In Bridgeton, Missouri, everyone wants the same thing -- a better smelling city.
So says the latest announcement from the company behind the Bridgeton landfill, which has come under fire in recent months for making the area smell so bad, residents say it can be painful.
Tim Trost, area president ... More >>
Last week, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Herald restaurant critic Marilyn Hagerty wrote a review of her town's new Olive Garden. The review went viral, first because of snark, but then because Marilyn Hagerty is a complete badass whose reaction to the whole to-do -- in sum: I'm just doing my job; get a ... More >>
Meet Marilyn Hagerty. She writes the "Eatbeat" column for the Grand Forks, North Dakota, Herald. Yesterday, she reviewed Grand Forks' new, eagerly awaited Olive Garden.
Because the internet is a terrible creature fueled by snark (guilty, guilty, guilty), this review went viral. No less a food-media ... More >>
sogoodblog.comShould this be the new face of Olive Garden?This week, the Wall Street Journal reported some downer news regarding Olive Garden's business woes. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, has expressed a dismal prediction of Olive Garden's sales continuing to plummet for the u ... More >>
Kholood EidThe Fazoli's breadsticksYou always have Gut Check at all-you-can-eat. Add "breadsticks" to the end of that, and we're trembling with excitement to binge on as many carbs as possible.Today, we pit against each other two chains known for their all-you-can-eat breadsticks: Fazoli's and Ol ... More >>
Gut Check ain't exactly nostalgic for the good ol' days of the George W. Bush administration. Still, a phrase that Dubya once used has stuck with us over the years: "the soft bigotry of low expectations." He was talking about education, but you can apply it to all sorts of things.Like, say, the h ... More >>
Spinach Artichoke Dip at Cafe Eau -- a rainy day delight. You may have tried a spinach artichoke dip at Applebees. Or Olive Garden. For whatever reason, this calorie-rich delight has become a standard option at the sort of chain restaurant that blooms near the mall.But you haven't really had spin ... More >>
Credit Eater with digging up this gem, a Reddit Q & A with an ex-manager at the Olive Garden. In it, the ex-manager reveals that there truly is an Olive Garden Culinary Institute of Tuscany, the existence of which has been the target of much disbelief and derision.If you have a very gen ... More >>
New proposals would allow Missouri employers to really crack that whip.The question above immediately comes to mind when considering a spate of "pro business" proposals currently being debated in Jefferson City. One of the proposals would repeal Missouri's minimum wage law, allowing employers to ... More >>
Changes are afoot in the food publishing world. Yahoo reports that longtime New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is ending his column, "The Minimalist", after thirteen years. His last installment of the recipe column that spawned his "How to Cook Everything" books will run this Wednesday. On Fe ... More >>
It's that time of year again. On Sunday evening millions of pint-size Iron Men and Hermiones will fill the streets and ring our doorbells, visions of tooth decay Skittles, Snickers and Hershey's full-size milk chocolate bars dancing in their heads.
Yes, folks, it's Halloween, and our collective pl ... More >>
Image viaYou know what Gut Check loves more than anything else?Chain restaurants.OK, that's a blatant lie. But Americans do love chain restaurants, otherwise the damn things wouldn't sprout in every shopping mall, strip mall and big-box-store parking lot like mushrooms after a hard spring rain.In ... More >>
Image sourceSometimes, observes Nora Watson, an editor interviewed in Studs Terkel's Working, people's jobs are too small for their spirits. You want to dance your way down the assembly line, but if you do that you throw the whole system out of whack.
"You want it to be a million things that it' ... More >>
This week, I visit Hanley's Grille & Tap, which has taken over the former J. Buck's space at West County Center in Des Peres and in Fairview Heights, Illinois. For this review, I dined at the Des Peres location.Jennifer SilverbergOwner Jeff Constance in the Hanley's kitchenFollow me after the ... More >>
How to fix Thanksgiving dinner disasters. (Chicago Sun-Times)Jamie Oliver plays matchmaker. (Epicurious.com)Cats enjoy Olive Garden and other weird crap. (Duluth News Tribune)Whole Foods to reward employees who improve their health. (San Jose Mercury News)One man and a sandwich start a chain ... More >>