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Awards

  • 2011 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published November 4, 2010

    "Jeffrey Plaza Jewel"

  • 2011 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published November 11, 2010

    "Near Beer"

2009 Stories by Ian Froeb

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  • FoodWire: Joe's Crab Shack, More on Downtown Schnucks

    published Jan 29, 2009

    A couple of quick hits on a slow Thursday afternoon:1) Post-Dispatch business columnist Joe Whittington reports that the Joe's Crab Shack in Chesterfield may become something called the Brick House Ta... More >>

  • Super Bowl Snack Idea: The Snack-Food Stadium
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    Super Bowl Snack Idea: The Snack-Food Stadium

    published Jan 29, 2009

    Following the Bacon Explosion and the Atomic Buffalo Turd is this remarkable creation, which comes to Gut Check from the awesomely named Web site Holy Taco (via Deadspin).Among it's many amazing cons... More >>

  • The Morning Brew: Thursday, 1.29

    published Jan 29, 2009

    Not only is Starbucks cutting 300 stores and 6,700 jobs, but the coffee giant is also eliminating decaf after noon. (Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times)The Obamas hire a Chicago chef to work alongside the c... More >>

  • Breaking: Starbucks to Close 300 More Stores, Cut 6,700 Jobs

    published Jan 28, 2009

    MSNBC reports that Starbucks will close 300 additional stores and cut 6,700 jobs, both at those closed stores and at its corporate offices. The coffee giant saw its profit drop 69% during the first qu... More >>

  • FoodWire: The Shaved Duck Has Reopened

    published Jan 28, 2009

    The Shaved Duck has reopened at 2900 Virginia Avenue in Tower Grove East. The restaurant opened last year to positive reviews. It closed for an economy-inspired retooling at the beginning of this year... More >>

  • Super Bowl Snack Idea: The Atomic Buffalo Turd
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    Super Bowl Snack Idea: The "Atomic Buffalo Turd"

    published Jan 28, 2009

    OK, so it's no Bacon Explosion, but a colleague passed along a link from the barbecue forum the Smoke Ring for something called an Atomic Buffalo Turd.With a name like that, it has to be good, right?B... More >>

  • Cheesesteak Quest: City Diner
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    Cheesesteak Quest: City Diner

    published Jan 28, 2009

    Hot chocolate, grilled cheese and tomato soup: Snow days put me in the mood for any or all of those three things, and when my wife and I made the short, but treacherous, walk from our house to nearby... More >>

  • "Bacon Explosion" Taking Internet by Storm...

    published Jan 28, 2009

    ...but who will make it for me?Yes, it's the Bacon Explosion, now officially more than just an Internet sensation thanks to an article in today's New York Times dining section.The Bacon Explosion is t... More >>

  • The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.28

    published Jan 28, 2009

    Even more trouble for Peanut Corp. of America: The firm implicated in the current salmonella outbreak knowingly shipped salmonella-contaminated products. (Washington Post)Researchers find mercury in p... More >>

  • Review + Slideshow: The Wedge
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    Review + Slideshow: The Wedge

    published Jan 27, 2009

    My review of the Wedge, a new South City bar that turns out some pretty good pizza, is now available online. The Wedge is located at 442 Bates Street; visit the Web site for the menu and more info.In ... More >>

  • In Memoriam: John Updike

    published Jan 27, 2009

    As a perpetually aspiring novelist, I must mention the passing of the great John Updike. Here is a passage from maybe his best-known short story, "A & P".(You knew there would be a food angle, ri... More >>

  • FoodWire: Schnucks to Begin Work on Downtown Store

    published Jan 27, 2009

    The Post-Dispatch had an article today noting that Schnucks will begin construction of its much anticipated downtown location at 315 North Ninth Street. A few key notes from the story: The planning pr... More >>

  • What is St. Louis Doing with its Snow Day?

    published Jan 27, 2009

    So I just ventured from the home office to the Schnucks on the Hill to pick up a few provisions -- yes, I'm that guy -- and two things struck me:1) There was plenty of toilet paper available. More th... More >>

  • The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.27

    published Jan 27, 2009

    A history of health and safety issues at Peanut Corp. of America, the plant at the heart of the current salmonella outbreak. (New York Times)The Department of Agriculture appears close to selecting th... More >>

  • FoodWire: Fumanchu Closed?

    published Jan 26, 2009

    Ominous signs for Maplewood's pan-Asian restaurant Fumanchu -- a.k.a. Fu Manchu, a.k.a. Fu Man Chu. The restaurant doesn't appear to be open for dinner today, and the phone number rings to a disconnec... More >>

  • FoodWire: Parker's Table Closing

    published Jan 26, 2009

    Both Joe Bonwich and Sauce report that Clayton wine and food shop Parker's Table (8137 Maryland Avenue) is closing. Stop by for discounted wine and, on Saturday, a "farewell toast."... More >>

  • Delta Force: The Wedge is a tavern, through and through — but the pizzas take bar food to another level

    published January 28, 2009

    A list of all the awful foods I've eaten while smashed could fill twice the space I'm allotted here. Sometimes the damage is self-inflicted.... More >>

  • FoodWire: Erato on S. Grand to Become Parkside Lounge and Fusion Cuisine

    published Jan 26, 2009

    Erato, the wine bar at 3117 South Grand Boulevard, has closed. I live nearby, so I received a postcard from Excise Commissioner Robert W. Kraiberg informing me that a restaurant called Parkside Lounge... More >>

  • Review Preview: The Wedge

    published Jan 26, 2009

    This week I visit the Wedge, a South City bar with a small -- but interesting -- selection of food: A list of all the disgusting foods I've eaten while smashed could fill twice the space I'm allotted ... More >>

  • The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.26

    published Jan 26, 2009

    Happy Lunar New Year. Lots of news to begin the week:The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says global food output must double in the next 40 years to meet demand. (AFP)Meanwhile, fall... More >>

  • Finishing an Entire Baskin Robbins Chocolate Oreo Milkshake: A Gut Check Dramatization
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    Finishing an Entire Baskin Robbins Chocolate Oreo Milkshake: A Gut Check Dramatization

    published Jan 23, 2009

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  • St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 1.17-1.23

    published Jan 23, 2009

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.Patrick Horine of Local Harvest Grocery (3148 Morganford Road) and Local Harvest Café & Catering (3137 Morganford Road) left a comment in la... More >>

  • The Dish: The Baskin Robbins Chocolate Oreo Milkshake, the Worst Food in America
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    The Dish: The Baskin Robbins Chocolate Oreo Milkshake, the "Worst Food" in America

    published Jan 23, 2009

    Men's Health magazine has released its annual "Worst Foods" list. Scoring the top spot as the absolute worst food in the country? A large Chocolate Oreo Shake from Baskin Robbins. This bad boy has 2,... More >>

  • The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.23

    published Jan 23, 2009

    The salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter reveals the complexity of the modern food system. (New York Times)The Obama administration puts the breaks on the USDA's new country-of-origin labeling.... More >>

  • The Dish: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
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    The Dish: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

    published Jan 22, 2009

    I still haven't completely recovered from the closing of Big V's Burger Joint. While Five Guys Burgers and Fries might not fill all of the gap in my heart, I think it will accelerate the healing proce... More >>

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