• Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    A Look Inside Sushi House: Restaurant and Karaoke Bar in Chesterfield

    Sushi House (17265 Chesterfield Airport Road; 636-778-3232) opened on August 9, offering sushi, Asian fusion cuisine and private karaoke in Chesterfield. The new concept comes from Hyeong and Myong Bae, who previously owned and operated Momoyama with their son and chef Jin Bae. Bae brings six years ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Sushi and Win $30 to Dao Tien

    We can't believe it's already November. Halloween was a blast, and we recuperated with a little sushi (OK, a lot of sushi). Thanks to yesterday's Daylight Saving Time, it'll get dark earlier than ever tonight. Don't be sad, though -- go get some free food! All you have to do is guess where we ate th ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    BaiKu Sushi Lounge to Open October 6 at the Hotel Ignacio

    BaiKu Sushi Lounge (3407 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) is opening in the Hotel Ignacio this Monday, October 6, for lunch and dinner. The building also houses the Moto Museum and Triumph Grill. As we reported back in July, Soung Min Lee of Miso and Central Table Food Hall is the executive sushi chef ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    A Look Inside United Provisions' New Restaurant, the Dining District

    In early August Gut Check got a sneak peek at United Provisions (6241 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-833-5699), the international-grocery store from the family behind Jay's International Food Company and Global Food Market. A month later the hybrid grocer and prepared-foods vendor has its s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    A Look Inside Siam STL, New Nightclub Serving Pan-Asian Fusion in the Grove

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Flyings Rolls Opens Today Near SLU

    A few months ago, we reported on a new fast-casual concept coming to St. Louis: sushi. Owners David Culver, Clayton Park and Andrew Impagliazzo envisioned a Chiptole-like approach to sushi, instead of the usual extremes of super pricey or take-out. Their result is Flying Rolls (3674 Forest Park Aven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Chi Sushi Sake Closed

    It has not been a good month for restaurants. It appears that Chi Sushi Sake (4 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-2209) in the Central West End is closed. There is no sign on the door, but the windows are completely papered up. See also: West End Wok to Open on Laclede in Central West End

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    March 17, 2014

    Flying Rolls Isn't Just For Sushi-Lovers

    Sushi tends to have two varieties: expensive, or take-out. Flying Rolls hopes to change that with its new fast casual restaurant in Midtown, at 3675 Forest Park Avenue. We talked to co-owner David Culver about making sushi accessible and getting St. Louis to eat healthy. See also: The Five Best Sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Sushi Is...

    We are probably going to have sushi for lunch all week, to be honest. The votes are in, and your pick for the most underrated sushi place in St. Louis is... See also: Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Dessert Is...

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Underrated/Overrated: What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Sushi?

    Like Mexican food, the sushi scene in St. Louis is growing. You can find it outside traditional Japanese restaurants -- Chop Shop's Eliott Harris consulted on the raw offerings at our pick for 2013's best sushi, Central Table Food Hall. Central Table is nothing if not unorthodox, and Harris pushed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Prasino Hosts Sushi & Sake Dinner Thursday Night

    Prasino (1520 South Fifth Street, St. Charles; 636-277-0202) is taking diners on a adventure into the "Japanese art form" of sushi and sake with a six-course dinner with sake cocktails Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. See also: Prasino: Review Slideshow

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Drunken Fish Celebrates 10 Years, Looks to Expand

    Ten years and five locations later, the Drunken Fish (1 Maryland Plaza; 314-367-4222) is still going strong. The sushi restaurant is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a party in the Central West End on Saturday, August 17. See also: - If You Call Yourself The Drunken Fish, One Happy Hour Ain' ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    First Look: Central Table Food Hall Offers Artisan Eats in the Central West End [Photos]

    The highly anticipated Central Table Food Hall (23 South Euclid Avenue; 314-932-5595) takes up an entire city block. So you can imagine how silly we felt when we unknowingly drove past the 10,000-square-foot space during our first visit before doors opened on May 1. To the unassuming eye, nothing mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Chop Shop's "El Camino" Roll: 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 >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Hungry Nerd's Restaurant Guide to Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis

    Visiting Wizard World's St. Louis Comic Con at America's Center this weekend? Here are some choice places to which to adjourn for victuals and libations -- all within easy walking distance of the con! See also: - Non-Nerd's Guide to Wizard World Comic Con

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    March 12, 2013

    First Look: Dynasty Hibachi Steak, Seafood and Sushi Buffet

    Occupying the former Outback Steakhouse space next door to the AMC Esquire 7 in Richmond Heights, Dynasty Hibachi Steak, Seafood and Sushi Buffet (6710 Clayton Road; 314-781-8888) offers a wide array of choices for diners (even for a Chinese buffet). And that's how general manager William Luan inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    South Grand: An Updated Guide to Restaurants on South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis

    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. One could easily argue that aside fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    First Look: Takaya New Asian Rolls Out Modernly Plated Sushi and Fusion Dishes

    On a moderately busy Friday evening about a month after its opening, general manager Simon Rhim of Takaya New Asian (634 Washington Avenue; 314-241-5721) explains that owner Eric Heckman just rolled some sushi himself before heading out to tend to his other businesses. Heckman lends a hand filling i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Tidbits: Dynasty Buffet Opens, Cose Dolci Moves

    - Dynasty Hibachi Steak, Seafood and Sushi Buffet is now open at 6710 Clayton Road in Richmond Heights. Dynasty has taken over the old Outback Steakhouse by the AMC Esquire 7. According to manager Jon Roper, the space underwent a $3 million renovation before its grand opening this week.

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    January 3, 2013

    Takaya New Asian Opens Downtown

    After a soft opening in the final weeks of last year, Takaya New Asian (634 Washington Avenue; 314-241-5721) officially opened for dinner last night and for lunch today. The new restaurant joins Pi (610 Washington Avenue; 314-588-7600), Robust (635 Washington Avenue; 314-287-6300) and Snarf's (614 W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    New Buffet Restaurant for Richmond Heights

    Looks like the former Outback Steakhouse at 6710 Clayton Road in Richmond Heights, next to the AMC Esquire 7, will soon have a new tenant after several years of sitting empty. Signage is up announcing Dynasty, featuring hibachi, sushi, seafood and a buffet. (Or a buffet featuring hibachi, sushi, sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Sandwich and Win $25 to Kampai Sushi Bar [Updated 3x: New Hints]

    Update (Friday, September 21, 1:45 p.m.): This is a real stumper, apparently. New hint after the jump. --- Well, gee. I haven't done one of these for a while. At any rate, guess where I'm eating this sandwich and win a $25 gift certificate to Kampai Sushi Bar (4949 West Pine Boulevard; 314-367-2 ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Review Preview: J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood

    This week, I visit J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood (17 West County Center, Des Peres; 314-965-4600), the fifth location nationwide of a small, upscale chain. Read a sneak preview of my review after the jump.

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    July 19, 2012

    Tidbits: Sushi Sake, Delmonico's Diner, Chronicle Coffee, Taylor's Place

    Catching up on this and that... - There's a new sushi joint in south St. Louis County. Sushi Sake is now open at 4418 Lemay Ferry Road, featuring all-you-can-eat sushi and hibachi. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    New Tokyo Buffet to Feature Conveyor-Belt Sushi

    Back in January, Gut Check told you about Tokyo Buffet, the new and apparently quite large restaurant that will open at 8008 Olive Boulevard in University City. (This is in the same strip mall that houses Seafood City Grocery Store.) Driving by the other day, I noticed that not only is the Tokyo Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: April 20-23

    Friday (Apr. 20): Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Garden Chefs from Catering St. Louis create a menu focusing on France: The Rhone Valley. The four-course meal with hors d'oeuvres and wine pairings includes menu items such as braised beef shank in red wine-olive-currant reductio ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating this Shrimp Pad Thai and Win $25 to Kampai Sushi Bar!

    Guess where we ate this shrimp pad Thai and win $25 to Kampai Sushi Bar (4949 West Pine Boulevard; 314-367-2020). Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitter handle or Facebook profile URL) in the comment-entry field. One guess per e-mail address. Employees of the resta ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    A Few More Restaurants of Note from 2011

    ​This week, I counted down my top ten dishes for 2011, a list drawn mostly (though not entirely) from restaurants that opened this year. In October, I ranked the five best new restaurants in St. Louis for 2011 and awarded an honorable mention to five more new restaurants.Even accounting for the ov ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Tidbits from Dooley's, Miso on Meramec

    Dooley's has a website. This is the only thing on it.​- Dooley's Beef N Brew House opened its doors on Thursday, October 20, at 601 North Grand Boulevard. This is the successor to downtown institution Dooley's Ltd., which shuttered in 2008. Sean Dooley, son of founder Alex Dooley, is behind the ne ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Review Preview: Hiro

    Ian Froeb​This week I visit Hiro (609 Eastgate Avenue; 314-721-9168), the sushi and izakaya restaurant that opened this summer in the Delmar Loop, part of the musical-chairs rearrangement of sushi joints that moved Blue Ocean Sushi and closed Seki.What does Hiro bring to the area's crowded sushi t ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    9/11 Anniversary Brings Questionable Food Tributes

    Wikimedia CommonsWe will never forget. Unless we overdo it on the 9/11 commemorative wine.​In the decade since the 9/11 terror attacks, there's been no shortage of commemoration. Some touching and beautiful. Others ham-fisted but heartfelt. And some that were blatantly out to make a buck on a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Food and Bodily Fluids Cross Paths Again (and Again)

    Image via​Last week, the case of Dunkin' Donuts coffee (allegedly) intentionally tainted with snot prompted Gut Check to consider other bodily fluids that would be even more disgusting to discover in your beverage.Little did we know that denizens of the real world would do their part to keep pace ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    New Sushi Restaurant in Old Blue Ocean Sushi Space [Updated]

    Ian Froeb​When Gut Check filed what we thought would be our final update on the relocation of the Delmar Loop's Blue Ocean Sushi from its original spot on 609 Eastgate Avenue to 6335 Delmar Boulevard, we neglected to consider what would happen to the original Blue Ocean Sushi location. We have an ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    What's Old is New Again at Blue Ocean Sushi

    Danielle LeszczBlue Ocean's Takoyaki appetizer​Having two restaurants with the same name within a couple blocks of each other sure has the potential to confuse diners. The original Blue Ocean Sushi (609 Eastgate Avenue, University City; 314-721-9168) sits off Delmar just one street west of Ski ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Horseshoe House Coming to East Loop

    Image via​Signs in the windows of the former Modai Sushi Lounge at 6100 Delmar Boulevard proclaim that something called the Horseshoe House is coming soon to the address. I don't have much more information about what this Horseshoe House will be. However, a search of the property records on the Ci ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    If You Call Yourself The Drunken Fish, One Happy Hour Ain't Enough!

    Kristen KlempertSushi sake -- say that five times fast!​The Joint: The Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza; 314-367-4222 The Hours: Nightly 5-7 p.m.; late-night happy hour 10:30 p.m.-midnight. The Deal: $3 domestic aluminum bottles, $4 select martinis, $5 hot sake carafes, $3-6 select sushi rolls. ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    FoodWire: Yoshi's Sushi Restaurant Reopens Tonight as Momoyama's

    Chesterfield sushi restaurant Yoshi's, the RFT editors' choice for Best Sushi 2008, reopens this evening under new ownership as Momoyama's (1637 Clarkson Road). As of tomorrow, the restaurants' regular hours will be 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 5-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. For more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Review Preview: Mia Rosa

    A preview of this week's review of Mia Rosa, the new Italian restaurant in Forest Park Southeast.

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    November 20, 2008

    Cooking for Your Cat: Faux Sushi

    RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure. In hard times, one must learn to make concessions. At least this is the message that has been pounded into our heads for the past two months. Seven years ago, it was patriotic to shop. Now it is patriotic to scrimp. ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    In This Week's Issue: More Sushi and North Coast Brother Thelonious

    My review of Tani Sushi Bistro and Kampai, the second half of my sushi round-up, is now available online. Also in this week's issue, Kristie ventures to the Stable to try North Coast Brother Thelonious. - Ian Froeb

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    September 22, 2008

    Photos: Sushi Eating Contest at Wasabi, 9/21/08

    Hundreds filled Washington Avenue Sunday for the 2008 version of Wasabi Festival, to watch this year's sushi eating contest. Three contestants downed 75 California rolls. We've posted a sushi-eating slide show. Does anyone get sick? Find out! Slide Show More photos after the jump.

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    July 9, 2008
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    March 26, 2008

    Coming Soon: Mizu Sushi Bar

    Photo: Ian Froeb Gut Check has showered so much bad news on the Loft District and downtown lately (see: the apparent deaths of Red and Dolce') that I'm glad to bring news of something new. Opening at 1013 Washington Avenue will be Mizu Sushi Bar. I first reported on Mizu in this post almost exactl ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008

    More on Mercury in Sushi

    I didn't see this in time for the Morning Brew, but the New York Times has published a follow-up to its own report on high mercury levels in sushi. -Ian Froeb

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    December 19, 2007

    In This Week's Issue

    My review of Niche is now available online. Click here to read. (There's an awesome picture of Niche's braised pork belly, but the hamsters have fallen off the wheel again at Gut Check World Headquarters.) Niche - Photo: Jennifer Silverberg Also in this week's issue: Will Kristie's Yule Tide Lat ... More >>

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    January 24, 2007

    Review Preview: Oishi Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

    Incoming! The shrimp scored a direct hit. I barely had time to chew, though. The chef had another piece of shrimp loaded on his spatula and gestured for me to get ready. Is this dinner or war? And can I rescue my lobster tail before another fireball erupts? To learn the answer to these questio ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 1, 2006

    Gorge Busch

    Live the luxe life at this revitalized St. Louis boite

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    January 22, 2003

    A Little Closure

    It's see ya, not goodbye, at the Hungry Buddha

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    October 2, 2002

    Coeur Project

    The hunt for authentic ethnic fare leads to a Creve Coeur strip mall

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    April 11, 2001

    Side Dish

    Tips and tidbits from the St. Louis food scene

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