2009 in Review: September

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September is a very special month here not only at Gut Check International Headquarters but at the RFT as a whole: We release our annual Best of St. Louis issue. Check out our winners in the Restaurants and Food & Drink categories. The rest of the month, after the jump.

News

Sapphire Pan-Asian in the Central West End closes to become the third location of Pi....Pi also hires Marc Baltes to help out with the menu....Pappy's Smokehouse makes a t-shirt for Willie Nelson....Chez Leon closes, and the space will become Brasserie by Niche....Sad news from the former Stella Blues location....A lawsuit targets Pi.

WTF?

What's inside the giant egg?...Five fast-food items I will eat at this moment....Speaking of fast food: Some good restaurants that opened in former fast-food joints....The Rams wait tables for charity. Richie Incognito manages not to headbutt anyone.

Columns

A banner month for the blog, as we introduce several new features: the Sweet Scout, Stuck to My Ribs, the Beertender and our series of chef profiles (with recipes!), Chef's Choice....Java Enabled takes a trip to Costa Rica....The Novice Foodie goes on a taco crawl along Cherokee Street....Farmer's Market share finds a different way to prepare okra....The Noble Writ examines the contentious issue of sulfites....The Dive Bomber learns something and eats well at Mimi's....A Table for How Many? brings the baby to Joo Joo Restaurant & Karaoke....Throwback of the House tosses aluminum foil in the microwave....The Sneak's psychobilly sneak has some problems.

Reviews

El Pollo Loco
Ice Kitchen
Seasons St. Louis
South Grand Gyro Express

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