Our 20 Favorite Restaurant Openings of 2013

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Collage made up of photos by Jon Gitchoff and Jennifer Silverberg.

As the year winds ever closer to its end, we here at Gut Check are getting awfully nostalgic for the year that is and was 2013. In celebration, we compiled a list of the twenty restaurants, coffee shops, bars, burger shacks, BBQ joints, and so on that opened for business in 2013 and changed the dining landscape of St. Louis for the better.

This list is in alphabetical order with the exception of the top spot, which in 2013 goes to The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard), Josh Galliano's new Clayton restaurant. The other nineteen are listed but not ranked. All the love.

See also: Impeccable Element Is Lafayette Square's Newest Jewel

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30 Reasons to Love Drinking in St. Louis

Categories: Booze, List Mania!

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Craft beer has boomed over the past few years, and with it, beer-centric events new and old -- attendance at Oktoberfests has ballooned, for example. But in St. Louis, spirited beer-drinking is too established and ingrained the culture to be called just a trend. Here are thirty ("Only thirty?" you might ask) reasons to love drinking in the Gateway City, whether you've been here for only a few weeks or your entire life. --By Riverfront Times Staff

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The Eight Bars With the Best Beer Selections in St. Louis: 2013

Categories: Beer, List Mania!

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A selection of brews at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in downtown St. Louis.
Yesterday, Gut Check's pals over at RFT Music counted down the eight bars with the best beer selections in St. Louis.

More than a little relevant to our interests, we recommend you give the list a look -- and let us know if we forgot any in the comments section. Cheers!


8 Great St. Louis Brunch Spots For Mother's Day This Weekend

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Blackberry French toast made with mascarpone and brioche at Half & Half.
Of all the greeting-card company holidays manufactured over the years, Mother's Day remains one we're perennially endeared toward...cause let's face it, moms deserves their own holiday.

Make Mom's day with a meal at any of these eight St. Louis restaurants, which offer outstanding brunch selections in some of the city's most exciting neighborhoods.

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12 St. Louis Food and Drink Deals and Freebies for Tax Day

Categories: List Mania!

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Sliders into savings on Tax Day.
Today is Tax Day, also known as mass chaos at the Springfield Post Office Day. Whether today finds you scrambling to get your info in order or basking in the smug satisfaction of submitting your taxes weeks ago, there is a reward: food and drink deals at restaurants across the St. Louis area.

Once you're done booing the IRS, head to one or more of these twelve places to claim your prize for obeying the law or something. USA! USA! USA!

As always, if we missed any specials, let us know about it in the comments section.

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5 Best April Fools' Day Food and Drink Pranks

Categories: List Mania!

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Guess which St. Louis brewery apes A-B for April Fool's Day this year...
Oh April's Fools' Day. We meet yet again.

This year the best food and drink pranks perpetrated on these here Internets ranged from the disgusting to the sci-fi, but our favorite came via one St. Louis brewery poking fun at another St. Louis brewery.

Submitted for your sense of humor, here are Gut Check's five favorite April Fools' Day food and drink pranks making the rounds this year.

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What To Do With All Those Peeps You Don't Want to Eat

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Another Easter has come and gone. We've gorged ourselves with festive, pastel-colored candy (only the best kind though), we've found most of the eggs that we hid in the yard (that'll be a nasty surprise next year) and we've enjoyed spending time with family and friends (now we don't have to again 'till the Fourth of July). And what do we have to show for all of this holiday spirit?

Peeps. A shit ton of Marshmallow Peeps.

Sure, they're cute and they're an Easter icon, but what are they really good for anyway? Gut Check has rounded up our favorite Peep projects in hope that we can inspire you to greatness.

Here are the top six things to do with leftover Peeps...

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5 Best Easter Candies of All Time

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As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of baskets piled high with pastel-colored candies, chocolate shaped like baby animals and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. We remember well the ritual of sorting the bounty bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny: Would it be good stuff...or crap?

Want to avoid the inevitable disappointment of unsatisfying, subpar Easter candy? Check out our retrospective of the five best Easter candies, then check out our list of the five worst Easter candies of all time.

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-5 Worst Easter Candies of All Time


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5 Worst Easter Candies of All Time

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As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of baskets piled high with pastel-colored candies, chocolate shaped like baby animals and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. We remember well the ritual of sorting the bounty bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny: Would it be good stuff...or crap?

Want to avoid the inevitable disappointment of unsatisfying, subpar Easter candy? Check out our take on the five worst Easter treats, with a retrospective of the five best Easter candies to follow tomorrow.

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10 Most Offensive, Ridiculous "Sad Desk Lunch" Photos

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Eating leftover pizza at work because life is hard.
The mission of Sad Desk Lunch is stated simply on its website:

Sad Desk Lunch isn't about how great your lunch is. And it's not about how crappy your lunch is either. It's about the fact you eat your lunch at your desk during your lunch break where you could roam free ....Eating our sad tupperware lunches. Oh yeah, just to make it better? Eating lunch at your desk can expose you to more bacteria than a toilet seat.

OK. We've all been there. We can relate. Many a weekday we sit, hunched over a computer at our desk, trying to eat yogurt with a plastic fork. Licking our fingers to create a utensil to extract the layer of sugar at the bottom of a bag of Sour Patch Kids. Microwaving oatmeal and water, then seasoning it with soy sauce and Sriracha because it's all that was in our kitchen, it's the day before payday and because we're resourceful.

Though it bums us out to say it, the site disappoints -- and so spectacularly so it almost feels like parody.

We're calling shenanigans, Sad Desk Lunch.

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