Review: Salt + Smoke Distinguishes Itself in the Crowd of New St. Louis Barbecue

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Chef Haley Riley and owner Tom Schmidt. | Jennifer Silverberg

Salt + Smoke
(6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200)
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tues.-Sun. (Closed Mon.)

Sipping on a stiff bourbon cocktail at Salt + Smoke, I glanced out of the window and did a double take. A fire truck had stopped in the middle of Delmar Boulevard and its crew seemed to be surveying the scene. "Does someone think this place is on fire?" I asked my friend, only half joking. The new barbecue restaurant's Ole Hickory smoker can sometimes turn the air in the Loop a bit hazy.

With the number of new barbecue restaurants popping up around town, one has to wonder if the smoke cloud over St. Louis is visible from space. If a new place is going to throw its hat into the barbecue ring, it has to find a way to distinguish itself from the pack. Salt + Smoke has done just that.

See also: Tom Schmidt Talks Transforming Nico Into a Barbecue Restaurant

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Tick Tock Tavern and Steve's Hot Dogs' New Partnership Debuts in South City

Categories: First Look

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Tick Tock Tavern and Steve's Hot Dogs shared a busy debut. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Last night hot-dog fanatics of all ages rejoiced for the anticipated opening of the second location of Steve's Hot Dogs (3457 Magnolia Avenue). The restaurant, owned by local musician Steve Ewing, made its debut with partners and adjoining neighbors Tick Tock Tavern (3459 Magnolia Avenue), a bar that opened its doors for the first time in twenty years under new ownership. As Gut Check reported in May, Tick Tock Tavern's revival comes from its new co-owners Thomas Crone, Fred Hessel and Steve Smith (of the Royale).

See also: Tick Tock Tavern to Reopen After 20 Years with Steve's Hot Dogs

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Death in the Afternoon Debuts Brunch This Weekend

Categories: Restaurant News

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Tonkotsu ramen with pork belly and loin, soft-boiled egg, black garlic oil and mushroom. | Jennifer Silverberg

We reviewed Blood & Sand sibling Death in the Afternoon last week, but it has just announced brunch service will begin this weekend. And what's not surprising is that the menu looks delicious.

See also: Review: Death in the Afternoon Makes Lunch the Most Important Meal of the Day

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Last Chance to Buy Tickets for Saturday's Q & Brew in the Lou Event

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It's your last chance to score tickets to our first-ever Q & Brew in the Lou barbecue and craft beer event this Saturday, August 23. We gave you a peek at the breweries coming a while back, but now we've got the styles that everyone is bringing as well.

See also: Check Out the Final List of Breweries and Barbecue for RFT's Q & Brew in the Lou

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Watch St. Louis Chefs Compete on the Next Great Baker Finale Tonight

Categories: Media

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Wedding Wonderland Cakeshop & Hendel's Restaurant chefs Al Watson and Lia Weber. | TLC

Two St. Louis pastry chefs will be competing on the season four finale of TLC's Next Great Baker tonight. Al Watson and Lia Weber work at the Wedding Wonderland Cakeshop (437 Dunn Road, Florissant; 314-837-5015) and Hendel's Market Cafe (599 Saint Denis Street, Florissant; 314-837-2304), respectively. They're battling three other teams for the chance at $100,000 and the opportunity to bake at Buddy Valastro's new Las Vegas bakery.

See also: Black Bear Bakery's Raspberry Oat Bar, A Simple Sweet Treat Done Right

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Chef Chat: Lassaad Jeliti Is Spare No Rib's Resident Mathematician

Categories: Chef Chat

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Lassaad Jeliti of Spare No Rib | Jennifer Silverberg

Barbecue and tacos together under one roof may not seem to add up, but mathematician-turned-restaurateur Lassaad Jeliti found the common denominator. "It's all street food," he said back in March of his inspiration for Spare No Rib (2200 Gravois Avenue; 314-202-8244). Obviously, he was on to something -- Zagat recently named Spare No Rib one of the 15 Hottest Barbecue Joints in America.

See Also: Critic's Notebook: Inside Lassaad Jeliti's Beautiful Mind

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Guess Where I'm Eating Kale Salad and Win $25 to Hokkaido Grill

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Tuscan kale and baby arugula salad with pecorino, red pepper flakes and lemon-anchovy dressing. | Nancy Stiles

It's a rainy morning in St. Louis, and you're at work. Yes, it could be worse, but we think we have a way to make it better. All you have to do is guess where we ate this Tuscan kale salad with baby arugula, pecorino, red pepper flakes and anchovy-lemon dressing and we'll hook you up.

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating This Smoked Salmon Pizza and Win $20 to Morgan Street Brewery [UPDATED]

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Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Bloody Mary

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Good morning! | David Ashleydale

Boy, could we use a bloody mary. Our Gut Check readers nominated several places -- we have some work to do. We narrowed it down to the top for, and now it's time for a vote.

See also: The Drunken Vegan's Guide to Bloody Marys: Animal-Free Versions in STL and At Home

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Ices Plain & Fancy's New Liquid Nitrogen Fueled Ice Cream Shop

Categories: First Look

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Peach chai ice cream. | Photos by Mabel Suen
In late July a corner shop of the Shaw neighborhood decked out in a fresh coat of regal pink and blue paint opened its doors to the public. And with it, St. Louis gained a brand new concept utilizing a sweet treat technique developed in the early 19th century: Ices Plain and Fancy (2256 South 39th Street; 314-601-3604). Inside, sweet surprises await -- luscious ice creams made completely to order using liquid nitrogen as well as vanilla soft serve infused and flecked with cold-pressed Sump Coffee (3700 Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670).

See also: Ices Plain & Fancy to Cool Down Shaw Neighborhood

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Rise Coffee Offering Free Java to Journalists Covering Ferguson Protests

Categories: Java Enabled

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Rise Coffee in the Grove

This week has been pretty crazy, and unless you've been living under a rock, you know why. Luckily, last night's protests in Ferguson were peaceful, but this thing isn't over. There are many journalists, concerned citizens and out-of-town media covering Ferguson, and that means makeshift offices and workspaces. If you need somewhere to go, try Rise Coffee House (4180 Manchester Avenue) in the Grove.

See also: 5 Ferguson Restaurants You Should Visit This Week

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