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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Image viaYou 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 >>
Ian FroebSpaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's SpaghetteriaNo, 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 >>
Ian FroebAt 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 >>
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 >>
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
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 >>
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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
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Vince Bommarito of Tony's is known for his goodnatured charm. But there's one thing that makes him hopping mad.
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