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    December 30, 2013

    Weed, the Knockout Game and Penis Jokes: The 13 Most-Read Daily RFT Stories of 2013

    2013, you were good to us. Cops and potheads, giant ta-tas and dick jokes, viral videos and flat-out lies -- there was more than enough news to keep the Daily RFT busy this year. We invite you on a tour of 2013 through our 13 most-read stories of the year:

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Salvage City: Fortune Teller Bar's Sam Coffee Gets a TV Show, But Is It Good for St. Louis?

    Sam Coffey knows the key to dumpster diving: If you wait 'til it gets to the dumpster, you're too late. Long before bulldozers demolish St. Louis' blighted industrial buildings and pour the remains into dumpsters and landfills, Coffee and his crew pick through the remains looking for something the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Saleem's West Closing December 14

    After 40 years in the restaurant business, Salim Hanna is retiring. Saleem's West (14560 Manchester Road, Manchester; 636-207-1368) will be closing December 14, according to an announcement on the restaurants Facebook page, as St. Louis magazine's George Mahe first pointed out. Hanna opened his firs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Smoki O's "Snoot," the Other-Other White Meat You Should Definitely Eat

    On the north side, at the corner of Mullanphy Street and Broadway, trails of smoke can be seen billowing out behind Smoki O's (1545 North Broadway; 314-621-8180) known as one of the best BBQ joints in the city. A family operation, Smoki O's has been pulling pork and slicing brisket since 1997, recei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures Investigates St. Louis Exorcist House; Hears Demons

    Ghost Adventures launches its eighth season October 4 with an examination of the St. Louis "Exorcist House." And for the stars of the popular Travel Channel program, the investigation was a memorable one for a couple reasons: It marked their 100th episode, and it was one of their eeriest filmings to ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures Goes Inside Missouri State Penitentiary Tonight (VIDEOS)

    Missouri is getting some love from the Travel Channel tonight -- for once being home to "America's bloodiest 47 acres." That was the label Time Magazine apparently gave to the the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1967 and is one of many reasons why it's a perfect subject for Ghost Adventures, the sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Bizarre Foods St. Louis Episode Airs Monday Night

    The St. Louis episode of Bizarre Foods American hits the Travel Channel tonight. Andrew Zimmern traveled to the gateway to the West back in March and hit up some of our favorite spots. It's time for a refresher. See also: Gut Check (Finally) Meets Up With Andrew Zimmern in St. Louis

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Hidden Gems at the North City Farmers' Market: A Gut Check Guide

    Farmers' markets across St. Louis are in full swing, and as new crops are harvested, Gut Check will be there every step of the way to make sure you never miss out on the latest fresh veggies. This week, we visited the North City Farmers' Market (2700 North 14th Street; 314-241-5031). The market runs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Saleem's West and Lots of Garlic to be Featured on Travel Channel's Food Paradise

    A word of advice to St. Louis vampires: Steer clear of Saleem's West restaurant (14560 Manchester Road, Manchester; 636-207-1368). According to the Travel Channel, it's a garlic paradise. Back in July, a crew from the show Food Paradise filmed at Saleem's for an episode devoted to garlic. They caug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Soulard Farmers Market Announces Bizarre Foods Filming Date

    Mark your calendars! Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods America is coming to Soulard Farmers Market (730 Carroll Street; 314-622-4180) on Saturday, March 16. We first reported that Bizarre Foods America was filming at the market back in February, but after finalizing plans with Travel Channel bigwigs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Bizarre Foods' Andrew Zimmern to Visit Soulard Farmers Market in March

    Lest there was any doubt, St. Louis is officially bizarre. According to the Travel Channel, that is. Soulard Farmers Market (730 Carroll St., 314-622-4180) announced on its Facebook page last night that Bizarre Foods America will be shooting at the market in March. They haven't yet set an exact dat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Crown Candy Kitchen's "Heart-Stopping BLT" Competes on Travel Channel Tonight

    Tonight, historic St. Louis eatery and sweet shop Crown Candy Kitchen (1401 St. Louis Avenue; 314-621-9650) and its famous "Heart-Stopping BLT" sandwich will be featured in an episode of Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America on the Travel Channel. The show's host, Adam Richman, is well-known as th ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 17, 2012
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    April 16, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Visits Kansas City Tonight

    For the second consecutive season, Anthony Bourdain is featuring Missouri on his Travel Channel show No Reservations. Once again, alas, he isn't visiting St. Louis. Last year, Bourdain visited the Ozarks, where he skinned a squirrel and met acclaimed novelist Daniel Woodrell (Winter's Bone). Tonigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    "A Krampus Carol": What You Won't See on Anthony Bourdain's Holiday Special

    Krampus, as imagined by Anthony Bourdain​Tonight the Travel Channel will air the annual holiday special episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. No doubt it will contain all manner of holiday-themed debauchery. However, it won't contain "A Krampus Carol," Bourdain's twisted animated telling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Eating Roadkill's Okay. Organic Picnics Aren't.

    Wikimedia CommonsRoadkill's good eats. Organic picnics aren't. ​Missouri's deer season started on Saturday, meaning the critters are on the run from the riflemen and ripe for the car-wrecking and eating. Last week NPR's food blog, The Salt, examined the laws pertaining to eating roadkill aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Truck Stop Missouri Serves Up Reality TV and Giant Pools of Gravy

    In two weeks the University of Missouri - Columbia will celebrate their one hundredth homecoming, but there's a new character in town encroaching on the Tigers' fame: Midway Truck Stop, the subject of Travel Channel's newest hit, Truck Stop Missouri. The giant, independent truck stop stationed one e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Travel Channel Show "Missouri Truck Stop" Premieres Tonight

    ​The Travel Channel debuts its new series Missouri Truck Stop tonight at 9 p.m. The reality show focuses on the characters and events taking place at Midway Travel Plaza, a sprawling truck stop just east of Columbia on Interstate 70. Midway features a dozen businesses, including a diner, tattoo pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Farmhaus' Trip to Aspen's Food and Wine Classic, in Tweets

    Food & WineBest New Chefs, 2011​Last week Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800 or owner/chef Kevin Willmann and manager Eric Scholle took their crew to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, where Willmann was selected as one of 2011's Best New Chefs by Food & Wine m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Where To Go For Cinco

    Nick SchnelleA photo from last year's Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo parade​St. Louisans definitely love to drink, and this week, we'll trade in our cans of PBR for pitchers of margaritas! That's right, it's time for Cinco de Mayo in St. Louis. While arguably the city's biggest party, Cherokee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    [UPDATED] Absoluti Goosed Wins "The Official Best Of" Best Martinis in Missouri

    Wikimedia Commons​Absolutli Goosed (3196 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-9300) is no stranger to accolades for its glorious cocktails -- but its most recent award will bring the swanky South Grand martini lounge nationwide attention. "The Official Best Of" has named Absolutli Goosed the Best Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain Visits the Ozarks Tonight

    Photo: The Travel Channel​When Anthony Bourdain appeared in St. Louis last year, he noted that while he had no plans to feature our city in his Travel Channel show No Reservations, he would be visiting the Missouri Ozarks for an episode of the upcoming season.That episode airs tonight at 8 p.m. ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Brad Clement: High-Altitude Cameraman from St. Louis Has Documentary Tonight on PBS

    Brad Clement​Growing up in St. Louis (elevation 466 feet above sea level), Brad Clement never dreamed that he'd go on to become the cameraman for some of the most daring mountain climbs ever caught on film. But then, that was before the Webster Groves High grad (class of '89) spent a summer workin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Photo: The Travel Channel​Anthony Bourdain stopped in town over the weekend, and Ian was in the audience at the Fox Theatre. In case you missed it, catch up on the Missouri-related No Reservations news and then check out Ian's overall impressions of Bourdain's appearance. What else did we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain Preaches (Profanely) to the Choir at the Fox Theatre

    ​A standing ovation from an enthusiastic (though under capacity) audience greeted Anthony Bourdain as the chef turned author and TV host strolled onto the Fox Theatre stage on Friday evening. For the next two hours, Bourdain demonstrated the force of personality that has made him one of the bigges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain Plans to Film No Reservations in Missouri

    Photo: The Travel Channel​Just back from the highly entertaining appearance by Anthony Bourdain at the Fox Theatre. I'll have a full write-up of the event later, but Bourdain made news of local interest during the question-and-answer session when an audience member inquired whether No Reservations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Reminder: Anthony Bourdain at Fox Theatre This Friday

    Photo: The Travel Channel​Hear that happy hum from the foodies in your life? It means the big day is almost here. Chef turned author and television host Anthony Bourdain will appear at the Fox Theater this Friday, October 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $49.50.Bourdain recently published ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 25, 2010
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    August 20, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Photo: The Travel Channel Anthony Bourdain​This week, Gut Check went all Hollywood with not one but two celebrity chefs making appearances on the blog. First up, an interview with Anthony Bourdain, who will stop in St. Louis October 1 for his latest book tour. Then Ian was on hand as Food ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Interview with Anthony Bourdain: "I Wonder Sometimes If I'm a Malevolent Force"

    Photo: The Travel ChannelAnthony Bourdain​"I'm gonna walk out on stage, talk for an hour, [do] question-and-answer," says Anthony Bourdain of his October 1 appearance at the Fox Theatre. "It's as crazy, as rowdy, as entertaining as the audience cares to make it."The visit will be Bourdain's first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Chef's Choice: Mike Emerson, Pappy's Smokehouse

    Two years into the phenomenal run of Pappy's Smokehouse, the Midtown barbecue joint that has gained national attention and has lines out the door daily, co-owner Mike Emerson shares the secret of his success:"I'm a 54-year-old knucklehead who got lucky cooking barbecue."Robin WheelerMike Emerson, co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    2009 in Review: February

    ​​February was a big month here at Gut Check International Headquarters, as we rolled out our first new columns written by freelance writers: The Noble Writ, Java Enabled, The Sneak, The Dive Bomber and Throwback of the House. It was also a big month for Gut Check favorite Pappy's Smokehouse, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    A Food Writer's List of 10 Essential Food Books

    ​As much as I'd like to assemble a Top Ten Food Books of 2009 list, I'm so far behind in my reading that I'd struggle to compose a Top Ten Food Books of 2008 list. Best I can do for this year is two books. First, Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan. It's a cookbook, but you can -- and should ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Anthony Bourdain, the Cartoon Series?

    Via Eater comes this trailer for a new Travel Channel animated series called Anthony Bourdain's Alternate Universe. Quoting Eater: "...assuming this isn't a hoax, it's only going to be online, as a six-part animated web series to debut sometime in 2010."

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    October 2, 2009

    13 Worst Haunted Houses in the USA

    Photo: Steve Truesdell​It's the beginning of October, and that means it's the season to stand in line outside a building blasting pulsating, industrial music and then paying to have for some creep come up behind you and scream bloody murder. But enough about downtown St. Louis! It's haunted house ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 3, 2009
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    May 29, 2009

    FoodWire: Pappy's Smokehouse NYC Bound!

    Ian FroebMike Emerson serving whole-hog barbecue at Pappy's Smokehouse in February.Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; Web site) owner Mike Emerson posted fantastic news on the STL Bites forum: His Midtown barbecue joint has been invited to participate in this year's Big Apple Barbecue Block Part ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    FoodWire: Crown Candy Kitchen, Iron Barley & Pappy's Smokehouse on Travel Channel

    Tonight the Travel Channel airs the St. Louis episode of Man v. Food. Host Adam Richman takes the "malt milkshake challenge" at Crown Candy Kitchen and also visits Iron Barley and Pappy's Smokehouse. The episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. central.Assuming everything goes according to plan, I'll be live- ... More >>

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    January 9, 2008

    A Few Thoughts on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Monday was the season premiere of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations on the Travel Channel. As I wrote then, this is probably my favorite food-related show ever. I considered recapping each episode, as Jeanette did with Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, but given my wacky schedul ... More >>

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    January 7, 2008

    Shameless Unpaid and Unsolicited Promotion for Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations -- one of my absolute favorite food-related TV shows of all time -- begins its new season at 9 p.m. tonight (CST) on the Travel Channel. For a much needed laugh at the beginning of this first full week of the new year, check out Bourdain's blog ... More >>

  • Film

    July 25, 2007

    Light Dining

    No Reservations is sweet and savory fare. Without the foam.

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Turkey Gone Wild

    We raise a glass to everyone's favorite Thanksgiving spirit, imagine Tofurky dinner at the White House and eat one hundred T-ravs. Plus: Where in the world is Floyd Crues?

  • Film

    January 7, 2004

    Liberty for None

    Mandy Moore's likable enough; wish we could say the same about her movie