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Sarah Rusnak

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    January 31, 2014

    Best Places in St. Louis to Watch the Super Bowl

    It's that time of year: the biggest game in football. This year, the Denver Broncos will be taking on the Seattle Seahawks. The great thing about the Super Bowl, though, is that it brings people who really don't even care about football together. It's like Thanksgiving, really. A national holiday. W ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Cheap) in St. Louis

    Italian restaurants can be super-fancy dining. The tablecloths, the expensive wine, the veal. But you can get great Italian food in St. Louis without having to gouge out your paycheck. Go to a traditional (but affordable) place on the Hill or try a new joint from the guys behind the Tavern. Check ou ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Where to Eat Out On Christmas Eve in St. Louis

    Christmas is already stressful enough. Several fantastic restaurants will be open, offering delicious dinners. Pick from prix fixe or a full menu. Before you criticize us for "promoting" restaurants being open on Christmas Eve, keep in mind that it's a tradition for many people. If you're looking fo ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Not Cheap) in St. Louis

    Traditionally, St. Louisans looking for great Italian food head straight to the Hill. These days, though, the love is spread out a little bit more. There are still decades-old, classic restaurants on the Hill, but it no longer has a monopoly for that perfect first date spot, complete with pasta and ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    The 5 Best Tapas/Small Plates Restaurants in St. Louis

    No, small plates are not going away. Embrace it, because it means you get to eat lots of different stuff, and it's usually paired with great cocktails or wine. Although some people are sticklers for what actually constitutes tapas, we lost that war long ago. Just go with it. See also: More Than a M ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    The 5 Best Veteran's Day Specials in St. Louis

    We probably don't thank our veterans enough, but Veteran's Day is a start. If you're still active duty or retired military personnel, businesses all over St. Louis are offering discounts and more. Check out some of the best places to go today after the jump. See also: Five Restaurants Where You Ge ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Ten Best Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis

    Within the last few years, St. Louis has been lucky enough to experience an explosion of Mexican cuisine, with new restaurants popping up offering both authentic and modern options. Cherokee Street in particular has gained a well-deserved reputation for serving as the epicenter, but our collective c ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    7 Places to Grab a Bite on the World Naked Bike Ride Route

    It's nearly upon us, that carefree cycling event that takes nude (and a few never-nudes) bike riders through the city of St. Louis. All that nakedness might leave you hungry -- or in need of a strong cocktail. Either way, follow Gut Check's guide to the best places along this year's route to grab a ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    10 Must-Drink Events for St. Louis Craft Beer Week (July 27-August 4)

    Combine St. Louis' rich beer brewing heritage with a recent explosion of local craft beers and you've got all the reason you need to celebrate. Thus, the 2013 STL Craft Beer Week: a collection of wonderful events running from July 27 to August 4 that will make beer-lovers rejoice. With a schedule ra ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Eleven Can't-Miss Food Events In and Near St. Louis This Summer

    Humans, allegedly, are supposed to eat to live, not live to eat, but where's the fun or danger in that? Especially in St. Louis, where each new season brings new crops of tempting food trends, festivals and seasonal favorites. Spring starts the fire with the reopening of farmers' markets. Food fests ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Webster Groves' Old Orchard Business District: An Updated Guide

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. View Webster Groves "Old Orchard" Ne ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    St. Patrick's Day Poll: Downtown vs. Dogtown

    Forget Chicago and its green river. Heck, move over, Ireland! St. Louis has some of the biggest and baddest St. Patrick's Day celebrations around! With two parades -- one downtown on Saturday and one in Dogtown on Sunday -- St. Louis is the place to knock back a pint of Guinness in your finest gree ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    South Grand: An Updated Guide to Restaurants on South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. One could easily argue that aside fr ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Neighborhood Bites: The Hill

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. The Hill is the classic St. Louis ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Rick's Picks: Six of Coach Majerus' Favorite St. Louis Eateries

    "Some guys smoke. Some guys drink. Some guys chase women. I'm a big barbecue-sauce guy." -- Rick Majerus Rick Majerus loved to eat. That was no secret. But what were some of his favorite St. Louis eateries? Last week Gut Check caught up with several local restaurateurs whose tables often served ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    The Five Best Bicycle Friendly Bars in St. Louis

    This morning, we got an email from reader Rob, who is planning a biking bachelor party and was looking for our expertise in recommending some bars to stop at. He was looking specifically for dive bars, but that got us thinking bigger -- what are our favorite places to drink (responsibly, of course) ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    The Five Best Spots for Comfort Food 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 Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    The Five Best (Cheap) Italian Restaurants 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 Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    The Eight Best Doughnut Shops 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 Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Get a Taste of St. Louis at Soldier's Memorial this Weekend

    Sarah Rusnak​Taste of St. Louis returns this weekend, and Gut Check can't help but think that the word "taste" doesn't even begin to encompass the event. Not only can you try food from 45 area restaurants, but you can also peruse the work of local and regional artists and rub elbows with some of o ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Wiz Khalifa, George Clinton Lead this Week's New Show Announcements

    Sarah RusnakWiz Khalifa mugging with local rapper Yung Ro in March 2011.​Light week for announcements while venues finalize their summer schedules, but there are some gems here: Super Jam 4 will blow through Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on June 12--it's the first St. Louis date for Wiz Khalif ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Skrillex, Natasha Bedingfield Among This Week's New Show Announcements

    Sarah RusnakMarchFourth Marching Band at 2720 Cherokee in November 2010. ​Epic Show Week is upon us, and venues are getting their summer schedules on the books. Dubstep sorcerer Skrillex gets a proper date at the Pageant on July 12, presumably since he packed Sol Lounge earlier this year for a ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    The Tattoos of the Sammy Hagar St. Louis Book Signing, Left Bank Books, Friday, March 18

    Sarah RusnakThis man needs no introduction​On Friday night, hundreds of dedicated Redheads flocked downtown for a chance to have Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock signed by the esteemed co-author himself, Sammy Hagar. RFT photo intern Sarah Rusnak hit the scene and brought back photos of the fan ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Photos: Depressed Buttons at the Gramophone, Thursday, December 2

    Depressed Buttons (a.k.a. a side project featuring members of Omaha synth scientists the Faint) deejayed at a special Thursday night dance party at the Gramophone. Co-promoted by London Calling and Get Serious!, the night kicked the weekend off early. Sarah Rusnak was there and took some photos. Her ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Photos: Fresh Paint II at 2720 Cherokee on Black Friday, November 26

    On Friday night, November 26, the music and art scenes converged for Fresh Paint II at 2720 Cherokee. Sarah Rusnak attended and brought back a slideshow of photos from the festivities. View all Fresh Paint II: Black Friday photos here; a sampling can be found below.Sarah Rusnak​View a slidesho ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Barack Obama Joe Biden ÷ Iron Man = Best Painting Ever

    This gem was spotted at Fresh Paint II, the Black Friday art/music extravaganza at 2720 Cherokee:​To answer the obvious questions: Yes, it does portray Barack Obama and Joe Biden as the cast of Iron Man; no, we have no idea what kind of deep symbolic message the artist is trying to send.

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    November 8, 2010

    Photos: MarchFourth Marching Band at 2720 Cherokee, Sunday, November 7

    Last night, the MarchFourth Marching Band -- a Portland, Oregon-based troupe of ragtag brass, percussion and other assorted hangers-on -- entertained the crowd at 2720 Cherokee. Sarah Rusnak went to the show and brought back a slideshow. Evidence!Sarah Rusnak​

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    September 14, 2010

    Photos: The U's "Eat a Graduate" Contest

    Sarah RusnakReady...set...​On Saturday, September 11, Midtown nosh pit The U hosted a competition to see who could record the best time wolfing down its "Graduate," which consists of two beef patties, four strips of bacon, two chicken strips, a fried egg, chili, fried onion strings, giardiniera, c ... More >>

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