your drink, plenty of bakeries and restaurants are offering eggnog-flavored treats to get you in the holiday spirit. It's basically the pumpkin spic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Local Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie

    Thanksgiving may be the holiday focused on food, but Christmas is a close second. There are so many treats to be had: baked goods, chocolates, peppermint, coffee. We know how y'all love to buy local, so we rounded up some great holiday gifts from local restaurants, shops and cafes. Your friends will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Call for Submissions: Send Gut Check Your Gingerbread House Photos

    Gut Check would like to introduce you to the official Riverfront Times gingerbread house. What makes the RFT version so special? Well, for one, it's covered in our logo but also, you can't tell from the photo, but our marzipan Santa is hammered. We cheated a little and got ours pre-fab from La Pat ... More >>

  • 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 5, 2013

    The Real Life of a St. Louis Pastry Chef

    Editor's note: Mary Boehne is the pastry sous chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis and its restaurant, Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800). Before that she worked as a line cook at Winslow's Home and at the Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado. Today marks the beginning of her se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Best Bakery 2013: La Patisserie Chouquette Pastry Chef Simone Faure Takes the Cake

    In honor of our 2013 Best Of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. The topic of this conversation: Best Bakery. Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. La Patisserie Chouquette's (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) Best Bake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Pastries and Cocktails Work Together at Cielo's A Taste of Summer [PHOTOS]

    As you know, Gut Check loves desserts, booze and rooftops -- so we couldn't miss Cielo's (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) A Taste of Summer event Thursday night. The restaurant on the eighth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel hosted four of the city's top pastry chefs (plus its own), and we coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Cielo Hosts Dessert & Cocktail Tasting to Benefit St. Louis Children's Hospital

    If there are two things Gut Check loves, it's dessert and booze. Oh, and rooftops. Put those three together, and you've got Cielo's (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) A Taste of Summer event. The dessert and cocktail tasting on Thursday, August 15 will feature some of our favorite St. Louis pas ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    First Look: La Patisserie Chouquette Offers Desserts that Look (Almost) Too Good to Eat [Photos]

    Oh mon dieu. "Kid in a candy store" doesn't even begin to describe the awe and excitement induced by the plethora of encased treats at the heavily anticipated opening of La Pâtisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) last week. But unlike just any sweets shop, pastry chef Simone F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: February 2013

    February saw much activity in the Delmar Loop, with the opening of Chubbies and Mission Taco Joint as well as the news that a coffee shop called BluePrint Coffee might be joining those two restaurants on the same block. (To say nothing of the Washington Univeristy-related demolition currently taking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Openings: La Patisserie Chouquette, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, the Market at the Cheshire

    After reporting multiple restaurant closings to begin this week, Gut Check is happy to provide news of openings immediate and imminent: - La Pâtisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) opened this morning in the city's Botanical Heights neighborhood. Owner Simone Faure was previo ... More >>

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