The Place: Ranoush (6501 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-6874) The Hours: Every day from 3 to 6 p.m. The Deals: Half-off prices on the entire menu, excluding hookah. This includes wine, beer, food and cocktails.
The Place: Siam (4121 Manchester Road; 314-533-7426) The Hours: Happy hour is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deals: Half-price sushi, $4 wine and $2 domestics.
Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand Boulevard; 314-357-7717) is vegan, and by extension healthy, nutritious and light -- the kind of place one visits, and afterwards considers signing up for a half marathon and home brewing kombucha. That's all fine and good, but what happens when the devil on the ... More >>
Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) is a happening 3 a.m. bar on one of the town's hippest streets, but there is more to this Grove hot spot than the booze, music and revelry. Chef Tyler Davis heads up Siam's kitchen, preparing updated takes on pan-Asian cuisine and makes sure that patrons h ... More >>
Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) Hours: 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Wed.-Sat., 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.) It was an early Friday night at Siam, and the place was filled with its usual suspects: young professionals bidding farewell to the week over martinis, a gaggle of beautiful people ... More >>
On June 14, Siam STL (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) held its grand opening, filling a void left by the closure of Novak's Bar & Grill -- arguably one of the Grove's best gay bars and nightlife destinations. The new concept for the neighborhood's longstanding hotspot is one-part lounge and da ... More >>
Pride Fest is extra sweet this year -- Mayor Slay helped four couples flout the state's ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's a step in the right direction, so let's celebrate. Of course the parade is downtown, but check out where you should be before and after. See also: Concerts and Cocktails ... More >>
There must be something in the air -- St. Louis had tons of openings in May and, by our count, no closings. If only this optimism would last the rest of the year! As always, let us know in the comments if we missed any. See also: Gioia's Deli Gets in the Food Truck Game
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod plans to raise and distribute $1 million worth of aid and supplies over the next three weeks in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan tore through on November 8, causing wide-reaching devastation and more than 10,000 deaths. The church planned to have members from ... More >>
This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Part two, a Q & A with Tran, will appear tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Qui Tran can't discuss his childhood without mentioning Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-64 ... More >>
Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending December 23, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books. You have seen almost all these books on the bestseller list ... More >>
Film critic Karina Longworth is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week. The best, most daring and form-defying documentaries in the world right now are being funded by the Danish Film Institute, and so it goes that the nonfiction knockout of TIFF thus far is The Act of Ki ... More >>
Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check zeroes in on overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you may not own -- and probably should. History: Star anise, the brittle, woody fruit of an evergreen tree native to Vietnam and China, has the sharp smell and taste of black licoric ... More >>
Diplomacy between nations doesn't always involve dignitaries or high-level negotiations. A group with a presence in St. Louis engages in "cultural diplomacy," which involves exchanging musical expertise between Americans and countries often hit hard by conflict. Since it became incorporated as a non ... More >>
William Franke, the man who once owned the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and who in 2004 helped found Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to attack the war record of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, is today getting some bad press of his own. Franke, who made millions in real-estate ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Monday, October 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Image viaThe Hangover Part Two finally answers all those questions The Hangover left, puzzling moviegoers: "Will the guys keep in touch with Alan (Zach Galifianakis)?" "Is Stu into transsexuals strippers?" And most importantly, "Would it be funny if the exact same thing happened again in two ... More >>
Image viaBob Dylan played his first ever show in Vietnam over the weekend as part of a brief tour of Asia. There was some amount of fanfare associated with this tour, and this stop in particular, given that so much of Dylan's most vibrant work was written as a response to military action in p ... More >>
No question about it: Squid and octopus are in. On a whirlwind visit to New York late last year, Gut Check partook of octopus dishes at four different restaurants on four consecutive nights. Last week, right here in blogland, our featured chef of the week Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto shared her ... More >>
Medal for World War II vets.For more than a decade, the state of Missouri has awarded medals and certificates to all its native -- or transplanted -- sons and daughters who've served in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War . And the program is coming up on quite a milestone: 100,000 ve ... More >>
A post in which we cut and pasted a resume faxed unsolicited to Riverfront Times today drew a lot of comments. Some people were outraged that we made public the man's credentials while others found outrageous curriculum vitae -- which lists "rode in a jet helicopter at a sharp angle with door open" ... More >>
German photographer Murat Türemis traveled to Indonesia right after the 2005 Tsunami and again in 2010 to document the progress and changes. View his black and white photographs of the devastation at the Webster University May Gallery through November 24. Find details on this event and more in the ... More >>
Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Good NYT article on Australian chef David Thompson opening a Thai restaurant in Bangkok. http://nyti.ms/9RmZ38 Alton Brown calls out Man v. Food http:/ ... More >>
Today, "amnesty" is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
Image viaDude, I won't be insured on my trip to Thailand!In an effort to blatantly overachieve and comply early with some imminent federal regulation changes, a bunch of Missouri health insurance companies have already decided to insure "adult children" up to 26 years old, even if they are: ... More >>
"When are you going to Keith's? Keith's is perfect for 'Dive Bomber!'" Except it's no longer Keith's. Now it's Stan's Bar, as of January 1, anyhow, when bartender Stan took over ownership. Such is the nature of neighborhood bars, being bought by patrons or employees to continue the lineage when the ... More >>
Fine dining restaurant starts serving 99 cent tacos. (The Orange County Register)World's second largest tea company on its way to being Rainforest Alliance Certified. (Reuters)A beer tour through Vietnam. (New York Times)Dumbest employees ever try to sneak large hydrocodone pills into Burg ... More >>
Bumper apple crop goes to waste. (The Associated Press)Southeast Asia's dog meat business. (Globalpost.com)Ten ways to cut food waste. (Mothernaturenetwork.com)New cookbook focuses on cute Japanese food. (Los Angeles Times)Why diagonal-cut sandwiches are best. (National Public Radio)
Ignore the missing apostrophe in the band's name: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band is totally worth checking out at Off Broadway tonight. The band's self-titled debut came out on Secretly Canadian subsidiary Dead Oceans, so you know it has some good old-fashioned '70s stoner-fuzz, but its tunes also don' ... More >>
A follow-up to last week's post on Bistro Toi, the new restaurant at 3257 Ivanhoe Avenue (the former KoKo space): As suspected, Bistro Toi is an Asian-fusion joint, with a definite French bent. The menu, now posted in the restaurant's windows, includes numerous small plates such as "Bangkok" wings ( ... More >>
The prime minister of Thailand may be brought down by...his cooking show? (AFP) (By the way, that show has a fantastic name: Tasting and Grumbling.) The FTC won't hold hearings on the Whole Foods-Wild Oats merger until next February. (Dow Jones) Assault by sausage! The zaniest true-crime story yo ... More >>
Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature delivers the top nine can’t-miss activities to complete your fun-seeking agenda. Here's a weekend concert calendar. 1. Downtown Maplewood’s annual one-day fest, Let Them Eat Art, is almost underway. ... More >>
In light of the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes, official Gut Check cabinet member Secretary of Health and Human Service Michael Leavitt wants a food-safety office in Latin America. (NewsInferno.com) The U.S. reaches a food-safety agreement with Vietnam. (Bloomberg) Food aid is running short for v ... More >>
In the past twelve months, I've reviewed sixty-two restaurants (and one minor-league baseball stadium) in the pages of the RFT. I've traveled to Columbia and the metro east. I've sampled the cuisines of Korea, Japan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Iran, Thailand, Bosnia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Vietnam (twice), M ... More >>
www.food4film.com Ba Le's specialty is the banh mi. This was a fusion dish long before fusion became fashionable -- and it remains one of the few positive consequences of France's colonial occupation of Vietnam. Quite simply, banh mi is a sandwich served on a baguette. Yet the beauty of banh mi ... More >>
That elephant nose painting
Another Vietnamese restaurant on South Grand? Yes, and the food is superb.
The Blue Elephant does Thai food with a gourmet twist
Thai one on at the relocated, renovated Sen
Our reviewer and her intrepid pals navigate Vietnam Star's gargantuan menu