Steve Gontram

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Harvest Closes June 15 After 18 Years

    Father's Day will see the end of an era in St. Louis dining. Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522) will serve its last meal after eighteen years on June 15. The pioneering, farm-to-table restaurant opened in 1996, helmed by Five Star Burgers owner Steve Gontram. Cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    The 5 Best Cheeseburgers in St. Louis

    Today in excuses to eat something delicious, it's National Cheeseburger Day! Obviously, we need to celebrate. The cheeseburger is a thing of glory, an all-American delight, paired with a side of salty french fries and an ice-cold beer. While it's the perfect time of year to throw some patties on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Five Star Burgers to Add Second Location in Kirkwood

    Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue; 314-720-4350) is adding a second location in Kirkwood, as first reported by St. Louis magazine. The new Five Star Burgers will take over the space of the recently closed Culpeppers at 312 South Kirkwood Road. See also: Five Star Burgers' Green Chile Cheesebu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Yes, Vegetarians Can Go to Five Star Burgers

    Destination: Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue; 314-720-4350) Neighborhood: Clayton Cuisine: Gourmet Burgers Overview: After leaving Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, 314-645-3522), the acclaimed Richmond Heights restaurant he started, renowned St. Louis restaurateur and chef Steve Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Five Star Burgers' Green Chile Cheeseburger: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

    The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Five Star Burgers Makes Eater National's 25 Hottest Burgers List

    Congrats to Steve Gontram and St. Louis' own Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue; 314-720-4350) for serving one of the "25 Hottest Hamburgers in America Right Now," according to Eater National. Five Star's "Dad's Green Chile Cheeseburger" was singled out as a must-eat item, joining stellar burge ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 27, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Top Ten Dishes 2012 #8: "Dad's Green-Chile Cheeseburger" at Five Star Burgers

    I'm counting down the top ten dishes from the new restaurants that I reviewed in 2012. Read the complete series to date. #8. "Dad's Green-Chile Cheeseburger" at Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350)

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Five Star Burgers: Review Slideshow

    Steve Gontram's Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350) offers a reason to expand your burger horizons. My review of Five Star Burgers is now available online.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Review Preview: Five Star Burgers

    This week I visit Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350), the new restaurant from former Harvest owner and chef Steve Gontram.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    First Look: 5 Star Burgers

    It's been a long road for Steve Gontram. The former owner and chef of Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522) has been pining for years to open a St. Louis outpost of 5 Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350), a business that he and his father found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Smashburger Throws Its "Better Burger" Onto a Crowded Grill

    ​Smashburger today officially announced what many St. Louis burger fans already knew: The Denver, Colorado-based chain restaurants will debut its first area location on Wednesday, July 20, at 1981 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles.Smashburger plans to open a total of twelve locations in St. Louis over t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Sidney Street Café Hosts "Operation Charcuterie!" Dinner to Benefit Operation Food Search

    ​Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street, 314-771-5777) will host "Operation Charcuterie!", a six-course dinner to benefit Operation Food Search, on Tuesday, September 28. This dinner is the culmination of an event organized by Kevin Nashan, owner and executive chef of Sidney Street Café, to incr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    News from Harvest (Again), Mia Rosa

    Jennifer SilverbergNick Miller, new owner of Harvest​George Mahe has the confirmation at Feast Relish that the rumored and then not-quite-denied sale of Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522) from Steve Gontram to executive chef Nick Miller has happened. Longt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    News Tidbits from Sansui, Harvest

    Jennifer SilverbergHarvest executive chef Nick Miller​I poke my head up from Other Projects here at Gut Check International Headquarters to acknowledge some of the news tidbits that our friends around town have reported:George Mahe reports on Feast Relish that Wasabi will purchase Sansui (9983 Man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria and Chuy Arzola's, Part 2

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria, and Chuy Arzola's. To read part one, click here. Part three, a recipe from Chef Lee, will be available soon. Robin Wheeler​Did your family cook when you were a child? If so, what mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Photos: Slow Food St. Louis Art of Food Fundraiser at Mad Art Gallery, 7.25.09

    Chefs and artists gathered Friday night at Mad Art Gallery in Soulard for the Art of Food fundraiser, benefiting both Slow Food St. Louis and Fair Shares Combined Community Supported Agriculture. Photographer Stew Smith was there and has these photos.Photo: Stew SmithStephen Kovac of Winslow's Home ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 23, 2005

    Grouse of the Seven Gables

    Will this Clayton inn ever get an above-par eatery?

  • Dining

    May 25, 2005

    Hendrick's Gin and Tonic

    Harvest, 1059 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-645-3522.

  • Dining

    May 19, 2004

    Exact Change

    Sidney Street Café's new owners keep the place a living legend

  • Dining

    April 21, 2004

    Don't Mess with Tejas

    Steve Gontram's culinary compass points south-of-the-border

  • Dining

    February 11, 2004

    Hey There, Hot Stuff

    Mexican eateries are heating up the St. Louis culinary scene

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Local Chef

    Steve Gontram

  • Music

    April 17, 2002

    Chew on This

    Chefs and musicians collaborate on a delicious piece of performance art

  • Dining

    August 1, 2001

    Safe Landing

    Diners who value consistency and approachability over novelty and depth of flavor will enjoy the Seven Gables Inn

  • Dining

    April 26, 2000

    Little Things Mean a Lot

    Celebrating the spring Harvest