Spanish Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Modesto Tapas Revives Mirasol With Pop-Up Menu

    Brendan Marsden's Modesto Tapas focuses on Spanish cuisine. His old restaurant, Mirasol, wasn't far off, but it highlighted New World flavors. Marsden opened the Loop restaurant in 2004 with his brother; the space has been a Pi Pizzeria since 2008. Modesto opened in 2001 and has outlasted its siblin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    The Best Menus at Clayton Restaurant Week 2014

    It's Clayton Restaurant Week, and you know the drill: nineteen restaurants, three (or more) courses, $25. Pick the restaurant of your choice and stop by for dinner any night between January 20 and 26. We're here to help you narrow it down. Check out our five favorite Clayton Restaurant Week menus af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    D. Scott Phillips Named Executive Chef at Balaban's

    D. Scott Phillips has been named executive chef of Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700). Phillips joined Balaban's nine months ago as the catering and banquet chef in the newly expanded space. Co-owners Steve McIntyre and Brian Underwood made the announc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Modesto Celebrates 12 Years on The Hill

    Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant (5257 Shaw Avenue, 63110) is celebrating its twelfth birthday this weekend with a special Spanish barbecue menu. Modesto was the first full-scale authentically Spanish tapas place in town, and one on The Hill, no less. Gut Check spoke to owner Brendan Marsden to see wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Modesto Tapas Bar Unveils a New Spring Menu

    It may be cold and rainy in Madrid right now, but at Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272), Spring is officially here. Last Wednesday, the Spanish restaurant introduced its new Spring/Summer menu, which includes tapas dishes as well as "small bites," which will be availab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    February 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Review Preview: Joyia Tapas

    The lamb tagine at Joyia Tapas (4501 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-5300) is a hearty stew for a winter evening, a golden broth perfumed with saffron and thick with hunks of lamb, apricot, orange rind and slivered almond. The lamb is very tender, and the sweetness of the fruits, mellowed by cooking, act ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    New Tapas Restaurant Joyia Reveals Menu

    Chuck Pener, a partner in Momos Ouzaria Taverna (630 North and South Road, University City; 314-863-5311), will soon open the tapas restaurant Joyia at 4501 Manchester Avenue in Forest Park Southeast's Grove district. In promotional material Pener describes Joyia as "an eclectic Mediterranean Tapa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Wes Johnson Leaves Salt [Update]

    George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine breaks what is, without a doubt, the biggest restaurant story of the year so far: Chef and co-owner Wes Johnson has departed Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787), the restaurant that he opened in early 2011 to acclaim both local (Riverfront Times' "Best New R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Modesto's New Chef Selects Spring Menu

    On March 1, Gut Check reported that chef Grace Dinsmoor had left Modesto Tapas Bar and Restaurant (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-82720) over creative differences, and Michael Warhover, former executive chef of Bailey's Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121), had landed at Modesto as its new executive ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    The Nine Best Tapas/Small Plates 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Café Pintxos Drops the Tapas (Including the Pintxos)

    Jennifer SilverbergCafé Pintxos​When I reviewed Café Pintxos (3407 Olive Street, 314-338-2500) this July, I noted how I was unable to order the restaurant's namesake dish, a Basque variation on Spanish tapas. For no clear reason, the pintxos weren't available during my visits.Now the pintxos -- ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Review Slideshow: Café Pintxos

    Jennifer SilverbergRoasted garlic, with accompaniments, at Cafe Pintxos​I present to you one of the stranger experiences from my five years of reviewing restaurants: the futile quest for the namesake dish at Café Pintxos (3407 Olive Street; 314-338-2500). My review of Café Pintxos, the tapas bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Review Preview: Café Pintxos

    Jennifer SilverbergThe ensalda de pulpo (octopus salad) at Café Pintxos​This week, I visit Café Pintxos (3407 Olive Street; 314-338-2500), the restaurant inside the new Hotel Ignacio in midtown.The Basque term pintxos is roughly synonymous with tapas, and if you think of Café Pintxos as a tapas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Trying Out Café Pintxos' Tapas Menu

    Robin UtzThe flatbreads and Melon Chorizo & Alcachofa Pintxo​This weekend, Gut Check had plans to see a show at Powell Hall. (We do things other than eat, you know!) This gave us a perfect opportunity to check out the tapas and atmosphere at the newly opened Café Pintxos (3407 Olive Street; 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto

    This is part one of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of chef Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto tapas bar on Shaw Avenue on the Hill. Part two, a Q&A with Dinsmoor, will be posted tomorrow. Look for part three, a recipe from Dinsmoor, Thursday. Chrissy WilmesExecutive Chef Grace Dinsmoor in her kitchen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Who Put the Bar in BARcelona Tapas Restaurant?

    Kristen Klempert​The Joint: BARcelona Tapas Restaurant 34 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-863- 9909 The Hours: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. The Deal: $2 domestic bottles, $2 well cocktails, half-off pitchers of sangria; $2 calamari and sliders. Sliders?! At a tapas bar?! O M Freakin' G!

  • News

    November 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Happy Hour of the Day: Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant

    In this week's print edition, we're rolling out the Riverfront Times' comprehensive list of the best happy hours in St. Louis. (And no, this isn't only being done as a public service to you, dear reader -- we're also promoting the very cool free smart-phone app that includes our fascinating fin ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Review Preview: One 19 North Tapas & Wine Bar

    Jennifer SilverbergShrimp wrapped in pancetta at One 19 North Tapas & Wine Bar​After a week's break for the Best of St. Louis 2010, I return with a visit to One 19 North Tapas & Wine Bar in Kirkwood. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Is Modesto Your Happy Place?

    Kristen Klempert​The Joint: Modesto 5257 Shaw Avenue 314-772-8272 The Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m., and all day on Tuesday The Deal: $2.50-$3 for a (small) selection of bottled and draft beers, $5 daily cocktail special, $6 sangría del día and $16 pitcher of sangría roj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    World Cuppage: Spain 1 - Portugal 0; The Iberian Incident at Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas

    photos by Keegan HamiltonNo bull: the Spain fans at Guido's take their soccer seriously. ​If skirmishes haven't yet erupted on the Spanish-Portuguese border, the bullets (hopefully proverbial) will start flying shortly. There's a strong mutual dislike between the two nations and today's knockout r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    World Cuppage: Spain 2 - Honduras 1; Sangria and Sangre Español at Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas

    photos by Keegan HamiltonThis Spain fanatico says, "¡La sangre de España es bueno!"​Spain is a country of simple pleasures. There are three, in particular, that define the nation: eating, drinking and fútbol -- and not necessarily in that order, either. For the closest thing to the authentic Sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    David Molina's Paella Valencia Recipe

    This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef David Molina of BARcelona Tapas. Part one is available here; part two is here. Robin Wheeler​Paella Valencia Serves 6 4 1/2 cups chicken stock Robin Wheeler​1 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 1/4 poun ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 14, 2010
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    March 10, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Review Preview: Sanctuaria

    This week I visit Sanctuaria, which opened in November in Forest Park Southeast's Grove neighborhood. The restaurant serves tapas -- or, by the restaurant's own definition, "wild" tapas -- with Chris Lee (Melange, Café Ventana) in charge of the kitchen.Jennifer Silverberg​Follow me after the jump ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    FoodWire: Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar Opens Today, 11.20

    The year of Balaban's resurrection is complete. Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar opens today at 1772 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield. Owners Steve McIntyre and Brian Underwood are offering tapas dishes, carry-out fare and a retail wine selection, with some of chef Kevin Sthair's dishes drawing&nb ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 21, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    FoodWire: Owner Steve McIntyre on the New Balaban's

    As I reported last week, Central West End institution Balaban's is making a comeback of sorts as Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar at 1772 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield. Steve McIntyre, who owned Balaban's for much of the twenty-year period between 1986 and 2006, is behind the new location, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    FoodWire: The Return of Balaban's

    Well, this one caught me by surprise: Central West End institution Balaban's is being reborn in (wait for it...) Chesterfield as (wait, again, for it) Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar. The new Balaban's will be located at 1772 Clarkson Road, in a Dierberg's shopping center. The Balaban's websit ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Review Preview: Ice Kitchen

    This week I visit Ice Kitchen, a "fusion tapas" restaurant at Westport Plaza: "So you're familiar with tapas?"I don't fault the server for asking the question. On two previous visits to Ice Kitchen, two different servers had made the same inquiry. They were just following orders, I'm sure. Yes, I'm ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 16, 2007
  • Dining

    November 2, 2005

    Hot Plates

    Boogaloo is so sexy and fun, it practically leaves lipstick on your collar

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Tapas

    Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Tapas

    Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant

  • Dining

    August 13, 2003

    Tapas 'n' Things

    Aaron Whalen brings Spanish flair (and delicious food) to the Lou

  • Dining

    May 14, 2003

    Tapas Without Passion

    The wrong location, the wrong vibe for this lively style of dining

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003


    T.G.I. Friday's

  • Dining

    February 26, 2003

    Sangria Jarra

    Barcelona, 34 North Central, 314-863-9909

  • Dining

    August 22, 2001

    O Solomillo!

    One taste of Modesto's offerings, and you'll be the Spanish prisoner

  • Dining

    June 27, 2001

    Side Dish

    New eats to report

  • Dining

    November 29, 2000

    Eat and Run

    Guido's Pizza and Tapas evokes the spirit of Spain's cafe-to-cafe noshing tradition

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