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Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant Kalbi Taco Shack opens on Cherokee Street

The style of Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine pioneered by Los Angeles chef Roy Choi and then introduced to St. Louis a few years ago by Seoul Taco has found a new home on Cherokee Street. Kalbi Taco Shack is now open at 2301 Cherokee, one block east of South Jefferson Avenue in Benton Park.
Kalbi Taco Shack offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, banh mi and rice bowls with the diner's choice of protein: kalbi (the traditional Korean dish of marinated beef short-rib meat that gives the restaurant its name), sweet-and-spicy chicken, spicy pork or tofu.

Jax Cafe has Closed

After 3 years, Jax Cafe (ownerd by Gina and David Seltzer) restaurant at 2901 Salena Street in Benton Park, has closed.
"After many angsts and hours of thought, we have decided to close Jax," the restaurant announced last week in a post on its Facebook page
 "We have made many friends and memories here and it is with a heavy heart we say goodbye. Thank you Benton Park and our wonderful friends and family for three years of fun.

PrideFest St. Louis underway downtown

The annual St. Louis PrideFest is underway downtown near Soldiers Memorial. This year’s event will be marked by sadness and beefed up security. It was less than two weeks ago 49 people were murdered at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Top cycling event returns to St. Louis

Four days of top professional cycling are on tap for this Labor Day, as the St. Louis' longest standing competitive cycling event is set to kick off once again.  

The TSG Realty Gateway Cup is the biggest and longest running professional and amature bike event in St. Louis.  The beauty of the event is its true mix of professional races, including top teams and riders from across the nation, and events for the everyman, in which riders of all ages can try their hand at little competetion. 

Vote for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Pastry Chef 2013!

Sidnet Street Cafe is looking for your vote!  

Behold, the man of the hour, our pastry chef Robert Zugmaier! A vote for him is a vote for deliciousness. Head on over to Food & Wine's website and cast your vote for The People's Best New Pastry Chef: Central Region today!


An Updated Guide to Restaurants in the Benton Park Neighborhood of St. Louis

St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites.

Benton Park Classic Criterium

Benton Park Classic Criterium (Sept. 6): This race replaced the Gateway Cup Criterium that tied into Stage 1 of last year’s Tour of Missouri. The 1.77-mile course goes through the historic Benton Park neighborhood and passes the Anheuser-Busch brewery. Races started at 10 a.m. Pro women at 2:20 p.m., men at 3:30 p.m.

New Stable chef has come and gone

Photo courtesy of Solea Photography. Less than a month after signing on to lead the kitchen at The Stable, chef Ben Welch has parted ways with Amalgamated Brewing Co.'s Benton Park brewpub.

"It became clear pretty quick that it wasn't a fit for either of us," Stable partner Brad Wheeling says. "The guy is wildly talented, and I would love to own the restaurant where he could execute his concepts, (but) those just didn't work at The Stable."

Ghosthunters Visit Lemp Mansion

A television crew from the popular show ‘Ghosthunters’ recently popped up at Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ghost Hunters do a 'stand up' investigation of Lemp Mansion

Let’s not beat around the bush and get right to the headline ‘Ghost Hunters do a ‘stand up’ investigation of Lemp Mansion.’ Intriguing headline, no?