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!
Ian FroebSouth Grand Gyro Express returned after an eight-month hiatus.February was a very busy one for restaurants in St. Louis. Not only were there numerous openings, including at long last 1904 Steak House, the revision of the former Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse at River City Casino, but a few resta ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThe El Pollo Loco in south St. Louis County has closed.Following up on a post on the Post Dispatch's "Eat at Joe's" message board, Gut Check can confirm that the only St. Louis area location of the fast-food chain El Pollo Loco (4103 South Lemay Ferry Road, South St. Louis Coun ... More >>
September is a very special month here not only at Gut Check International Headquarters but at the RFT as a whole: We release our annual Best of St. Louis issue. Check out our winners in the Restaurants and Food & Drink categories. The rest of the month, after the jump.
It was the month of Kristen! My colleague Kristen Hinman won three prestigious journalism awards for her stellar feature about Missouri hog farmer Russ Kremer, "The Pope of Pork": a James Beard Foundation award, an Associaton of Alternative Newsweeklies award and an Association of Food Journal ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergMy review of El Pollo Loco is now online. The first St. Louis outpost of the fast-food chain founded in Guasave, Mexico, is located at 4103 Lemay Ferry Road. You can find the menu and more at its website. No slideshow this week. For those who still haven't read my take on Marc ... More >>
User "Sdbradley86," Wikimedia Commons Emphatically not the St. Louis locationThis week, for a change of pace, I visit a fast-food restaurant. But not just any fast-food joint. No, it's El Pollo Loco, which was founded in Mexico. A sneak peek at my review after the jump.
Robin WheelerThis week, Gut Check was obsessed with totally awesome -- or, at least, totally memorable -- commercials for stuff we have no interest whatsoever in eating.Why? I don't know. A passing fancy, probably.Or maybe we've been watching too much TV lately.As always, it was a busy week around t ... More >>
Courtesy El Pollo LocoThe first St. Louis location of El Pollo Loco will open Monday, May 18, at 4103 Lemay Ferry Road. From the press release:Founded in Guasave, Mexico, in 1975, El Pollo Loco, pronounced "L Po-yo Lo-co" and Spanish for "The Crazy Chicken," opened its first U.S. restaurant in 1980 ... More >>
Yesterday, just minutes after an eagle-eyed reader passed along an online job listing for the first St. Louis location of the grilled-chicken chain El Pollo Loco, Joe Bonwich posted news of its location, 4103 Lemay Ferry Road. Look for an April opening.Unfamiliar with El Pollo Loco? From the company ... More >>
Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.
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