Excel Brewing Company (488 South Broadway, Breese, Illinois; 618-526-7159) doesn't get mentioned as much as the other craft breweries around St. Louis, but perhaps a new look and a new line of beers will change that. It's much more well-known for its sister operation, Excel Bottling, which has been ... More >>
Ahh, fall. This weather may be an early September fluke, but we can still enjoy it while it lasts. Celebrate beer with the annual Hop in the City event or try some new coffees at the inaugural F&D Prime Culinary Tour. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: F&D Prime Cu ... More >>
The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. The white wine spritzer is a much m ... More >>
In late July, a corner shop of the Shaw neighborhood decked out in a fresh coat of regal pink and blue paint opened its doors to the public. And with it, St. Louis gained a brand new concept utilizing a sweet treat technique developed in the early 19th century: Ices Plain and Fancy (2256 South 39th ... More >>
As demonstrations against Ferguson Police descended into a fourth night of tear gas, rubber bullets and chaos, heavily militarized police officers briefly detained two national journalists, arrested a St. Louis Alderman sharing video of clashes and tear gassed a broadcast news crew. Police actions ... More >>
When Rocket Fizz Candy & Soda Shop (6303 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-833-4614) opened just across the street from us, we knew there were going to be some crazy items for sale. Rocket Fizz boasts dozens of flavors of soda from run-of-the-mill cola to Snooki-flavored (yup). So we decided t ... More >>
City Sprouts, a toy and clothing store for kids, moved to Clayton earlier this year, but luckily the storefront won't be vacant for long. Candy and soda-pop store Rocket Fizz (6303 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-833-4614) is set to take over the space. The chain was founded "several years a ... More >>
It's Game Day, Birds! The Commissioner's Trophy and a year's worth of bragging rights are at stake for the St. Louis Cardinals, and fans are finding ways to make the Fall Classic even more interesting. We found politicians, radio stations and even churches who are wagering on the series. Here are s ... More >>
It's a funny thing how you can go into a bar prepared to talk about cocktails and end up on an organic-goat tangent. Then again, it's a funny thing how you can be on the bustling streets of Chicago one day and a goat farm in Willamette, Oregon, the next. Such is the story of Victoria Mitchell and Na ... More >>
Old-fashioned soda fountains bring out the kid in anyone, regardless of what era they grew up in. Fizzy's Soda Fountain and Grill (29 North Gore; 314-395-4550) hopes to tap into that fountain of youth, delivering a shot of old-school charm in each of its handmade sodas. See also: - First Look: The ... More >>
Apparently, some of the animals at the zoo can be found outside the cages. At least two workers at the St. Louis Zoo have complained that someone intentionally put chemicals in their beverages. A supervisor and his employee in the maintenance department both say they got a nauseating shock after le ... More >>
Friday (June 29): Yelp Drinks Friday Happy Hour @ Ernesto's Wine Bar Yelp often? Meet other Yelpers for a special happy hour complete with half price drinks like razzberry lemon punch and screaming bloody marias. Snack on special food prices for pulled pork sliders, flatbreads and more. 5 to 7 p.m ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, Gut Check tried the new "St. Louis Dog" from the Food Network's hot dog cart at Busch Stadium. The hot dog wasn't as awful as its toppings (barbecue sauce, Provel and crumbled Red Hot Riplets) might lead you to believe, but the real outrage was the price: $11. This year's edi ... More >>
Back when Gut Check had the metabolism of a teenage boy (because, at the time, we were in fact a teenage boy), we'd think nothing of slamming back a six-pack of ice-cold Coca-Cola over the course of a lazy afternoon. Of course, we'd also think nothing about slamming back a bacon double cheeseburger ... More >>
Fact: Gut Check frequently eats lunch at the Chipotle Mexican Grill (6316 Delmar Boulevard; 314-678-3200) in the Delmar Loop. Not only is the location just steps away from the RFT offices, it's ahem, Chipotle. We love its burritos, tacos, chips and salsa and burrito bowls, and, as far as we know, it ... More >>
While these days it seems like those who eat offal are adventurous gourmands, this wasn't always the case. Organ meats are humble by nature, the odd science-project leftovers after the animal has been broken down into the more obviously appealing roasts and steaks. With clever cooking techniques, th ... More >>
7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1 to Saturday, February 4. Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Avenue.
Remember Ronald Ball, the Illinois man who's been suing PepsiCo on a claim that he opened a can of Mountain Dew and found a dead mouse inside? The Madison Record broke the story a year and a half ago, followed by the Daily RFT (here and here). But yesterday, websites from the Daily Mail in Great ... More >>
Robin WheelerA proper tomato soup and grilled cheese lunch for a rainy day. The Place: The London Tea Room (1520 Washington Ave., 241-6556), the cheeky British tea house and cafe across from the City Museum. The Lunch: As the weather turned drizzly and gray, the mood turns to tea. When it fee ... More >>
Julia GabbertRoot beer float at Dr. Jazz Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain and Grille (29 N. Gore; 314-961-5299) is a homey little restaurant in charming Webster Groves. Dr. Jazz serves up your typical club sandwiches, burgers and lots of comfort food like chili fries and onion rings. The best part, th ... More >>
Mabel SuenLast week, Dave Bailey's newest venture, Bailey's Range, debuted with its soft opening in downtown St. Louis. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the restaurant began offering lunchtime hours as well. Gut Check caught up with Bailey for a glimpse into the brand new burger-and-shake eatery's offe ... More >>
Cheese is awesome, but it can't replace love. Or car keys. Your computer. Your job. Some Second City alumni try to prove that cheese isn't a substitute for non-food items, and trying to force the issue will break a woman. In doing so, Kraft's Cracker Barrel Cheese (not to be confused with ... More >>
Perhaps realizing that the "battle" between the world's two most iconic soft drinks (sorry, Dr Pepper) is simply a matter of whether you prefer the achingly sweet flavor of one or the other, both Coke and Pepsi are looking past the beverage to the beverage-delivery system as a new way to differen ... More >>
The latest weapon in New York City's ongoing war against unhealthy food and drink? Grossing the hell out of people.New ads from the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene attack sodas with very literal interpretations of their sugar and calorie contents.This first one isn't that gross, actua ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Danno's American Pub bartender Chris Muether. Below is a Q&A with Muether, followed by a video of him mixing an Agent Orange cocktail. Alissa NelsonA martinez by ... More >>
failblog.orgWe land at the Macklind Avenue Deli after a long morning of digging for sweet deals at estate sales. It's a favorite summertime Saturday morning ritual and we were happy to get back to it on this first truly hot day. By the time we went looking for lunch, we were sweaty, tired and ... More >>
viaWe knew we were pushing it. We'd spent the month of December eating too much sugar and drinking too much alcohol, being stressed out and overtired. On New Year's Eve, we should have toasted with champagne and gone home early. We knew it as we stood outside sucking cigarette smoke and icy air i ... More >>
An outfit called HealthSaver -- a "health-care discount program" -- has released its second annual HealthSaver Caffeinated Cities Survey. The survey looked at caffeine consumption in twenty major metropolitan areas, including St. Louis.How do we rank? Well, we love our caffeine -- God knows, it's t ... More >>
In today's news: Mexico bans U.S. meat, Diet Coke Plus shouldn't be "Plus," and France isn't happy about its wine.
As part of the Year-End Bonanza, here are some Christmas* gift ideas for the foodie in your life. These are personal favorites, and these posts in no way imply an official RFT endorsement. The makers of these products didn't pay for my "endorsement," either.The Alinea CookbookEven if I restrict the ... More >>
Tomorrow night is the Taste of Giving, when several area restaurants donate 20% of their dinner proceeds to support the United Way of Greater St. Louis. The list of participating restaurants is available at the United Way site as well as after the jump. - Ian Froeb
A United States District Court judge sentenced Andrew Gladney this morning to 33 months in a federal prison for extortion.
8 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue.
8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
9 p.m. Thursday, March 1. VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights).
Plus: The great pop-vs.-soda debate and a chat with Missouri's Most Handsome.
Is it soda, or is it pop? This not-so-great debate has raged for decades on college campuses like Washington University's, where students are drawn from all over the nation. After all, regional differences have long been assumed to inform the debate, a suspicion confirmed by a Web site created by ... More >>
"I Drink Sody." "Disco for Drunks." "Pull My Finger." Pearls from the overlooked oeuvre of Bruce Cole and the Screamin' Mee-Mees.
Mexican-food lovers should swing by El Burrito Loco
The Robert E. Lee once helped keep St. Louis fine dining afloat
Forest Park Boathouse
Garavaglia's Deli & More
The clown at General Grant Center
Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH South) Cafeteria
Labor Day Classic