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Full Service Restaurants

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    It's Not Delivery, It's Plastic Fragments: DiGiorno, California Pizza Kitchen Pizzas Recalled

    Gut Check was just talking to ourselves the other day: "Self," we said, "it's been a while since we reported on any foods being recalled because of plastic contamination." So we ambled on over (virtually speaking) to the FDA's recall, withdrawal and safety alert website and, lo and behold!, there's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    21 Holiday Food and Restaurant Specials, Deals and Freebies

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    10 Veterans Day Food Freebies and Specials Happening Today

    Yep, yesterday was Veterans Day. Many restaurants offered food freebies and specials to celebrate this national holiday, and a few are today, too. Members of the military can score a meal special at these ten restaurants by brandishing any of the following forms of ID: Active, former or retired mil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    T.G.I. Friday's Inevitably Ruins Korean Tacos for the Rest of Us

    If you have yet to try the bulgogi tacos from the food truck Seoul Taco (@SeoulTaco; 314-517-8916), you'd better hurry. The Man is about to co-opt the Korean-Mexican mashup trend. And by the Man, Gut Check of course means T.G.I. Friday's.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Five Suggestions to Help a Struggling Olive Garden

    sogoodblog.comShould this be the new face of Olive Garden?​This week, the Wall Street Journal reported some downer news regarding Olive Garden's business woes. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, has expressed a dismal prediction of Olive Garden's sales continuing to plummet for the u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    1,050-Calorie "Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo"? Michelle Obama Says Yes, We Can!

    ​Gut Check ain't exactly nostalgic for the good ol' days of the George W. Bush administration. Still, a phrase that Dubya once used has stuck with us over the years: "the soft bigotry of low expectations." He was talking about education, but you can apply it to all sorts of things.Like, say, the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    The Olive Garden's Tuscan Cooking "School" Is Real -- And So Is This Review

    ​Credit Eater with digging up this gem, a Reddit Q & A with an ex-manager at the Olive Garden. In it, the ex-manager reveals that there truly is an Olive Garden Culinary Institute of Tuscany, the existence of which has been the target of  much disbelief and derision.If you have a very gen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    America's Fifteen Favorite Casual-Dining Chain Restaurants

    Image via​You know what Gut Check loves more than anything else?Chain restaurants.OK, that's a blatant lie. But Americans do love chain restaurants, otherwise the damn things wouldn't sprout in every shopping mall, strip mall and big-box-store parking lot like mushrooms after a hard spring rain.In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Babbo's Spaghetteria Now Open in Chesterfield

    Ian FroebSpaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's Spaghetteria​No, Mario Batali hasn't taken up residence in the Valley. (He strikes me as more of a south city type, really.) Babbo's Spaghetteria is the new restaurant from Michael del Pietro, a companion to Sugo's Spaghetteria in Frontenac.The menu is mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    FoodWire: Ferguson Maid-Rite For Sale

    Ian Froeb​At Off the Menu, Joe Bonwich reports that the only St. Louis Maid-Rite (250 South Florissant Road) is for sale and possibly closed. Read Bonwich's story for more.I visited this Maid-Rite late last year. The photo at left is of the chain's famous (or infamous, depending on your point of v ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    The Dish: A Cheese-Rite Sandwich at Maid-Rite

    Occasionally, when I tell someone I lived in Iowa for a couple of years, I'm asked my opinion of Maid-Rite. "Don't have one," I say. "Never ate there."The reaction is similar, I imagine, to what would happen if you told someone you were from St. Louis, and they asked your opinion on T-ravs, and you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    FoodWire: New Chef at Harry's Restaurant and Bar

    St. Louis favorite Harry's Restaurant and Bar (2144 Market Street) has hired René Cruz as executive chef. Read the full press release after the jump. - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Closing: Blue Water Grill

    Restaurateur Tim Mallett has announced that Blue Water Grill (343 South Kirkwood Road) will close after service on Saturday, November 8, after nearly 20 years in business. Mallett's farewell letter, sent as part of his email newsletter, reads in part: ...we live in some very uncertain economic time ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2008

    The Boulevard at Sunset

    Eat, drink and donate

  • Dining

    May 14, 2008

    Ultimate Margarita

    T.G.I. Friday’s
    5262 South Lindbergh Boulevard
    314-849-4556

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008

    Playboy Seeks the Girls of the Olive Garden

    Yes, this is for real. Via the AV Club, the video has one instance of NSFW language. Details after the jump.

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2007

    Today's Restaurant Tidbit

    A follow-up to yesterday's tidbit from the Post-Dispatch: A reader who works in Clayton just e-mailed to tell me Best Chinese is, in fact, open now. First person to develop a unified theory of the restaurant business wins a cookie. -Ian Froeb

  • Calendar

    September 20, 2006
  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Steaks

    Tucker's Place

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Onion Rings

    Outback Steak House

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Salads

    Sweet Tomatoes

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Martinis

    Absolutli Goosed

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    April 2, 2003

    Appetizers

    T.G.I. Friday's

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    April 2, 2003

    Bloody Mary's

    The Famous Bar

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    April 2, 2003

    Pasta

    The Pasta House Co.

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    April 2, 2003

    Chinese Cuisine

    P.F. Chang's

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    April 2, 2003

    Gourmet Pizza

    California Pizza Kitchen

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    New Restaurant

    The Cheesecake Factory

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Gourmet Pizza

    California Pizza Kitchen

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    April 17, 2002

    Pasta

    The Pasta House

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Onion Rings

    Outback Steakhouse

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Appetizers

    TGI Friday's

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Salads

    Sweet Tomatoes

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Downtown Fast Food

    Curry in a Hurry

  • Dining

    May 2, 2001

    Side Dish

    Vince Bommarito of Tony's is known for his goodnatured charm. But there's one thing that makes him hopping mad.

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001
  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Steaks

    Tucker's Place

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Pasta

    Pasta House

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Gourmet Pizza

    California Pizza Kitchen

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    April 18, 2001
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    April 18, 2001

    Toasted Ravioli

    Pasta House Co.

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    April 18, 2001

    Onion Rings

    Outback Steakhouse

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    April 18, 2001

    Chicken Wings

    Culpeppers

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    April 18, 2001

    Salads

    Pasta House Co.

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    April 18, 2001

    Service

    Tony's

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Place to Take the Kids

    Chuck E. Cheese's

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    April 18, 2001

    Happy Hour

    Casa Gallardo

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Appetizers

    T.G.I. Friday's

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Dinner

    Tony's

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