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    Top Ten Dishes of 2010: Honorable Mentions and a Posthumous Nod

    The "Sweet Burger," the veggie/vegan burger at SweetArt ? Today concludes my counting down of the Top Ten Dishes of 2010, as drawn from my reviews of new restaurants throughout the year. This 2010 list marked a change from my previous year-end top...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 28, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    #1: Poached Escolar at Farmhaus

    Kevin Willmann, owner and chef of Farmhaus, and his fiancee and front-of-house manager, Jessica Hanzlick: Willmann's poached escolar was the best dish at the year's best restaurant. ? Since adolescence, chef and owner Kevin Willmann has been an av...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 28, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    How to Eat Your Christmas Tree

    An Austin, Texas, food truck owner, still reeling from the death of his 3-year-old son last month, had one of his food trailers stolen shortly before Christmas. KVUE reports that an anonymous tip led authorities to the trailer. Owner Jason Umlas will...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on December 28, 2010 @ 7:00 am
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    #2: Gang Kua Ped Yang at Addie's Thai House

    We don't have a picture of the red curry with duck, but I was sitting at the table in the foreground when I ate it. ? The best Thai curry I've eaten in St. Louis, probably the best Thai dish I've had here and maybe the best duck dish, period. Rema...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 27, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 12.20-12.26

    ? Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. The Cheesemonger's Wife: Annie discussed American artisanal cheese. One Hot Stove: Nupur shared a recipe for Butternut Squash Lentil Soup. St. Louis Eats and Drinks: Th...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on December 27, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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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
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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
  • Bogart This Joint: Bogart's Smokehouse induces barbecue-phoria


    Bogart This Joint: Bogart's Smokehouse induces barbecue-phoria

    The first thing to know about Bogart's Smokehouse is that it isn't Pappy's Smokehouse, Part 2. Much of the buzz surrounding Bogart's February debut focused on the connections between the two barbecue joints: Pitmaster Skip Steele and general manager...

    by Ian Froeb on April 28, 2011
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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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