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  • Film

    March 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    This Looks Familiar: 5 Commercials Weber Chevrolet Should Rip Off Next

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Fast Food Strike Expands to East St. Louis

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    St. Louis Fast-Food Workers Protest for Better Pay, Right to Organize

    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."

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    No Reservations: Gut Check's Valentine's Day Fast-Food Experiment

    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 >>

  • News

    January 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Meet Your 2013 RFT Web Awards Judges

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Toward A Taxonomy Of '90s Pop Songs You Kind Of Remember

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    The Future of Monarch: Gut Check Suggests and Speculates

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Write a Kate Upton and Hardee's Haiku, Win a Kate Upton Poster and Hardee's Gift Certificate!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Dine Out at These Local Restaurants -- Help Joplin [Updated]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Send Out the Clowns? 10 Potential Replacements for Ronald McDonald

    Image via​This 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Win a Box of Spudmaster Colossal Chips!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Church's Southern-Style Chicken Sandwich

    ​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's heaven! Of course, that's the idealized v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Man Throws Dead Squirrel Through Hardee's Window, Orders 'Extra Nuts'

    image via​Christopher 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Best of Blowback: Top 10 RFT Reader Responses

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Where to Observe Your Jewish Christmas (Places to Eat Out on Christmas Day)​Merry 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    In This Week's Issue: The U and Thickburgers

    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

  • News

    April 2, 2008
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    March 28, 2007
  • Dining

    February 14, 2007


    $1.39 (estimated)
    Arrived via media kit

  • Dining

    September 13, 2006

    Taco Bell Home Originals Taco Dinner

    Sauce 12 Shells & Seasoning

  • Dining

    July 19, 2006

    Ballpark Frank

    The lowdown on eats at the new ballyard

  • Music

    April 26, 2006

    Nuclear Pop Overthrow

    Margot & the Nuclear So and So's make a joyful noise unto the indie-rock gods

  • News

    December 28, 2005

    Unreal News Challenge 2005!

    Time again to take the year-end quiz

  • News

    September 15, 2004

    Back to Basics

    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?

  • News

    August 18, 2004

    Thinning the Canopy

    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!

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2004

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of July 28, 2004

  • News

    July 28, 2004


    Week of July 28, 2004

  • Music

    July 21, 2004

    The Great Debate

    We struggle with that most serious of questions: Roth or Hagar?

  • News

    May 5, 2004

    Patty Dukes

    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

  • News

    March 17, 2004

    Hide and Peek

    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.

  • Dining

    September 3, 2003

    The Beast With Two Buns

    St. Louis has enough fabulous burger joints to keep any carnivore happy

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2003

    Night & Day for the week of February 12-18, 2003

    Highlights of the Riverfront Times

  • News

    January 10, 2001

    See No Evil

    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.

  • News

    May 3, 2000

    Teenage Wasteland

    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.

  • News

    April 5, 2000

    Space Case

    Witnesses testify in the mystery of the Metro East UFO

  • News

    September 15, 1999

    Jerome Ruffin's Last Run

    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.

  • News

    April 7, 1999

    The Yak-Box Tapes

    One chronic caller's taped legacy of confrontations with Jim White, the KMOX late-night host who went bump -- and grump -- in the night