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  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Happy Hour at Llywelyn's: Celtic-Style Eats and Drink Specials Galore

    The Place: Llywelyn's Pub - Webster Groves (17 Moody Avenue; 314-926-1515) The Hours: Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and daily from 10 p.m. to midnight. The Deals: A selection of appetizers for $3 to $5, as well as $2 domestic bottles, $3 selected drafts, $3 premium wells, $3 house wines a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    #57: The Maine-Style Lobster Roll at Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

    Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858) was the most anticipated restaurant opening this year, with so much hype it was the St. Louis equivalent of a Hollywood premiere. No one doubted that chef Kevin Nashan could pull off a classic lobster and crab shack in the middle of Am ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    #58: Panorama's Croque-Madame

    When chef Ivy Magruder took over the kitchen at Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-655-5490), the restaurant was -- to put it kindly -- not doing so well. Plagued by a series of bad reviews, financial troubles and guest complaints, the Saint Louis Art Museum knew it had to completely reinvent its less ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    #60: The Egg Rolls at Bek-Hee Chinese Restaurant

    I'd driven by Bek-Hee (10200 Page Avenue, Overland; 314-426-4773) hundreds of times without giving the place a second glance -- the hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant looks like just another Overland chop suey dive. Then I got a tip from a trusted colleague that the restaurant is under new ownershi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    #61: Pumpkin Maple Latte at Kaldi's Coffee

    This time of year, pumpkin spice lattes are about as ubiquitous as falling leaves and decorative gourds. There's something about that first chill in the air that whips folks into a squash-guzzling frenzy -- and everyone from beer brewers to dog-biscuit manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon. Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    #63: Athlete Eats' Bibimbap Bowl

    Simon and Angelica Lusky have a sacred responsibility: feeding the St. Louis Cardinals. Perhaps it is merely a coincidence that ever since Mr. Lusky came on the scene as their nutritionist, the Redbirds have been on a tear. (OK, they have always been winners, but Lusky has kept up the streak.) Could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    #64: Salt Smoke's Beef Brisket

    St. Louis barbecue is a crowded field: It seems a new smokehouse opens every week, each one as delicious as the last. Just when the market seemed to be saturated, restaurateur Tom Schmidt decided to get into the game, turning his Mediterranean restaurant Nico into Salt Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    #65: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites at Lulu's Local Eatery

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    #66: Home Wine Kitchen's Shortbread Sea-Salt Biscuits

    Narrowing down a favorite brunch item at Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) is like choosing a favorite child. Red wine braised pork belly versus crab-covered poached eggs? It's just not fair. See Also: Cassy Vires, RFT's Best Chef Winner, on Foam, Fried Chicken and H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    #67: Death in the Afternoon's Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich

    The grilled mahi mahi sandwich at Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) is so beautiful it could grace the pages of a glossy food magazine. Its sesame-studded, perfectly round bun glistens with a buttery sheen, and the grill marks on the gossamer piece of fish look as if they we ... More >>

  • Film

    February 13, 2014
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    January 21, 2014

    The Six Best Thai Restaurants in St. Louis

    The flavors of Thailand are abundant here in St. Louis, as evidenced by the many restaurants around town that offer regional variations and escalating levels of spice. It's difficult to narrow it down to just one, but here are six of Gut Check's favorite Thai restaurants to get you started. See al ... More >>

  • Film

    November 7, 2013
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    October 1, 2013

    Geto Boys' Willie D on Fighting Authority and FBI: "We Had Doors Kicked In, Been Set Up"

    By Travis Cohen The bands that last, they're the exceptions to the rule. The Geto Boys are that kind of long-lasting, exceptional group. And after 24 years, they're still going strong and they're headed to St. Louis this Sunday to perform at the Coliseum Music Lounge. See Also: Ask Willie D - RFT ... More >>

  • Music

    August 15, 2013
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    August 8, 2013
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    January 16, 2013

    Askinosie Chocolate Expands Lunch Program

    No, not to you. The award-winning Springfield, Missouri-based chocolate company will be using proceeds from two of its products to fund school lunch programs in villages in Tanzania and the Philippines. The PTA's at Mwaya Secondary School in the Kyela region of Tanzania and Malagos Elementary Scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    There's Always a Cardinal on the St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending January 6, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books and Subterranean Books. There are some changes to the local bestseller list this week. For one thing, fo ... More >>

  • Film

    January 3, 2013
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    December 21, 2012

    Ten Christmas Gifts That Will Ensure a Man is Single By New Year's Eve

    Any of you fellas frantically trying to decide what to give your boo for Christmas? Let Daily RFT narrow your options with a list of gift ideas you should definitely avoid this Yuletide season. (Unless, of course, you wish to be single by the new year.) 10) GonorrheaSt. Louisans bestow this present ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Gregg Williams, Barred from Coaching the Rams, Heads to Thailand

    Gregg Williams was supposed to be in St. Louis right now, preparing the Rams' defense for a march toward respectability, or at least some semblance of competence. Instead, Williams was banned from contact with the team by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the season for his role in the New Orleans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    It's World Book Night, So We Visit a ReadMob and Get Advice from Tim O'Brien

    Sometime today, if you're lucky, somebody will shove a paperback book in your face and demand you take it home and read it. There are worse fates that could befall a person. The reason for this ardent promotion of literacy is World Book Night. A conglomeration of publishers, booksellers, librarians ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Five Best Sushi 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 >>

  • Culture

    January 26, 2012
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    December 22, 2011
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    November 11, 2011

    A Veteran's Day Look at Military Chow

    Wikimedia CommonsA Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.​Talk to any veteran, and there's a good chance you'll hear about military food, from mess halls to MREs, food drops and sharing with the needy, and of course the local eats from the far-flung places where they've served. E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Deborah Hyland​As usual, we ate a lot this week. We tried out the soft-shell crabs at Napoli 2 and the Reubenesque at Mike Duffy's, and we vegged out at Barrister's. What else did we do this week? We celebrated the return of garlic scapes. Ericka Frank of the Cakery and the Cup made some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    The Perfect Mother's Day Gift (For Those Who Despise Mom's Special Day)

    Behold your nose. The UMSL corpse flower!​We know how it is. You love your mother, but deep down you harbor a true resentment for her special day. For you, Mother's Day is the worst kind of made-up holiday, requiring you to either present Mom with something mawkishly sentimental or face the conseq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Bob Dylan's Five Least Receptive Audiences

    Image via​Bob 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Kraken Wise: Squid Rocks

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Fair Trade? U.S. Nearly Swapped F-16s for Frozen Chicken

    ​Reuters released a special report last week about how post-Cold War diplomats were put to work advocating for U.S. business interests abroad, at times straddling the line between being diplomats and hucksters. Case in point: American company Lockheed Martin wanted to unload some F-16 fighte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Pho Long Moves...Though Not Very Far

    Ian FroebA bowl of pho at Pho Long​Just got the word from one of my trusted operatives that as of today Pho Long has relocated from its former digs at 8613 Olive Boulevard to a larger space in the same strip mall, Jeffrey Plaza. The new address, 8629 Olive, used to be home to the dearly departed I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, January 14-16, 2011

    This weekend, you can catch the opening of Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson's Fireworks at the Isolation Room/Gallery Kit. The video captures the progression of a large indoor fireworks display as a vehicle for examining the relationship between action, consequence and spectacle It also, um, looks ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 27, 2010
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    October 14, 2010

    Make Your Own Person With Food!

    image viaI said bundt cake, not butt cake!​Remember the Halloweens of yore? The haunted house in your best friend's basement, where her overbearing dad delighted in cramming your hand into a bowl of peeled grapes while trumpeting, "Oh no! It's a bowl of eyeballs!," causing you to piss your pan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Eat Shit Die: Eight Alternatives to the Eat Pray Love-Themed Bachelor Party

    ​Surely you jest, WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The piece you ran about Eat Pray Love-themed weddings seemed like a joke. But when we hit the part about including the bachelor party in the overarching theme of a middle-aged navel-gazer's big adventure, it began to dawn on us that y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Show Announcements: Week of August 26

    Electronic Luddites, Ontario's Holy Fuck don't mess around with loops and laptops. Catch them with Houston drone angels Indian Jewelry at the Firebird on October 22 ​ The Ambassador *Melanie Fiona, September 4 Billiken Club *Active Child, October 26 Ciceros *Bass Line Bums, September 8 *B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Unexpurgated Mark Twain Autobiography to Be Published in November

    Image source​104 years ago, when he was 70 years old, Mark Twain began dictating his autobiography to a stenographer. He finished shortly before his death on April 21, 1910. The finished manuscript came in at more than 500,000 words, but Twain didn't expect the whole thing to be published. "F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​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: Today, we bid fond farewell to our managing editor @riverfronttimes Ellis Conklin, who never did find decent chicken teriyaki here... ...and we also gi ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 18, 2009
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    January 30, 2008

    The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Wants You

    There are fourteen men from Missouri whom members of the AMVETS Post 55 in Bel-Ridge are trying to bring home. Each of the men died or was presumed dead at least 37 years ago. They were killed in action, or died in prison camps in Korea, were shot down over Vietnam or lost at sea in World War II. Th ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 26, 2007

    Dinner Is Served

    Ian takes one for the team and counts down the ten best restaurant dishes of 2007.

  • Dining

    July 11, 2007

    Oriental King Preserved Duck Eggs

    Jay International Foods
    3172 South Grand Boulevard

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2007

    The Restorative Powers of Pho

    photo: Ian Froeb Does a body good. It's been a long first week for Gut Check. Your host moved to a new apartment and had to apologize to Scott Rolen -- but at least he enjoyed a cold beer in the shower. Yesterday, after bringing the last of my stuff into my new place, I dragged my weary, b ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 21, 2007


    No Meat, So Chic

  • Dining

    October 18, 2006


    Does Noodles & Company have a cure for the chain-restaurant blues?

  • Dining

    June 25, 2003

    La Lucky Brand White Fungus Bird's Nest Drink

    Jay International Grocery, 3172 South Grand, 314-772-2552

  • Dining

    October 17, 2001

    Thai Score

    In Maryland Heights, Thai Kitchen hits a winner

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    May 19, 1999
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    March 10, 1999
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