South Grand Restaurants Cover Signs of Vandalism with Art [Photos]

Categories: Restaurant News

One of the many murals painted by volunteers on South Grand. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Following news that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted on Tuesday night, an evening of protests led to the vandalism of restaurants and businesses in Ferguson as well as South Grand. The following day, members of the St. Louis community began clean-up in south city, responding to a call for volunteers to paint boards placed on several South Grand restaurants and businesses' windows. Artists convened throughout the day and well into the evening with brushes in hand as onlookers stopped to snap photos.

Even as snow started to fall this afternoon, St. Louisans continued to volunteer their time and talents to giving the popular shopping and dining district a fresh coat of paint. Read on to get a glimpse of some of the murals created over the past day.

See also: Restaurants Vandalized Last Night in Ferguson Protest

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Where to Meet Up With Old Friends on Thanksgiving Eve

Categories: Gobble Gobble

Thanksgiving Eve in Soulard. | Jason Stoff

Thanksgiving Eve is one of the best nights of the year. To prep for all that gluttonous holiday food, you get to see friends who live out of town (or perhaps you're the one returning to STL) and hit up your favorite bars and restaurants. Some are even turning the moneymaker into a night for charity. Continue on for a few of our favorite events planned for tonight.

See also: Put a Bourbon Punch at the Center of Your Table This Thanksgiving

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A Look Inside Racanelli's New York Pizzeria in the Delmar Loop

Categories: First Look

A slice of Racanelli's veggie pizza. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Racanelli's New York Pizzeria (6314 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-7227) recently made a return to its roots in the Delmar Loop, opening a location of the local pizza chain that originated in the area twenty years ago. As reported by Gut Check last month, this is the fifth location of the New York-style pizzeria. The Racanelli family also owns Market Pub House (6655 Delmar Boulevard) -- in the space which once housed Racanelli's Cucina -- down the street.

See also: Racanelli's Pizza to Open in the Loop

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The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: November 19 to 25

Categories: Food Porn

An onion tart at Sidney Street Cafe. | Instagram/@whiskeyandsoba

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Instagram was practically made for pictures of food. Gut Check has rounded up our favorite foodie accounts in St. Louis, but there are so many cool photos every week, we wanted to share what St. Louis' best chefs, bartenders and eaters are Instagramming. If you see a good one, send it to us!

See also: The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: November 12-18

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Sauce with the Sides: Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Categories: Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving. | Satya Murthy

Food magazines, blogs and cooking shows abound with images of functional, well-coiffed families gathered around the Thanksgiving table with a glistening, golden-skinned turkey as the centerpiece. In reality, most of us end up eating a freezer-burned, dried-out bird while listening to rants from a crazy uncle and dodging questions about our marital status from prying family members. Fortunately, the Turkey Day table is also filled with a cornucopia of side dishes and (hopefully) copious amounts of booze. For those looking to keep it as classy as possible, Gut Check is here to help by suggesting the following wine pairings for your favorite accoutrements.

See Also: 5 Restaurants to Eat at on Thanksgiving in St. Louis

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Review: Grapeseed Serves Earnest, Seasonal American Cuisine in Southampton

Deppe Farms' heritage-breed Duroc pork chop is served with Ozark Forest wild mushroom madeira sauce, Double Star Farms sweet potato and cauliflower mash, roasted baby carrots and Brussels sprouts. | Jennifer Silverberg

(5400 Nottingham Avenue; 314-925-8525)
Dining room open 4:30-10 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs., 4:30-11 p.m.
Fri.-Sat., 4:30-9 p.m.
Sun. Closed Mon.

As I settled into my chair and glanced at Grapeseed's menu, I was transported back to my early days in the restaurant business, waiting tables -- before bartenders were called mixologists, and "seasonal" and "local" were a culinary philosophy, not buzzwords. In the late '90s and early aughts, when the hottest dining rooms in town were Harvest and Cardwell's, Grapeseed would have fit right into the scene.

Read chef and owner Ben Anderson's biography, and it becomes clear why Grapeseed is somewhat nostalgic. Before attending the Culinary Institute of America, he cut his teeth in the kitchen under the great Bill Cardwell -- arguably the godfather of seasonal American cuisine in St. Louis. Cardwell's influences can be felt on Grapeseed's menu (Cardwell's addictive red-pepper marmalade makes an appearance, for example), while trendier touches, such as snacks and small plates, craft beer and an on-trend cocktail list, make appearances as well. It's a throwback without feeling dated.

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Restaurants Vandalized Last Night in Ferguson Protest [UPDATED]

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At least ten of the large windows at Rooster on South Grand were smashed into last night. | Mabel Suen

Last night the protests took a violent turn after the announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted. While several businesses on West Florissant were literally burned to the ground, a number of restaurants in the thriving district on South Grand also had their windows smashed or were otherwise damaged. There were 21 window smashings on Grand alone, per the St. Louis Police Department's report.

See also: MoKaBe's Slammed By CopTalk Message Board for Serving as "Safe Space" for Protesters

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Cyrano's Carrot Cake: A Decadent Classic Dessert Perfect for Two Forks

Categories: Sugar High

Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

Pastry chef Carolyn Downs' carrot cake. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Since 2003 Cyrano's (603 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-963-3232) has served up housemade sweets at its Webster Groves cafe so good that they've been named best desserts in RFT's best of St. Louis in both 2010 and 2013. There, guests will find everything from co-owner and pastry chef Carolyn Downs' flaming ice-cream desserts and root-beer floats to cream-filled profiteroles and warm bread pudding. To Downs, however, the mainstay of the menu manifests in simple yet decadent tortes, such as her carrot cake.

See also: Sugarfire Pie's Brand New Shop: A Sweet Slice of the Fifties in Olivette

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Bolyard's Meat & Provisions Opens Friday, November 28

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Chris Bolyard. | Cheryl Baehr

You should be skipping Black Friday anyway, but we've got another suggestion for you following Thanksgiving. Bolyard's Meat & Provisions (2810 Sutton Boulevard; 314-647-2567) will open this Friday, November 28 at 10 a.m. After ten years with Kevin Nashan at Sidney Street Cafe, Chris Bolyard's full-service butcher shop is finally coming to fruition.

See also: Chef Chat: Chris Bolyard Is a Butcher with a Soft Side

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Put a Bourbon Punch at the Center of Your Table This Thanksgiving

Categories: Booze

Bourbon punch. | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

For many, Thanksgiving is the holiday of friends and family reunited to share food and drink and fine fellowship. For others, the holiday is a stressful occasion marked by mediocre riffs on Betty Crocker mid-century classics and some very unsavory political discussions. In either case, strong drink is required.

See also: Exploring Cocktail Shrubs at the Good Pie

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