The 9 Best Southern Restaurants in St. Louis

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The 5 Best Restaurants for the Quieter Side of Dining in St. Louis

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Prime 1000 | Laura Ann Miller

The hottest spots in St. Louis are hoppin' -- buzzing with conversation and packed with people. It's where to be. But what if you want to have dinner with a special someone, share an intimate conversation or discuss something important? Sometimes we all just need a little quiet and, thankfully, there are options that offer a menu worth celebrating with noise levels conducive to hearing your dinner companions. Here are some of our favorites.

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The 10 Bars With the Best Food in St. Louis

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The Brezen Board at Urban Chestnut | Sara Graham

What goes best with a drink? Food, of course! We all have our favorites, that perfect snack to pair with beer or cocktail hour. Gut Check has rounded up a top ten that do both extremely well. Some offer the fatty, salty classics that keep us in perfect drinking spirits all night and others offer a little something out of the ordinary that make us rethink the concept of bar food. Either way, we love it.

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The 10 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in St. Louis

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Lamb Chops at Aya Sofia | RFT Photo

The next time you get a taste for flavors reminiscent of the turquoise waters and sun-bathed beaches of the Mediterranean, you don't have to travel very far. St. Louis has a wealth of restaurants that feature the cuisines of Greece, Morocco, Italy, Turkey, France and Spain, offering seafood, lamb, beef and chicken and a bounty of vegetables all flavored by olive oil and native herbs and spices. Continue on for our top ten favorites.

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The 10 Best Restaurants for Fresh Pasta in St. Louis

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Pastaria | Greg Rannells

Pasta is one of the world's most cherished foods. St. Louisans certainly love their pasta and there is almost one Italian restaurant on every block in some neighborhoods. You may not be surprised to learn that there are several restaurants that offer fresh pasta made daily, going that extra mile to craft every bite of your meal by hand.

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