Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) doesn't pick just any vintner for its monthly wine dinners. Instead, the west-county revival of Steve McIntyre's Central West End mainstay tries to find a winery that is refined but still a little unknown in St. Louis ... More >>
See also: -Bike to Work Tomorrow, Get Free Coffee and Breakfast On the Way! -Saturday is Webster Groves Herb Society's Annual Herb Sale -Broadway Oyster Bar Invites You to Suck It at Crawfish Fest This Weekend -Celebrate The Sweet Divine's Grand Opening in Soulard Saturday Friday (Apr. 19): Bike ... More >>
Third Friday is here, which means Third Degree Glass Factory's Third Friday Free Party, an Around the World Wine Dinner at Missouri Botanical Gardens, and Trailnet's seasonal Bike to Breakfast. Read on for an array of ways to fill that plate this weekend. See also: -Bike to Work Tomorrow, Get Free ... More >>
The mighty mud bug is the star of this month's food festival at Broadway Oyster Bar (736 South Broadway; 314-621-8811), and chef Brad Hagen is pulling out all the stops (and all the crawfish) to make this a feast worthy of the Big Easy. Gut Check spoke with Broadway Oyster Bar's Mary Moramarco to ... 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 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 >>
This week, I visit Hooked Seafood Bar (8613 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314997-8886), a restaurant that reminds us that "seafood shack" isn't a pejorative term. A sneak preview of my review is after the jump.
Ian Froeb"The Crab Cake" at Bricktop'sWhen I went to bed last night, several hours after my hometown Baltimore Ravens' agonizing loss in the AFC Championship Game, I didn't feel too bad. Wine, Tater Tots (my comfort-food guilty pleasure) and a couple of episodes of Archer had helped to dull t ... More >>
This is part three of Stacy Anderson's Chef's Choice profile of Jason Tilford of Milagro Modern Mexican. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Tilford, is published here. A big part of chef Jason Tilford's history as a chef and his current work at Milagro Modern Mexican (20 Allen Avenue, ... More >>
We usually forgo animal movies. Too often they turn into snuff films. Go ahead. Try to remember the last animal movie you saw that didn't end with the poor creature's death.We'll wait. Dolphin Tale is inspired by the true story of Winter, a bottlenose dolphin who lost her tail. She actually st ... More >>
Evan C. JonesHooked, the new seafood restaurant from the folks who brought us Pho Long, is now open at 8613 Olive Boulevard in University City. As Gut Check learned when we previewed Hooked last month, the restaurant has been ready to go for a while but still awaited the approval of its liquor li ... More >>
This is part three of Amanda Woytus' Chef's Choice profile of chef Ivy Magruder of Vin de Set. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Magruder, is published here.Amanda WoytusVin de Set's bouillabaisseIf you eat one thing on Vin de Set's (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989 or www.vi ... More >>
A sign on the wall just outside the St. Richard's School cafeteria.Here's a secret, one you probably already know: Not every Jew keeps kosher. As a matter of fact, some eat an awful lot of treyf and believe that life isn't worth living if it doesn't include cheeseburgers, bacon and sausage pi ... More >>
Robin WheelerA day of humility. A day of reflection. A day to converge in a church basement and devour fried fish and beer. Churches all over St. Louis mark the beginning of Lent today with traditional Vatican II-friendly dinners open to the public. In return for a few bucks, expect fried an ... More >>
Image viaFish! Coming soon to a taco near you?The end of the year always brings a slew of articles heralding what the hot food and restaurant trends of next year will be. How accurate do these pieces turn out? Well, go back twelve months and see how many predicted that 2010 would be "the year of ... More >>
This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec. Part one is available here; part two is here. Robin Wheeler"People have this misconception about the Midwest that if you're landlocked, tough," sushi chef Eliott Harris says of sashimi ... More >>
Decadence colors the Washington Avenue loft district Red.
My operatives pass like ninjas through the night, menus tucked into, uh, whatever it is that ninjas wear. At my desk is a menu for Flaco's Cocina (8400 Delmar Boulevard). For those of you with fond memories of Flaco's Tacos, there are fish tacos on the menu: mahi mahi, tilapia, salmon and "tempura ... More >>
Is Oceano Bistro just another fish in the sea?
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Oishi offers Japanese cooking as performance art
Wapango brings light and heat to a suburban shopping mall.
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The kitchens a tad flat, but cheers to the beers at Square One Brewery
Mike Shannons redone his namesake steak house -- and its a real humdinger
Live the luxe life at this revitalized St. Louis boite
The food's delish, but Copia still needs to prove a thing or two to oenephiles
Mosaic's food is a blast, but the servers don't seem to feel the celebratory vibe
Don't be thrown by the strip-mall setting -- Wholly Mackerel is seafood heaven
Expensive entrees and Bud Light hoisters just don't jibe at this Cajun cafe
Graffiti Global Grill is as bright and appealing as a brand-new box of Crayolas
De Palm Tree adds spice to the St. Louis culinary scene
Wasabi has everything a sushi-lover could want, from artful presentations to the legendary fugu
The Asian Farmer's Market
Welcome to Aqua Vin, the seafood restaurant for people who aren't all that thrilled about the stuff
Chef Kirk Warner does what he can with the Mississippi's bounty
Like escolar? This, too, shall pass -- faster than you think
Goofy name aside, Wholly Mackerel has a promising future
When the service catches up to the food, Fuji Sushi will be on the road to delivering a good meal
The St. Louis Fish Market is sure to hook diners