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 >>
- 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
Kholood EidThe Fazoli's breadsticksYou 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Chrissy WilmesYou 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
3 p.m. Sunday, December 12. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
File under Dive Bars. A misspelling aside, this bartender has a salient message behind his point -- personal responsibility is key.Via Reddit
Ian FroebSpaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's SpaghetteriaNo, 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 >>
Ian FroebAt 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
5262 South Lindbergh Boulevard
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 >>
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
The state scolds Mardi Gras Inc. for goose-stepping over the line.
Thursday, January 26; Finale Music & Dining, (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton)
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The Pasta House Co.
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St. Louis welcomes two new tea-centric establishments
The Pasta House
Vince Bommarito of Tony's is known for his goodnatured charm. But there's one thing that makes him hopping mad.
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