South city residents might have noticed a comically large, inflatable Italian chef -- at least 25-feet-tall, similar to a massive Christmas-themed lawn ornament -- hanging out on Gravois Avenue in early August. The cause for the overtly cartoon-ish decor? Papa Murphy's (3909 Gravois Avenue; 314-875- ... 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 >>
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 >>
Don't you just hate it when you catch a fast-food commercial on TV and you get all hot and bothered? And you think to yourself, "Man, I wanna bone that mascot so hard"? And then all your waking moments are consumed by thoughts of getting it on with some costumed clown and chowing down on burgers pos ... More >>
In a recent morning hangover-induced jaunt to Jack in the Box, Gut Check glimpsed a new menu item: the waffle breakfast sandwich. According to Jack, the sandwich is made with the chain's new country grilled sausage, a fried egg, cheese and toasted maple waffles. Our first thought: Can we get hash br ... More >>
So Gut Check just learned (via Eater) that Jack in the Box is making a big to-do about its new bacon milkshake, part of its disturbing new "Marry Bacon" ad campaign. "It's for real," proclaims the blurb on the Jack in the Box website. No shit it's for real. We've had a bacon milkshake here in St. L ... More >>
The Egg McMuffin of father-daughter momentsBy now you've likely seen the McDonald's ad in which a young woman, put on the spot by her boyfriend's impromptu declaration of his love for her over a McDonald's breakfast, tells him that he is "the Egg McMuffin of boyfriends." This then leads to th ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsTacos make you smart.A new study indicates that tacos can make you smart. Specifically, rats given cumin-spiked water learned things more quickly, and were more resistant to a drug that mimics the effects of Alzheimer's. Earlier this year, rats whose diets were 5 to 15 perc ... More >>
Screenshot: www.kmov.comA car slammed into the Jack in the Box at 2163 South Grand Boulevard early this morning, KMOV reports. No one was injured, but according to the report, the restaurant will be closed today and possibly longer.Just now, Gut Check was able to obtain the police mugshot of the ... More >>
Laura MillerSo long, after-bar hangout.A community of St. Louis drinkers was surely surprised when news broke that plans might be in the works to demolish an after-bar staple, the midtown Del Taco (212 South Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1424). Gut Check reported yesterday that developer Rick Yack ... More >>
Diana BenantiInside the Jumpin' Jupiter. St. Louis' first neo-supper club, the Jumpin' Jupiter, opened its doors in Maplewood this weekend in the old Jive and Wail location (7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-5867). We reported on the opening back in March, and now the wait is over. ... More >>
Image Via'Stache Bash headed thatta way.This just in from the folks at the American Mustache Institute. Their annual gala slated for next month is changing addresses -- moving from the bar of one Cardinals' broadcaster to another. That's right, on December 4 'Stache Bash will take place at ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Double D Lounge bartender Tanner Scott. Below is a Q&A with Scott, followed by a video of him mixing a Creamsicle cocktail. Alissa NelsonJell-O shots, anyone? Jel ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Eclipse bartender James Lake. Below is a Q&A with Lake, followed by a video of him mixing a Cuddle.Alissa NelsonEclipse bartender James LakeA light rain is ... More >>
Madlock: As in "stark-raving mad" and now he's "locked up." The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office yesterday issued warrants against a homeless man for first-degree attempted robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon in a bizarre hold up earlier this week. St. Louis police say ... More >>
Image viaIt'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 >>
Ali Aziz, the 29-year-old kitchen manager at the Kirkwood location of Pi pizzeria, was brutally beaten early Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box restaurant at 1807 Gravois Avenue in the city's McKinley Heights neighborhood.Details remain sketchy, but Pi owner Chris Sommers ... More >>
Foot-and-mouth disease is back. Three cows were found with the condition's mouth sores, so Japan has banned the export of beef for three months, according to Forbes. It's the first case of foot-and-mouth reported in Japan in ten years. Jack in the Box has introduced self-service kiosks. Slashfood ... More >>
It's April, which brings brings showers of free stuff from chain restaurants and food companies. Chick-Fil-A has a freebie a day this week. Today get a free yogurt parfait. Thursday's free chicken nugget day. Friday it's a fudge brownie. On April 15 (tomorrow), bring your own reusable tra ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/misterajcWhat is the Black Pearl Award, I hear you ask in a tone of great bewilderment? And why is it coveted?We at Gut Check are here to help!We must also confess -- we were drawn to this arduous research task by our fondness for pirates.Shopping at Schnucks, particularly during t ... More >>
Sandwich v. burrito: A nation decides.
This St. Louis rapper thinks he's got a winning hand to play
This Chuck-A-Burger is new, but its food is classic and delicious
A paean to the big bad bottle
Chris Rock takes no prisoners
Producer Jason "Jay E" Epperson crafts the beats that make Nelly fans swoon. So how come you've never heard of him?
Minor-league wrestling in St. Louis may be choreographed schlock, but it can still kill
Jennifer Joyce crosses the racial divide to walk the streets and talk about crime
The landmark restaurants of Grand Boulevard still pack 'em in
Scandals, shootings and tax anger crack Westfall façade, but bags of money, no GOP opponent -- yet -- may keep him on his pedestal
Week of January 16, 2002
Week of October 24, 2001
Were the Jack in the Box killings a crime or just sloppy police work in the name of the war on drugs?
The facts about two high-profile police shootings remain muddled, but is a review panel really pressing for the truth?
St. Louis County police say they follow the law. But on matters of public record, someone should call 911.
Annette Green didn't have to die. Her death was a tragedy waiting to happen in St. Louis County's reckless war against two-bit drug dealers and addicts.
The conflicting versions of the shooting by police of a teenager widen the rift between cops and African-Americans
For more than three decades, Eric Vickers has been lighting brushfires, crusading against the racism he sees around him. Now, the civil-rights lawyer and activist finds himself burned.
What Has Been the Most Remarkable Occurrence in St. Louis During Your Time Here?
Published the week of August 9-15, 2000
After 32 years, Bill Clay is retiring from his congressional seat. He wants to leave it to his son, but a crowded, eccentric field of candidates is contesting the will.
Despite glowing coverage of local gay events in the Post-Dispatch, bigotry is alive and well
St. Louis County cops earn the distrust of African-Americans
The men behind this season's best shows -- and biggest failures -- blame it all on Regis