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Restaurants and Food Services

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Clementine's, St. Louis' Oldest Gay Bar, is Closing Sept. 28

    Although there have been rumblings in the LBGT community for some time, Clementine's (2001 Menard Street; 314-664-7869) has announced it will close for good this weekend. It's St. Louis' oldest remaining gay bar, founded in 1978. We spoke to St. Louis LGBT History Project founder Steven L. Brawley a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Yacovelli's to Close After 95 Years

    Yacovelli's (407 Dunn Road, Florissant; 314-839-1000) is set to close at the end of the year after almost a century in St. Louis. The 95-year-old restaurant announce the retirement of its owners this week in a press release. Yacovelli's will be officially closed on January 1, 2015. See also: Harves ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Dive Bar?

    Dive bars are, by definition, underrated, but we want to know where our readers hang out. Sure, we love getting dolled up and sipping a made-for-you cocktail in the lounge at Element, but we're starving reporters. We can't be doing that all the time. That's the beauty of the dive -- it's cheap, it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Tidbits: Farmhaus Expands Hours, Eater Salutes Blood & Sand

    - A dinner reservation at Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) is one of the toughest to obtain in St. Louis. That's no surprise. Not only is Kevin Willmann's restaurant one of our town's very best, it's also a) very small and b) open for dinner only Wednesday through Saturday. Farmhaus can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    The Eight Bars With the Best Beer Selections in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The bars with the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    The Seven Best Places for Karaoke in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best karaoke ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Texas Eatery Holds Patrons Hostage Over Tip Dispute, We Grouse About Automatic Gratuity

    Working in the food service business is a two-way street. Sometimes patrons offend with rude behavior, tiresome substitution requests or by carting along their obnoxious children who cry, run amok and spoil everything for everyone. And then, sometimes, it's the restaurant, chef or waitstaff who disa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    T.G.I. Friday's Inevitably Ruins Korean Tacos for the Rest of Us

    If you have yet to try the bulgogi tacos from the food truck Seoul Taco (@SeoulTaco; 314-517-8916), you'd better hurry. The Man is about to co-opt the Korean-Mexican mashup trend. And by the Man, Gut Check of course means T.G.I. Friday's.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Battle of the Breadsticks: Fazoli's vs. Olive Garden

    Kholood EidThe Fazoli's breadsticks​You always have Gut Check at all-you-can-eat. Add "breadsticks" to the end of that, and we're trembling with excitement to binge on as many carbs as possible.Today, we pit against each other two chains known for their all-you-can-eat breadsticks: Fazoli's and Ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Guess Where I'm Eating this Scone and Win a $10 Gift Certificate to La Tejana Taqueria!

    Chrissy Wilmes​ You can win $10 worth of taqueria fare, and all you have to do is guess where this scone came from. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address in the comment-entry field. One guess per e-mail address. Employees of the restaurant in question and Riverfront T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Eat at Houlihan's, Bristol Seafood Grill -- Help Joplin

    Courtesy of http://www.bristolseafoodgrill.comHoulihan's and Bristol Seafood Grill will donate to the Joplin relief Memorial Day weekend.​As death toll from the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22 reached 132 people Friday, one restaurant chain announced plans to help. All five St. Louis Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    John Caton of Benton Park Cafe

    This is part one of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of chef John Caton of Benton Park Cafe. Part two, a Q&A with Caton, will be available tomorrow. Look for part three, a recipe from Caton, on Thursday. Chrissy Wilmes​ John Caton fell in love with cooking when he was 15-years-old, mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Guess Where I'm Eating these Spring Rolls and Sammy and Win Cardinals Tickets!

    Chrissy Wilmes​​You can win tickets to see the Cardinals play the Washington Nationals Tuesday, April 19 at 7:15 p.m.,and all you have to do is tell me where I'm eating this sandwich with veggie spring rolls on the side. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address in the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    El Pollo Loco Closes Only St. Louis Location

    Jennifer SilverbergThe El Pollo Loco in south St. Louis County has closed.​Following up on a post on the Post Dispatch's "Eat at Joe's" message board, Gut Check can confirm that the only St. Louis area location of the fast-food chain El Pollo Loco (4103 South Lemay Ferry Road, South St. Louis Coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Egyptian Hardee's Close Due to Revolution, Not Snow

    image viaHardee's in Cairo.​Another reason to be glad you're in St. Louis today instead of Cairo: Even though there's sleet and snow, you can still go to Hardee's, which remains open, even when other stalwarts like the Courtesy Diner have closed, and warm yourself up with a Thickburger. The B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Always Consider the Source -- Smoking Bans

    Today's comment comes in response to a post about a study in Kansas City that found that city's smoking ban has had no financial impact on the sales receipts at bars and restaurants. The study was commissioned by the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, which supports smoking bans. Commente ... More >>

  • Music

    December 9, 2010

    Celia's Yuletide Xpress Holiday Sing-Along

    3 p.m. Sunday, December 12. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    A Note From an Anonymous Bartender

    File under Dive Bars. A misspelling aside, this bartender has a salient message behind his point -- personal responsibility is key.Via Reddit​

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Babbo's Spaghetteria Now Open in Chesterfield

    Ian FroebSpaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's Spaghetteria​No, Mario Batali hasn't taken up residence in the Valley. (He strikes me as more of a south city type, really.) Babbo's Spaghetteria is the new restaurant from Michael del Pietro, a companion to Sugo's Spaghetteria in Frontenac.The menu is mo ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    FoodWire: Ferguson Maid-Rite For Sale

    Ian Froeb​At Off the Menu, Joe Bonwich reports that the only St. Louis Maid-Rite (250 South Florissant Road) is for sale and possibly closed. Read Bonwich's story for more.I visited this Maid-Rite late last year. The photo at left is of the chain's famous (or infamous, depending on your point of v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Closing: Blue Water Grill

    Restaurateur Tim Mallett has announced that Blue Water Grill (343 South Kirkwood Road) will close after service on Saturday, November 8, after nearly 20 years in business. Mallett's farewell letter, sent as part of his email newsletter, reads in part: ...we live in some very uncertain economic time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    2008 James Beard Award Winners Announced

    At a New York City gala last night, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its annual awards. Notable winners include Grant Achatz of Chicago's Alinea for Outstanding Chef and St. Louisan Danny Meyer's Gramercy Tavern for Outstanding Restaurant. You can read the long list of winners in ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 14, 2008

    Ultimate Margarita

    T.G.I. Friday’s
    5262 South Lindbergh Boulevard
    314-849-4556

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.14

    www.csulb.edu Carl Karcher, who founded the Carl's Jr. fast-food chain, has died. He was 90. (Orange County Register) The Zagat family is planning to sell its empire of restaurant-, hotel- and, etc.-rating publications. (New York Times) A professor of food studies studies what emigrants from Ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2007

    Today's Restaurant Tidbit

    A follow-up to yesterday's tidbit from the Post-Dispatch: A reader who works in Clayton just e-mailed to tell me Best Chinese is, in fact, open now. First person to develop a unified theory of the restaurant business wins a cookie. -Ian Froeb

  • News

    January 31, 2007

    Party Foul

    The state scolds Mardi Gras Inc. for goose-stepping over the line.

  • Music

    January 25, 2006

    Tim Ries Presents the Rolling Stones Project

    Thursday, January 26; Finale Music & Dining, (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton)

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Bus Route

    Madison County Transit No. 18

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Steaks

    Tucker's Place

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Coffee

    Starbucks

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Pasta

    The Pasta House Co.

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    New Restaurant

    The Cheesecake Factory

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Service

    Pho Grand

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Pasta

    The Pasta House

  • Dining

    May 2, 2001

    Side Dish

    Vince Bommarito of Tony's is known for his goodnatured charm. But there's one thing that makes him hopping mad.

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Business Lunch

    Cardwell's

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Steaks

    Tucker's Place

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Gourmet Pizza

    California Pizza Kitchen

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001
  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Toasted Ravioli

    Pasta House Co.

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Chicken Wings

    Culpeppers

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Garlic Bread

    Pasta House Co.

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Place to Take the Kids

    Chuck E. Cheese's

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Margaritas

    Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Happy Hour

    Casa Gallardo

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Appetizers

    T.G.I. Friday's

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