Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Muffin

muffinvote.jpg
Top 'o the muffin to ya! | Nicola

We really haven't been talking about muffins enough. Luckily, we got some killer nominations from our loyal readers for the city's most underrated muffin, and we're ready for you to weigh in. Cast your vote before Friday, and we'll announce the winner next week.

See also: Annie Moons' Banana-Split Muffins: Tasty Cakes with a Side of Comic Books

More »

What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Muffin?

annie-moons-muffinz.jpg
Banana-split muffins at Annie Moons. | Mabel Suen

When it comes to breakfast, we tend to agree with Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation -- why don't we just eat it all the time? However, you can't always grab a plate of eggs Benedict to go. A warm, fresh muffin will have to do. We realized we don't talk about muffins very much here on Gut Check, so hopefully you can help us out.

See also: Vernon's BBQ Voted "Most Underrated": Matt Stiffelman on What Makes It So Irresistable

More »

Vernon's BBQ Voted "Most Underrated": Matt Stiffelman on What Makes It So Irresistable

vernonsunderrated.jpg
Chicken breasts in the smoker at Vernon's. | Kaitlin Steinberg

The readers have spoken: In our poll last week, y'all picked Vernon's BBQ (6707 Vernon Avenue, University City; 314-726-1227) as the most underrated barbecue restaurant in St. Louis. Any barbecue challenge in St. Louis is going to be tough, but we talked to Vernon's co-owner Matt Stiffelman on what sets his place apart from the competition.

"I think we're always doing something different, which keeps us on our toes. Some of the stuff we do, we know that it's not going to be liked by everyone," he says. "But we do it to take risks or to cross a line at times. We can't make everybody happy, but if the people that like it love it, we're not losing."

See also: First Look: Vernon's BBQ and Catering

More »

Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Barbecue

lilmickeysbbq.jpg
Pulled pork at Lil' Mickey's Memphis Barbecue. | Jennifer Silverberg

We know you guys love barbecue. We love it too, and St. Louis has no dearth of top-notch barbecue joints. But it's not a new phenomenon, and these places deserve more recognition. The question is, which one is the best?

See also: Chef Chat: Barbecue Master Mike Emerson on Becoming Pappy

More »

What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Barbecue?

underratedbbqsugarfire.jpg
Brisket at Sugarfire Smokehouse. | Jennifer Silverberg

Barbecue was back with a vengeance in 2014. Although Kansas City doesn't like to admit it, we've always been a barbecue town -- it's call the St. Louis cut for a reason -- but we're in the middle of a bit of a boom. Several high-profile barbecue restaurants opened, and big leaguer Sugarfire Smokehouse added new locations and a bakery to boot.

See also: Sugarfire Smokehouse's New '50s-Style Outpost Slinging Barbecue in St. Charles

More »

Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Cocktails

votecocoktails.jpg
A smoked cocktail at the Good Pie. | Jennifer Silverberg

As we said before, craft cocktails really aren't a new things in St. Louis. You guys definitely have been around and know where the cool kids sip Manhattans -- the actual cool kids though, not hipsters. Check out the nominations and be sure to click the poll to vote. Don't worry if your favorite didn't make the cut -- you can write them in.

See also: The Life, Death and Resurrection of the Craft Cocktail in St. Louis

More »

Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Fried Chicken Is...

votefriedchicken1.jpg
Noms. | Stu Spivack

We thought for sure after last week's nomination round, Miss Leon's fried chicken at Rehab Lounge (4054 Chouteau Avenue; 314-652-3700) would have no problem taking the top spot thanks to her vocal fans. However, local chain King Edward's Fried Chicken (multiple locations) came in at No. 1.

See also: #96: The Libertine's Fried Chicken

More »

Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Fried Chicken

votefriedchicken.jpg
We'll take that crispy skin. And the meat. So, all of it, really. | Stu Spivack

You guys really love fried chicken. We knew it was having a moment (or jumped the shark, depending on your opinion) when Old Standard, an entire restaurant devoted to the Southern fried bird opened this fall. Continue on for the nominees, and be sure to click the poll to vote.

See also: Old Standard Fried Chicken's New Comfort Food Restaurant in Botanical Heights

More »

What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Fried Chicken?

old-standard-fried-chicken.jpg
Fried chicken at Old Standard. | Mabel Suen

Fried chicken is definitely having a moment. Of course, it has been a staple of American cuisine (especially Southern cooking) for years, but it's enjoying a bit of celebrity. Hell, Ben Poremba just opened an entire restaurant devoted to the dish. John Perkins and Josh Galliano take it to the next level on a weekly basis.

See also: #96: The Libertine's Fried Chicken

More »

Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated French Fries Is...

layla-falafel-fries.jpg
Layla's falafel fries with tzatziki aioli. | Mabel Suen

We had some great nominees for last week's vote, but it was the most conventional of the four that caught your eye. The falafel fries at Layla took first place with 41 percent of the vote.

See also: Happy Hour at Layla: Hummus, Falafel Fries and Chile-Sauce-Infused Appetizers

More »
Loading...