10 Delicious New Summer Cocktails in St. Louis

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"Le Moribond" at Blood and Sand | Ed Aller

Memorial Day has just unofficially ushered in the start of summer. To celebrate, we've rounded up some incredible new cocktails that serve up the essence of summer in a glass. Each recipe is filled with the bright colors of just-picked fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Linger over these delicious concoctions during summer's long steamy days and nights.

See also: The 10 Best Tequila Watering Holes in St. Louis

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The 5 Best Ice Cream Parlors in St. Louis

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Jilly's Ice Cream Bar | Michelle Haven

Summer is just a hop and a skip away. And if the hot, humid season isn't tailor-made for ice cream, nothing is.

To ensure you make the most of the season, we've assembled a list of the best independent ice-cream shops serving up the most supremely delicious treats. All of them create their ice cream in-house and from scratch. From classic flavors to inventive taste combinations to liquid nitrogen-frozen cream, they're all covered.

See also: The Five Best Frozen Custard Shops in St. Louis

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7 More Destination Restaurants Near St. Louis

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Firefly Grill | Greg + Hook

Spring has arrived in the Midwest -- the roads are ice-free, the sun is shining and blue skies stretch forever. OK, not counting all that April rain. Still, it's the perfect time for a day trip to some much-touted restaurants guaranteed to make the drive worth your while. Check out our second guide to foodie jaunts just outside the city in Augusta, Clarksville, Hermann and Ste Genevieve in Missouri and Ava, Effingham and Waterloo in Illinois.

See also: The Best Destination Restaurants Within Driving Distance of St. Louis

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7 More Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios in St. Louis

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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!

See also: The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios in St. Louis

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The 9 Best Places For Pancakes in St. Louis

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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.

See also: 10 Best Places for a Boozy Brunch in St. Louis

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7 St. Louis Comfort Food Dishes to Try Before Summer

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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.

See also: The 10 Best Restaurants for Fresh Pasta in St. Louis


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8 St. Louis Restaurants You Might Be Pronouncing Wrong

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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

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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.

See also: The 10 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in St. Louis

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5 St. Louis Restaurants to Celebrate Lent

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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.

See also: UPDATED Fish Fry Frenzy: A Gut Check Guide

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

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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).

See also: The 10 Best Burger Joints in St. Louis

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