A Look Inside Tarahumara Mexican Restaurant: Chihuahua-Style Gorditas, Tortas and More

Categories: First Look

"Torta Special" with shredded beef, melted cheese, ham and avocado. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Tarahumara Mexican Restaurant (2818 Cherokee Street; 314-802-7398) opened on February 1 offering traditional Northern-style Mexican cuisine, including gorditas and more, in south city. The new restaurant fills the space formerly occupied by Siete Luminarias.

The concept, named after a northwestern Mexico Native American mountain tribe, comes from husband-and-wife duo Luis Navarro and Teresa Armendirez. According to Navarro, Tarahumara Mexican Restaurant's menu is unique to the area. It features Northern Mexican cuisine from his home state of Chihuahua, unlike many of the neighboring restaurants in the area which primarily highlight dishes from the southern region, he says.

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 6 to 8

The Berkshire Pork Porterhouse at Cleveland-Heath, one of the restaurants at A Taste of Edwardsville. | Jennifer Silverberg

Guys come on, it's spring. Almost. It's still cold out, but that doesn't mean you can't fill your belly. There's lots to do this weekend. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.

See also: Deadspin Calls St. Louis-Style Pizza "A War Crime"

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#85: The Meatball Sandwich at Leonardo's Kitchen and Wine Bar

The meatball sandwich at Leonardo's Kitchen and Wine Bar. | Mabel Suen

On its own, a loaf of fresh-from-the-oven cheese garlic bread may be the world's most perfect food. Top it with housemade meatballs like they do at Leonardo's Kitchen (2130 Macklind Avenue; 314-664-1410), and it becomes sandwich bliss.

See Also: Review: Leonardo's Kitchen Serves Delicious St. Louis-Style Italian in Generous Quantities

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Deadspin Calls St. Louis-Style Pizza "A War Crime"

Categories: Pizza Pizza!

That shit is fresh. | Caroline Yoo

We're used to people hating on St. Louis-style pizza. Being firmly in camp Provel, we like to give them the benefit of the doubt -- outsiders just don't understand (looking at you, Kimmel). We're also used to people hating on the Cardinals. Deadspin, a national sports/pop-culture website, has taken things to another level today. Columnist Drew Magary -- who's got a long history of despising both the Cards and Imo's -- wrote in an article this morning that St. Louis-style pizza is "a war crime."

See also: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Imo's Pizza

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Jennifer's Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe Closing March 14, Will Relocate

Categories: Restaurant News

Jennifer's Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe in Clayton. | Jennifer Silverberg

Jennifer's Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe (30 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-862-7400) is a small but much-loved part of downtown Clayton. The natural-healing pharmacy and accompanying lunch counter nearly doubled its space back in 2005. However, fans were dismayed when owner Jennifer Rich announced that not only would it be moving, but the soda fountain and lunch counter would be no more.

See also: How Sweet It Is - Jennifer's is a thick slice of Midwestern paradise

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Anheuser-Busch Is Helping Frank Underwood Control the White House in "House of Cards"

Categories: Beer, Media

Sneaky, guys. | Netflix

OK, sort of. If you've been watching the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix, which came out last Friday, you may have noticed a few choice Anheuser-Busch products. A-B InBev has signed a deal with Netflix, making it the "exclusive beer marketer" on the award-winning drama.

See also: House of Cards Producers Tap Local Firm to Film Scenes of Downtown St. Louis for Season 2

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Prairie Farms' Peeps-Flavored Milk Is Real

Categories: WTF?

Ignore our messy desk and focus on the glory of Peeps. | Nancy Stiles

Last year, Carlinville, Illinois-based Prairie Farms delighted us (sort of) with its new seasonal product: jellybean milk. Obviously, those mad scientists had to top themselves, and they've done it with one of the most iconic and, dare we say it, controversial Easter-related treats ever: the marshmallow Peep.

See also: Jellybean Milk Is Locally Based Prairie Farms' Curious New Seasonal Flavor

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The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: February 25 to March 4

Categories: Food Porn

Annie Gunn's. | Instagram/@chowchief

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 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: February 18 to 24

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Cassy Vires, Rick Lewis and More to Face Off at Iron Fork 2015

Categories: Iron Fork

Chef Cassy Vires, left, will defend Juniper's title against Rick Lewis, right, plus Heather Stone and Justin McMillen. | Jennifer Silverberg/Cheryl Baehr

Iron Fork 2015 is less than one month away -- needless to say, we're getting pretty excited. Besides the endless food tastings, one of our favorite parts of the event is the chefs' competition. Last year, John Perkins of Juniper came out victorious. This year, he's sending his new executive chef Cassy Vires to defend the title.

See also: John Perkins Takes the Title at Iron Fork 2014

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A Look Inside Hot Box Cookies' New Central West End Storefront

Categories: First Look

An assortment of Hot Box Cookies' sweets. | Photos by Mabel Suen

As reported by Gut Check, Hot Box Cookies (3 North Euclid Avenue; 314-899-0909) opened in the Central West End on February 27. The late-night cookie bakery and delivery service originated in 2008 with its flagship in Columbia, later adding a location in Lawrence, Kansas. This is its first St. Louis store, and five more are planned for the St. Louis area in the coming year in spots including the Delmar Loop and downtown.

See also: Hot Box Cookies Now Open in the Central West End

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