When I'm not raking in the millions writing for music blogs, I, much like many of my fellow artsy-fartsies and anti-professionals, have to earn my dough in the service industry. Working directly with customers in any job can be a trying and frustrating experience, and especially in the bar industry ... More >>
Last month, following the reelection of President Barack Obama, Gut Check examined five national restaurant chains sticking to anti-"Obamacare" policies. Papa John's chief executive John Schnatter threatened to raise pizza prices and cut employee hours to part-time to side-step paying for health ins ... More >>
A few weeks ago, we mocked National Peach Ice Cream Day and twenty food holidays even more absurdly specific. Absent from that list? Today, July 30, which is National Cheesecake Day. Why? Because cheesecake is freaking delicious, even if a single slice makes our thighs swell to watermelon-esque prop ... More >>
Comic Sean O'Brien is a big, burly, fast-talking loudmouth -- and he must be, for in his post as emcee at The Funnbyone in Westport, he's the cheerleader, clown ambassador and authority figure for the club, and in a sense, for the entire local scene. We caught up with him last week. Daily RFT: On ... 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 >>
What's new this week? Ian is back, and he's brought some links to share, including a funny new food blog and a cheeseburger showdown on Youtube. He's also got an opinion on Dunkin' Donuts coffee, after the chain's much-anticipated local opening. His verdict? It sucks.
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Image sourceSometimes, observes Nora Watson, an editor interviewed in Studs Terkel's Working, people's jobs are too small for their spirits. You want to dance your way down the assembly line, but if you do that you throw the whole system out of whack.
"You want it to be a million things that it' ... More >>
This week, I visit Hanley's Grille & Tap, which has taken over the former J. Buck's space at West County Center in Des Peres and in Fairview Heights, Illinois. For this review, I dined at the Des Peres location.Jennifer SilverbergOwner Jeff Constance in the Hanley's kitchenFollow me after the ... More >>
Stefani Pollack is the author of the food blogs Cupcake Project and Food Interviews. She is also a member of the St. Louis Dinner Club. She blogs about her large-group dining experiences twice a month for Gut Check.Chopstix Asian Kitchen8021 West Florrisant Avenue, Jennings314-383-6888Is it a Chain ... More >>
Hats off and kudos to Josh Freese, who has brought the art of personalized albums and name-your-price giveaways and record bells-and-whistles to new heights. The Vandals/ex-NIN drummer is releasing a full-length titled Since 1972 on March 24 (online at joshfreese.com) and in stores (April 14). Like ... More >>