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    November 14, 2014

    For Sale: Stunningly Detailed 1875 Maps of Old St. Louis

    If you could take a hot air balloon in 1875 and drift through the squalid sky above St. Louis, you'd see a city bustling with breweries, horse-drawn carriages, trains skimming the riverfront and ferries chugging beneath the Eads Bridge. Such was the view granted to a group of artists who took to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Touring Band Has Common Sense Stolen Out of Van in St. Louis

    [Editor's note: We at RFT Music feel for the bands and acts that have been victims of theft through a rash of touring van break-ins in the city of St. Louis recently. We really do. The good news is that police claim to have some solid leads; hopefully the thieves will be busted and brought to justic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Perennial's Abraxas Named the Best Beer in Missouri

    Pretty much ever since Perennial Artisan Ales (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300) opened in 2011, it has had a cult following. And no brew in town has a bigger one than the rare Abraxas. It's "deep brown with a thick head, [and] a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness...intended to cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Park Avenue Coffee Partners with Yelp St. Louis for Small Batch Coffee

    There is now such a thing as Yelp coffee. Park Avenue Coffee (417 North Tenth Street; 314-231-5282) has partnered with the customer review site for a promotion called "Missouri Made" and is offering a special, small batch brew in all three of its cafes for the month of June. See also: Park Avenue C ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2014
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    December 12, 2013
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    August 21, 2013

    Joe Pollack and the Supper of the Lamb

    Could one man's love of lamb chops turn a restaurant into an overnight success? This appears to be the case for Cafe Natasha's (3200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-3411). In the days before Yelp, Urban Spoon and the blogosphere, restaurant reviews could make or break a place. Food critics once had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    KSDK (Channel 5) Investigates Quirky, Totally Unexplored "Hipster Culture" in St. Louis

    KSDK (Channel 5) has an in-depth segment today, investigating these "quirky" new members of a species called "hipsters" who are taking over St. Louis. They're in bars. They lurk in coffee shops. They dance during the daytime. They wear sunglasses. They're into jazz. And fashion. And they're young! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    2013 World Naked Bike Ride In St. Louis Set For July 27 (PHOTOS)

    Mark your calendars, cyclists/ environmentalists/ people who enjoy getting nude in public! The folks behind the 2013 World Naked Bike Ride have just announced that the annual ride is set for Saturday, July 27 in St. Louis. With favorable weather -- although, once your naked, a little rain never hurt ... More >>

  • Film

    March 21, 2013
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    January 25, 2013

    Noodle House on South Grand Already Closed

    Looks like a very short life for Noodle House (3924 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-5197). The Vietnamese restaurant opened in late June of last year in a former Arby's restaurant along South Grand in Dutchtown. Driving past it this week, I spotted a For Lease sign posted outside the restaurant. Peer ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 10, 2013
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    January 8, 2013

    Review Preview: Fork & Stix

    This week I visit Fork & Stix (549 Rosedale Avenue; 314-863-5572), a tiny Thai restaurant unlike any other in town.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Missouri Native Who Jumps to his Death in San Francisco Becomes Social Media Sensation

    Our sister paper SF Weekly has a terrific feature story this week called "Public Influence," on the suicide of Dylan Yount, a Harrisburg native and Mizzou graduate who plummeted to a very public death from his apartment building. Our own former RFT fellow Albert Samaha tells the sad tale through th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Capitalist Pig, Soulard BBQ Joint, Defends Name and Sign Against Complaint to City

    Just like the sign that hangs from Capitalist Pig restaurant suggests, owner Ron Buechele started a minor revolution on his Facebook page this week when he announced that someone at the city has a big pig problem with his sign. "Apparently Joe McCarthy has risen from the grave," he wrote. "I had a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Trouble at Hooked Seafood Bar?

    While stopping for lunch at another restaurant in Jeffrey Plaza this afternoon, I noticed that Hooked Seafood Bar (8613 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-8886), which debuted late last year, wasn't open during its posted hours. While the restaurant hadn't been cleaned out, it didn't look rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Video: Professional Actors Reading Actual Yelp Reviews

    Last week, an amazing video appeared on YouTube: Actor Chris Kipiniak (The Good Wife) performing a dramatic reading of an actual one-star Yelp restaurant review. A second episode, featuring Therese Plummer (also of The Good Wife), went up today. Both are glorious. And lest you think this is all abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: June 29-July 1

    Friday (June 29): Yelp Drinks Friday Happy Hour @ Ernesto's Wine Bar Yelp often? Meet other Yelpers for a special happy hour complete with half price drinks like razzberry lemon punch and screaming bloody marias. Snack on special food prices for pulled pork sliders, flatbreads and more. 5 to 7 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Fire Strikes Abandoned University City Restaurant

    According to multiple reports, a fire overnight struck the abandoned Kramer's Olive Bistro restaurant at 8141 Olive Boulevard in University City. Though at least one headline states that the restaurant was "destroyed" by the fire, the building remains intact, with much of the damage at the back. KT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge Closed

    Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge (3191 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-3940), one of the very, very few restaurants nationwide to feature Bedouin cuisine, has closed. The signage has been removed from its storefront, and while tables and chairs remain inside restaurant, most everything else appears ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    iTunes Store, Wired Praise "Best Of" App

    ​Allow us to pat ourselves on the back for just a sec' after iTunes just named our "Best of" iPhone app as one of its five best travel apps of the year in its "Rewind" list. Wired also gave the app praise, writing that it's "what Yelp would be if only the cool kids could post reviews" and "provide ... More >>

  • News

    October 13, 2011
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    September 26, 2011

    Yelp: "We Don't Take Sides on Factual Disputes"

    ​I had to pass along a story from SFoodie, the food blog of SF Weekly, our sister paper in San Francisco. Seems a Yelp user posted a review in which "she" claimed to be a writer for the SF Weekly. She isn't. Never was.Now, SF Weekly's W. Blake Gray had enough trouble just getting in touch with Yel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Google Acquires Zagat

    ​Well, now, this is interesting: Google announced today that it has acquired reader-generated-review pioneer Zagat. Marissa Mayer, a Google vice president, made the announcement on the search engine's official blog:Moving forward, Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering--delighting p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Everyone Makes Mistakes; How Your Customers Wish You'd Handle Them

    Chrissy WilmesThe infamous rock (left) next to the coupon we were given for our troubles. Too little, too late.​This weekend when crunching into a bite of salad, Gut Check's vigorous chewing came to an abrupt halt as our molars painfully snapped against something hard as a rock. After messily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    The Worst Restaurant Story You'll Read Today, Possibly All Year [Updated]

    Image via​Everyone has a favorite "terrible restaurant experience" story to share. Thanks to social media, there are more forums in which to share that story than ever before.However, the next time that you're preparing to sharpen your knives and post about crappy food or slow service on Yelp, Twi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    El Burrito Loco Closed

    Ian Froeb​El Burrito Loco (3611 Bates Avenue; 314-457-8600) has closed. I haven't seen this reported anywhere else -- my apologies if I missed something -- but based on a comment on its Yelp profile, the restaurant has been closed since at least early April. At any rate, the interior is mostly cle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    New Name for "Yelp Elite" Tumblr

    Well, that didn't take long. We told you on Friday about The Yelp Elite, a new Tumblr account poking fun at some of the comments made by Yelp's "elite" reviewers. If you visit the site now, you'll see it has been taken offline. The new name for the Tumblr account is The Blank Elite:We hope you find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    New Tumblr Site Teases Yelp "Elite"

    The Yelp "Elite" are supposedly the best of the best users of the user-review website. As a new Tumblr site called, simply, The Yelp Elite points out, it is sometimes difficult to tell what makes the "Elite" elite.Here is one of the example comments from actual Yelp reviews posted on the site:​To ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    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:RT @EvanBenn: 7 Best Beer Cities in America? Here are my picks at @ESQfood @Esquiremag: to Handle a Negative Yelp Review - http: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Jennifer Silverberg The cooked mana-ish at Central Café and Bakery ​This week was full of food-news -- from hoodlums smuggling marijuana amongst a tomato shipment to management changes at a favorite local eatery to good 'ol restaurant and dish reviews -- Gut Check's been busy. What else ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    How to Handle a Negative Yelp Review

    The rise of "amateur" review sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon has led to numerous tales of chefs and other business owners reacting to criticisms with outrage and even lawsuits.The well-mannered restaurateur knows that the best way to handle unwarranted criticism is with a generous spirit and, ideally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Nubia Cafe Closed for "Remodeling"

    Ian FroebNubia Cafe on Delmar Boulevard​Nubia Cafe, the West African restaurant located at 5860 Delmar Boulevard, has closed for "remodeling," according to the sign taped to the front window. There certainly appears to be some work being done inside, though it's difficult to tell whether things ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Repackaged Industrial Ground Beef Recalled

    The USDA has ordered a ground beef recall. Ozarks First reports that 226,000 pounds of hamburgers have been recalled by One Great Burger in New Jersey. The company, which mainly sells to institutional customers, allegedly repackaged meat that had been returned to them, changing the date on the packa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    How Not to Ask for a Restaurant Recommendation

    Meet Yelp user Chun "Tennis Guru" L, who decided to turn to the wisdom of the Yelp crowds for a restaurant recommendation. This recommendation had to meet a few criteria, though:​Did something in his post strike you as, well, questionable, if not downright douchetastic? No? Read it again, with a v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Michelin Reveals First Chicago Restaurant Star Rankings

    ​St. Louis gastronauts take note: For the foreseeable future -- and likely beyond -- this is as close as we're going to get to Michelin-starred dining.Michelin today released its first-ever star rankings for the restaurants of Chicago. Alinea, the avant-garde palace of chef Grant Achatz, and L20, ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 20, 2010
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    September 3, 2010

    13 Signs You Might Be a Foochebag

    Foochebags in the wild.​Earlier this week, Gut Check learned a new word. It's now our favorite word...ever.FoochebagFoochebag is a portmanteau (which we think means it was smuggled into the English language inside someone's luggage) of the words foodie and douchebag and accurately summarizes the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Eating in New Orleans, Five Years After Katrina

    Five years later, the New Orleans Times-Picayune looks at thirteen ways Hurricane Katrina changed New Orleans' food culture - what's gone, what's new, and why the tea got sweeter. Forget Yelp! and foursquare. Foodspotting just got some big financial backing to make it a player in the food social m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    How Not to Respond to Criticism on Yelp: A Case Study

    ​Michele Laudig, the restaurant critic for our sister paper Phoenix New Times, files a fascinating case study on how not to respond to a negative review of a restaurant on Yelp. Seems someone had a negative experience at a restaurant called Amy's Baking Company and, as is the wont of Yelp users, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Jack Abramoff: Now Flipping Pizzas Instead of Votes

    ​Shamed and prosecuted former uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff is working with a new kind of dough these days. That's right, instead of rolling out questionable gifts and incentives to lawmakers, Abramoff is now involved in business scheme even more yeasty than his congressional dealings: a kosher pizz ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 2, 2010
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    March 22, 2010

    St. Louis Meet UrbHub

    What do you do when you find yourself living in a new town where you don't know many people and you don't know what to do or where to go? If your name is Brad Hogan you start a new social tool that lets you and others share local places and happenings around town and you call it UrbHub. ​Urbhub is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    The Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Robin Wheeler​This week, we all gathered around the garbage can (actually, the kitchen sink) and said goodbye to the last foul creation from Throwback of the House. Robin saved the best worst for last: jellied bouillon with frankfurters and hard-boiled eggs.What else did we do this week?The heart- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Photos: Yelpers Yelp About Yelp at Molly's in Soulard

    This week at Molly's in Soulard, some local "elite" users of Yelp -- the mega consumer review website that ranks restaurants, bars, clubs and myriad other establishments -- got together to talk food and, of course, drink. Photographer Crystal Rolfe brings back these photos from the event, where some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Bono Finally Became Frustrated By Not Finding What He Was Looking For. So What Did He Do?

    Why, invest in Yelp. Elevation Partners -- in which the U2 frontman is a partner -- just invested $25 million in the San Francisco-based review website. Says the San Francisco Business Times: ...Yelp said Wednesday that Elevation Partners will buy $25 million worth of preferred stock in Yelp, and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Yelp St. Louis Gets a New Community Manager

    Abby Schwarz posing with Clownvis​​This week the Internet social review site Yelp formally announced that they've hired Abby Schwarz as their new community manager for St. Louis. Abby has been an active Yelp user since 2008 and applied for the job on a whim. If you've never used Yelp b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    FoodWire: KoBa Closed, but When?

    I try my best to stay on top of restaurant openings and closings, but more often than I'd like, a specific event slips past me. Case in point: Chesterfield Korean restaurant KoBa has closed. According to George Mahe's recent openings and closings post on Feast, the location at 138 Chesterfield Town ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Oh iPhone! Is there Anything You CAN'T Do?

    It takes photos, plays music and video, you can browse the web, it even catches criminals. What can't the iPhone do? Not much, apparently. Apple's iPhone store has been an incredible success -- 2.4 billion worth of success. Proving that the iPhone is way more than just a phone. It's the worlds first ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    Joe Bush's Pizza & Pub Now Open -- Plus Bonus Local Restaurant News

    Now open at 3710 South Kingshighway Boulevard in Southtown Center is Joe Bush's Pizza & Pub. As I understand it, there is no Joe Bush; the name is a conflation of the owners' names. I have yet to find a Web site for the restaurant. Elsewhere in local restaurant news: An interesting brouhaha has ari ... More >>

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