Russia isn't generally known for breeding wine connoisseurs, but Russian-born Andrey Ivanov is making sure St. Louis is. The 27-year-old general manager and beverage director of Elaia and Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) is the Midwest Regional Winner in the national "2013 Best Young S ... 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 >>
Our friends at Eater are celebrating "Whale Week," a tribute to high-spending diners -- or whales, as they're known in industry-speak. As part of the festivities, Eater ranked the fourteen most expensive tasting menus in America. The cheapest ("cheapest") tasting menu on the list is at Daniel in New ... More >>
Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2012 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>
One of the first things Gut Check noticed upon walking into Blackfinn American Grille (1147 Saint Louis Galleria; 314-726-5300) is the sheer size of the restaurant. Occupying the former Mark Shale space at the Galleria, Blackfinn boasts almost 10,000 square feet of space and offers a variety of dini ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation today announced the semifinalists for its annual awards honoring restaurants and chefs (link PDF). St. Louis scored four chefs in the category "Best Chef: Midwest" and -- a first, to the best of my knowledge -- a restaurant in the "Best New Restaurant" category, which incl ... More >>
The acclaimed south city Italian restaurant Trattoria Marcella (3600 Watson Avenue; 314-352-7706) announced today that it will open a second location in west county. The new restaurant, to be located in the new Ballwin Grove development on Clayton Road north west of Route 141, is slated to open some ... More >>
Stew SmithA trusted operative notified Gut Check that there are signs at 35 North Gore Avenue in Webster Groves announcing La Cantina, a new restaurant from Amigos Cantina (120 West Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood; 314-821-0877). Sound familiar?In September, Amigos owner Robert Trevino announced that ... More >>
Gut Check is constantly working to bring the latest food news to our readers. As a result, we do a lot of blogging. In an effort to draw attention to great posts that may have otherwise been lost in the blogosphere (and to recognize our hard-working writers), we present Post of the Month.Selecting t ... More >>
Ian FroebCrostini Restaurant & Lounge opened this week at 4501 Manchester Road in Forest Park Southeast. When Gut Check spoke with owner and chef Eric Winbigler in May, he described Crostini as an "old 'Mama'-style Italian restaurant, a family-style restaurant."Winbigler is still preparing th ... More >>
Welcome to Lunch Bucket List, a recurring feature in which Gut Check checks out the many lunch specials available at restaurants around town. Know a lunch special we should check out? Drop us a line.Robin WheelerThe Austin from Chuy Arzola'sThe Place: Chuy Arzola's (3701 Lindell Boulevard; 31 ... More >>
Vino Nadoz was transformed from a Cold Stone Creamery to a sleek 43-seat restaurant by the architects at SPACE.For the past nine years, Steven and Kathy Becker have been serving up fast-casual meals at Nadoz Euro Bakery & Café -- with the original location at the Coronado Ballroom in midtown ... More >>
A long-delayed visit to an Edwardsville culinary gem.
The New York Times announces that Sam Sifton, the paper's culture editor (and former dining editor), will be its new restaurant critic.New York coffeehouses are pulling the plug on laptops at peak hours. Is it the beginning of a trend? (Wall Street Journal)(See Zach Dyer's take on this issue from hi ... More >>
On the relatively few occasions when I dine at a nice restaurant, I'm usually seen carrying my "geek bag." (I have used the 820 model for almost ten years.) Inside will be three or four wines from my cellar that I am willing to pay to open pursuant to the restaurant's corkage policy.A restaurant tha ... More >>
Ranoush6501 Delmar Boulevard, University City314-726-6874Special for YouRanoush seated our large party at a special table toward the back of the restaurant. We had to walk through a colorful tent to get to it, which gave it a festive and authentic Middle Eastern feel. As we were seated, the owner ... More >>
This week I visit Señor Pop's, a new(ish) Puerto Rican restaurant in South City. Any restaurant critic worth his weight in rendered duck fat keeps two lists in his head. One identifies those with reason to wish him harm. I dine anonymously, yes, but let me tell you: If, while strolling through the ... More >>
A sneak peek at the first review of 2009, Bobo Noodle House.
New (sorta) in the Delmar Loop is Racanelli's Cucina. (The Web site is currently a placeholder.) The new restaurant, which has taken over almost all of the old Market in the Loop at 6655 Delmar Boulevard isn't merely another Racanelli's pizza joint but a full-fledged sit-down restaurant. The menu ... More >>
And does it come in a box?
Clayton's newest restaurant has style to burn — and the substance to back it up.
The Central West End's newest upscale eatery has Ian looking for the exit door.
Chef Kevin Willmann makes impressively more with less at Erato.
Same as it ever was? No but that's not a bad thing.
Apparently not everyone likes to eat rabbits.
Mike Shannons redone his namesake steak house -- and its a real humdinger
We're over the moon for this delectable new fusion spot
The Rose Garden offers up a tasty gimmick
The dishes and decor at Arthur Clay's in Maplewood are downright inspired
Welcome to Aqua Vin, the seafood restaurant for people who aren't all that thrilled about the stuff
Football Cardinal great Jackie Smith promises diners a hot time at his new West County restaurant
A toast to a new Lafayette Square wine bar
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