7 More Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios in St. Louis

The sun-filled patio at Market Pub House is a great place to stop with your pooch while exploring the Delmar Loop. | Kholood Eid

Our list of dog-friendly restaurant patios was one of our most popular last spring. When the weather gets nice, it's not just you who wants to get some fresh air -- your dog does, too. Unfortunately, one of the restaurants on our original list is now closed, so we decided to update and add seven more great dog-friendly restaurant patios, with some help from our readers. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!

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The 9 Best Places For Pancakes in St. Louis

Farmer's cheese pancakes at Scape | Marvin Brown

Whether breakfasting or brunching (or maybe indulging a little brinner) it's hard to beat a hot stack of melt-in-your mouth, light, fluffy, made-from-scratch pancakes topped with melting butter and drenched with real maple syrup. These nine pancake spots have perfected the art of pancakes.

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7 St. Louis Comfort Food Dishes to Try Before Summer

Short-rib pappardelle pasta at Cucina Pazzo. | OG Hospitality Group

Dare we say it? We just might have seen the last of Old Man Winter, and we here at Gut Check are eagerly awaiting warm sunshine, patio dining and summer flavors. Before we say our final goodbyes, however, we thought we'd indulge one last time in our favorite cold-weather comfort foods that warmed up our taste buds this winter.

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8 St. Louis Restaurants You Might Be Pronouncing Wrong

Got it? | Patrick Hurley

St. Louis has developed a food and drink culture we can all be pretty proud of, with lots of first-class craft breweries, masterful mixologists and even chefs who are James Beard Award nominees. The least we can do is to try to pronounce their names correctly. See if you've been saying these names right.

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The 6 Best German Restaurants in St. Louis

The dining hall at Bevo Mill. | Cody Krogman

During these cold winter months, we sit and daydream about our favorite fortifying comfort foods. This week, we're craving hearty German fare -- schnitzel (a thin boneless meat coated in bread crumbs and fried), wurst (sausage), spaetzle (potato dumplings) brezen (pretzels) and sauerbraten (vinegar- or wine-marinated pot roast), to name a few. St. Louis is no stranger to German cuisine, given Missouri's deep German roots, but do you know where to go today for a proper German repast? Let us help you find the perfect spot to treat yourself, and don't forget wash it all down with a cold beer.

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5 St. Louis Restaurants to Celebrate Lent

Crawfish étouffée at Riverbend. | Mabel Suen

We love a good fish fry (and there are plenty to choose from), but some of our favorite St. Louis restaurants are offering limited-run, seafood-focused menus to help you stay on track during lent. Or, you know, you could just have a McDonald's Filet-o-Fish.

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How to Get the Most Out of Local Nose-to-Tail Butcher Shops

Pig head simmering for headcheese. | Photo courtesy of Bolyard's Meat & Provisions

In perhaps the next iteration of the "farm to table" emphasis on local and sustainably harvested produce, "pasture to plate" refers to an animal-friendly, small-farm-raised, whole-animal butchery. As a result, there is a growing demand by consumers for butchers who are passionate about working only with local ranchers who're committed to the health and well-being of their animals -- and of the local community.

We visited two local shops to find out about the wide array of products available to home cooks and how to best use those products : Bolyard's Meat & Provisions (2810 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-647-2567) and the Block (146 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-918-7900).

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The 10 Best Tequila Watering Holes in St. Louis

Tequila shots at Milagro Modern Mexico | Emily McDonald

A good tequila is meant to be sipped, like a fine scotch, in order to fully appreciate the nuances of its warm, complex flavor -- no lime and salt required. St. Louis has got craft beer down pat and we can boast of some truly top-notch vodka and whiskey bars. But where to go when you want some good tequila? Lucky for you, we've done our research and have assembled this guide to our favorite spots, each one with their own unique take on this distinctive spirit.

The tequila you remember from that one bad night in college was likely the result of a less expensive mixtos (a blend of tequila and sugar) and maybe a worm (a touristy gimmick). Aficionados stick to 100 percent blue agave tequila. To make pure tequila, the agave is fermented in wooden or stainless-steel vats, then distilled and then either bottled as blanco (silver) tequila or aged in oak barrels from two to twelve months for reposado tequila, one to three years for anejo tequila or more than three years for extra anejo. Aged tequilas offer a smoother, more complex taste. In the end, however, the best tequila is always the one that you like.

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6 Best Doughnut Shops in St. Louis

Mini Donuts, etc.'s famous mini doughnuts | Jonathan Gayman

Not many can turn down a light-as-air, made-from-scratch doughnut. Whether cake, yeast, cruller or fritter, we're willing to bet few of you have met a doughnut you didn't like. These days, there are even more options for satisfying your doughnut craving than ever with "experimental" doughnut shops popping up all over the country. Whether you prefer a classic or more adventurous concoction, there are a ton of options in St. Louis. Here are six of our favorites.

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The Best Menus at Clayton Restaurant Week 2015

The strip steak at 801 Chophouse. | Jennifer Silverberg

Clayton Restaurant Week kicks off today -- this semi-annual celebration of one of St. Louis' growing culinary neighborhoods also gives a chance to sample some normally, ahem, pricey spots for just $25 per person. Each restaurant has slightly different CRW hours and many take online reservations -- you can find all the menus and more information here. Continue on for our can't-miss menu picks.

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