Sure, a salad or a bowl of pasta topped with made-from-scratch diavolo sauce and tons of fresh veggies sounds wholesome and healthy and all -- but doesn't it sound even better when the meal comes accompanied by bite-size, deep-fried arancini? At brand-new Italian fast-casual concept Cini (374 South ... More >>
Cini, a new fast-casual Italian concept from the owners of Il Bel Lago (11631 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-994-1080) and the local franchisees of Buffalo Wild Wings opened this morning at 374 South Grand Boulevard. Cini is short for arancini, the classic Italian street food of fried rice balls ... More >>
For Gut Check there's no better way to say "Season's Eatings" than with restaurant specials and deals. Much is made about overeating and weight gain during the holiday season, but really you'd be a fool not to eat free food when it's shoveled at you in the form of restaurant gift cards, BOGO special ... More >>
Disclosure: I like both No Doubt and football, and after I used Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" to make a 90s-pop-related point I couldn't stop listening to it. I think this puts me in a unique position to say that the NFL's continued attempts to attract a non-traditional audience by tossing female po ... More >>
Usually, when Gut Check mentions chain restaurants, no matter the context, at least one of you, dear readers, helpfully points out that "OMG CHAINS ARE TEH SUCK, JUST GO LIVE IN THE COUNTY IF YOU LOVE CHAINS SO MUCH." Or something like that. Consumer Reports' survey (via Eater) of 47,565 diners s ... More >>
At last, Gut Check closes the books on 2011 with our annual roundup of all the year's openings and closings and relocations. Of course, we say "at last" knowing that, in spite of our best efforts, we likely missed more than a few restaurant debuts and departures. Please let us know in the comments!
Mabel SuenOctober was a crazy month in St. Louis. While the activity in the restaurant scene paled in comparison to what happened at Busch Stadium, this was still one of the busiest stretches of restaurant openings that I've experienced over the past few years.Notable openings included Baileys' R ... More >>
Image viaA scene from a wing-eating contest at last year's Midwest Wingfest.This holiday weekend, the second annual Midwest Wingfest takes place in Fairview Heights, Illinois, on Saturday, September 3, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m, providing a way to honor U.S. veterans while dining supreme. The ev ... More >>
Just last week, Gut Check noted that our appetite for chicken wings seems insatiable. Now you have a chance to turn your love of wings into a way to support UCP Heartland in its mission to provide programs, services and support to individuals with disabilities.On Thursday, August 25, UCP Heartlan ... More >>
Buffalo Wild Wings is building a new location at the southwest corner of the intersection of Hanley Road and Strassner Drive, directly across Strassner from TwinOak Wood-Fired Fare. Construction on the exterior of the building looks to be fairly far along. There are, by my count, eleven Buffalo W ... More >>
Ettie BernekingRFT staffer Mark Madonna suffers through a ghost pepper wing.Disappointed with our writer's Pearl Cafe spice challenge defeat, Gut Check decided it was time to turn up the heat: The same no-pay writer should try the much-hotter ghost-pepper-wing challenge at Market Pub House (6 ... More >>
Image viaMark Madonna, not sweating after finishing off a Level 25 dish.Gut Check International HQ sacrificed another RFT employee to the Pearl Cafe (8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-831-3701) spice challenge on Saturday. Mark Madonna, a senior classified account executive, st ... More >>
Kholood EidOysters Bienville: Feeling randy yet?The night began auspiciously, with the Cure's "Friday I'm in Love" on the car radio. How better to set out for a Dinner and a Movie that commenced with shellfish at the Broadway Oyster Bar and move on to a screening of Love and Other Drugs, star ... More >>
www.arcadegamesuperstore.comIt's Monday afternoon, and Thor Fox is stationed at Buffalo Wild Wings on Olive, indulging in his favorite hobby: Big Buck Hunter. You can find Big Buck Hunter tournaments tonight at Hair of the Dog. The Big Buck Girls (as seen in the game!) will be on hand, chee ... More >>
Deli meat used in Walmart sandwiches recalled for possible listeria contamination. Food Safety News reports that Zemco from Buffalo, New York, has recalled over 380,000 pounds of meat. None of the meat was sold as retail product; it was all used for Walmart's Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches. Par ... More >>
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