George Weber was sick of the typical car commercial, where the owner of a dealership screams about the cheapest model on the lot. "Car commercials do so much yelling at you," says Weber, owner of George Weber Chevrolet. "I don't think people are listening to ads with a notepad writing things down. ... 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 >>
Rasheen Aldridge had just finished working the lunch rush at the Jimmy John's in Soulard when he says his manager handed him a hand-written sign and asked that he hold it while he snapped a photo. The sign's message? "I made three wrong sandwiches."
It's Valentine's Day, and love is in the air. But also burgers. Love and burgers. And fries. And does Gut Check detect a hint of waffle? We do! This Valentine's Day, both White Castle and Waffle House are capitalizing on the romantic holiday by offering a (comparatively) upscale couple's dining exp ... More >>
"Nothing demonstrates what a critical asshole I am more than judging the RFT Web Awards." -- Anonymous So said one of our esteemed judges during a marathon session this week to determine this year's RFT Web Awards winner and finalists. It's true. Our judges are a discerning bunch for good reason. A ... More >>
I should begin here: During the actual '90s, I was much too busy listening to Japanese videogame soundtracks (educate yourself) to actually enjoy '90s pop music. My first-hand memories of most of it are hearing it in a car, at a skating rink, on somebody else's Discman, and shaking my head in lonely ... More >>
As you likely know by now, Monarch closed after service this past Saturday, March 10. The closure leaves a hole in the dining scene and one of our most talented chefs without a professional kitchen to call his own. It also means a large piece of property in the heart of Maplewood stands empty. Mona ... More >>
We told you last month how model Kate Upton is the latest female celebrity to get all hot 'n' heavy with a Hardee's burger. Now the fine folks at CKE Restaurants, Inc., the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., have sent us a poster of Kate posing with the chain's new Southwest Patty Melt Thick ... More >>
Sweet TomatoesSalad bar Sweet Tomatoes is just one local eatery donating to the Joplin tornado victims. Update: Another restaurant is the latest in the string of eateries to donate to the Joplin relief effort. This time, area Culver's (4140 Rusty Road, South St. Louis County; 314-845-0964 or ... More >>
Image viaThis week, a letter signed by some 550 health professionals appeared in several major newspapers, urging McDonald's to drop Ronald McDonald as its mascot.McDonald's response? Hell, no.Still, like any successful Fortune 500 company, McDonald's has a contingency plan should circumstances f ... More >>
Last week, Ian tried out a box of the new and improved Spudmaster Colossal Chips. Anxious to try them yourself? You can take home your own box of Spudmasters (as well as a Hardee's Opening Day shirt and a pair of RFT sunglasses). All you have to do is tell us the name of the chip company's ... 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 >>
image viaChristopher Thompson, a 26-year-old from Pekin, Illinois, appears to have gone, well, a little nuts. (That's a sleeper pun, just so you know. You'll laugh later.)Last Friday, a friend put a squirrel carcass on the dashboard of Thompson's car as a joke. Like any normal person would, he de ... More >>
This one's for you, dear readers. In honor of this year's Best of St. Louis issue, which hits the street today (woohoo!), we at RFT wanted to honor a different kind of "best" -- the best contributions from you, our readers. In the last year, your comments have made us laugh. They've made us cry ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/mnicolemMerry Christmas from Gut Check! We'll return Monday to wrap up the Year-End Bonanza. In the meantime, Aimee Levitt suggests which restaurants to visit on Christmas itself. -- IanOf all Jewish holidays, Christmas is one of the most pleasant. It's a day free of the pressur ... More >>
My review of The U is now available online. Click here to read. Also in this week's issue: Malcolm ponders death and the Hardee's Thickburger. - Ian Froeb
Bow to your sensei.
Arrived via media kit
Sauce 12 Shells & Seasoning
The lowdown on eats at the new ballyard
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's make a joyful noise unto the indie-rock gods
Time again to take the year-end quiz
Unreal offers tips to the youngsters, learns about the much-desired Dodge Neon and breaks down the real cost of a Thickburger; plus, did Roosevelt High School take the name of Baton Bob in vain?
We learn how to woo the "creative class" (and get rid of the undesirables) and offer you a fun name-change quiz; plus, Unreal shares a hotel room with Jerry Lewis!
Week of July 28, 2004
Week of July 28, 2004
We struggle with that most serious of questions: Roth or Hagar?
Unreal steps into the Thickburger fray, gets good gossip at Pujols' fête and seeks dream interpretation -- and hey, keep your dirty pictures away from Ameren UE
There's a new Mr. Missouri Leather! Plus: counterfeit-proof White Castle gift certificates; talking crab rangoon with novelist Lynn Messina; and a disturbing SAT flashback.
St. Louis has enough fabulous burger joints to keep any carnivore happy
Highlights of the Riverfront Times
Denise Wolff was gunned down in front of her home in a quiet South St. Louis neighborhood. Police thought they had the killer until their star witness wrecked the case.
They have run away from home or been kicked out, and there are about 5,500 of them in the St. Louis area. They're homeless teens -- too old for foster care, too young to live on their own.
Witnesses testify in the mystery of the Metro East UFO
At 22, Jerome Maurice Ruffin had four children and no job, and the police were after him again. Then a cop shot and killed him in an alley. Witnesses, family and friends want to know why. The cops aren't talking.
One chronic caller's taped legacy of confrontations with Jim White, the KMOX late-night host who went bump -- and grump -- in the night