Sara Graham

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    The 9 Best Southern Restaurants in St. Louis

    Sometimes we all just need a little soul with our meal. Whether it's some Cajun-spiced seafood, perfectly crisped fried chicken, buttery biscuits or any number of barbecue recipes, Southern cuisine is unlike any other and sometimes all that will satisfy -- perhaps best paired with a single barrel bo ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    The 7 Best Spicy Dishes in St. Louis

    For those that love spicy food, or are just in the mood to test their hot pepper tolerance, we've got a list of capsaicin-laden dishes that serve up mouth-watering (and maybe eye-watering) flavor along with a serious dose of heat. For those not used to spicy foods, maybe keep some milk, salt, sugar, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    The Six Best Ramen and Pho Dishes in St. Louis

    As chilly fall temperatures sweep in, we're looking forward to steamy bowls of noodle soup, rich with umami, to warm us up. Cozy up with the best Japanese ramen and Vietnamese pho the city has to offer for a comforting way to beat the autumn frost. See also: Death in the Afternoon makes lunch the m ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    10 Best Places for a Boozy Brunch in St. Louis

    There's a certain art to lingering over a leisurely brunch with a cocktail (or two) and friends. Food is definitely only half of the experience where drinking before noon is the name of the game. We've assembled our top picks for boozy brunches in St. Louis that showcase inspired cocktails made for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    10 Best Bakeries and Candy Shops to Score Special Halloween Treats

    We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are all about helping guide our readers to the very best eats, and come Halloween-time that includes making sure you and your little ones are armed with great trick-or-treating jokes. Food and drink-related ones, at that: Q: Why did the ghost go into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    The 5 Best Restaurants for the Quieter Side of Dining in St. Louis

    The hottest spots in St. Louis are hoppin' -- buzzing with conversation and packed with people. It's where to be. But what if you want to have dinner with a special someone, share an intimate conversation or discuss something important? Sometimes we all just need a little quiet and, thankfully, ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    The 10 Bars With the Best Food in St. Louis

    What goes best with a drink? Food, of course! We all have our favorites, that perfect snack to pair with beer or cocktail hour. Gut Check has rounded up a top ten that do both extremely well. Some offer the fatty, salty classics that keep us in perfect drinking spirits all night and others offer a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Outstanding in the Field with Josh Galliano at Such and Such Farm [PHOTOS]

    Just over 100 guests dined together at the trademark "one-long-table" at this weekend's Outstanding in the Field event at Such and Such Farm in Desoto. Farm owners Dave Blum and Autumn Sij welcomed everyone with wine and a tour of their 88 acres, showing off their vegetable beds, chickens, pigs, goa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in St. Louis

    The next time you get a taste for flavors reminiscent of the turquoise waters and sun-bathed beaches of the Mediterranean, you don't have to travel very far. St. Louis has a wealth of restaurants that feature the cuisines of Greece, Morocco, Italy, Turkey, France and Spain, offering seafood, lamb, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants for Fresh Pasta in St. Louis

    Pasta is one of the world's most cherished foods. St. Louisans certainly love their pasta and there is almost one Italian restaurant on every block in some neighborhoods. You may not be surprised to learn that there are several restaurants that offer fresh pasta made daily, going that extra mile to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    The Best Destination Restaurants Within Driving Distance of St. Louis

    The kids are back in school, and your vacation time is likely not what it was three months ago. But summer's not quite over yet (according to the mercury). There's still plenty of sunshine and hours in the day left to visit destination restaurants in the St. Louis area. They're all just a mini-road ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    10 Weird Foods for the Adventurous St. Louis Eater, Including Pig Tails, Brains and Bugs

    Sometimes we just want to try something new. And when we do, St. Louis chefs are more than happy to rise to the challenge. We've compiled of some of the stranger local offerings that just might tempt you away from your comfort zone and into an extraordinary taste adventure you're sure to remember. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in St. Louis

    With exceptional seafood options like this, it's hard to believe St. Louis is hundreds of miles from the sea. These ten restaurants offer land-locked seafood lovers the variety of fresh and flavorful dishes one often associates with coastal towns just steps away from an ocean full of fish. No need t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    10 Classic Missouri State Fair Foods to Inspire the Drive to Sedalia

    The 113th Missouri State Fair opened yesterday in Sedalia with over 100 acres filled with amusement rides, concerts, tractor pulls, car racing, art and crafts, camping, livestock and produce competitions and contests of skills of all kinds. But plenty of people come just for the food -- check out th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Mango Celebrates Peruvian Independence Day with Special Menu This Weekend

    Mango Peruvian Cuisine (1101 Lucas Avenue; 314-621-9993) is celebrating 193 years of Peruvian independence from Spain with a three-day fete. Owner and chef Jorge Calvo created a special three-course dinner menu that will be offered Saturday, July 26, through Monday, July 28. "This event for the C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Why Are the Urinals at 801 Chophouse Filled with Ice?

    When our photographer went into the men's room at 801 Chophouse (137 Carondelet Plaza; 314-875-9900) to shoot a portrait for our roundup of the 10 Most Beautiful Bathrooms in St. Louis, the manager wanted to make sure that each urinal contained a fresh bucket of ice. What? Ice in the urinal? We had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurant Bathrooms (AKA the Finest Loos in the Lou)

    Every detail of dining out -- from the food to the staff to the music -- subtly, or not so subtly, affects your overall impression of a restaurant. So it's safe to say we can all appreciate a little style when we need to go, ahem ... talk to a man about a horse. Be sure to check out the "loo chic" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    10 of the Best (and Most Beautiful) Salads to Try This Summer

    While temperatures have cooled this week, the mercury is set to soar again before long. A scorching St. Louis evening is not the ideal time for a heavy, hot, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal. You're more likely to go looking for a beautiful, light and fresh salad. And just because it's good for you d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Indigogo Campaign Aims to Double Food-Stamp Buying Power at Local Farmers' Markets

    Everyone knows that food stamps (known now as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) provides monetary assistance to low-income individuals and families to buy groceries. But not everyone may realize that there are now six farmers' markets in St. Louis that accept SNAP cards. There' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    10 Places to Take (and Impress) Your Visiting Foodie

    Many have said that St. Louisans have an inferiority complex about our fair city, but there's nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to the culinary clout in our kitchens. St. Louis is increasingly being recognized nationally for its chefs and burgeoning restaurant scene. What better way to help ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    10 St. Louis Restaurants Growing Their Own Food

    Cooking with produce, meat and dairy from local farms and growers is a growing trend across the country, but there are several restaurants in St. Louis that are taking this a step further. Gut Check spoke with ten local restaurants that are actually growing their own produce, cooking seasonally, sav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The 10 Most Beautiful Bars in St. Louis

    Sometimes you just need a drink. And need a drink somewhere beautiful. We at Gut Check are not immune to the romanticism that comes from a beautifully appointed bar, so we've decided to share our most favorite, immersive spots with you. From whimsical to merely gorgeous, here are t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Places in St. Louis for a First Date

    Picking a place for a first date is a loaded question -- so much to say in one, seemingly simple decision. Luckily, Gut Check knows exactly how to impress that special someone, whether you're going for "casual but sophisticated" or "I'm trying to wife you up, boy." Follow our lead with these ten per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    The 10 Best Sushi Bars in St. Louis

    As the temperatures rise and the kitchen becomes just too hot for cooking, what's a more perfect dinner than sushi? For those a little squeamish about raw fish, many restaurants also serve vegetarian and smoked or cooked fish variations -- plenty of reason to get out of the kitchen and belly up to o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    The 8 Best Picnic Spots in St. Louis (And Where to Grab a Pre-Made Meal Beforehand)

    During the summer months, life seems to happen more outside than in, and thankfully, St. Louis has a wealth of urban parks. Yeah, they're great for exercising, but Gut Check especially loves to enjoy them camped out on a large picnic blanket with a bottle of wine and a basket full of treats. There ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Wild Flower Celebrates Memorial Day with All-Night Pig Roast, All-Day Feast

    Not every restaurant in town is closing down for Memorial Day. In fact, the folks at Wild Flower (4590 Laclede Avenue; 314-367-9888) are going all out with the now-historic all-night pig roast and Memorial Day feast. From Sunday night all the way to Monday morning, owner and chef Phil Czarnec will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    7 Outdoor Dinners You Can't Miss This Summer

    All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Click here to read the rest of the guide or pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you. When a restaurant uses the term "farm to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    The Best Rooftop Patios in St. Louis including Cielo, Three Sixty, Element and More

    Even though it's been a bit dreary this week, spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner. St. Louisans covet their favorite patio dining spots for enjoying sunny days, and Gut Check pays homage to a spectacular sub-genre of this experience: rooftops. Even in this low-slung city, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    10 Must-Try New Summer Cocktails

    Cocktail season is here and bartenders throughout St. Louis have sweetened their menus with flavors of the summer. Gut Check has the perfect cocktail list to pair with sun-filled days and steamy nights.

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    May 1, 2014

    10 Best Mexican Restaurants for Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

    Wondering where to go to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Look no further -- Gut Check's got the guide to the best spots for celebrating the holiday. Hit any or all up for the best tacos, margaritas and sopapillas St. Louis has to offer, not to mention giveaways, special brew releases and more. See also: H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Dishcrawl's Cocktail Wars: Which Drink Will Win?

    Some of St. Louis' best bartenders will be slinging drinks at Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street; 314-771-8230) on Tuesday, December 12, and competing in the North American Spirits Championship -- a.k.a. Dishcrawl's Cocktail Wars. Each one is distinct; read on for more detailed descriptions. S ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Dishcrawl's Secret Supper Takes Underground Dining to the Next Level

    Normally, Dishcrawl St. Louis does a neighborhood crawl to different restaurants. The Loop Neighborfood Dishcrawl, for example, hit Three Kings, Blueberry Hill and Mission Taco, among others. Last month, though, there was a stationary, sit-down dinner called Farm to Table that focused on, well, far ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Coco Louco Brasil in the Central West End Closed

    Coco Louco Brasil (512 N. Euclid Avenue; 314-367-1600), the legally embattled Brazilian restaurant in the Central West End, closed Monday, September 30, according to Dishcrawl's Sara Graham. It was supposed to compete in this weekend's competition but Graham says it had to pull out due to being, we ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013
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    April 29, 2013

    Gut Check Tags Along on First Dishcrawl Down Wash. Ave.

    We're not sure where it started or when exactly it became a thing, but lately restaurant crawls seem to be all the rage in St. Louis. Pub crawls we understand. But restaurant crawls? Aren't those just glorified progressive dinners? We've been over progressive dinners for a few years now, so what's t ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Dishcrawl Invites Guests to Chow Down on Wash. Ave.

    Progressive dinners might seem oh so 2010, but Dishcrawl is hoping to elevate the concept to bring it into 2013. According to their press release, "Dishcrawl is a national startup that started in California and is based on the premise that communities can be brought together through good food and g ... More >>