There are plenty of national chain restaurants in St. Louis, but go to any Midwestern city and you'll find a similar selection. Locally-based chains, however, are unique -- places we can claim as our own, and that usually end up defining (like it or not) St. Louis' culinary identity. Here's a list o ... More >>
St. Louis fast food workers braved the cold Thursday to join a 100-city strike, protesting outside McDonalds, Arby's, Domino's Pizza and Rally's for higher wages and the right to unionize.
When you hear Wendy's, you don't exactly think basketball. But two NBA players are aiming to revive the fast-food chain in St. Louis. Junior Bridgeman, a retired player for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Chauncey Billups, who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons, now own all 29 Wendy's restaurants in ... More >>
Is Gut Check getting soft? When we heard the Arby's Hungry for Happiness Tour Coming was coming to town August 14 and 15, our first instinct was to jeer. Ohh, how nice of the fast-food giant to travel the country peddling its wares to hungry, impressionable kids? The entire spectacle reeked of self- ... More >>
St. Louis fast-food workers are walking off the job Monday, July 29, in a 24-hour strike to protest low wages. Headed by STL735 ("Can't survive on $7.35"), around 100 workers from McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, White Castle, Jimmy John's, Papa Johns, Arby's and more are expected to strike this af ... More >>
Rasheen Aldridge had just finished working the lunch rush at the Jimmy John's in Soulard when he says his manager handed him a hand-written sign and asked that he hold it while he snapped a photo. The sign's message? "I made three wrong sandwiches."
- Last month Gut Check heard from readers -- and saw for ourselves -- that the relatively new Middle-Eastern restaurant Sultan Palace Bakery and Cafe (4144 South Grand Boulevard; 314-875-9653). Calls to the restaurant led to a full voice-mailbox. Now we've heard from at least one reader that the re ... More >>
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 ... More >>
Update: St. Louis resident William Gallagher, eighteen, has been charged in the hit-and-run crash this week that killed 87-year-old Virginia Bedrosian. Our original coverage is below. A probable cause statement form the circuit attorney's office says that Gallagher is facing charges of second-degr ... More >>
St. Louis Pho (3863 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-4041) is closed temporarily, according to a sign on its front door. The sign indicates that the Vietnamese restaurant will reopen on Monday, April 15, under new management. St. Louis Pho's phone number remains connected but went unanswered when I ca ... More >>
The Lent season gives rise to a great St. Louis tradition, the Fish Fry. But local church parishes aren't the only folks in on the fish. At least since 1962, when McDonald's debuted the Filet-O-Fish, fast-food restaurants have offered Lent-friendly options for patrons. Gut Check figured we'd run do ... More >>
It's Valentine's Day, and love is in the air. But also burgers. Love and burgers. And fries. And does Gut Check detect a hint of waffle? We do! This Valentine's Day, both White Castle and Waffle House are capitalizing on the romantic holiday by offering a (comparatively) upscale couple's dining exp ... More >>
Looks like a very short life for Noodle House (3924 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-5197). The Vietnamese restaurant opened in late June of last year in a former Arby's restaurant along South Grand in Dutchtown. Driving past it this week, I spotted a For Lease sign posted outside the restaurant. Peer ... More >>
Have you noticed the latest ad campaign from Arby's? It features a "legendary detective" trumpeting the fact that Arby's doesn't get its meat from a "factory," as Subway does, but slices it fresh in the restaurant. In one of these ads, this detective even tries to give a meat slicer to a Subway emp ... More >>
Gut Check told you in early April about Noodle House, a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant opening in the former Arby's building at 3924 South Grand Boulevard, just south of Chippewa Street -- and not far at all from another new Vietnamese joint, St. Louis Pho Restaurant (3863 South Grand Boulevard; ... More >>
Gut Check can attest from our personal experience that meat slicers are bloodthirsty machines not to be trifled with. (Next time you see us in public, ask to see the scar from our close encounter with a representative of the species in an Ocean City, Maryland, deli circa 1997.) So we weren't at all ... More >>
Today is tax day. Normally it's April 15, but because it fell on a Sunday this year, Americans have an additional two days to get their shit together. If you're responsible and not scrambling a la the people of Springfield, then you have one more reason to be happy today: As usual, in honor of tax d ... More >>
Signs have appeared in the shuttered Arby's location at 3924 South Grand Boulevard advertising Noodle House, serving Vietnamese and Chinese food. Not much more to report on this venture. According to the Missouri Secretary of State's office, one Minh The Hoang registered Noodle House in February of ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>
aldenteblog.comYou want fries with that Burger King beer? Taking lead from a handful of Whopper Bars -- Burger King restaurants that serve beer -- and a few Seattle Starbucks outlets that have started serving beer and wine in the evenings, Sonic's jumping on the fast food booze bandwagon. Two ... More >>
Albert SamahaOnly in St. Charles! Devon Alexander hopes for redemption this Saturday in his fight against the heavy-handed Argentinian, Lucas Matthysse.Don King is the kind of man who makes the room more exciting just by being there. King stood on the floor of the Family Arena in St. Charle ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsTime to steal the doughnuts.Three not-too-bright robbers in Hyannis, Massachusetts, attempted to rob a Dunkin' Donuts last week. They demanded a paper bag an employee was carrying in her purse and ran. Because so many paper bags at Dunkin' Donuts are filled with cash instea ... More >>
The world is full of dynamic duos. Bonnie and Clyde. Beavis and Butt-Head. Bill and Hillary. But no other pairing is more near and dear to the American psyche than perhaps those two lovebirds and objects of gastronomic affection: burgers and fries. Whether rich and drunk or poor and hungry, ... More >>
Ah, Corporate America. Once again you've taken something good and pure, created by the people, and turned it into a bland advertisement for bad food. Last week a well-choreographed flash mob infested Times Square to do a "spontaneous" dance routine to an Arby's commercial broadcast on a giant scre ... More >>
Earlier in October, the Incurables had the opportunity to open several Midwest dates for Alejandro Escovedo. Guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Griffin agreed to keep a tour diary for A to Z. Here's the first installment. All photos are from the Bloomington, Indiana, show. Stay tuned to A to Z for more recaps ... More >>
Online food allergy testing for children isn't effective. The Daily Mail published a report on how British parents, impatient with doctors not recognizing their childrens' allergy symptoms, are often turning to alternative medical tests sold online. The results? Not good. Hundreds of thousands of ki ... More >>
Powered by pizza. The New York Daily News brings us Matt McClellan, a Florida pizzeria owner who's biking his way up the east coast, eating nothing but pizza along the way to prove its health benefits. What kind of peach is that? Why don't we know? The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the history ... More >>
This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Jennifer Pensoneau of JFires' Market Bistro. Part two will be published tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Pensoneau, will be posted the following day. Robin Wheeler"Every single person I knew growing up in Prairie du Rocher - ... More >>
Week of December 14, 2006
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Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. has a knack for making money without risking his own. Meet the guy who wants you to cough up $250 million for a new stadium.
One development at a time, Missouri has lost 87 percent of its wetlands. And that means more floods, more damage, more levees, more bucks. The story of one Supercenter and how progress comes at a price.