Where should we get our next cup of joe? | Nancy Stiles
Coffee is totally the most important meal of the day. Luckily for St. Louis, it seems craft coffeehouses are popping up even quicker than craft breweries. We know the heavy-hitters -- Kaldi's, Sump -- but we always love a new brew. Vote for one of four reader nominations or write in your own suggestion after the jump.
See also: The 10 Best Coffee Shops in St. LouisMore »
Swordfish at Cucina Pazzo. | Nancy Stiles
This month was fairly under the radar as far as openings and closings go. There are many openings set for December, but a few took the leap in November. Katie Lee finally opened her artisan pizzeria, separate from her father, and the guys behind The Tavern brought some Italian goodness to the Central West End. Check out the full list after the jump, and let us know anything we missed.More »
When it comes to whiskey, Gamlin Whiskey House (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-875-9500) doesn't mess around. Upon entering the Central West End restaurant, guests are greeted and seated by a friendly host who grabs one of several specially etched wooden boxes off of a wall containing dozens of identical kits before signaling toward a table. Slide the top off and three menus await inside: cocktails, wine and, of course, whiskey.
All photos by Mabel Suen Signature cocktails: "Honey Island" ($10) with hazelnut- and vanilla-infused Dewar's Honey scotch whiskey and "Peachy Keen" ($10) with Buffalo Trace bourbon, fresh peach and cinnamon. Goose Island's "Four Sisters" in all their glory. | Zach Garrison
After being purchased by Anheuser Busch InBev, many beer aficionados expressed concern that Goose Island, a much-loved Chicago based brewery, would lose its identity in the transition from craft to corporate. What we're concerned with is the beer.
With the powerful backing of A-B, Goose Island recently rolled out a new national campaign expanding several of their most popular and heretofore difficult to acquire beers. Recently, we were lucky enough to sample some of the 2013 Bourbon County Stout, which is now being brewed in much larger quantities, and talk with representatives from Goose Island. We were pleased to hear that along with the Bourbon County beers (including coffee and cherry), the "Sisters" -- "Juliet" and "Lolita" would be joined by two new siblings, "Gillian" and "Halia."
The folks at Goose island sent us a few bottles so we could try them out. Here's what we thought.More »
Waffle fries = more area for gravy. | Nancy Stiles
It's Monday, which means you need to put your thinking caps on. Can you guess where we ate these fries with dill truffle gravy? Hint: Its owner is planning a new restaurant just a few blocks down.More »
Scallops at Robust. | Corey Woodruff
No, small plates are not going away. Embrace it, because it means you get to eat lots of different stuff, and it's usually paired with great cocktails or wine. Although some people are sticklers for what actually constitutes tapas, we lost that war long ago. Just go with it.More »
Mission Taco's Wild Mushroom Huarache. | Jennifer Silverberg
Mission Taco Joint (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430) has only been open since February 2013 but it's already become the Best Mexican Restaurant in St. Louis. After such switch success in the Delmar Loop, it should come as no surprise that brothers Adam and Jason Tilford are opening up a second location at 908 Lafayette Avenue. Soulard, meet Mission Taco.More »
Pie from our most recent review, The Dam. | Jennifer Silverberg
You see, loyal readers, we've reached the moment we've all been waiting for. Thanksgiving is finally upon us, and as you read this, we're probably knee deep in mashed potatoes. And following the drinking advice of Schlafly and Taste.
We know you're really going to miss us while we're on vacation, so here's a little preview of what we'll be doing tomorrow.More »
From us, to you. | Mabel Suen
Thanksgiving is tomorrow. It's officially crunch time. Here at Gut Check, each of our families have different Turkey Day traditions and recipes that we love. One of the
worst best parts of the holiday is spending time with family, and the food really does bring us together. Check out four of our favorite family Thanksgiving recipes after the jump.