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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The 8 Best Cuban Sandwiches in St. Louis

Cuban Sandwich | Pickles Deli

Oh, the marvel that is the Cuban sandwich. This toasted variation of a ham and cheese sandwich originates in south Florida during the time when Cuban immigrants began settling in Key West, Tampa and Miami. The traditional ingredients are ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and Cuban bread (similar to a French baguette). Today, the sandwich can be found across the United States and worldwide, coveted by those in the know.

Surprisingly, you can find amazing Cuban sandwiches on menus all over town in St. Louis. Here are a few of our favorite spots.

Note: You spoke up and we heard you! Thanks to some dedicated foodies out there, we are amending our list to include two incredible Cuban sandwiches from Capitalist Pig and Sanctuaria (see bottom of page).

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5 Soups to Warm You Up for National Soup Month

The chicken noodle soup at Grove East Provisions. | Jennifer Silverberg

It's been freezing outside lately, but at least that means it's the best time of the year for soup. Of course, you can have it year-round, but there's nothing better than cozying up on a cold night with some warm, creamy, delicious bowlful. There are tons of great options -- we especially like seasonal varieties -- but we've picked some of our absolute favorites, in honor of National Soup Month (January).

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The 8 Best Diners in St. Louis

City Diner | Mabel Suen

St. Louis has long had a love affair with the classic American diner. In fact, the slinger (a hamburger patty topped with two eggs, hash browns and chili), a requisite on all diner menus, is rumored to have originated here. Perhaps it's the comforting feeling of stepping into a simpler time. Maybe it's the comfort-food-only zone with burgers, fries, shakes and breakfast items hot off the fryer. Or maybe it's the draw of warm lights and conversation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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The 10 Best Wine Bars in St. Louis

Olio | Jennifer Silverberg

A good wine bar provides the perfect blend of excellent wine, inspired food pairings and sophisticated ambiance. Here at Gut Check, we often like to pair a glass of wine with our day and have created this guide to quality sips in St. Louis.

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The 10 Most Instagrammed St. Louis Restaurants and Breweries of 2014

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Patrick Devine

In 2014, Instagram had 300 million active users who posted about 70 million photos every day. A lot of those are, obviously, images of food (if only we knew exactly how many -- probably 65 million?).

Knowing how popular it is to whip out one's smartphone before actually digging in, start up company MyFab5, creator of a new restaurant review app, obtained some St. Louis-specific data directly from Instagram for this year. Using the photos that were geotagged, their data wizards were able to determine which local restaurants, breweries and coffeehouses were the most Instagrammed of 2014.

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10 Best Spots for Vegetarian Food in St. Louis

Lulu's Local Eatery | Jennifer Silverberg

Some have forsaken meat for dietary reasons, some do it to lessen their impact on the environment and some have joined the recent "Meatless Mondays" movement. For chefs and restaurants owners, it doesn't matter why, it just matters that there is delicious, satisfying food available for those seeking it. And these days, there are a surprising number of strictly meat-free restaurants and many that offer meat- and dairy-free options. It's not always easy to find them, so we've assembled a list of our ten favorites.

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The 10 Best Burger Joints in St. Louis

The Slinger at Baileys' Range | Jennifer Silverberg

One of America's most cherished foods, the hamburger, has come into its own in St. Louis. The city now boasts several, from-scratch, burger-only joints and many other restaurants featuring first-class burgers on their menus. All are turning out exceptional tried-and-true classic recipes as well as experimenting with toppings, buns and patty variations to create the ultimate burger experience. Here are our top ten favorites.

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The 10 Best Children's Menus in St. Louis

Pastaria | Greg Rannells

Sometimes parents are just simply not up to cooking dinner. Or maybe they want to treat their toddler to a special night out. But where to go that will offer something everyone wants to eat? Several restaurants in town offer a kids-only menu that feature foods younger diners are more comfortable with, presented as a special treat just for them. Here we offer our top ten restaurants that offer child-friendly food to ensure a delicious and stress-free family meal out.

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