Salt Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200) 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tues.-Sun. (Closed Mon.) Sipping on a stiff bourbon cocktail at Salt Smoke, I glanced out of the window and did a double take. A fire truck had stopped in the middle of Delmar Boulevard and its crew seemed to be s ... More >>
Frequenters of the Delmar Loop undoubtedly have already noticed the change in the atmosphere lately. The unmistakable smell of smoky barbecue now permeates the air in the area, and it's all thanks to restaurateur Tom Schmidt and his brand new concept, Salt Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University ... More >>
Salt Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City) opens tomorrow, June 13 in the Loop in the space previously occupied by Nico. Restaurateur Tom Schmidt announced he was turning Nico into a barbecue restaurant back in April, joining a slew of new joints like the Salted Pig and Dave Bailey's unti ... More >>
There have been a flurry of restaurant announcements this week, and more than a few of them are barbecue related. Tom Schmidt, owner of Franco, is turning his other outpost, Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-0200) into a barbecue joint this spring. See also: Dave Bailey Announces New Barbecue Re ... More >>
His restaurant Small Batch (3001 Locust Street; 314-380-2040) is just a baby in culinary years, but this week restaurateur Dave Bailey announced he is already on to the next one. The as-of-yet nameless place will serve barbecue at 1011 Olive Street in the historic building that was previously Busson ... More >>
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 >>
St. Louis Magazine broke the news on its new food blog last week, and co-owner Jeff Orbin confirmed to me on Friday: Monarch has hired Josh Galliano, formerly the chef de cuisine at An American Place, to be the new executive chef. Galliano takes over the Monarch stoves on September 22. Meanwhile, S ... More >>
www.pictureninja.com Downtown St. Louis is about to get a new restaurant or seven. Want to open a restaurant downtown? You might have to stand in line. The Downtown St. Louis Partnership recently announced that seven new restaurants will open downtown in the coming months, the fruits of the grou ... More >>
Ian makes out (like a bandit) at Franco.
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