The Place: Hammerstone's (2028 South Ninth Street; 314-773-5565) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. The Deals: Discounted appetizers. Fifty cents off of drafts, wells and domestics.
This time of year, pumpkin spice lattes are about as ubiquitous as falling leaves and decorative gourds. There's something about that first chill in the air that whips folks into a squash-guzzling frenzy -- and everyone from beer brewers to dog-biscuit manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon. Se ... More >>
The Place: Ranoush (6501 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-6874) The Hours: Every day from 3 to 6 p.m. The Deals: Half-off prices on the entire menu, excluding hookah. This includes wine, beer, food and cocktails.
The Place: Siam (4121 Manchester Road; 314-533-7426) The Hours: Happy hour is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deals: Half-price sushi, $4 wine and $2 domestics.
St. Louis barbecue is a crowded field: It seems a new smokehouse opens every week, each one as delicious as the last. Just when the market seemed to be saturated, restaurateur Tom Schmidt decided to get into the game, turning his Mediterranean restaurant Nico into Salt Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, ... More >>
Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand Boulevard; 314-357-7717) is vegan, and by extension healthy, nutritious and light -- the kind of place one visits, and afterwards considers signing up for a half marathon and home brewing kombucha. That's all fine and good, but what happens when the devil on the ... More >>
Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) is a happening 3 a.m. bar on one of the town's hippest streets, but there is more to this Grove hot spot than the booze, music and revelry. Chef Tyler Davis heads up Siam's kitchen, preparing updated takes on pan-Asian cuisine and makes sure that patrons h ... More >>
Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) Hours: 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Wed.-Sat., 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.) It was an early Friday night at Siam, and the place was filled with its usual suspects: young professionals bidding farewell to the week over martinis, a gaggle of beautiful people ... More >>
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 >>
Pride Fest is extra sweet this year -- Mayor Slay helped four couples flout the state's ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's a step in the right direction, so let's celebrate. Of course the parade is downtown, but check out where you should be before and after. See also: Concerts and Cocktails ... More >>
There must be something in the air -- St. Louis had tons of openings in May and, by our count, no closings. If only this optimism would last the rest of the year! As always, let us know in the comments if we missed any. See also: Gioia's Deli Gets in the Food Truck Game
The flavors of Thailand are abundant here in St. Louis, as evidenced by the many restaurants around town that offer regional variations and escalating levels of spice. It's difficult to narrow it down to just one, but here are six of Gut Check's favorite Thai restaurants to get you started. See al ... More >>
Any of you fellas frantically trying to decide what to give your boo for Christmas? Let Daily RFT narrow your options with a list of gift ideas you should definitely avoid this Yuletide season. (Unless, of course, you wish to be single by the new year.) 10) GonorrheaSt. Louisans bestow this present ... More >>
Gregg Williams was supposed to be in St. Louis right now, preparing the Rams' defense for a march toward respectability, or at least some semblance of competence. Instead, Williams was banned from contact with the team by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the season for his role in the New Orleans ... More >>
Diplomacy between nations doesn't always involve dignitaries or high-level negotiations. A group with a presence in St. Louis engages in "cultural diplomacy," which involves exchanging musical expertise between Americans and countries often hit hard by conflict. Since it became incorporated as a non ... More >>
Deborah HylandAs usual, we ate a lot this week. We tried out the soft-shell crabs at Napoli 2 and the Reubenesque at Mike Duffy's, and we vegged out at Barrister's. What else did we do this week? We celebrated the return of garlic scapes. Ericka Frank of the Cakery and the Cup made some ... More >>
Image viaThe Hangover Part Two finally answers all those questions The Hangover left, puzzling moviegoers: "Will the guys keep in touch with Alan (Zach Galifianakis)?" "Is Stu into transsexuals strippers?" And most importantly, "Would it be funny if the exact same thing happened again in two ... More >>
Reuters released a special report last week about how post-Cold War diplomats were put to work advocating for U.S. business interests abroad, at times straddling the line between being diplomats and hucksters. Case in point: American company Lockheed Martin wanted to unload some F-16 fighte ... More >>
A post in which we cut and pasted a resume faxed unsolicited to Riverfront Times today drew a lot of comments. Some people were outraged that we made public the man's credentials while others found outrageous curriculum vitae -- which lists "rode in a jet helicopter at a sharp angle with door open" ... More >>
image viaI said bundt cake, not butt cake!Remember the Halloweens of yore? The haunted house in your best friend's basement, where her overbearing dad delighted in cramming your hand into a bowl of peeled grapes while trumpeting, "Oh no! It's a bowl of eyeballs!," causing you to piss your pan ... 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: Good NYT article on Australian chef David Thompson opening a Thai restaurant in Bangkok. http://nyti.ms/9RmZ38 Alton Brown calls out Man v. Food http:/ ... More >>
Image viaDude, I won't be insured on my trip to Thailand!In an effort to blatantly overachieve and comply early with some imminent federal regulation changes, a bunch of Missouri health insurance companies have already decided to insure "adult children" up to 26 years old, even if they are: ... More >>
So this is a wee bit late -- sorry, I've been battling a cold since New Year's Day, bah -- but hopefully still relevant: three "discs" worth of 2008 quality music. This is meant to be a companion list to the Top 10 Top 40 songs piece I penned, a way for people to perhaps discover some new bands and/ ... More >>
A follow-up to last week's post on Bistro Toi, the new restaurant at 3257 Ivanhoe Avenue (the former KoKo space): As suspected, Bistro Toi is an Asian-fusion joint, with a definite French bent. The menu, now posted in the restaurant's windows, includes numerous small plates such as "Bangkok" wings ( ... More >>
The prime minister of Thailand may be brought down by...his cooking show? (AFP) (By the way, that show has a fantastic name: Tasting and Grumbling.) The FTC won't hold hearings on the Whole Foods-Wild Oats merger until next February. (Dow Jones) Assault by sausage! The zaniest true-crime story yo ... More >>
Weaver ants are a tad dry for Malcolms discriminating palate, but the Democratic presidential primary provides plenty to chew on.
Ian takes one for the team and counts down the ten best restaurant dishes of 2007.
In the past twelve months, I've reviewed sixty-two restaurants (and one minor-league baseball stadium) in the pages of the RFT. I've traveled to Columbia and the metro east. I've sampled the cuisines of Korea, Japan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Iran, Thailand, Bosnia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Vietnam (twice), M ... More >>
Does Noodles & Company have a cure for the chain-restaurant blues?
Week of July 19, 2006
That elephant nose painting
The Blue Elephant does Thai food with a gourmet twist
Kids may not mind that Freaky Friday has already been done to death, but you might
Jay International Grocery, 3172 South Grand, 314-772-2552
Thai one on at the relocated, renovated Sen
Peasant dishes taste like a million bucks at Thai Country Cafè
MacroSun Imports and Cultural Centre
The King & I
Directed by Andy Tennant