Seamus McDaniel

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Craft Beer Is...

    Last week's poll was our biggest ever. St. Louis has more than enough craft beer to go around, but we know some breweries get more love than others -- hence our question. One of the freshmen won the title of STL's most underrated craft beer, despite the fact that they've only been open for a few mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Dogtown: Where to Eat and Drink In St. Louis' Hibernian Hot Spot

    Dogtown fully embraces its Irish identity as evidenced by the Ancient Order of Hibernians' St. Patrick's Day Parade where attendees hold nothing back, imbibing from sunup to sundown in celebration of St. Patrick and shamrocks. During the rest of the year, though, Dogtown is home to a solid core of n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    History on Tap Tours Dogtown

    Dogtown evokes thoughts of leprechauns, shamrocks and the St. Patrick's Day parade for many St. Louisans, but there's a lot more to the area, which was first settled in 1785. The Missouri History Museum's (Lindell Boulevard & DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599) History on Tap tours explore the early n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The 10 Best Irish Pubs in St. Louis

    To get everyone in the St. Patrick's Day spirit, here's an Irish poem about drinking: Some Guinness was spilled on the barroom floor when the pub was shut for the night. Out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse and stood in the pale moonlight. He lapped up the frothy brew from the floor, then back o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    St. Patrick's Day Poll: Downtown vs. Dogtown

    Forget Chicago and its green river. Heck, move over, Ireland! St. Louis has some of the biggest and baddest St. Patrick's Day celebrations around! With two parades -- one downtown on Saturday and one in Dogtown on Sunday -- St. Louis is the place to knock back a pint of Guinness in your finest gree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Vote for St. Louis' Most Overrated Burger: Round One

    We asked you to nominate the most overrated burgers in St. Louis, and you responded. While your nominations might not have contained many surprises -- then again, an overrated burger can't be a surprise, can it? -- your reasons were highly entertaining. Page through to see the six semifinalists for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Burger: Round One

    Last week, Gut Check asked you to suggest some of the most underrated burgers in St. Louis, and did you guys ever come through. Your 40 comments inspired us to alter our plans, even. From your suggestions (supplemented with our own personal experiences in a few cases), we've come up with a list of ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Review Preview: Baileys' Range

    Mabel SuenThe "Carolina" burger, topped with pulled pork, at Baileys' Range​This week, I visit Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121), Dave Baileys' downtown burger joint. Follow me after the jump for a sneak peek at my review.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    2009 in Review: July

    ​Kevin Ward, Wikimedia Commons​July was a quiet month at Gut Check International Headquarters as St. Louis turned its attention to a certain Midsummer Classic. We did offer dining recommendations to our out-of-town guests -- and, for those who took a shine to St. Louis cuisine, tips on how to br ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

     Good things come to those who wait. Usually. This week, you got the oft-delayed Battle of the Burgers, with a flawed O'Connell's Pub burger still managing to defeat the Seamus McDaniel's entry. (Don't forget to suggest a battle for the next Fight Club Sandwich!)What else happened this week?The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Fight Club Sandwich: Finally, the Battle of the Burgers

     Finally, after a couple of delays, we're ready for the first edition of Fight Club Sandwich, the Battle of the Burgers, with the contestants that you chose: O'Connell's Pub vs. Seamus McDaniel's. I've eaten both burgers -- not for the first time, mind you, though I hadn't visited either restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Battle of the Burgers Postponed!

    So here I was, all ready to follow your votes and pit the burgers from O'Connell's Pub and Seamus McDaniel's against each other in a no-holds-barred, steel-cage battle to the death. Except...O'Connell's Pub has been closed all week. Won't reopen till next week.When I'm on vacation.So. Um. Yes.The in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Fight Club Sandwich: The Battle of the Burgers Will Be...

    Well, the results are final -- and decisive. The first Fight Club Sandwich battle will pit the burgers from O'Connell's Pub and Seamus McDaniel's against each other. Look for your requested battle on Thursday afternoon. Which Battle of the Burgers Do You Want to See?(polls)

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Don't forget: You have until the end of the day Monday to vote in our first Fight Club Sandwich contest, the Battle of the Burgers. As I write this, the match-up of O'Connell's Pub and Seamus McDaniel's is winning rather handily. Also: The documentary Food, Inc. opens at the Tivoli today. Aimee Levi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Fight Club Sandwich: Choose the "Battle of the Burgers" Combatants!

    The response to this first Fight Club Sandwich contest has been fantastic. All of you provided great ideas for both burgers to try and specific battles to stage. I decided it would be easier to choose from among five different battles -- a few suggested by readers, a few put together from your ideas ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 12, 2008
  • News

    March 14, 2007

    On a Horse and a Prayer

    Unreal prays, then bets it all on our namesake equine. Then, we get schooled in vocab by a fifteen-year-old.

  • News

    December 6, 2006

    Brain Drain

    Unreal learns how to keep young, bright St. Louisans in town — and alive. Plus: Blog o' the Week, advice for the apocalypse and a chat with Bill the Thrill.

  • Music

    October 13, 2004

    Sounds Around Town

    Week of October 13, 2004

  • News

    July 7, 2004

    Rabble Rousers

    Who's that knocking on your door?

  • Dining

    December 3, 2003

    How Green Was My Refrigerator

    If the food at Felix's was anywhere near as intriguing as the decor, it'd be worth a return visit

  • Dining

    September 3, 2003

    The Beast With Two Buns

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

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003


    Blueberry Hill

  • News

    December 12, 2001

    Bar Wars

    Who is Joe Staebell, and why is he battling booze in Dogtown?

  • Music

    May 5, 1999