We've said it before and we'll say it again -- food trucks are the trend that just won't quit. It seems every time we turn around there is a new one, or an established restaurant is taking its food to the streets. But surely this is the trend jumping the shark. TGI Fridays apparently has a food truc ... More >>
For Gut Check there's no better way to say "Season's Eatings" than with restaurant specials and deals. Much is made about overeating and weight gain during the holiday season, but really you'd be a fool not to eat free food when it's shoveled at you in the form of restaurant gift cards, BOGO special ... More >>
Gut Check told you last month about Moon Marine's voluntary recall of yellowfin tuna for possible salmonella contamination. Specifically, Moon recalled its "Nakaochi Scrape," which we learned (to our discomfort, if not outright horror) is tuna backmeat literally scraped off the bone and eventually e ... More >>
If you have yet to try the bulgogi tacos from the food truck Seoul Taco (@SeoulTaco; 314-517-8916), you'd better hurry. The Man is about to co-opt the Korean-Mexican mashup trend. And by the Man, Gut Check of course means T.G.I. Friday's.
It's only been a few months since you got tired of Rebecca Black's "Friday" for the first time, but now the singer and her masterpiece of viral awkwardness are embroiled in what amounts to the first ever viral video label dispute. Following ARK Music Factory's botched attempt earlier this wee ... More >>
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: TGI Friday's to double # of restaurants worldwide: http://yhoo.it/efUTTZ So basically the new Ultimate Stuffed Crust Pizza from Pizza Hut is a pizz ... More >>
Veteran restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila had an encounter that won't lead to a sparkling review. Tuesday night, while dining at Red Medicine in Beverly Hills, a managing partner took her photo and kicked her out. The manager, Noah Ellis, posted the photo on the restaurant's website with the messag ... More >>
Food inflation hits China and threatens the country's stability. The Los Angeles Times looks at why food prices have increased over 10 percent in the past year. While Americans spend 12 percent of their income on food, rural Chinese residents spend around 36 percent, making for a huge economic hit.F ... More >>
Deli meat used in Walmart sandwiches recalled for possible listeria contamination. Food Safety News reports that Zemco from Buffalo, New York, has recalled over 380,000 pounds of meat. None of the meat was sold as retail product; it was all used for Walmart's Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches. Par ... 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 >>
The annual southern food issue of Oxford American magazine is out, and it features a piece on a Charleston, South Carolina chef's quest for heirloom sesame seeds. Sean Brock pursued the seed breed, last used a century ago, in his quest to re-create antebellum-era dishes. "It goes in layers," he sa ... More >>
Creve Coeur-based Monsanto faces lower profits and imminent layoffs. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)The FDA warns that pistachios from the salmonella outbreak earlier this year are being repackaged and sold. (Reuters)Will the recession-busting deals at T.G.I. Friday's and other mid-level chain restaurants ... More >>
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Ian gets the hots for Nicaraguan at Fritanga.
In my perfect America, tajadas would enjoy the hallowed status of French fries, as appropriate in a steak house as a Happy Meal. You'd be able to buy a basket of tajadas at the movies or the ballpark for $5. (Naturally, a little cup of guacamole for dipping would set you back another $3.) Of course ... More >>
source: www.fridays.com Barf bag, anyone? If you've watched even a little of the baseball playoffs, you've probably seen T.G.I. Friday's pimping its new appetizers: "Crispy Green Bean Fries," "Fried Mac & Cheese" and several other abominations. It's tempting to swear off chains forever. Believe ... More >>
Does Noodles & Company have a cure for the chain-restaurant blues?
Are you brave enough to stare down the barrel of the culinary assault rifle that is "St. Louis Italian"?
TGI Friday's pourdown showdown
Saturday, July 16; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
The return of The Gong Show
Clark Street Grill's food is nicer to look at than to eat
A week of the drink
Stir Crazy Café and SanSai Japanese Grill make it OK to embrace a corporate trend
This new eatery proves that "casual dining" can still be inventive and chic
Jazz at the Bistro returns
The Famous Bar
The food at the Marquee's fine, though devoid of any star quality
The last Howard Johnson's west of the Mississippi closes, leaving its patrons with no place to dine
Corky's Restaurant lifts classic American comfort food to new heights
Chuck E. Cheese's
Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
Two Metro East purveyors of dainties satisfy all the senses