A Look Inside Las Palmas' New Location on Washington Avenue

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"Carnita Pork" at Las Palmas. | Photos by Mabel Suen
The last time we took an in-depth look at Las Palmas, former RFT food critic Ian Froeb reviewed its second location in Maplewood, an outpost that followed the model of original flagships in north county. In late September the local Mexican restaurant expanded to include a third location: Las Palmas (1901 Washington Avenue; 314-241-1557), and it's all set to serve up the best margarita in town.

See also: Las Palmas Opening Third Location on Washington Avenue

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Now Open: Racanelli's in the Loop, Cantina Laredo, Strange Trap Kitchen

The gooey butter doughnut at Strange Donuts. | Jon Gitchoff

There are some tidbits to share as we approach the end of the month. A few places popped up, and it's worth noting that, as we reported earlier this week, two of three Lester's sports bars have closed this month.

See also: Strange Donuts Kirkwood Opens October 22, Central West End Location Soon

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Thursday Throwdown: Russell's on Macklind and Gooey Louie Vie for Gooey Butter Cake Dominance

Gooey butter cake from Gooey Louie and Russell's on Macklind. | Cheryl Baehr

The appearance of gooey butter cake in Tuesday's New York Times gave us pause: Who makes the best version of St. Louis' signature dessert? It's a difficult question, with some folks swearing by the supremacy of the crumbly cake while others insisting that it's the goo that makes this sweet treat.

For today's Thursday Throwdown, we compared the gooey butter cakes at Gooey Louie (6483 Chippewa Street; 314-352-2253) and Russell's on Macklind (5400 Murdoch Avenue; 314-553-9994) to see who is king of goo in the Lou.

See Also: Gooey Butter Cake Represents Missouri in the New York Times' 50 States of Thanksgiving

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Happy Hour at Llywelyn's: Celtic-Style Eats and Drink Specials Galore

Mini pulled-pork sandwiches at Llywelyn's. | Photos by Mabel Suen
The Place: Llywelyn's Pub - Webster Groves (17 Moody Avenue; 314-926-1515)

The Hours: Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and daily from 10 p.m. to midnight.

The Deals: A selection of appetizers for $3 to $5, as well as $2 domestic bottles, $3 selected drafts, $3 premium wells, $3 house wines and $5 premium-beer goblets.

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Lester's Central West End Closes Just Weeks After Chesterfield Location

Lester's CWE. | Ettie Berneking

Lester's (9906 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-994-0055) has closed two of its three locations. The Central West End sports bar (4651 Maryland Avenue) closed Monday, just two weeks after the Chesterfield location (14810 Clayton Road, Chesterfield) shut its doors. Lester's first opened in Ladue in 2007; it opened in Chesterfield in 2008 and the Central West End in 2011.

See also: A First Look at Lester's in the Central West End

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Gooey Butter Cake Represents Missouri in the New York Times' 50 States of Thanksgiving

Gooey butter cake from Ann and Allen. | Crystal Rolfe

Ahead of Thanksgiving, the New York Times has put together a list of dishes from every state, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. We don't usually think of this as a Thanksgiving food, but gooey butter cake represents Missouri, and we couldn't be more proud.

See also: Chef's Choice Recipe: Marilyn Scull's (Mom's) Gooey Butter Cake

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The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: November 12-18

Categories: Food Porn

Pizza at Pastaria. | Instagram/@whiskeyandsoba

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Instagram was practically made for pictures of food. Gut Check has rounded up our favorite foodie accounts in St. Louis, but there are so many cool photos every week, we wanted to share what St. Louis' best chefs, bartenders and eaters are Instagramming. If you see a good one, send it to us!

See also: The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: November 5-11

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Mary Ann's Tea Room Serves Tea and Kitsch for Ladies Who Lunch: Review

The mushroom quiche. | Jennifer Silverberg

Mary Ann's Tea Room
4732 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-5303
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Sun.

The holidays are around the corner, which means it's time for Grandma Bea or crazy Aunt Myrtle to make their annual winter pilgrimage from Boca Raton back to St. Louis. Or perhaps you're overdue for a lunch date with Mom that typically involves white-wine spritzers. If this is your predicament, dear reader, I'd like to make a special suggestion: Take them all to Mary Ann's Tea Room.

See also: Mary Ann's Tea Room, A Posh New Lunch Spot in the Central West End

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A Look Inside Insomnia Cookies' New Central West End Storefront

Categories: First Look

Options at Insomnia Cookies. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Last month East-Coast chain, Insomnia Cookies (226 North Euclid Avenue), opened its first Missouri location in the Central West End, offering up its classic American sweet treats all day every day into late night hours. As recently reported by Gut Check, a similar concept called Hot Box Cookies will soon join the cookie craze in the neighborhood this January. Meanwhile a second location of Insomnia Cookies is due to open in the Delmar Loop soon.

See also: Hot Box Cookies Heads to St. Louis As Insomnia Cookies Adds a Second Location

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How to Make an Old But Still in Fashion #3 From Planter's House [VIDEO]

The Old, But Still in Fashion #3 at Planter's House. | Charles Thomas

Old Fashioneds may be a classic drink, but they're anything not out of style. The Drunken Vegan visited cocktail oasis Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603) last week to check out the menu of not one but ten varieties of Old Fashioneds. We asked bartender Travis Garner to show us how to make the Planter's House drink using Old Fitzgerald Bourbon, St, George Spiced Pear, Amaro Sibona, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram and roasted rosemary.

See also: Keeping the Old Fashioned in Fashion at Planter's House

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