Wei Hong

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Olive Boulevard Asian Eateries & Much More: An Updated Guide to Restaurants Along Olive, Westward From University City

    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. View Olive Boulevard Asian Eateries ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    South Grand: An Updated Guide to Restaurants on South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis

    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 could easily argue that aside fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    #47: Veggie Breakfast Burrito at the Mud House

    On Cherokee Street hungry diners can find a burrito for any time of day or night, and the Mud House(2101 Cherokee Street; 314-776-6599) has your breakfast needs covered with a veggie breakfast burrito that's almost too big for its plate. A giant flour tortilla is stuffed with black beans, tomato, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    #48: Lengua Tacos at La Vallesana

    Evan C. Jones​There are many tempting options available at La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223), but whether you're getting quesadillas, burritos or tortas, there's something on the menu that leaps out to most people as something to avoid: tongue. Offal is something that most Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    #49: Hummus and Balela Platter at Nosh Bistro

    Bryan Peters​When Nosh Bistro (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-4734) closed a few months ago, we sank into a brief, but profound, funk. We'd grown terribly fond of their hummus and balela salad platter, and we didn't want to know a world without it. So you can imagine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    #50: Bread Pudding at Harvest

    Evan C. Jones​How good is the bread pudding at Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522)? When Gut Check dropped by to pay homage to this favorite desert, chef de cuisine Brendan Noonan came clean about his consumption. "I've already had four portions of the bread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    #52: Le Croque Monsieur at LaBonne Bouchée

    Ashley AtkinsLe Croque Monsieur!​LaBonne Bouchée (12344 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur; 314.576-6606) offers the Francophile a wide selection of authentic French cuisine, ranging from le quiche du jour to le vol au vent to petit fours. But Gut Check's favorite way to eat à la française is to devou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    #53: Biscuits and Wild Mushroom Gravy at Blood and Sand

    Blood and SandSweet Potato Biscuits and Wild Mushroom Gravy​When we first heard about the members-only concept at Blood and Sand (1500 St. Charles Sreet.; 314-241-7263), we were a bit skeptical, particularly considering the current economic climate. Sure, bigballers wouldn't have to sweat a 15 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Guess Where I'm Eating this Pho and Win a Gift Certificate to Carl's Deli [Updated with Winner]!

    You can win $10 worth of deli fare, and all you have to do is guess where we ate this pho. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitter handle or Facebook profile URL) in the comment-entry field. One guess per e-mail address. Employees of the restaurant in question and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    #56: Brioche French Toast at Half & Half

    Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue; 314-725-0719), St. Louis' newest breakfast and brunch eatery, despite being surrounded by breakfast and brunch giants like First Watch, Companion and the City Coffeehouse and Creperie, is becoming a legend in its own right. The menu offers a wide variety of brunch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    #59: Seafood Ravioli at Gian-Tony's Ristorante

    Erika MillerSeafood ravioli at Gian-Tony's comes drenched in the best flavors of Italy.​There's nothing more relaxing than lounging in a steaming hot tub, letting the hot water soothe away the day's tensions. For food, the equivalent of relaxing in a hot tub has to be sitting in a simmering, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    #62: Mixed Grill Platter at Flaco's Cocina

    Chrissy Wilmes​Letting oneself get too hungry is a dangerous thing. When blood sugar runs low, tempers can run high, and the simple act of ordering something new becomes a high-risk roll of the dice. For those times of extreme hunger and limited patience, it's important to reserve a few favori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    #63: Arancini From Mangia Mobile

    Robin WheelerOnly one Mangia has arancini.​ What's in a name? If you're food truck Mangia Mobile, a lawsuit from a similarly-name local restaurant. Mangia Mobile compensates for name overlap by bringing Italian street food to St. Louis. Specifically, Sicilian-style arancini. Owners Catherine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    #69: Crispy Pork Spring Rolls at Bobo Noodle House

    Robin WheelerCrispy and flavorful, the pork spring rolls at Bobo Noodle House​So ubiquitous, the pork spring roll. Or egg roll. By any name, it's the same creature -- usually crispy on the outside, wrapper still a little chewy on the inside, filled with a pulverized blend of...stuff. Not at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    #71: The Vegetarian Platter at Ranoush

    Emily Wasserman​Entering Ranoush (200 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-726-6874) is like stepping into a scene out of Arabian Nights. Sequined tapestries line the walls, brass lamps hang from the ceiling and intricately carved metal rings hold the napkins and silverware. Gut Check uncovered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    #72: Vegetarian Meatballs at Lucas Park Grille

    Lucas Park GrilleWho needs meat with veggie meatballs this good?​Downtown St. Louis isn't exactly a vegetarian's paradise, but Lucas Park Grille (1234 Washington Avenue; 314-241-7770) keeps it real for the herbivores with one of its menu's staple entrées: Vegetarian Meatballs. We've embarrass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    #73: Sizzling Rice Soup at Hunan & Peking Garden

    Robin Utz​In Gut Check's experience, there aren't enough Chinese restaurants in the St. Louis area offering sizzling rice soup on their menus, and Hunan and Peking Garden's (1262 Old Orchard Center, Manchester; 636-227-6445) is worth the jaunt to West County. The soup is designed to be shared ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    #74: Straw and Hay Pasta at Trattoria Marcella

    Erika MillerThe straw and hay pasta at Trattoria Marcella is a piece of Italian artwork.​In a city that boasts an Italian district brimming with toasted ravioli, red wine and tiramisu, Gut Check is no stranger to Italian food, both rustic and refined. And in our humble opinion, not all of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    #75: Spaghetti Pomodoro at Babbo's Spaghetteria

    Emily Wasserman​Nothing beats a good Spaghetti Pomodoro. You can find it on the menu at most Italian restaurants, and it's usual the safe, go-to classic when deciding what to order. Italian's don't like too many bells and whistles in their cooking, and the Spaghetti Pomodoro at Babbo's Spagh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    #78: Companion Rustic Olive Bread

    Robin WheelerCompanion's Rustic Olive Loaf​ Picking a favorite bread from Companion (8791 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-352-4770 and 8143 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-721-5454)? It's not easy. Not even a little. But if forced to choose in some terrifying situation involving firearms or knives not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    #79: Salt and Pepper Shrimp from Wei Hong

    Deborah HylandSalt and pepper shrimp at Wei Hong​This Cantonese delicacy, traditionally cooked heads-on and shell-on, left American diners completely flummoxed about how to eat the battered shrimp. Down the crustaceans, shells and all? Peel the shrimp and lose all the salty batter? Nibble away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    South City Cyclists Present: South Grand Delivered

    ​ One of the benefits of living on South Grand is easy access to a host of international cuisines, all a few short minutes from your doorstep. But sometimes, say when you're mired in a losing battle with your Netflix Instant queue, you're just too lazy to hunt and gather sustenance on your own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 6.7-6.13

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. One Hot Stove: Nupur made Soy Kheema. Iron Stef: Stephanie made Rainbow Trout stuffed with Fennel. St. Louis Eats and Drinks: The Pollacks brunched at Wei Hong. 

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Chef's Choice: Clara Moore of Local Harvest Cafe and Catering

    This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Chef Clara Moore of Local Harvest Cafe and Catering; parts two and three will be published tomorrow. Robin Wheeler​Chef Clara Moore is hard to catch. Her duties at Local Harvest Cafe and Catering keep her moving, and the kitchen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Sneakeasy, Part 1: Public Enemies and Wei Hong Bakery

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Show: Public Enemies, director Michael Mann's latest cinematic man-crush on tight-lipped inscrutability and sparklingly pretty violence played out against the backdrop of the Great Depression.Food: Chinese food, courtesy of Wei Hong Bakery and Restaurant: crab ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    FoodWire: South Grand "International Dine Around" Tonight

    International Dine Around: A Taste of South Grand takes place from 5-10 p.m. tonight. A $28 ticket scores you two appetizers, an entrée, a dessert, a drink and a "wild card," which you can spread around many of the area's diverse restaurant offerings.Participating restaurants include Absolutli Goos ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 13, 2005


    It's OK if you shout for joy -- Wei Hong's roasted duck is that good

  • Calendar

    May 26, 2004

    A Memorial Day to Remember

    Let your Monday off involve huffin', puffin' and scarfin'

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Cheap-Eats District

    South Grand, St. Louis

  • Dining

    August 11, 1999


    A visit to St. Louis' premier ethnic grocery, Jay International Foods