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 >>
This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Natasha Kwan of Frida's Deli. Read part one, a profile of Kwan, here. Part three, a recipe from Kwan, will be available Thursday.
Natasha Kwan, the owner of the vegetarian, vegan and raw-food restaurant Frida's Deli (622 North and South Road, ... More >>
Heinz Ketchup is preparing for a spicy new year with its 2013 limited-edition release of Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapeño: "The classic ketchup recipe blended with real jalapeño peppers [sic] for a fun, spicy twist." It retails for $2.49.
The jalapeño-flavored condiment is set to ... More >>
I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. The top dish will be revealed on Tuesday, December 27, and look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.Ian FroebThe red beans and rice at Riverbend Restaurant & BarAs is tra ... More >>
Ian FroebRiverbend Restaurant & Bar (701 Utah Street; 314-664-8443) is a corner restaurant and bar serving Creole cuisine just outside the Anheuser-Busch campus in Soulard. The red beans and rice are available only on Mondays, according to the menu, but on the not-Monday when I dined there, m ... More >>
This is part three of Amanda Woytus' Chef's Choice profile of chef Ivy Magruder of Vin de Set. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Magruder, is published here.Amanda WoytusVin de Set's bouillabaisseIf you eat one thing on Vin de Set's (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989 or www.vi ... More >>
A dispatch Monday afternoon from the all-things-food site Eater.com noted that restaurants are offering drink specials in honor of the killing of Public Enemy No. 1 Osama bin Laden.
A few establishments among the handful of examples Eater cited were serving free drinks, but the majority were ... More >>
Suzy RustYou see a window like this at a diner, you know it's the real deal.Petri Cafe and Catering Service (1416 20th Street, Granite City, Illinois; 618-876-9443) is a family business that has operated in Granite City since 1946, when Lawrence Petri, who worked until his death at 90 in 2008 ... More >>
The Senate's reached a "tentative agreement" on the food safety bill. The Hill reports, "'It's a clear signal that this is going to happen when they come back in September,' said Sandra Eskin, director of the Pew Health Group's Food Safety Campaign." The House passed their version of food safety leg ... More >>
This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec. Part one is available here; part two is here.
Robin Wheeler"People have this misconception about the Midwest that if you're landlocked, tough," sushi chef Eliott Harris says of sashimi ... More >>
Whenever we go out for a fancy dinner, we feel a bit like a little girl playing dress-up in mom's heels. In fact, tonight we are wearing borrowed clothes from a fashionable (and charitable) girlfriend who agreed to dress us for this evening. Sipping a sidecar, we think, is helping us pull off the il ... More >>
User "Fanghong," Wikimedia CommonsThe Rock and Roll Craft Show is held the weekend after Thanksgiving as an alternative to the whole "Black Friday" mess -- an opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done, buying unique, handmade items and supporting local artisans, all while avoiding becoming ... More >>
Robin WheelerVince Valenza of Blues City Deli shows off his muffuletta sandwich.The signature item on the menu at Blues City Deli, this giant sandwich is named for the round Italian bread used since New Orleans' Central Grocery invented the sandwich in 1908."Back in the mid-80s we didn't know wh ... More >>
Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsRobin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. After years of making and eating fancy food, Robin is sick of it all. She's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results for Gut Check every Tuesday.If we've learned anyt ... More >>
This week the Bear Market
embarks on a great adventure: the sandwich. Last weekend we bought a
stack of frozen grocery store panini and flatbread and stockpiled them
in the RFT freezer. Barring theft, we will try out a new one every day this week.We had to go back to the supermarket this morning to ... More >>