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Memorial Day

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    R.I.P. Jesus Ayala, Mythical Burrito Man

    It is with sadness that we dutifully announce the passing of Jesus Ayala, known to many as the Burrito Man. At age 58, Ayala passed away from congestive heart failure. As outlined in our 2013 article about the various foods present at the Gathering of the Juggalos, Ayala's food truck-turned-covert ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    VIDEOS: Kansas City Schlitterbahn Tests World's Tallest, Fastest Water Slide

    After six weeks and $1 million worth of delays, Kansas City's Schlitterbahn water park is finally testing its newest water slide, billed as the world's tallest, fastest and steepest. Named after the German word for "going insane," the Verruckt water slide has 264 steps leading to the top, where fou ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    Watch the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Busch in All Its Disgusting Glory

    It's Memorial Day, so we (and probably you guys, too) are going to be eating more than our fair share of delicious, all-American hot dogs (which were first introduced right here in St. Louis in 1904, no less). Naturally, America is all about bigger and better, so the gluttonous Nathan's Hot Dog Eati ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    Happy Memorial Day From Gut Check

    Happy Memorial Day, Gut Checkers! We hope you're enjoying your day off as much as we are. The pools are open, the beer is cold and summer is here. We won't be posting today, but we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. In the meantime, be sure to watch our video from last weeke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Memorial Day Weekend: May 23 to 26

    We know Memorial Day isn't actually the official first day of summer, but it sure feels like it. Pools are opening, pork steaks are grilling and there are lots and lots of patios. Don't feel overwhelemed, though -- we've hand picked the best food-related events this weekend and for your day off on M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Wild Flower Celebrates Memorial Day with All-Night Pig Roast, All-Day Feast

    Not every restaurant in town is closing down for Memorial Day. In fact, the folks at Wild Flower (4590 Laclede Avenue; 314-367-9888) are going all out with the now-historic all-night pig roast and Memorial Day feast. From Sunday night all the way to Monday morning, owner and chef Phil Czarnec will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    The Best Restaurant Pork Steaks in St. Louis

    It's not a St. Louis summer without some pork steaks on the grill. Outsiders may not understand it, but boy, are they missing out. Grilling isn't everyone's forte, though, so we've rounded up some great places around town to get that perfect pork steak without all the work. Let us know your favorite ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014
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    May 24, 2013

    The Eight Best Memorial Day Picnic Spots in St. Louis

    For Gut Check, Memorial Day will always be associated with American flag T-shirts, pork steaks and family picnics, all of which suggest the need for a great outdoor spot to enjoy the holiday. To help you out, Gut Check has assembled a list of some of the most pastoral of locations throughout the reg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from May 20 to 26

    Next weekend looks pretty awesome, though anything does when an extended weekend awaits most of us thanks to Memorial Day. Keep that extra sleep time in mind while slogging through the work week and affording yourself some time to enjoy visits from acts like Andrew W.K., Soundgarden and El Ten Eleve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Big Boi, Danny Brown, Moe and More Show Flyers

    Big Boi of Outkast is headlining the first annual Memorial Day BBQ at Atomic Cowboy on May 27th. Danny Brown stops at Old Rock House on April 29th. Moe will headline the Summer Camp Music Festival May 24-26 in Chillicothe along with fellow jam bands, Umphrey's McGee and Trey Anastasio Band. More sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    William Sackman's Recipe for Trouble: Liquor, Ribs, Baby Formula

    William B. Sackman was apparently planning an epic Memorial Day barbecue. The Oakville man drove to a Dierbergs in Shiloh, Illinois, last Sunday and allegedly gathered prodigious quantities of the staples: Eighteen bottles of liquor, ten cases of infant formula and an unspecified amount of ribs. Acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Putting the "P" in Pool: That Water Could be Tainted

    The brutal onset of summer heat and the Memorial Day weekend brought just about everyone to the newly-opened pools and aquatic centers of St. Louis. And according to the latest survey from the Water Quality & Health Council, just about everybody failed to shower before taking a dip, thereby foul ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012
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    September 2, 2011

    Happy Labor Day from Gut Check (Enjoy Your Hot Dog!)

    Image via​Did you know that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans eat roughly 818 hot dogs per second? That's what the Hot Dog and Sausage Council tells the New York Times. We're a nation of Joey "Jaws" Chestnuts!This weekend, of course, marks the unofficial end of summer and, with it, the ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2011
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    June 7, 2011

    Billy Goat Chip Company Kicks Off Spicy Potato Chip Line

    Theresa Rein, one of Billy Goat Chip Company's owners, wants to be very clear on the following fact: the new, spicy Kicker Chips are not barbecue chips, in spite of their color and texture. "People think the red color means barbecue, but there's no smoke, no tomato [in the Kicker Chips]. Instead, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Portabella in Clayton Closing [Updated]

    Image via​Word started circulating this morning that...something...was happening with Portabella (15 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-6588). George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine tweeted a photo of a sign outside the restaurant announcing that it was closed for remodeling. "Emphasis on remodelin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    The Blow and Buddy Guy Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    ​The Memorial Day hangover hasn't quite lifted (it's never going to), but we've got a feew gems for ya this week: remember precious pop duo The Blow? It's a solo act now, since Jona Bechtolt left to pursue YACHT, but Khaela Maricich is keeping the cute alive; she'll be at the Old Rock House in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    The perfect Memorial Day gift for your favorite vet!​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending May 22, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Elephant Aids Joplin Tornado Cleanup (Video)

    The Piccadilly Circus was scheduled to perform in Joplin over the Memorial Day weekend. But that was before the May 22nd tornado destroyed the town. Still, the circus arrived in Joplin over the weekend, not to perform -- but to help with the cleanup. In this clip below, an elephant from the circus p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Have a Summer Music Festival Pro Tip/Great Story? We Want to Hear It

    wikimedia commons​The forecast is calling for 90 degrees this weekend, which is appropriate for Memorial Day. Summer is here, folks, and that is a heady thing for music fans: BBQs with boomboxes, block parties, the touring high season and, naturally, festivals. We are working on a guide for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Eat at Houlihan's, Bristol Seafood Grill -- Help Joplin

    Courtesy of http://www.bristolseafoodgrill.comHoulihan's and Bristol Seafood Grill will donate to the Joplin relief Memorial Day weekend.​As death toll from the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22 reached 132 people Friday, one restaurant chain announced plans to help. All five St. Louis Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    ​Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter. In this week's newsletter, we help you plan out your Memorial Day weekend with Rib America Fest, the Brew and Q Pork Steak Championships ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011
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    May 17, 2011

    Patriotic Foods Invade Dierbergs

    It's mid-May, but to shop in Dierbergs last weekend, it looked more like late June, judging from the end caps and displays filled with red, white, and blue foods that normally aren't red, white, and/or blue. We have no idea why, but have some theories: 1. It's almost Memorial Day, which someone rem ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    June 9, 2010
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    June 4, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Kerry Soraci ​This week, Gut Check decided to ease back into the swing of things after a sun- and fun-filled Memorial Day. And what better way to kick things off than watching a little TV? I Scream Cakes' Kerry Soraci made an appearance on the new Cooking Channel's "Foodogra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Holiday Travel Horror Stories -- Or, How A Complete Stranger Vomited On Me on an Airplane Last Night

    Wikimedia Commons​According to AAA, travel during this Memorial Day weekend is slated to be up five percent over last year. Personally, I decided to get out of town this weekend - in fact, I'm already in Cleveland visiting my parents and my boyfriend, while tying up loose ends for my RFT work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Perfect Weather Forest Park No Admission Fee = Go See Hamlet

    Image viaGet you some culture this Memorial Day Weekend, you heathens!​Gorgeous weather this weekend, kids! Combine that with world-class park grounds, timeless verse, and NO admission fee and you have a solution for all those who grumble that they're broke and that St. Louis has no culture: rende ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Black Diamond Heavies, Bob Reuter, Rum Drum Ramblers Kicking Off Memorial Day Right With a BYOB Show

    Leave it to the south-side to help the Lou kick off its Memorial Day weekend right. On Friday night, May 28, Black Diamond Heavies is doing a show at Tom Huck's Evil Prints Studio (814 Vandeventer). Just $7 nets you a set from BDH, performances by Rum Drum Ramblers and Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost and ( ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2010

    Rib America Festival

    5 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday and 12:15 p.m. Monday, May 28-31. Soldiers Memorial, 1315 Chestnut Street.

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    May 26, 2010
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    May 19, 2010
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    May 19, 2010
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    May 19, 2010

    Mid-Rivers: Latest Shopping Center to Crack Down on Teen Mall Rats

    ​They were running and jumping and throwing food and being loud and, well, now they're being punished. Mid-Rivers Mall in St. Charles yesterday announced that it will begin turning away teenagers after 6 p.m. on weekend nights unless they're accompanied by an adult. The curfew goes into effect Mem ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009
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    May 27, 2009
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    May 20, 2009
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    May 23, 2008

    Three for Three: 5.23-5.26

    Gut Check recommends three ways you won't go hungry this weekend. OK, it's a long weekend for most of us. So Three for Four... 1. This evening and tomorrow the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue) hosts the second annual Brew & Q pork steak championship. Live music both days. The barbecue ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007
  • Dining

    July 25, 2007

    Lakeside Lemonade

    The Boathouse
    6101 Government Drive (in Forest Park)
    314-367-2224.

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2007

    Happy Memorial Day

    Hope you're having a safe, relaxing holiday. If you still need to go to the store for burgers or steaks, this article from last Wednesday's New York Times may help you avoid a nasty case of sticker shock. (Registration required to read that, by the way.) Have higher prices trickled down to St. Loui ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2000

    'Cue, Part II

    Following the smoke signals to more of this town's best barbecue

  • Dining

    May 24, 2000

    Smoke Signals

    Touring area 'cue joints proves to be a saucy experience

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    May 26, 1999
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