Happy Hour at Llywelyn's: Celtic-Style Eats and Drink Specials Galore

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Mini pulled-pork sandwiches at Llywelyn's. | Photos by Mabel Suen
The Place: Llywelyn's Pub - Webster Groves (17 Moody Avenue; 314-926-1515)

The Hours: Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and daily from 10 p.m. to midnight.

The Deals: A selection of appetizers for $3 to $5, as well as $2 domestic bottles, $3 selected drafts, $3 premium wells, $3 house wines and $5 premium-beer goblets.

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Lester's Central West End Closes Just Weeks After Chesterfield Location

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Lester's CWE. | Ettie Berneking

Lester's (9906 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-994-0055) has closed two of its three locations. The Central West End sports bar (4651 Maryland Avenue) closed Monday, just two weeks after the Chesterfield location (14810 Clayton Road, Chesterfield) shut its doors. Lester's first opened in Ladue in 2007; it opened in Chesterfield in 2008 and the Central West End in 2011.

See also: A First Look at Lester's in the Central West End

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Gooey Butter Cake Represents Missouri in the New York Times' 50 States of Thanksgiving

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Gooey butter cake from Ann and Allen. | Crystal Rolfe

Ahead of Thanksgiving, the New York Times has put together a list of dishes from every state, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. We don't usually think of this as a Thanksgiving food, but gooey butter cake represents Missouri, and we couldn't be more proud.

See also: Chef's Choice Recipe: Marilyn Scull's (Mom's) Gooey Butter Cake

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

Categories: Food Porn

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Pizza at Pastaria. | 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 5-11

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Mary Ann's Tea Room Serves Tea and Kitsch for Ladies Who Lunch: Review

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The mushroom quiche. | Jennifer Silverberg

Mary Ann's Tea Room
4732 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-5303
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Sun.

The holidays are around the corner, which means it's time for Grandma Bea or crazy Aunt Myrtle to make their annual winter pilgrimage from Boca Raton back to St. Louis. Or perhaps you're overdue for a lunch date with Mom that typically involves white-wine spritzers. If this is your predicament, dear reader, I'd like to make a special suggestion: Take them all to Mary Ann's Tea Room.

See also: Mary Ann's Tea Room, A Posh New Lunch Spot in the Central West End

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A Look Inside Insomnia Cookies' New Central West End Storefront

Categories: First Look

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Options at Insomnia Cookies. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Last month East-Coast chain, Insomnia Cookies (226 North Euclid Avenue), opened its first Missouri location in the Central West End, offering up its classic American sweet treats all day every day into late night hours. As recently reported by Gut Check, a similar concept called Hot Box Cookies will soon join the cookie craze in the neighborhood this January. Meanwhile a second location of Insomnia Cookies is due to open in the Delmar Loop soon.

See also: Hot Box Cookies Heads to St. Louis As Insomnia Cookies Adds a Second Location

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How to Make an Old But Still in Fashion #3 From Planter's House [VIDEO]

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The Old, But Still in Fashion #3 at Planter's House. | Charles Thomas

Old Fashioneds may be a classic drink, but they're anything not out of style. The Drunken Vegan visited cocktail oasis Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603) last week to check out the menu of not one but ten varieties of Old Fashioneds. We asked bartender Travis Garner to show us how to make the Planter's House drink using Old Fitzgerald Bourbon, St, George Spiced Pear, Amaro Sibona, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram and roasted rosemary.

See also: Keeping the Old Fashioned in Fashion at Planter's House

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801 Fish to Join 801 Chophouse

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Oysters at 801 Chophouse. | Jennifer Silverberg

801 Chophouse (137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-875-9900) is one of the swankiest steakhouses in St. Louis, and the Des Moines-based 801 Restaurant Group will soon add a seafood restaurant to its local holdings. 801 Fish will open in mid-2015 in the former Brazikat space at 172 Carondelet Plaza, across from 801 Chophouse.

See also: 801 Chophouse Provides the Area's Most Opulent Restaurant Experience: Review

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Exploring Cocktail Shrubs at the Good Pie

Categories: Booze

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Tasting shrubs with soda water. | 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.

We're starting to see more and more cocktails around town that feature a curious ingredient: a shrub. At their most basic, shrubs are made from fruit, sugar and vinegar. They're not new -- Jerry Thomas' 1862 How to Mix Drinks or the Bon-Vivant's Companion includes recipes for four different varieties. But what exactly is a shrub, and why is it in your cocktail? The Drunken Vegan asked Jeffrey Moll Jr., head barman at the Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-899-9221).

See also: Keeping the Old Fashioned in Fashion at Planter's House

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5 St. Louis Bakeries Offering Preorder Thanksgiving Pies

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Pies galore at Sugarfire Pie. | Mabel Suen

Turkey is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner, but it just wouldn't be a holiday without some pie. The good news is, if you're not quite a master baker, there are plenty of St. Louis pastry chefs offering up holiday pies for preorder.

See also: Take Home a Gourmet Thanksgiving Feast from Cielo

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