Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods b ... More >>
[Editor's Note: In this new column, award-winning music critic/goofball (and hip-hop coloring book purveyor) Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Better put on your shoes because your socks are about to be blown off.] I went running the other morning. I used to run all the time. I was in s ... More >>
MECC's elementary school computer lab classic The Oregon Trail probably taught its users relatively little about American History. The lasting impression the game did leave was the idea that choices have consequences and that, sometimes, bad things just happen, regardless of how well you plan for th ... More >>
St. Louis Deli & Grill (8544 Watson Road,) opened last December in an old Taco Bell in an unincorporated area of St. Louis County between Crestwood and Marlborough. In the comments to yesterday's "Tidbits" post, reader jzavist informs Gut Check that the restaurant, which served sandwiches, burgers ... More >>
When Gut Check heard Frito-Lay was planning to create a new strain of Doritos tortilla chips to match the taste of Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos in Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese flavors, our mind all but caved in on itself from confusion. What's happening? There was only one way to make sense of t ... More >>
Recently, Psychology Today put out an intriguing little infographic charting the most common places a Craigslist "missed connection" occurs by state. The most lovesick locale in Missouri? Walmart. Some people might call this the end of romance or a signal of the decline of Western society as a whol ... More >>
This week, I visit two new restaurants along the Olive Boulevard corridor in west county: Kim Cheese (13435 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; 314-485-1408) and the first area location of Potbelly Sandwich Shop (11615 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-991-6800).
Though the sting of the Cardinals loss is still with us, it's high time we started looking on the bright side of life. Like, for instance, the fact that the Giants ultimately went on to win the World Series means -- it's Free Doritos Locos Tacos Day! That's right, for a short window of time today, ... More >>
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 >>
Earlier this week, Gut Check told you all about Taco Bell's new Chipotle-esque "Cantina Bell" menu aimed at "evolving palates." How would the average Taco Bell customer react to such new offerings as the "Chicken Burrito Bowl"? Lucky for us, maybe the ideal Taco Bell customer checked in with his rea ... More >>
Last week Gut Check caught wind that Taco Bell was launching its classic signature tacos with a new twist -- Dorito-flavored shells. First thought we had upon hearing this news? There is a God.
The Egg McMuffin of father-daughter momentsBy now you've likely seen the McDonald's ad in which a young woman, put on the spot by her boyfriend's impromptu declaration of his love for her over a McDonald's breakfast, tells him that he is "the Egg McMuffin of boyfriends." This then leads to th ... More >>
On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert presented another in his always entertaining "Thought for Food" series.This time, he begins with the news that the USDA is looking to restrict the amount of potatoes served in school lunches, which prompts an inspiring ode to ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>
aldenteblog.comYou want fries with that Burger King beer? Taking lead from a handful of Whopper Bars -- Burger King restaurants that serve beer -- and a few Seattle Starbucks outlets that have started serving beer and wine in the evenings, Sonic's jumping on the fast food booze bandwagon. Two ... More >>
Laura MillerSo long, after-bar hangout.A community of St. Louis drinkers was surely surprised when news broke that plans might be in the works to demolish an after-bar staple, the midtown Del Taco (212 South Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1424). Gut Check reported yesterday that developer Rick Yack ... More >>
Aimee LevittThis week was that of the Great Gut Check Matzo Tasting. Aimee Levitt ran a series of tests on various matzot to determine a champion based on criterion such as flavor, texture and swallowability. What else did we do this week? We prepared for Easter with a Battle Gourmet Jell ... More >>
The recent winter storms smacked central Missouri a lot harder than St. Louis, giving people in towns like Sedalia time to ponder how to celebrate a day of love once the ice thawed. Perhaps a trip to the local Russell Stover Outlet Store would be the place to start. @SummerStormD via TwitterStrawb ... 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: Eater reports on a NYC restaurant selling bags made from leather from cows they serve: http://nyp.st/gr0CkdIf you don't have lunch plans and you hate ... More >>
Image viaIs that a Crunchwrap Supreme on your plate, or are you just happy to see me?This week, MTV aired the premiere of Skins, an American remake of a British show in which actual teenagers play fictional teenagers who do the naughty things that actual teenagers do, like drink, take drugs and h ... More >>
Bobby Flay throws down with every red-blooded, flag-waving, Mom-loving kid in America.Eater reports that celebrity chef* Bobby Flay has trademarked the words** "Crunchburger" and "crunchify."Fine. Whatever. I certainly have nothing against intellectual property rights, even if the trademark sound ... More >>
Despite possible legal roadblocks, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issues a plan to make sugar-sweetened soft drink ineligible for food stamps. The New York Times reports that New York City requested permission from the USDA to perform a two-year experiment to ban soda purchases with food stam ... More >>
Photo from bbc dig itAfter watching Anthony "No Reservations" Bourdain dine on warthog anus (yes, warthog anus), it seemed potentially instructive to search the web for other implausible anatomical snacks.It was.So, to honor Mr. Bourdain's adventurous palate, here's a compilation of the top eight ... More >>
Yesterday we mentioned that a heat wave has threatened Russia's wheat crop. Now the country's in danger of losing its fruit seed bank. Marion Nestle writes in The Atlantic that the Global Crop Diversity Trust has issued a warning that real estate developers are threatening the home of the Pavlovsk E ... More >>
Dear Taco Bell,I doubt you remember me. We haven't seen each other in a while. Not since college, I believe, when one of your burritos, plucked from beneath the heat lamp at your outlet inside the University of Maryland's student union and liberally doused with hot sauce, was the only sustenance ... More >>
Image ViaCops love donuts but not this kind.Just when you think crime and punishment in the metro east suburbs can't get anymore absurd (Taco Bell police chase, anyone?) a guy goes and escapes from the pink handcuffs of a female Brooklyn police officer.A 23-year-old man -- police declined to name ... More >>
On Sunday afternoon, July 12, celebrities and baseball legends will gather on the field at Busch Stadium for the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. Musicians scheduled to play include Backstreet Boys member Brian Littrell, Nelly, Chingy, Ashanti and Ginuwine. (No word yet on if th ... More >>
strictlyfitteds.comWe know who President Obama will be pulling for -- the American League. This just in from Major League Baseball: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH AT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAMEObama to Become the Fourth U.S. President to Throw Out First Pitch at MLB All-Star ... More >>
Happy debate day. There is other news, however: Chinese candy tainted by melamine is found in Connecticut. Somehow fittingly, the candy is sold under the English name White Rabbit. (AP) Yum Brands, owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut (among others), will voluntarily add calorie information to me ... More >>
A web ad for John McCain's campaign that claims "hot chicks dig Obama," among other assertions, includes two St. Louis TV newscasters.
www.jamesbeard.org Get well soon. Chef Grant Achatz of Chicago's Alinea -- often named one of the best restaurants in America -- has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of squamous cell carcinoma in his mouth. Achatz is 33 years old. (Chicago Sun-Times) A look at the growing influence a ... More >>
Nachomama's, 9643 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-961-9110.
An old warship meets its most formidable enemy the Mississippi River.
Week of January 11, 2007
Unreal tries a few smooth lines on Pat O'Brien's comely colleague, takes a ride down everyone's favorite redundant roadway and checks out 500 kid's-meal toys (grease-free).
McDonald's, 1420 Hampton Avenue,
A monkey gets its wings
Before he writes, novelist George Pelecanos does his homework
Week of February 26, 2003