The mysterious dispute that pitted the partners behind the beloved barbecue joint Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340) against one another ended today. George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine broke the news this morning: Mike Emerson (the public face of Pappy's) and John Matthews have boug ... More >>
Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2013 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>
Image viaDid you know that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans eat roughly 818 hot dogs per second? That's what the Hot Dog and Sausage Council tells the New York Times. We're a nation of Joey "Jaws" Chestnuts!This weekend, of course, marks the unofficial end of summer and, with it, the ... More >>
Robin WheelerBarbecue competitors set up for Eckert's DadFest.Eckert's (951 South Green Mount Road, Belleville, Illinois; 618-233-0513 or www.eckerts.com) is getting an early start on Father's Day by kicking off its inaugural DadFest at 3 p.m. today.
This morning, its barbecue competitors w ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergMore accolades for pit master Mike Mills and his 17th Street Bar and Grill. His original joint in Murphysboro, Illinois (two hours southeast of St. Louis), has been named the 85th-best restaurant in the U.S. on The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants list. 17th Street tied w ... More >>
Pappy's Smokehouse (2008)The most annoying food comment we have to make to out-of-towners: "Yes, St. Louis has its own style of pizza." The runner-up? "No, St. Louis doesn't have its own style of barbecue." But now we do have Pappy's Smokehouse, whose meteoric rise from slightly hidden midtown ba ... More >>
The Shaved Duck2900 Virginia Avenue314-776-1407; websiteI'm Late for a Very Important DateMy husband and I were late to Dinner Club. We knew that we were dealing with adults, but still we worried about the other members fending for themselves. Would chaos ensue? Sadly -- for our egos -- we were ... More >>
Hedwig von Ebbel, Wikimedia CommonsAs I waddled back to my car last night after the latest Dorm Room dinner at Lafayette Square's 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar, the evening air thick with woodsmoke from the grill where Marc Baltes was braising pork shoulder for the next seating, I wondered which ... More >>
A loyal reader -- OK, my wife -- showed me this incredible video in which the variations of Southern barbecue are set to (catchy!) music. Aside from the horrid-sounding sauce from Alabama, it's a keeper.
This week I visit Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que, the new joint in the rehabbed Tudor Building in Downtown West. The only good thing about being from a place without an iron-clad barbecue tradition to call its own -- two places, in my case: St. Louis is my home now, and I was born and raised in Baltimore, ... More >>
bnd.comAndrew SchneiderThank God for morons. Without them we wouldn't be able to share stories like this one from over in Waterloo, Illinois. Police say Tuesday night Andrew J. Schneider, 29, and Trent J. Gilliam, 35, drove a truck onto the lawn of the Monroe County Courthouse and hooked it up to an ... More >>
www.pappyssmokehouse.com Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; Web site) celebrates its first birthday tomorrow, and the Midtown barbecue joint is throwing one heckuva party: Owner Mike Emerson informs me that right now two whole hogs are on the smoker, slowly transforming into what more than a few ... More >>
As you know, I'm an avowed (though not thoughtless!) carnivore. However, let no one accuse me of not giving the other side a voice. Suicide Food is a blog dedicated to exposing and critiquing food labeling (mostly barbecue logos) in which animals encourage the fact that they are about to be consum ... More >>