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    #3: Quesadillas Tradicionales at Milagro Modern Mexican

    The quesadillas tradicionales at Milagro Modern Mexican ? Not quesadillas as we Americans know them. Rather, these resemble empanadas: a thin, crisp shell of fried corn masa stuffed with Chihuahua cheese and finely chopped and sauted huitlacoche ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 27, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    #4: Cassoulet at Brasserie by Niche

    The rustic charm of Brasserie by Niche is evident in its design and its cassoulet. (Translation: We didn't have a picture of the damn cassoulet handy.) ? The classic white-bean stew is served with pork (belly on my visit, shoulder more recently), ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 27, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Canadian Gingerbread Houses Recalled for Staph Infection

    Christmas wasn't great for a would-be French truffle thief, either. According to the Guardian, a French truffle farmer is accused of shooting and killing a trespasser on his farm. A father of two was armed with a knife for extracting the farmer's bla...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on December 27, 2010 @ 7:00 am
  • Wicked Mama: A pair of neighborhood joints worth venturing out of your neighborhood for

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    Wicked Mama: A pair of neighborhood joints worth venturing out of your neighborhood for

    In a city of proudly distinct neighborhoods, a neighborhood restaurant must work a little harder to get noticed. A catchy name helps, though of course it alone doesn't guarantee quality. A strikingly new concept is even better, but these are few and...

    by Ian Froeb on March 17, 2011
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    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    This week, Ian began his countdown of the Top Ten Dishes of 2010. Check out his introductory post for all the details and then see his picks for the first three slots: dishes from Flavors BBQ, Vine Mediterranean Cafe & Market and the Tavern Kitchen &...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on December 24, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
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    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ? 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: Smithfield Pork Exposed by Humane Society, Boycotted by Bittman http://bit.ly/fIAP9f R...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on December 24, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Bah Humbug! Brits Aren't Going for the Sprout Surprise Whopper.

    Just because you have a lanyard doesn't mean you're with Bob Dylan. The Associate Press reports that a guy pranked a Massachusetts pizza parlor into making 178 pizzas for Bob Dylan's touring crew. He had a backstage, pass so surely he was legit, righ...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on December 24, 2010 @ 7:00 am
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    #5: Torta Ahogada at Taqueria Durango

    The torta ahogada at Taqueria Durango ? Ahogada means "drowned," and a torta ahogada brings carnitas and grilled onions on the traditional oblong bolillo roll coated with red-chile sauce. The sauce is smoky and, to my capsaicin-craving palate, med...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 23, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    ? Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter. This week, we stop in at Shangri-La Diner and also find out how Remy's Kitchen & Wine B...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on December 23, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    #6: Beef Brisket at PM BBQ

    The beef brisket at PM BBQ, with sides. ? Smoked for twelve hours and as tender as medium-rare roast beef, the brisket is as good as any in town. Brisket is a cut that's prone to dryness, which makes PM's preparation all the more impressive, given...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 23, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    #7: Lasagna at Mama Josephine's

    The lasagna at Mama Josephine's ? The lasagna is served in a large bowl, as sure a sign of any of its serious intent. There are eight layers, though you will likely be too busy digging into the gravy-thick meat sauce -- simmered for eight hours --...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 23, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    L.A. Times Restaurant Critic Outed. Literally.

    In less-jerky restaurant news, the Boston Globe features chef Josh Birdsall, who provides restaurant-quality free lunches to a day shelter for women and their children. Birdsall works with a rotating staff of volunteer cooks, who are often women who ...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on December 23, 2010 @ 7:00 am
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    Yummies Owner Loses "Everything" in House Fire [Updated]

    A fire this weekend destroyed the home of Jackie Phillips, owner of Yummies Soul Food Caf. Phillips, her husband and their five children didn't suffer any serious injuries, but an employee at Yummies says the family lost "everything." Both Yummies a...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 22, 2010 @ 2:26 pm
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    Welcome to Disqus, Our New Commenting System

    ? We know how much you guys love the Captcha commenting system. Who doesn't enjoy struggling to read nonsensical phrases and sharing the odd combinations it generates to prove that you aren't an evil, spam-happy robot? Sad to say, but the Captcha is...

    @ Gut Check by Sarah Fenske on December 22, 2010 @ 2:02 pm
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    #8: Pappardelle with Stewed Tomatoes and Italian Sausage at the Tavern Kitchen & Bar

    The Tavern Kitchen + Bar in Valley Park serves up a fantastic pasta dish. ? The pasta is served in a plain white bowl: flaxen ribbons of pasta slicked with sauce. Tomato is the dominant flavor of this sauce, rich, with a fleeting sweetness. The sa...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 22, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    Rolling on E and Looking to Eat!

    Yesterday, we brought you an example of how not to ask for a restaurant recommendation online. Today, via Eater NY, a counterexample from Chowhound: ? The replies are generally helpful! Do you like Korean barbecue? If you do, go to Madan...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 22, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
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    #9: Meat Shawarma at the Vine Mediterranean Caf & Market

    The meat (right) and chicken shawarma on the spit at the Vine Mediterranean Cafe & Market ? Inevitably your order of meat shawarma will contain a few pieces from the exterior of the spit -- crisp, even crunchy, and enjoyable in its own way, like t...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 22, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Who Will Free the Chilean Winers?

    ? No, that isn't a typo in the headline. Via Grub Street comes the news that a London-based creative agency called Unreal (no relation to the RFT staffer) has produced a limited edition wine called Chilean Winers. This, of course, is a tribute to the...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 22, 2010 @ 10:36 am
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    #10: Smoked Chicken Wings at Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill

    Smoked chicken wings at Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill ? The wings here are smoked, not fried, and they are massive. Each is served as one whole wing, all three parts (tip, middle wing and drumette) still attached, and even the typically scrawny t...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 22, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    The Tavern Kitchen & Bar: Review + Slideshow

    The fishermen's stew at the Tavern Kitchen & Bar in Valley Park ? Pappardelle, pork belly and more: My review of The Tavern Kitchen & Bar in Valley Park is now available online. Jennifer Silverberg's slideshow of the Tavern showcases the people, t...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 22, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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