Hardee's Food Systems Inc.

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Taste Test: Hardee's Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich Challenges Wendy's Premium Cod Fillet

    Last week's edition of Fight Club Sandwich pitted two fast-food chains' "premium" fish sandwiches against one another, as Wendy's Premium Cod Fillet Sandwich took on Burger King's Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich. Having declared Wendy's the victor, Gut Check figured we'd performed our fishly obligati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Your Fast-Food Lent Options Are Bountiful

    The Lent season gives rise to a great St. Louis tradition, the Fish Fry. But local church parishes aren't the only folks in on the fish. At least since 1962, when McDonald's debuted the Filet-O-Fish, fast-food restaurants have offered Lent-friendly options for patrons. Gut Check figured we'd run do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Hardee's Fish Slutburger to Arrive Just in Time for Lent

    Long known for pressing thick, squishy burgers into the hands of famous females who are neither thick nor squishy, St. Louis-based Hardee's (a.k.a. Carl's Jr.) is mixing it up a little bit for this year's Super Bowl commercial. Fret not: It's still porn-y.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    5 More St. Louis Drive-Thru Restaurant Crimes (Drunk Lady at Hardee's Not Included)

    Yesterday Gut Check's sister blog Daily RFT reported that a drunk lady passed out in the drive-thru line at a Hardee's just across the Mississippi River in Godfrey, Illinois. The incident began on Saturday, November 24, at 9:57 p.m. when the Madison County Sheriff's Office was called to respond to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Hardee's Bacon Will No Longer Come From Super Sad Pigs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Reminder: Vote for St. Louis' Most Overrated Burger, Draw a Spider-Man Comic

    Voting continues until the end of the day Sunday in the first round of our poll for St. Louis' most overrated burger. As of this writing, there is a clear favorite for the, um, honor. But will it be the runaway winner once we narrow the field to three? And which two burgers will join it? Please vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Enter Gut Check's "Drawing" to Win an Awesome Spider-Man Prize Pack from Hardee's

    The Amazing Spider-Man -- this summer's comic-book movie spectacular that isn't The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises -- opens on July 3. That means the Spider-Man promotional machine is kicking into high gear. Locally, the Hardee's at 2110 Hampton Avenue will host a Spider-Man event from 2-4 p.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Carl's Jr., the Hardee's of the West Coast, Test Markets Ice Cream "Brrrger"

    Questionable dessert interpretations of the burger aren't new. Japanese company Happy Kitchen sells a candy hamburger kit to meet the high demand of making fast-food-inspired confections at home, while stateside sweets seller Efrutti produces weirdly adorable novelty gummy candy mini-hamburgers, hot ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 3, 2012
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    March 14, 2012

    Your Kate Upton & Hardee's Haiku Winner...

    Our call for Kate Upton & Hardee's haikus brought several worthy contenders. Only one could be crowned champion. First, though, the honorable mentions... Amveats: Kate, see this hot meat Pink slime, your patty melts, girl This ain't burger king. Douche_McGee: Both of them have buns But only a T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Kate Upton Deep-Throats Burger for Hardee's

    Congratulations, Kate Upton! Your journey from viral-video sensation to household name has reached its peak! No, not the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Truth is, no one cares about the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue except the three straight teenage boys who have yet to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    The Five Best Hardee's Commercials

    ​Over the weekend, CKE Restaurants announced that Hardee's and Carl's Jr would be leaving David and Goliath, the agency responsible for the Miss Turkey campaign for its new turkey burgers, in favor of the agency 72andSunny. In a prepared statement, Brad Haley of CKE stated: "They are a great g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Hardee's New Steakhouse Thickburger: Gut Check Investigates

    Gut Check likes to eat. So when we heard about the new "steakhouse" burger at Hardee's, we jumped at the chance for an excuse to consume. Unlike those other fast-food hamburger joints where a pile of thin beef patties passes for a real burger, the new Thickburgers are honest-to-goodness thick. We' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Don't Fear the Hardee's Robot

    While some robots are plotting world domination by pandering to the human weakness for breakfast foods, others are having trouble understanding how food works. As Hardee's unveils its new hand-breaded chicken sandwich, it introduces a robot with an eating disorder. Seems the poor thing doesn't hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Subway and Avocados and Green Lantern? Movie and Product Tie-ins We'd Rather See

    Hey, the Green Lantern's green! And so are avocados! Do you smell a marketing tie-in? And how many Subways will we spot in the movie?​While not watching television the other day, Gut Check looked up in time to catch a glimpse of the new Subway commercial that gets all hot 'n' bothered about av ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    What's Worth More: Food or Cash?

    Wikimedia CommonsTime to steal the doughnuts.​Three not-too-bright robbers in Hyannis, Massachusetts, attempted to rob a Dunkin' Donuts last week. They demanded a paper bag an employee was carrying in her purse and ran. Because so many paper bags at Dunkin' Donuts are filled with cash instea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Eat at Hardee's -- Help Joplin

    Hardee'sEat this at Hardee's to help the victims of the Joplin tornado. ​ If you're searching for ways to donate to disaster relief efforts following the deadly tornado that ripped through Joplin on May 22, Hardee's has a couple of options -- and one involves biscuits. On Thursday, June 2, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Hardee's Sings a New Anthem with the Same Message in New Ads

    Hardee's/Carl's Jr.​ Brace yourself - Hardee's is getting hardcore with their new ad campaign. No, they're not going to air XXX girl-on-girl ads. Because that's only a slight change. Instead, they're offering a new campaign titled, "Anthem", featuring the tag line, "Just the way it is". In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Hardee's New "Healthy" Campaign is One Jive Turkey

    Oh, fast food. You evil mistress. We go to you when we're feeling weak or in need of comfort. Yes, it's you we eat when we eat our feelings. We all feel guilty about it, but we all secretly love you. Now Hardee's wants to help us bypass (ha!) that guilt by offering healthier, lower-calorie options ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    [Updated]Turkey Burger Not Always the Healthy Choice When It's Loaded With Salmonella

    Hardee's/Carl's Jr.​ Updated Tuesday, April 5 Today the St. Louis City Department of Health issued a warning about the recalled Jennie-O Turkey Burgers as a precaution. In an email to Gut Check, Harold L. Bailey, Jr., Public Information Officer for the St. Louis City Department of Health sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Contest! Win a Hardee's Official Opening Day Party Zone Shirt and a Pair of RFT Sunglasses! [Updated With Winners!]

    Chrissy WilmesSpecial thanks to our model, Calendar Editor Paul​In case you didn't know, the Cardinals' opening day is sort of a big deal. Folks skip work, camp out for tickets and tailgate a whole lot harder than usual. This year, aside from the smaller celebrations taking place all over St ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Egyptian Hardee's Close Due to Revolution, Not Snow

    image viaHardee's in Cairo.​Another reason to be glad you're in St. Louis today instead of Cairo: Even though there's sleet and snow, you can still go to Hardee's, which remains open, even when other stalwarts like the Courtesy Diner have closed, and warm yourself up with a Thickburger. The B ... More >>

  • News

    July 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Get a Doublicious In Exchange for Your Vuvuzela (and Other Ridiculous Fast Food Fad Swap Ideas)

    Image via​It's been just over a week since Spain took the World Cup, and the rattling buzz of the vuvuzela is finally fading to a mild case of tinnitus. No one ever wants to hear that sound again. So what to do with your now-useless horn? KFC wants it. Send your used vuvuzela to KFC's corporate h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​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: If you haven't yet, the NYT article on "The End of Tuna" is a must-read: Shout for Gioia's! Deli Celebrates 92nd Birthday with Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Kids Going Hungry in Missouri? Let Them Eat Hardee's 2/3 Pound Monster Thickburgers!

    Just in time for the Fourth of July, presents "50 Fattiest Foods in the States," which we quickly bookmarked for our next road trip. Representing Missouri: Hardee's 2/3 Pound Monster Thickburger, which weighs in at "[a] mind-blowing 95 grams of fat and 36 grams of saturated fat -- more th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work Takes on New Meaning at Hardee's

    The Hardee's logo of our youth.​St. Louis-based fast-food chain Hardee's announced yesterday a new menu item -- hand-breaded chicken tenders -- and while we'll let Ian determine whether the new dish is worth your money, you can be sure the new commercial is annoyingly quotable. (See video belo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Pulled Pork and Win an Illuminating Prize [Updated with Clues Winner!]

    Ian Froeb​It's a pulled-pork sandwich, sauce on the side. Where did I eat it? First correct answer wins a nifty little Coca-Cola keychain bottle opener-slash-flashlight, courtesy of Hardee's parent corp CKE Restaurants.Please leave a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS with your guess. Three guesses per email add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    ​This week was all about drive-through dining. While Hardee's added some extra protein to its biscuits & gravy and Burger King announced a brunch menu is in the works, Dunkin' Donuts is now going to sell its swill in Russia. All this just as the KFC Doub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Burger King Experimenting with "Brunch" Menu, Including...Whoppers?

    The Whopper, in its natural habitat​When Hardee's introduced a 1,000-calorie version of its biscuits and gravy with sausage and egg, it wasn't that shocking. That's what Hardee's does. When KFC announced its fried-chicken-as-bun Double Down sandwich, we all gasped in shock, but the result was oddl ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    2009 in Review: March

    ​​The world as Gut Check knew it ended in March when we launched our Twitter account. Really, things have never been the same around these parts. The rest of the month after the jump.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Midwest Millionaires Get Busch!

    Simon & SchusterIn case you missed it -- and Lord knows why you would -- Mark Ebner's literary masterpiece, Six Degrees of Paris Hilton: Inside the Sex Tapes, Scandals, and Shakedowns of the New Hollywood, which came out last February, reports on the life and times of gangster Darnell Riley and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    How 'Bout That New Hardee's Commercial? You Know, The One With Padma Lakshmi?

    March Madness has taken on Super Bowl status in recent years with advertisers debuting dozens of new commercials during the tourney. This year, one of those ads has received a lot more attention than others -- at least among the folks I've watched the games with over the past two weeks. I'm talking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    The Dish: Hardee's Western Thickburger

    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 >>

  • Dining

    August 27, 2008

    Drink of the Week: Tennent's of Scotland

    Highlander Bar and Grill
    5656 Oakland Avenue

  • Dining

    July 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.24

    Wilbur Hardee, founder of Hardee's, has died. (AP) Some of the fun ways salmonella can end up in your tomatoes and other produce. (AP) Finally, an eating contest Gut Check can support: The nettle-eating championships. ( -Ian Froeb

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 18, 2007

    Gut Check Thing of the Year Nominee: Aaron Proctor

    As part of our year-end celebration, Gut Check is highlighting the people, places and things that have made the blog's first year (well, seven months, actually, but who's counting?) so much fun. There are five nominees for the inaugural Gut Check Thing of the Year award. I'll announce the winner on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007

    Daily Web Crawl

    Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE Hardee's makes an offer Gut Check can't refuse. Calling all local mlogs (er… music blogs)! A to Z wants your link. The Phoenix revisits another eerie local murder mystery. Here's someone else who disdains TV news. An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007

    Hardee's Offers Something to Tide You Over Until Your Lunchtime Thickburger

    Hey, look! It's Hardee's new Country Breakfast Burrito! (AP) What is it? Glad you asked. It's two egg omelets filled with bacon, sausage, diced ham, cheddar cheese, hash browns and sausage gravy, all wrapped inside a flour tortilla. The burrito contains 920 calorie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9/27

    The fact that the Morning Brew is late today has absolutely nothing to do with yesterday's release of the Best of St. Louis 2007 and any drinks that may have been consumed in celebration and/or relief thereof. Whole Foods has announced that the Wild Oats in Ladue will close ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    Teachers Don't Like 'Em Flat

    Who among us has not harbored the occasional romantic and/or sexual yearning for a teacher? Teachers have power. Power is sexy. More to the point, some teachers are attractive -- hot, even. They didn't include that red-pepper rating on for nothing. This is not to say that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    Teachers Don't Like 'Em Flat

    From the files of STLog: Who among us has not harbored the occasional romantic and/or sexual yearning for a teacher? Teachers have power. Power is sexy. More to the point, some teachers are attractive -- hot, even. They didn't include that red-pepper rating on for nothing. T ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2005


    Unreal kicks it with a 64-year-old college student, attends a Jell-O-shot-fueled party at the Tri-City Speedway and peruses a local mom's Blog o' the Week; plus, why eat a Thickburger when you can have Butter on a Stick?

  • Music

    November 24, 2004

    Thanksgiving Buffet

    Radar Station serves up some between-turkey bites

  • Calendar

    May 28, 2003
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