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    September 29, 2014

    Gun Incident at Faraci Pizza Leads to Confrontations with Protesters [Updated]

    Tensions spiked in Ferguson this weekend following two officer-involved shootings Saturday night and early Sunday morning. However, the earliest signs of trouble perhaps began at Faraci Pizza, a few blocks south of the Ferguson police headquarters on South Florissant Avenue When Daily RFT arrived a ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    What the Bands Ate at LouFest

    We're familiar with the restaurants featured in this year's LouFest concession stand, a.k.a. the Nosh Pit. But out-of-town bands are just looking for a quick bite, and they still loved what St. Louis had to offer. Restaurants like Pappy's, Strange Donuts and Sugarfire Smokehouse had brushes with fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Mi Linh's Former Chef Nelson Padilla Says He Was Forced Out by Sister Dee Dee Tran

    Last week, we reported that Mi Linh (9737 Manchester Road; 314-918-8868), the nine-month old Vietnamese restaurant in Rock Hill, parted ways with its executive chef, Nelson Tran. Owner Dee Dee Tran told us in a statement and through a spokeswoman that the split with Nelson and his wife Linh Tu, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Punk's Not Dead, It's Having a Mid-Life Crisis

    Punk rock is a money toilet. The record/mp3 collecting involved is the most addictive drug that I've ever encountered, and most of my alcoholic/drug addict/straight edge friends would probably agree. But are we all just living in a dumber cliché than the one we're supposedly and lazily rebelling ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Being Happy While You Cook and Learning to Love Bourbon: A Q&A with Joseph Hemp V of Robust

    This is part two. of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Joseph Hemp V of Robust. Read part one, a profile of Hemp, here. Part three, a recipe from Hemp, will be available Monday. As a kid, Joseph Hemp V would stand on a step stool next to the stove to help make Sunday breakfast, his family's brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Loving Las Vegas and MSG: A Q & A with Qui Tran of Mai Lee

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Read part one, a profile of Tran, here. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-2835) isn't simply a job for chef Qui Tran. It's his legacy. His ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Best Pies in St. Louis: A Roundup

    This month has nothing to do with pies. There is no holiday in April (or May, even) when one is expected to eat pie. It's not National Pie Week or Celebrate Pie Day. It's not March 14 (National Pi Day) or January 23 (National Pie Day). So why are we writing about pie now? A reader bugged us about i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Chef's Choice: Natasha Kwan of Frida's Deli, Part 2

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Natasha Kwan of Frida's Deli. Read part one, a profile of Kwan, here. Part three, a recipe from Kwan, will be available Thursday. Natasha Kwan, the owner of the vegetarian, vegan and raw-food restaurant Frida's Deli (622 North and South Road, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Report: Capitalist Pig to Close Until Spring

    If you've been waiting to visit Capitalist Pig (2727 South 12th Street; 314-771-8230), the new barbecue joint inside Mad Art Gallery, you'll have to wait a while longer. According to a report yesterday from Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch, owner Ron Buechele has decided to close Capitalist Pig until ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Jilted Growlers Pub Fan Takes His Fight to Facebook

    Matt Bowler thought he had the perfect birthday present for himself. The St. Louis native, who turns 28 this week, only needed to try twelve more beers to complete his "beer card" of the 133 beers available at Growlers Pub (3811 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills; 314-984-9009). "I've been go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Chris Sommers' Sqwid Wraps Its Arms Around Businesses and Patrons

    Everyone with a fork and an Internet connection fancies himself a restaurant critic these days, Yelping about an overcooked steak or Twittering on about a beautifully plated dessert. Which is fine, except that the conversation tends to be one-sided and leaves little opportunity for restaurant owners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Village Voice Media Responds to Clergy

    Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Riverfront Times' parent company Village Voice Media and the classified ad site The full-page ad was published in the New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Yelp Decides Which St. Louis Venues Have a "Hipster" Ambience

    www.latfh.comYep. This dude definitely has lots of ambience.​Hipsters, when they aren't busy attacking you for not knowing who the Arcade Fire is, like to eat and drink. Where can you find them doing these things in the wild?Yelp has the answer.Yes, the popular consumer review website has added "h ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011
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    January 6, 2011
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    October 26, 2010

    Bally Total Fitness Reopening in University City -- But When?

    The Bally Total Fitness on Forsyth Road in University City has been telling patrons that it will reopen November 1, five months after it was shuttered by fire.But that's news to University City, which will have to complete a series of inspections before the gym can open its doors to the public. A U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    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: How Not to Respond to Criticism on Yelp: A Case Study - BP Honcho Says He'd Gladly Eat Gulf Coast Seafood

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    March 1, 2010

    Twitter Food Fight! Customers and Restaurateurs Hash It Out!

    It always seems to take the Midwest a bit to catch up with the coasts. In San Francisco they had their first Yelp-related smackdown with criminal charges in November. Last week the New York Times published a story about chefs taking to Twitter to air grievances about suppliers, customers, employees, ... More >>