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  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Flying Saucer Chipotle Mexican Grill Lands in Midtown

    Late last week a Gut Check tipster sent us a note that the Chipotle Mexican Grill (212 South Grand Boulevard; 314-342-9919) inside the iconic Mid-Century Modern "flying saucer" on South Grand Boulevard near Saint Louis University was days away from opening. According to our burrito-loving informant, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    First Look: Cini Serves Molto Bene Italian Food

    Sure, a salad or a bowl of pasta topped with made-from-scratch diavolo sauce and tons of fresh veggies sounds wholesome and healthy and all -- but doesn't it sound even better when the meal comes accompanied by bite-size, deep-fried arancini? At brand-new Italian fast-casual concept Cini (374 South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    15 Presidential Debate Dinner Ideas Inspired By Obama and Romney Campaign Spending

    Last week Politico broke down information from a recent review of Federal Election Commission reports detailing Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's campaign spending. It contains everything from office supplies and gas expenses to which hotels and restaurants the respective campaigns patronize most often ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    When I.R.S. Means I'm Really Starving: Where to Find Food Specials on Tax Day

    Today is tax day. Normally it's April 15, but because it fell on a Sunday this year, Americans have an additional two days to get their shit together. If you're responsible and not scrambling a la the people of Springfield, then you have one more reason to be happy today: As usual, in honor of tax d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Write a Starbucks "Blonde" Joke, Win Gift Certificates! [Updated with Winner!]

    Oh, Starbucks, sometimes you make it too easy. The java behemoth has introduced a new series of light-roast coffee blends called Blonde. Not really that interesting, unless you're one of the seven people left in America who hasn't formed an opinion about Starbucks coffee. Except! From the main Sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Not Liking "Bold" Starbucks Coffee Does Not Make You a Weakling

    ​Yesterday, Eater reported that Starbucks has finally caved and is making a weaker, lighter brew. For "pussies." Several of us at Gut Check International Headquarters have spent time as Starbucks baristas, and maybe that's why at this point you couldn't pay us to drink that swill. Give me a ' ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 13, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    [UPDATED] Starbucks Introduces Bistro Boxes. USDA Says Not So Fast.

    StarbucksA Starbucks bistro box, recalled.​Last week 5,400 Starbucks stores took another baby step into the food market, introducing Bistro Boxes: savory meals like chicken and hummus, chipotle chicken wraps and sesame noodles with fewer than 500 calories. Great news, right? Well, except for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    What's Worth More: Food or Cash?

    Wikimedia CommonsTime to steal the doughnuts.​Three not-too-bright robbers in Hyannis, Massachusetts, attempted to rob a Dunkin' Donuts last week. They demanded a paper bag an employee was carrying in her purse and ran. Because so many paper bags at Dunkin' Donuts are filled with cash instea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Managers, Mind Your Baristas

    Wikimedia CommonsNo love with this latte.​ We know that being a barista isn't the easiest job in the world. There's an art to making espresso, just as there's an art to dealing with caffeine-starved rude masses. We feel for you. Really. That's why we heed your pet peeves, which are perfectly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Being Stupid Is a God-Given Right

    Today's comment comes in response to Chad Garrison's post "Are Tip Jars Dangerous? Lawsuit vs. Starbucks Says Yes." The post described how Edward Kreutz filed a lawsuit after his son, Roger, died while chasing a thug trying to steal the tip jar a local Starbucks.Garrison's post has triggered a fair ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Are Tip Jars Dangerous? Lawsuit vs. Starbucks Says "Yes"

    Danger! Use only at your own risk!​Finally! A reason to feel OK about yourself when you don't tip those low-wage workers making you coffee, pouring you a soda or slapping together your lunch. Tip jars are dangerous! Worse than that, those containers full of coins and a few $1 bills can kill! Serio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    CWE Bissinger's Now Open for Morning Treats, Too

    Laura MillerNow available at breakfast, too. (Dear God!)​As a chocolatier offering scrumptious tortes, pastries, wine pairings and even the occasional chocolate martini, Bissinger's at Maryland Plaza has long been a favorite spot of midafternoon snackers and dessert-minded revelers.But now you don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    New Starbucks Logo Gives Added Fuel to Haters

    Starbucks​Starbucks has revealed the latest version of its iconic logo. As the photo above shows, the basic appearance of the siren doesn't differ very much from its previous version. However, the most obvious change in the new logo will give more ammunition to those deride Starbucks for overroast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Food Safety Bill in Trouble Already?

    Despite passing the Senate yesterday, the Food Safety Bill might stall because of a technical error. Roll Call explains that a provision added to the bill in the Senate violates the Constitutional rule that only the House can write tax laws. When the bill returns to the House today, representatives ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Feds Crack Down on Undocumented Kitchen Workers

    A San Diego restaurateur stands up for illegal immigrants working in kitchens. The New York Times goes in-depth on the hush-hush issue of illegal workers, the blind eye that's been turned, and the sudden upswing in crackdowns by federal investigators. Despite a federal indictment last April, San Die ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Competitive Eating = Athletics?

    Competitive eating might have athletic merit. Why else would participants be so skinny? Or able to invade the stage during a contest? A BBC report looks at the tricks and politics of competitive eating.County officials shut down a small food business in Portland, Oregon, for lacking a business licen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Starbucks finally caves, to offer free "one click" Wi-Fi: Via Eater, Hooters donating waitresses' used pantyhose to help Gulf oil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: This restaurant's music makes me feel like I just spent $20 on hotel room pay-per-view. Well of course the sushi lights up. 8 different colors!

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.1

    Massive food distribution begins in Haiti. (CNN) ​ Salami recall expands to include Boar's Head products. Starbucks recalls reusable glass water bottles (Baltimore Sun)The eternal restaurant debate: What's more important? Price, ambiance, service or food?  (USDA, New York Times)Even when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.8

    ​ Florida citrus-growers fight to save crops from cold. (Bloomberg)The throwback to cane sugar-sweetened soda doesn't make much health difference. (Los Angeles Times)Frozen pizza sales rise. (Minneapolis St. Paul Star-Tribune)Coffee shops are incognito Starbucks. ( sporting h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Java Enabled: Southwest's Coffee Gets a LIFT

    It's been a while since I've taken a vacation and even longer since I've flown. So when a good deal on a Labor Day weekend in Orlando, Florida, popped up, I jumped at the chance to go. As I filed down the ramp with the rest of my fellow passengers, I was surprised to see an ad on the wall for LIFT, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9.3

    ​ A frog in a Diet Pepsi can ruins tiki party and somehow doesn't satiate the growing appetite for frog meat. (CNN, takes their instant coffee national. (Seattle Business Journal)September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. Knob Creek celebrates with webcast addressi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    ​As you can see in the sticky post above, Gut Check is hiring. The response so far has been impressive. I'm still sorting through the applications, so don't fret if you haven't heard anything yet. If you want to apply and still haven't...don't wait much longer!It was a busy week here at Gut Check ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 5.1

    Experts say you won't get the H1N1 virus from handling raw pork. (AP)Smithfield Foods is still running tests on the Mexican farm some claim played a role in the H1N1 outbreak. (AP)Look for Starbucks to start cutting some prices. (Wall Street Journal)

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 4.30

    The domestic hog market rebounds from unwarranted fears prompted by the H1N1 outbreak. (Reuters)Last year's food crisis prompted a buying binge of farm land in developing countries. (Reuters)Starbucks posts a 77% loss. (New York Post)

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 2.18

    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wants the U.S. meat industry to agree to tougher country-of-origin labeling. (AP)Tougher labeling displeases the Canadians. (Reuters)In what could be interpreted as a) a sign of the impending apocalypse or b) the most delicious piece of schadenfreude in some time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.9

    In today's news: climate change, Chicago going vegetarian (?) and a new jet for Starbucks.

  • Culture

    December 17, 2008

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8.27

    A couple of good articles in today's New York Times. First: An in-depth look at the growing trend of "underground" restaurants. Also: Thinking about getting into the (above-ground) restaurant business? If you're reading this blog, you probably already know it's difficult, but this article drives th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.15

    InBev will buy Anheuser-Busch. Now, the reaction. (St. Louis Business Journal) One possible upside: More beers for Americans to try. (Reuters) But what about Anheuser-Busch's unparalleled sports marketing? (USA Today) Starbucks continues its makeover, introducing a new smoothie. (BusinessWeek) F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 7.2

    InBev increases the pressure in its bid for Anheuser-Busch. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Starbucks announces that it will close 600 stores -- 500 more than originally planned. (New York Times) The International Monetary Fund warns that the food crisis could cause havoc in the general economy. (The Ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2008
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    March 28, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.28

    The continuining saga of the salmonella-tainted cantaloupes: the U.S. is sending inspectors to Honduras. (AP) An interesting look at the controversy over Starbucks' purchase of the maker of the Clover coffee machine. (New York Times) The perils of amateur sushi. In case said perils weren't already ... More >>

  • Music

    March 26, 2008


    Seventh Tree

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    Barista Battle I totally should have posted this yesterday: The event has been underway since this morning. Sigh. Anyway... The Specialty Coffee Association of America's Midwest Regional Barista Competition is taking place today and tomorrow from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Third Degree Glass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Keegan Hamilton takes an up-close look at Saint Louis University's new basketball coach. How did a skirmish with river rogues land a 43-year-old grandmother in court? Kristen Hinman investigates. Paul Friswold gets sucked in to the Rep's production of Dracula. Ween easily won over Jordan Har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 9/7

    So, uh, how about that Rick Ankiel? Another two homers, seven RBI. Um. Er. Sigh. Food additives may cause hyperactivity in children. (AP) The cause of that hoof-and-mouth outbreak in Great Britain? Leaky drains at a research lab. (Guardian) Whole Foods says not as many Wi ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2006

    Josh Ritter

    8 p.m. Tuesday, September 26. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).

  • Dining

    April 5, 2006

    McDonald's "Richer, Bolder Coffee"

    McDonald's, 1420 Hampton Avenue,

  • Calendar

    November 30, 2005

    A Garden of Ceramic Delights

    Dan Barnett's Nightblooms

  • Music

    May 18, 2005

    Jennifer Niceley

    Wednesday, May 25; Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street)

  • Calendar

    April 6, 2005

    High-Tech and Seek

    Geocaching in Sullivan

  • News

    September 8, 2004
  • Music

    July 21, 2004

    Jolie Holland

    Wednesday, July 28; Off Broadway

  • Dining

    November 26, 2003

    Grand New

    Another Vietnamese restaurant on South Grand? Yes, and the food is superb.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Italian Restaurant

    Trattoria Marcella

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    April 17, 2002



  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Mall

    Saint Louis Galleria

  • News

    April 18, 2001
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