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 of St. Louis' most iconic neighb ... More >>
Gut Check tells you what's new and tasty at our favorite restaurants. I called Tom Schmidt, owner of Franco (1535 South Eighth Street; 314-436-2500) and its younger sibling Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200), expecting that he would want to talk about the latter restauran ... More >>
If you sincerely believe you cannot get through a workday without a lunchtime bowl of French onion soup and a side of pommes frites at Franco (1535 South Eighth Street; 314-436-2500), we have some very sad news for you: Today is the Soulard restaurant's last day of lunch service. From now on, Franc ... More >>
As we celebrate the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, Gut Check is asking you, dear readers, to settle the disagreements between our picks and our readers' poll. Our pick for the "Best New Restaurant" is Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-4830). The reade ... More >>
In a matter of days -- hours, even! -- the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 issue ("Creature Comforts" is the theme, and just you wait till you see this!) will hit the Internet and newsstands. Among the many food- and restaurant-related categories, one of the most eagerly anticipated is alwa ... More >>
Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200) announced Friday that Grace Dinsmoor is the restaurant's new executive chef. She succeeds Darin Since, who in turn replaced original chef Chris Williams. Dinsmoor is likely best known to St. Louis diners for her time as executive chef at M ... More >>
At the end of last year, I listed five restaurants due to open in the coming months that I dubbed the "Most Anticipated Restaurants" of 2012. Now that we've entered the second half of the year, I thought revisiting this list would be appropriate -- if only to highlight how unpredictable the restaura ... More >>
This week, I visit Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200), the new Mediterranean-influenced restaurant from the folks who brought us the critical and popular hit Franco (1535 South Eighth Street; 314-436-2500). Page through for a sneak preview of my review.
Franco (1535 South Eighth Street; 314-436-2500) and its two-month-old sibling restaurant Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200) have parted ways with executive chef Chris Williams, who has held that position since the beginning of last year.
A brand-new restaurant has joined the Delmar Loop's league of lunch and dinner destinations just in time for this year's early spring, readily equipped with an outdoor patio, plenty of elegant indoor seating and a fully stocked bar. Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200), the yo ... More >>
Michael Warhover, former executive chef of Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street, 314-241-8121), announced he's now the executive chef of Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue, 314-772-8272). Peter Clark, a new addition to the St. Louis dining scene via the West Coast, replaces Warhover as executive chef of Bailey's ... More >>
Ian FroebNico, the highly anticipated "younger brother" to Soulard's Franco, will open this Friday evening, February 24, at 6525 Delmar Boulevard in University City. (This, of course, was the longtime home of Brandt's.)
To be frank: This was an odd list to compile. If 2012 continues the trend begun in 2011, St. Louis will welcome many new restaurants over the next twelve months, so singling out only five of them as the "most anticipated" seems silly. What's more, many of the restaurants that will open in the new ... More >>
The mystery of who will take over the late Brandt's Cafe spot at 6525 Delmar Boulevard in University City apparently has been answered. Just this hour Franco (1535 South Eighth Street, 314-436-2500) announced via Twitter that it will open a new restaurant called Nico in the Delmar Loop:We're work ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas Phillips Jerome Wade, native St. Louisan"Spring is a companion. It's like a friend. Springtime is a time for growing, re-rooting, re-sprouting."Photo by Nicholas PhillipsMaggie Karges, SLU student"Cookouts. Anything on the grill."Photo by Nicholas PhillipsTom Schmidt, owner of Fran ... More >>
Ian makes out (like a bandit) at Franco.
The long and tipsy road to the World Series of Beer Pong