Back in September, Riverfront Times published a feature story titled, "The (Extremely) Long (and Sometimes Forgetful) Arm of the Law." It told the story of Cornealious Michael Anderson, or Mike as he's known to friends and family. Anderson was convicted in 2000 of armed robbery and sentenced to thir ... More >>
St. Charles, rejoice: Mike Johnson's Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Suite 114, Olivette; 314-997-2301) is coming your way in just a few short months. It's one of the best barbecue joints in a city that has no shortage. As first reported by George Mahe at St. Louis magazine, Sugarfire's ... More >>
Fast food workers walked off their jobs July 29 to protest low wages and the inability to unionize. This morning, the strike is extending to East St. Louis, West County and continuing downtown later this afternoon. See also: - St. Louis Fast Food Workers Walk Off the Job (Again) - St. Louis Fast-Fo ... 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 >>
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 >>
It was during a regular lunch break in January when Gut Check first heard tell of Chipotle's "secret menu." While waiting in the restaurant's service assembly line we overheard a customer ahead of us order an "adult" quesadilla. Our ears immediately perked up. When our turn to order arrived, we aske ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship I'm a sucker for the Food Network. Chopped is my jam, I have strong opinions about specific Iron Chefs, an ... More >>
There are enough reasons to feel guilty about going to Hardee's. Several of their burgers approach or cross the 1,000 calorie line. Maybe Kate Upton's boobs got you there. But now. . . er, wait, starting in 2022, Hardee's customers can rest a little easier knowing the bacon and other pork bits in t ... 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 >>
Photos by Julia GabbertEvery year, we wait until the last minute to pick out our Halloween costume, and this year was no exception. We refuse to go the all-too-easy "slutty" route (we have class!), and we're bored with Jokers and Jesuses. So we decided to go with what we know: food. Spirit ... More >>
Culpepper's added a breakfast counter service on March 28.You can add the Central West End location of Culpepper's to the list of eateries adding breakfast hours -- a trend we'd attribute to the fact that, in this still-slouching economy, everybody's trying to eek out every last cent of profit.Th ... More >>
Of all the staples on the fast-food menu, Gut Check has a special place in our plaque-clogged heart for the fried chicken sandwich. The softness of the bun yielding to the crispness of the exterior of the chicken and then the juicy meat inside...it's heaven! Of course, that's the idealized v ... More >>
Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl. Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Stuff This, Burger King: A Visit to the Wicked Lady Pub http://bit.ly/iibZzz Jimmy Fallon vs. Stephen Colbert: Battle of Ben & Jerry's Late Night I ... More >>
How about a Burger King Sprout Surprise for a quick Christmas nosh? Eater.com says that the Brits aren't thrilled with the holiday concoction, which was being sold in three U.K. cities until today. The burger features Emmentaler cheese and what looks like a fried patty of mashed Brussels sprouts. It ... More >>
Jon GitchoffSleigh Bells at the Firebird.A deafening buzz surrounded Sleigh Bells even before the duo released its debut, Treats. The hype was somewhat perplexing: While its elephant-sized crunkbeats, razor-honed guitar riffs and Alexis Krauss' slam-poet-butterfly vocals are certainly arresti ... More >>
image viaI said bundt cake, not butt cake!Remember the Halloweens of yore? The haunted house in your best friend's basement, where her overbearing dad delighted in cramming your hand into a bowl of peeled grapes while trumpeting, "Oh no! It's a bowl of eyeballs!," causing you to piss your pan ... More >>
Image viaWhy bother?On Monday, St. Louis Magazine restaurant critic Dave Lowry posted "The Locavore's Dilemma: One Critic's Take" on the magazine's food blog, Relish. The piece is a merciless and often quite funny critique of the locavore movement. The preoccupation with "local" foods is, at bes ... More >>
Good God, no! They're selling Halal food at Ground Zero! The Washington Post sensibly explains to a concerned reader why selling food that adheres to Islamic law in Lower Manhattan isn't threatening.An English professor was forcibly removed from a Manhattan Starbucks because she refused to participa ... More >>
Image viaOn Monday, Red Stripe premiered a new ad for its delicious, delicious beer. The video clip features the Red Stripe Ambassador -- shades of the Old Spice smooth-talker, perhaps? -- dancing to a Stephen Marley-produced, reggae cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's '80s synthpop hit "Rel ... More >>
This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Marilyn Scull of Ann & Allen Baking Company and Park Avenue Coffee. To read part one, click here. Part three, a recipe, will be posted soon. Robin WheelerTime to make the...gooey butter cake!Did your family cook when you were ... More >>
This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Marilyn Scull of Ann and Allen Baking Company and Park Avenue Coffee. Part two will be published tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Scull, will be posted the following day. Robin WheelerMarilyn Scull isn't where she thought s ... More >>
It's Cinco de Mayo - how many pickled jalapenos can you cram down your gullet? Eat Me Daily reports that a new world record in pickled jalapeno eating was set last weekend by some poor fool willing do down 275 of the vinegar heat bombs during double overtime. But he's a professional eater. The amat ... More >>
Foot-and-mouth disease is back. Three cows were found with the condition's mouth sores, so Japan has banned the export of beef for three months, according to Forbes. It's the first case of foot-and-mouth reported in Japan in ten years. Jack in the Box has introduced self-service kiosks. Slashfood ... More >>
Next on "Intervention" - junk food addicts. New rat research indicates that large quantities of fatty foods can be as addictive as cocaine. (Bloomberg Business Week) Good news - demand for locally-produced meat has skyrocketed. Bad news - it's happened so quickly that slaughterhouses can't keep up ... More >>
Fine dining restaurant starts serving 99 cent tacos. (The Orange County Register)World's second largest tea company on its way to being Rainforest Alliance Certified. (Reuters)A beer tour through Vietnam. (New York Times)Dumbest employees ever try to sneak large hydrocodone pills into Burg ... More >>
Fast food moratorium probably won't solve obesity problem, even as Burger King redesigns to bring people closer. (Los Angeles Times, Advertising Age)Michael Pollan's readers share their eating rules. (The New York Times)New York Times disses southern fried chicken. Civil War II commences. ... More >>
I can't believe nobody sent this to me yet: A Spongebob Squarepants version of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," as a Burger King commercial. Fabulously twisted. Incidentally, the SpongeBob mash-ups on YouTube are all shades of hilarious. How about "The Final SpongeDown"?
Today on the Daily RFT, my colleague Chad Garrison discussed the rather racy new Hardee's ad in which model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi expresses her love for Hardee's Western Thickburger. Here's the commercial, which aired many times during this past weekend's NCAA basketball action: So is the ... More >>
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