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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The 10 Best Spots for Fireside Dining in St. Louis

Vin de Set | Paul Hamilton

One of the best things about our cold Midwestern winters is enjoying good food with family and friends around the warm, cozy glow of a fire. Now that we've had our first snowfall and the holiday season has begun, this is all we want to do. And, if you're like us, this might be the deciding factor when choosing where to dine on a chilly, snowy night. Continue for our top picks for a delicious meal fireside in St. Louis.

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The 9 Best Southern Restaurants in St. Louis

Chicken and Andouille sausage gumbo at Molly's. | Rick Gould

Sometimes we all just need a little soul with our meal. Whether it's some Cajun-spiced seafood, perfectly crisped fried chicken, buttery biscuits or any number of barbecue recipes, Southern cuisine is unlike any other and sometimes all that will satisfy -- perhaps best paired with a single barrel bourbon. Because we border the South proper, it's not surprising that St. Louis offers a wealth of choices.

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5 Restaurants to Eat at on Thanksgiving in St. Louis

Thanksgiving turkey at Cielo. | Nancy Stiles

Not everybody cooks on Thanksgiving. For some, going out to eat is a solid tradition. Maybe you don't want to do a whole feast for only a few people. Lucky for you, there are some great restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinner next week. Continue on for our Turkey Day picks.

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The 7 Best Spicy Dishes in St. Louis

Hot mama! sauce at O! Wings Plus | Stephanie Song

For those who love spicy food, or are just in the mood to test their hot-pepper tolerance, we've got a list of capsaicin-laden dishes that serve up mouth-watering (and maybe eye-watering) flavor along with a serious dose of heat. For those not used to spicy foods, maybe keep some milk, salt, sugar, dark chocolate, beer, bread, marshmallows, or lemon and lime peels close at hand -- all foods that will help cool the tongue.

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The Six Best Ramen and Pho Dishes in St. Louis

Ramen at Hiro Asian Kitchen. | Jennifer Silverberg

As chilly fall temperatures sweep in, we're looking forward to steamy bowls of noodle soup, rich with umami, to warm us up. Cozy up with the best Japanese ramen and Vietnamese pho the city has to offer for a comforting way to beat the autumn frost.

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10 Best Places for a Boozy Brunch in St. Louis

Rooster | Amy VanDonsel

There's a certain art to lingering over a leisurely brunch with a cocktail (or two) and friends. Food is definitely only half of the experience where drinking before noon is the name of the game. We've assembled our top picks for boozy brunches in St. Louis that showcase inspired cocktails made for pairing with this weekends-only feast.

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10 Best Bakeries and Candy Shops to Score Special Halloween Treats

The "Monster" cupcake at the Cup | Relic Photography

We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are all about helping guide our readers to the very best eats, and come Halloween-time that includes making sure you and your little ones are armed with great trick-or-treating jokes. Food and drink-related ones, at that:

Q: Why did the ghost go into the bar?

A: For the boos.

Q: What's the ratio of a pumpkin's circumference to its diameter?

A: Pumpkin pi

Q: What did the zombie order for take-out?

A: Pizza, with everyone on it!

Now you're all set to score big on Halloween, but if you can't wait that long for spooktacular treats, here's a round-up of some of our favorite sweets available only at this very creepy time of year.

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