Rain, rain go away. Seriously, go away. Don't let this weekend's weather dampen your spirits. Party like it's 1929 or preview Mike Randolph's upcoming Mexican restaurant. Stay dry if you can -- fingers crossed the rain doesn't affect this month's Food Truck Friday. Check out our food-related recomme ... More >>
Cocktail season is here and bartenders throughout St. Louis have sweetened their menus with flavors of the summer. Gut Check has the perfect cocktail list to pair with sun-filled days and steamy nights.
The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. The egg white is to the cocktail wo ... More >>
It was a given that I was going to be dazzled by the drinks at Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-6203). After all, owner Ted Kilgore is the town's undisputed mixology master. With such a high profile cocktail program, Planter's House could have phoned it in on its food menu. Patrons ... More >>
There was a time when Ted Kilgore nearly ruined his sense of smell. "I used to work for an industrial perfume company," Kilgore says. "It was a small company, and I worked my way up to research and development. By the time I left, I had a heightened sense of smell -- a hyper-sensitivity. I could sme ... More >>
Ted Kilgore, the godfather of St. Louis mixology, has been pushing us out of our vodka-tonic comfort zones since the days of the now-closed Monarch in Maplewood. With Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-6203), he finally has a place to call his own. This week, I visit Planter's House ... More >>
Eating an open-faced sandwich will make anyone feel like sort of a goon. The duck burger ($18) at Planter's House (Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603) is no exception. Set atop a thick-cut pumpernickel bun, a substantial patty of fresh ground duck meat and pork bacon serves as quite a challenge, espec ... More >>
Maybe it's the goodwill of the holiday season, but there were many more openings than closings this month, including some high-profile ones. A true farm-to-table restaurant opened in the mansion that formerly housed Salt, and Ted Kilgore opened his first cocktail bar after leaving Taste last year. C ... More >>
Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue), the latest from former Taste cocktail master Ted Kilgore and Brasserie's Ted Charak, opened Thursday, December 6. It's basically a paradise for craft cocktail lovers, but there's stuff for winos and beer geeks, too. See also: Mixologist Ted Kilgore to Leav ... More >>
Well, that was a doozy. It's time to defrost. Warm yourself from the inside out this weekend with the likes of lovely liquids like booze and soup. Choose between events like the St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival, Sloup #32 and more. See this weekend's recommendations after the jump. Friday (Feb. 2 ... More >>
Ted Kilgore, the acclaimed mixologist behind the bar of Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200), and Ted Charak, the bar manager at Brasserie by Niche (4580 Laclede Avenue; 314-454-0600), plan to open a new bar together next year. Called the Planter's House, after the famous St. Louis hotel, the b ... More >>
Into Gut Check's e-mailbox popped an announcement from Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200), inviting us to a spur-of-the-moment happy hour guest-bartended by visiting mixologists Phoebe Esmon and Christian R. Gaal. Truth be told, it doesn't take a carpetbagging cocktail shaker to lure Gut Che ... More >>
We told you on Monday how Matt Seiter of Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) is preparing for the Paris of the Plains bartending competition in Kansas City next week. Now in the lead-up to the event comes this video in which Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200) master mixologist T ... More >>
- Tower Grove Farmers' Market will hold a fundraising dinner at the downtown location of Local Harvest Cafe & Catering (815 Olive Street; 314-241-3196) on Thursday, September 20.
Hello, fans of North Carolina, North Carolina State, Kansas and Ohio, and welcome to St. Louis for the -- deep breath -- 2012 NCAA Division One Men's Basketball Championship Midwest Regionals! You've come all the way to St. Louis to watch your beloved team fight for a berth in the Final Four. Why n ... More >>
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 >>
Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>
Laura Ann MillerInside Taste, one of America's best barsIn a slideshow posted this week, Food & Wine magazine named Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200) one of the 50 best bars in America. A brief blurb does manage to mention "local hero" mixologist Ted Kilgore and of the dishes from che ... More >>
Whip cream vodka? No thanks, says Taste's Ted Kilgore.There's a war going on among modern mixologists -- a war over a spirit. Vodka has recently been outed as the unwanted stepson in many restaurants and bars that specialize in house and hand-crafted cocktails. After all, even the priciest vo ... More >>
Kristen KlempertChad George of Demun Broadway Oyster bar gives his drinks a good shake during the signature ingredient round. Sunday April 17, St. Louis' best bartenders competed at Taste's new home in the Central West End in the St. Louis' Top Mixology Competition sponsored by DonQ Rum. Mixo ... More >>
Ian FroebThe ice cylinder at TasteNo restaurant review this week. Instead, a look at the coolest* development in mixology since the cocktail shaker:As you peruse the cocktail menu at Taste, the restaurant and bar that opened earlier this month in the Central West End, you might be intrigued by th ... More >>
The relocated and reimagined Taste -- formerly Taste by Niche -- will open at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 11, at 4584 Laclede Avenue in the Central West End. Taste strongly encourages that you have a reservation (for any evening, not just the opening), which you can make at 314-361-1200.Taste is the f ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Danno's American Pub bartender Chris Muether. Below is a Q&A with Muether, followed by a video of him mixing an Agent Orange cocktail. Alissa NelsonA martinez by ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Taste by Niche bartender Ted Kilgore. Below is a Q&A with Kilgore, followed by a video of him mixing an El Maestro No. 1 cocktail. Alissa NelsonThe "10,000 ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Taste by Niche bartender Ted Kilgore. Part two, a Q&A with Kilgore, will be posted tomorrow. "In reality, the best bartenders are unselfish ... More >>
Alissa NelsonEvan Benn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch evaluates cocktails from (left to right) Nate Selsor, Matt Seiter and Kilgore.On Saturday, a robust crowd descended upon the event space at Orlando's Catering to watch three of our region's preeminent mixologists -- Ted Kilgore, Nate Selsor&nb ... More >>
Image viaIf you are a summer tomato stalwart like Gut Check, this is the time of year you have been waiting for. The first red spherical joy bombs have been hitting the farmer's markets with the promise of more to come. Slow Food St. Louis and Farm to Family Naturally understand our delight. This ... More >>
Stew SmithTed Kilgore, mixologist extraordinaireThe accolades keep piling up for Ted Kilgore. This past week, Food & Wine magazine named Taste by Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755) one of the Top 100 Bars in the World.That's right, THE WORLD.Food & Wine releases the listings in a h ... More >>
Image viaDrink of the Week's best ever summer job was "working" in the floral department of a grocery store. We made big arrangements for display on the counter, and shoppers would come by to admire them. Women would often exclaim, "Those roses are so beautiful -- they don't even look real!" In ... More >>
Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Anthony Bourdain features the "Heartland" on tonight's No Reservations. Doesn't look like Missouri made the cut... Salmonella: It's Not Just for Chicke ... More >>
Image via After Ian dined at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse for this week's review, he decided to poll readers about their favorite cuts of steak (click here to vote -- the poll closes on Monday, July 19). We also put our livers into recovery and recapped the World Goblet, plus we learned a little ... More >>
Stew SmithTaste by Niche mixologist Ted KilgoreBon Appétit has named Taste by Niche (1831 Sidney Street; 314-773-7755) one of the "Top 10 Best New Cocktail Bars" in its August issue. The blurb mentions mixologist Ted Kilgore's "Grey Fizz," a combination of gin, vermouth infused with Earl Grey te ... More >>
Taste by Niche (2009)Like Local Harvest Café (#6 on this list), Taste by Niche represents a potential new direction for St. Louis restaurants, with the quality of the food and drink trumping splashy build-outs and the pretensions of upscale dining. The food is terrific -- it scored No. 1 on last ... More >>
Monarch (2003)Josh Galliano is reason enough to rank Monarch so high: The Louisiana native, sent packing when Katrina devastated New Orleans, is everything you could want in a chef -- creative yet respectful of tradition; ambitious yet humble. Yet he has been the executive chef at Monarch for onl ... More >>
Kevin Ward, Wikimedia CommonsJuly was a quiet month at Gut Check International Headquarters as St. Louis turned its attention to a certain Midsummer Classic. We did offer dining recommendations to our out-of-town guests -- and, for those who took a shine to St. Louis cuisine, tips on how to br ... More >>
Last night, bartenders and mixologists from various St. Louis restaurants and bars met at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar (1913 Park Avenue; website) for "Blood & Sand," an event to signal St. Louis establishing its own local chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild.Photo: Stew SmithMixologi ... More >>
This Monday, November 9, 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar (1913 Park Avenue; website) will host a special cocktail event. Blood & Sand will bring together some of the area's leading mixologists, including Ted Kilgore and T.J. Vytlacil, to kick off the new local chapter of the United States Bartend ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThe crew, starting in front, going clockwise: Gerard Craft, chef de cuisine Adam Altnether, mixologist Ted Kilgore, cook Nick Blue, pastry chef Matthew Rice and sous chef James Peisker.This week I visit Taste by Niche, the new offering from acclaimed chef Gerard Craft. Of cours ... More >>
Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.Off the Menu: Joe reported changes afoot at Kitchen K. Stl Bites: Bill's friend Mike Sweeney will be consulting on beer menus for Gerard Craft's expanding empire. Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly celebrated her birthday with lots of good chow. ... More >>
Bombay Sapphire has tapped mixologist Ted Kilgore of Niche Taste Bar (1831 Sidney Street) as the "Most Inspired St. Louis Bartender" in its contest to determine -- quoting from the press release here -- the "most exciting, creative libations using Bombay Sapphire" gin.Kilgore's drink, "Gem of a Punc ... More >>
A surprisingly busy Tuesday on the local restaurant front. First, Sauce Magazine scores a major scoop: Mixologist extraordinaire Ted Kilgore is leaving Monarch for the soon-to-open Niche Taste Bar, which replaces Veruca in the space adjacent to Gerard Craft's Niche.At Feast, George Mahe reports that ... More >>
7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-7175.
Al Smith's Feasting Fox,
4200 South Grand Avenue; 314-352-3500.
7307 Watson Road, Shrewsbury; 314-752-8300.
Monarch, 7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-7175.