Vietnamese Food and Cooking

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    May 13, 2014

    Nelson Padilla Takes Over at Phuc Loi Vietnamese

    It's been a bumpy few months for chef Nelson Padilla, formerly of Mi Linh. We were obsessed with the Vietnamese restaurant when Padilla was in the kitchen -- a particular standout was the garlic chicken wings. However, after only a few months, Padilla told us he was forced out by his sister Dee Dee ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: April 11 to 13

    Spring is finally here folks. Get out and enjoy the weather, not to mention all that fresh produce coming in season. It's the first outdoor Tower Grove Farmers' Market, plus we're celebrating the end of Prohibition at Schlafly. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump, and go outsid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Mi Linh Parts Ways with Executive Chef Nelson Tran

    Mi Linh (9737 Manchester Road; 314-918-8868), the fantastic Vietnamese restaurant in Rock Hill, has lost its executive chef and co-owner Nelson Tran. Tran split from his partner (and sister) Dee-Dee Tran sometime last fall. Manager Linh Tu (who is married to Nelson) departed as well. See also: Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Mi Linh's Butter-Garlic Chicken Wings: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

    The psychologist Abraham Maslow describes a peak experience as an ecstatic state tinged with euphoria and involving sudden feelings of intense happiness, well-being, wonder and awe. I had a peak experience while eating the butter-garlic chicken wings at Mi Linh (9737 Manchester Road; 314-918-8868-). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips Win Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Contest

    Is it too late to demand a recount? In February, Frito-Lay launched "Do Us A Flavor," a social-media contest pitting three fan-submitted, limited-time potato-chip flavors against one another. The contenders included Chicken and Waffles, Sriracha and Cheesy Garlic Bread. Through Facebook, fans could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Tidbits: Sultan Palace, Hong An Open; Chopstix Asian Kitchen Closed

    - Last month Gut Check heard from readers -- and saw for ourselves -- that the relatively new Middle-Eastern restaurant Sultan Palace Bakery and Cafe (4144 South Grand Boulevard; 314-875-9653). Calls to the restaurant led to a full voice-mailbox. Now we've heard from at least one reader that the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Loving Las Vegas and MSG: A Q & A with Qui Tran of Mai Lee

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Read part one, a profile of Tran, here. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-2835) isn't simply a job for chef Qui Tran. It's his legacy. His ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Local Harvest Cafe & Catering's "Organic Banh Mi": One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

    The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Win A Snack Pack of Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" Potato Chips! [CONTEST]

    Yesterday we shared our quest to locate Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" chips in the St. Louis area. According to reps from Schnucks and Shop 'n Save, those local grocery-store chains will restock the chips by mid-month. But if you're like Gut Check and not content to wait a few weeks, we have you covered - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Tidbits: New Vietnamese Restaurant for Rock Hill; Barrister's Moving

    - A regular reader tipped me off to a new Vietnamese restaurant. Permanent signage is up at the former China Inn at 9737 Manchester Road in Rock Hill announcing Mi Linh. You can't see it very well in the photo above, but the sign includes noodles being lifted from a bowl -- of pho, perhaps? -- with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 02.25-03.03

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. A Veggie Venture: Alanna made slow-cooker vegetarian lentil sloppy joes. Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly shared pho ga, Vietnamese chicken noodle soup. A Periodic Table: Shannon made chocolate bundt cake with a chocolate-honey glaze. Cupcak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Tidbits: More Crushed Red, No More Pazzo's, Buy the Feed Me Truck

    - Crushed Red (8007 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-8007), the wildly popular fast-casual restaurant that opened last February, is set to add new locations. George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports that the pizza-and-salad restaurant will open this spring at 140 South Kirkwood Road in downtown Ki ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    October 3, 2012

    The Ten Best New Restaurants in St. Louis 2012

    Selecting the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we're chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012
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    August 1, 2012

    St. Louis Pho: Review Slideshow

    It isn't the prettiest restaurant in town, but the flavors at St. Louis Pho (3863 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-4041) pack quite a punch. My review of St. Louis Pho is now available online. Page through for a preview of Jennifer Silverberg's slideshow of St. Louis Pho.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Noodle House Opens on South Grand

    Gut Check told you in early April about Noodle House, a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant opening in the former Arby's building at 3924 South Grand Boulevard, just south of Chippewa Street -- and not far at all from another new Vietnamese joint, St. Louis Pho Restaurant (3863 South Grand Boulevard; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    St. Louis Pho Now Open on South Grand

    I'm a few weeks late with this, so mea culpa: St. Louis Pho, which Gut Check first noticed last fall, is now open at 3863 South Grand Boulevard, which is just south of the intersection with Chippewa Street. I snagged a to-go menu. There's pho, of course, but there's also more -- much more, in fact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    New Vietnamese Restaurant for South Grand

    ​I reported on Monday that a new restaurant called Wut a Steak is slated for the former Mama Pho Vietnamese Restaurant space at 3737 South Grand Boulevard. In the comments section of that post, a couple of readers informed me that a sign is up at the former Burger King space at 3863 South Grand an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    More on Dao Tien Vietnamese Bistro

    ​Gut Check reported earlier this month that Dao Tien Vietnamese Bistro would open at 8600 Olive Boulevard in University City. Driving by the address yesterday, I saw that it looks almost ready to go. I haven't had any luck contacting its owner, but it does have a website.According to the website, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Lynne Truong of Banh Mi So #1 -- Saigon Gourmet

    This is part one of Antonio Pacheco's Chef's Choice profile of chef Lynne Truong of Banh Mi So #1 -- Saigon Gourmet. Part two, a Q&A, will be published tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Truong, will be posted on Thursday. Dewey Truong​Since opening in 1994, Bahn Mi So #1 -- Saigon Gourmet ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Pho, Watermelon and Kebabs You Can't Afford

    House of AnThis pho costs more than your first car.​Food costs continue to rise, and they're not coming down. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development issued a grim report that predicts a 30 percent rise in food costs over the next decade. Oh, screw it! Let's buy crazy expe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    #90: Banh Mi Sandwich from Sweet Art

    Bryan Peters​ At Sweet Art (2203 South 39th Street; 314-771-4278), you'll find that the people are among the finest you'll meet, the atmosphere is welcoming and full of good energy, and the food... well, the food is bangin'. Reine Bayoc's genius is noticeable in every aspect of the cafe, and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Pho Long Moves...Though Not Very Far

    Ian FroebA bowl of pho at Pho Long​Just got the word from one of my trusted operatives that as of today Pho Long has relocated from its former digs at 8613 Olive Boulevard to a larger space in the same strip mall, Jeffrey Plaza. The new address, 8629 Olive, used to be home to the dearly departed I ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    May 5, 2010

    Miss Saigon Closed After Ten Years

    Ian FroebMiss Saigon says goodbye.​Thanks to reader Jim, who left this tip as a comment on the April Restaurant Roll Call: The Vietnamese restaurant Miss Saigon (6101 Delmar Boulevard) has closed after ten years split between two locations.Though it wasn't my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in town ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Review Preview: Mama Pho Vietnamese Restaurant

    This week I visit Mama Pho Vietnamese Restaurant, which opened last November in the former McDonald's at 3737 South Grand Boulevard.Jennifer Silverberg​Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    The Top Ten Dishes of 2009 #7: Banh mi dac biet at Phuc Loi

    ​Banh mi are delicious and shockingly cheap. At Phuc Loi $3.50 scores you the banh mi dac biet, which layers ham, headcheese and pâté on a crusty baguette with cucumber, pickled daikon, carrot and a bracing quantity of raw jalapeño. Phuc Loi then adds a masterstroke: one whole fried egg, the wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Five Good Restaurants in Old Fast-Food Buildings

    View Larger MapAs I posted a few days ago, a new Vietnamese restaurant is opening at 3737 South Grand Boulevard, inside a former McDonald's. I'll admit that whenever I see a locally owned business taking over a chain restaurant's location, I smile. After the jump, in no particular order, five of my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Dining by Delorean: Asia

    Ian hops in Gut Check's time machine and returns to restaurants Riverfront Times has reviewed in the past.It's fitting that I'm visiting Lumière Place for this inaugural installment of Dining by Delorean. Casinos operate outside the usual space-time continuum. Is it morning, afternoon or night? Tod ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 31, 2008

    Udon Know Bobo

    Bobo Noodle House takes an ingenious concept and executes it nearly as well.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    FoodWire: Four Seasons Vietnamese Restaurant Closed

    A reader tipped me off to this news: Four Seasons, the Vietnamese restaurant at 3348 South Grand Boulevard, has closed. The windows are covered with newspapers, and the phone has been disconnected.- Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    FoodWire: Ba Le Closed; Now Galaxy Bar & Grill

    The Vietnamese restaurant and bakery Ba Le (3515 South Kingshighway Boulevard) has closed. The space is now a restaurant called the Galaxy Bar & Grill. That's all I know at the moment. Thanks to a regular reader for the tip.Ba Le was far from the best Vietnamese joint in town, but they turned ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    Review Preview: BBC Banh Mi, Boba Tea & Crêperie

    Calling BBC a restaurant is a bit of stretch. It's a narrow storefront tucked into the Central West End. There is seating for fewer than twenty diners, and no table service. Given how quickly your food is prepared, you might call it a fast-food joint, but that doesn't seem quite right, either. The c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    Review Preview: Asia

    As at most sushi restaurants, you also get a slip of paper with the sushi menu and a pencil to mark your selections. These are fairly standard: nigiri sushi, sashimi and Americanized sushi rolls including the St. Louis, the Philadelphia and even the Houston. (The Houston?) This week I return to Lu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Red Moon Closes

    Our friends at Sauce magazine have the scoop: Red Moon has closed. No word on the exact reason. Speaking of closings: The Olivette Chinese restaurant Jade Garden is now closed. As we learned a few weeks ago from Deb Peterson in the Post-Dispatch, the family that owns the University City Vietnamese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2007

    Pho Longer Just Pho

    source: Someone please buy me this sign for Xmas. When I reviewed Pho Long in November of last year, the tiny restaurant at 8613 Olive Boulevard offered a menu of pho and hardly anything else. (There were spring rolls and a few desserts, I think.) I stopped by for lunch rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2007

    The Restorative Powers of Pho

    photo: Ian Froeb Does a body good. It's been a long first week for Gut Check. Your host moved to a new apartment and had to apologize to Scott Rolen -- but at least he enjoyed a cold beer in the shower. Yesterday, after bringing the last of my stuff into my new place, I dragged my weary, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007

    Review Preview: Ba Le and Cheeburger Cheeburger Ba Le's specialty is the banh mi. This was a fusion dish long before fusion became fashionable -- and it remains one of the few positive consequences of France's colonial occupation of Vietnam. Quite simply, banh mi is a sandwich served on a baguette. Yet the beauty of banh mi ... More >>

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    November 1, 2006

    Moveable Feast

    At the Emperor's Palace, you could dip chicken feet in a chocolate fountain.

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