• Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Mary Ann's Tea Room, A Posh New Lunch Spot in the Central West End

    While searching for a new home for her Des Peres boutique, business owner Karen Halper heard the story of a courageous woman named Mary Ann (Kovac) Allison. Allison, an area antique dealer with a heart of gold, died in 2009 while rushing into her home to save her beloved pets --- six cats, five dogs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    The London Tea Room's Blueberry-Lemon Cake: Perfect Pair with a Fragrant Cup of Tea

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. While growing up i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    First Look: The London Tea Room Warms Up to Tower Grove with Hot Tea and Flaky Pastries

    The thought of hot tea and pastries sounded so welcoming in this winter wasteland that Gut Check couldn't wait to check out the London Tea Room's (3128 Morganford Road; 314-241-6556) new digs in Tower Grove South. During its soft opening weekend, staff busily steeped loose leaf teas for a busy brunc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    London Tea Room Re-Opens in Tower Grove

    The new London Tea Room is now open at 3128 Morganford Road in Tower Grove. An Anglophile's dream, the tea cafe moved into a bigger space -- with a new focus on retail -- from Washington Avenue. The new London Tea Room opened Friday, February 7, after a few weeks of closure. See also: The London T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    First Look: Goody Cafe Blends Bubble Tea with Chinese and Vietnamese Cuisine

    Bubble tea hasn't quite taken St. Louis by storm the way it has in larger cities, but over the years, spots featuring chewy tapioca and oversize straws have slowly crept onto the scene. The Bubble Tea House in Chesterfield and Galleria malls, named the best bubble tea in the RFT's Best of St. Louis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    The London Tea Room Leaving Wash. Ave. for Tower Grove

    After six years on Washington, The London Tea Room (1520 Washington Avenue; 314-241-6556) is packing up and heading for Tower Grove. Owner Jackie James tells us that a move has actually been in the works for at least two years as more businesses left the daytime Washington Avenue scene. See also: T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    First Look: Corner 17 Tempts the Loop with Bubble Tea, Ices and Fresh Noodles (Photos)

    In August, Gut Check reported on the opening of Corner 17 (6623 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-2402), a new bubble tea and handmade noodle shop in the Delmar Loop. Owner Guang Zhao says she aims to offer authentic Chinese cuisine in a quick-service setting that differs from the Americani ... 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

    September 12, 2012

    First Look: Thai 202 Offers Sweet and Spicy Take-out in the Central West End

    Restauranteur Art Lee keeps it all in the family when it comes to food. Growing up in Thailand, his family ran an open market grocery store. He says the skills he gained then come in handy even now for the new business, Thai 202 (235 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-2002), which he runs with his wife an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend March 9-11

    Friday (Mar. 9): Mexican Fish Fry @ St. Cecilia Catholic Church Choose two entrees including jack salmon, shrimp, chili relleno and bean tostado, and pair it with a couple of sides and a drink any Friday during Lent. $10. 4:30 to 8 p.m. Stout and Oyster Festival @ Schlafly Tap Room Check out Schl ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Cilantro Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

    Image via​Pacific Marketing International, a California firm, and the FDA on Friday announced a recall of cilantro for possible contamination with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported as of yet, but a sample of the Pacific-branded cilantro did test positive for Salmonella.The FDA has yet to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Tea (and Lunch) for Two at London Tea Room

    Robin WheelerA proper tomato soup and grilled cheese lunch for a rainy day.​ The Place: The London Tea Room (1520 Washington Ave., 241-6556), the cheeky British tea house and cafe across from the City Museum. The Lunch: As the weather turned drizzly and gray, the mood turns to tea. When it fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Eight Awful Uses for Terrible Flavored Vodkas

    Hey vodka makers? You're out of control. It was cute and interesting many, many years ago when the likes of Absolut, Stoli, and Smirnoff got the bright idea to make flavored vodkas. Vodka with pepper flavor for bloody Marys? Great! Citrusy vodkas with tonic? Perfection. But come on. With the annou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Attend a Tea Cupping at London Tea Room

    Image via​Care for a cuppa tea? Lipton might never forgive us for saying it, but the American tea market is pathetic. For years, the only options were Lipton or Celestial Seasonings. Now of course, the market is growing. The artisan coffee shops are doing their part to offer a wider variety ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Royal Wedding Paaaaartay Begins at London Tea Room at 4 a.m. Sharp

    image viaWhat proud American could fail to be excited about getting up at 4 a.m. to watch the British royal wedding?​Gut Check would like to propose that a true, red-blooded American like yourself would feel a lot less silly watching the Royal Wedding tomorrow morning if you weren't sitting al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Jane Muscroft of Queen's Cuisine, Part 2

    This is part two of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of Jane Muscroft of Queen's Cuisine ( Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Muscroft, will be published tomorrow. Deborah Hyland​Did your family cook when you were a child? Oh yes. My mum cooked dinner eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Jane Muscroft of Queen's Cuisine

    Deborah Hyland​Somewhere along the line, Americans got the idea that "high tea" meant "fancy," as in "high class." In fact, a high tea is simply a light meal with a meat dish or two, often eaten by laborers. The stereotypical tea with scones, clotted cream and jam is properly known as "cream t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Teavana Recalls 2,659 Pounds of Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea

    ​Organic herbal tea: It's the elixir of those who shine with all-natural health and goodness. Unless it's tainted with salmonella, which makes people shiny from all that vomiting. On Monday, March 7, Teavana's Atlanta headquarters issued a recall of 2,659 pounds of Teavana Peppermint Organ ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Feds Crack Down on Undocumented Kitchen Workers

    A San Diego restaurateur stands up for illegal immigrants working in kitchens. The New York Times goes in-depth on the hush-hush issue of illegal workers, the blind eye that's been turned, and the sudden upswing in crackdowns by federal investigators. Despite a federal indictment last April, San Die ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    St. Louis Tea Room Closing; Everything Up for Sale Next Month

    Goodbye, Tea Room sundae. It was nice knowin' ya.​It's a perfect place for grandmas or great-grandmas, and plenty of the former (and at least one of the latter) were on hand Friday afternoon at the St. Louis Tea Room in Tower Grove Park South. (The great-grandma being 97-year-old Elaine Murray Fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Iced Tea with Limoncello, Stellina Pasta Café

    Our water glass is perspiring so furiously, it's making a puddle on the bar. Diners are fanning themselves with menus. We are waiting for a table at the newly renovated Stellina Pasta Café. It's Friday night, the place is packed and the a/c is on the fritz. An employee opens a few windows, and the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Dive or Not? Arena Bar and Grill Tests the Dive Bomber

    Robin Wheeler​Can a bar be a dive if it has flowers planted in front and offers issues of local foodie magazines? Can a dive bomber be a dive bomber if she goes to a bar and drinks nothing but iced tea?Yes, if I'm having lunch at Arena Bar and Grill. This tavern on the bottom level of a rambling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Pot for Two, London Tea Room Blend, The London Tea Room

    ​My companion is not a "tea room" kind of guy. In fact, he winced a little when I suggested the London Tea Room for lunch. Still, he plays along, even when I propose ordering tea for two. Knowing that black coffee is more his style, I resist the frou-frou flavored options in favor of the London T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    Ener-Gee Whiz: Steaz Energy (Lime)

    A new feature in which Gut Check attempts to find an effective energy drink...that doesn't taste like ass. Name: Steaz Energy (Lime) Size: 12 oz. Boast: "...the world's first functional energy drink with respect for the community and the environment." Certified USDA organic, fair trade and vegan. ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 2, 2008
  • Dining

    December 5, 2007

    Asian Persuasion

    P.F. Chang's China Bistro
    25 The Boulevard
    Richmond Heights

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2007
  • Dining

    July 11, 2007

    Snapple Nectarine White Tea

    Schnucks, 60 Hampton Village Plaza; 314-353-5060.

  • Dining

    January 10, 2007

    Get Clean Herb Tea for Detoxing

    Straub's, 8282 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-725-2121.

  • Dining

    July 19, 2006

    Honest Tea Black Forest Berry Tea

    The Pitted Olive, 5815 Hampton Avenue, 314-832-6548

  • Calendar

    February 8, 2006

    Fancy Feast

    For ladies who lavishly lunch (and other people, too)

  • Dining

    October 19, 2005

    Arnold Palmer Sr.

    Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue, 314-775-0775.

  • Dining

    March 23, 2005


    House of India, 8501 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-567-6850

  • Dining

    December 1, 2004

    Tea for Three

    Ballwin's Ladies of Lucerne understands our passion for tea

  • Dining

    November 17, 2004

    Hung Fook Tong Common Selfheal Fruit-Spike

    Central Trading Company, 8150 Olive Boulevard, 314-993-4303

  • Dining

    October 20, 2004

    Cockburn's 20 Year Old Tawny Port

    The Grill at the Ritz-Carlton, 100 Carondelet Plaza, 314-863-6300

  • Dining

    February 25, 2004

    Fuse Company

    609 comes close to the ideal balance of substance and style

  • News

    January 21, 2004


    Week of January 21, 2004

  • Dining

    December 31, 2003

    Three for Tea

    A trio of St. Louis tea rooms revive a lovely, genteel tradition

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Junk Store

    John's Furniture and Antiques Annex

  • Dining

    December 18, 2002

    Steamy Choices

    Lu Lu offers an embarrassment of riches

  • Dining

    October 30, 2002

    Tea and Sashimi

    At Chá, the tea is sensational. The sushi, not so much.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Weird Beverage

    St. Louis Bubble Tea

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Waldorf Chicken Salad

    Carolyn's A Matter of Taste

  • Dining

    April 24, 2002

    Teahouse of the April Moon

    St. Louis welcomes two new tea-centric establishments

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Bubble Tea

    Little Saigon

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