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    Sir's Bar-B-Q Open Downtown, Opening Soon in University City

    Sir's Bar-B-Q now open downtown. ? Gut Check reported in September that Sir-B-Que had closed its location at 5898 Delmar Boulevard. Turns out the restaurant was relocating -- and expanding. Thanks to tips from the Urban STL message board and an em...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 1, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    In Defense of Spaghetti Tacos

    Really, there's no defense for spaghetti tacos, a creation that outraged the food blogosphere recently with rants from the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Atlantic and yes, even Gut Check. Spaghetti tacos were introduced on the Nickelodeon s...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on November 1, 2010 @ 5:04 pm
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    Review Preview: Blue Nile Market and Caf

    The vegetarian combo platter at Blue Nile Market and Cafe ? This week, I return to one of my favorite dining destinations in St. Louis -- Jeffrey Plaza, a homely strip mall at Olive Boulevard and I-170 -- to try the Ethiopian restaurant Blue Nile ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 1, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
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    October 2010 Openings and Closings [Updated 2x]

    Newstead Tower Public House ? October was a very busy month for restaurant news in St. Louis. Judging by the reaction here and elsewhere, I'd guess the biggest news was the closing of Newstead Tower Public House. (Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 1, 2010 @ 12:32 pm
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    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 10.25-10.31

    ? Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Iron Stef: Stephanie made Edamame Burgers with Wasabi Slaw. A Veggie Venture: Alanna shared thoughts on Frozen Sweet Potato Fries. Relish: George recommended Maggie's L...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on November 1, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    The Contradictory Link Between Poverty and Obesity

    Not that customer complaints don't work. The Rochester (New York) Democrat and Chronicle talks to upstate New York farmers about how customer demands have changed farming practices. The Upstate Niagara Cooperative, a collective of 385 dairy farmers, ...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on November 1, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    ? Halloween is almost here, and Gut Check is ready. How about you? Get nostalgic about trick-or-treating expeditions of yesteryear with this list of the Ten Lamest Halloween Candies and then prep for a more adult celebration with our list of Ten Frig...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on October 29, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Newstead Tower Public House to Close Saturday, October 30

    Based on the number of page views, Facebook shares, retweets and comments on the news that Newstead Tower Public House is closing, I thought I would bump this post as a reminder that tomorrow, October 30, is the gastropub's final day. Ia...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on October 29, 2010 @ 3:26 pm
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    This Election Night, The Rent Is Too Damn Pi

    ? It seems like only yesterday that Gut Check was noting its perhaps exhaustive coverage of Pi Pizzeria. But when owner Chris Sommers sends us a graphic as amazing as this, we have no choice but to share it with you. This Election Day night -- Tuesd...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on October 29, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
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    2010 RFT Best of St. Louis Party

    ? Now that you've had time to get through the beast of an issue that was the 2010 Best Of edition, why not come celebrate in person? Join the RFT for our Best of St. Louis party at the City Museum on Thursday, November 4, from 7 t...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on October 29, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Stephen Colbert on the McRib and Election Day

    On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert tackled the unlikely intersection of the two biggest news stories of next week: Election Day and the return of the McRib sandwich to every single McDonald's in America. The Colbert ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on October 29, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Mexican Coca-Cola No Different from U.S. Version?

    ? A story on Time (via Gawker) this morning landed with a virtual thud in the very depths of my soul: Scientists claim to have found no proof that Mexican Coca-Cola, beloved of food snobs and hipsters, contains cane sugar. But accord...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on October 29, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    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: Chilean Wine Sales Skyrocket After Mine Drama http://bit.ly/aEiq1l Guardian puts Jami...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on October 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Mills Apple Farm vs. Blue Springs Cafe: The Great Illinois Pie Fight

    We must admit we were also inspired by this clip from The Three Stooges, which demonstrates the power of pie to level class differences and enliven a stuffy dinner party. (Which is sort the goal of PieLab.) And also: No matter how many times you see ...

    @ Gut Check by Aimee Levitt on October 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Poisoned Candy, Free Lifetime KFC, and Other Halloween Food Horrors

    Also scary? Meaty cocktails. The New York Daily News tells a scary tale of mixologists, encouraged by a rum company to create a cocktail for National Sandwich Day on November 3. The winner - evil booze genius Trevor Burnett, of Tipicular Fixin's in T...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on October 29, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    Feds Seize 43,000 Pounds of Rice from Rat-Infested Atlanta Warehouse

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that federal agents raided a rat-infested United Food Service warehouse in East Point, Georgia, on Wednesday, seizing 438 hundred-pound bags of rice. "The insanitary conditions alleged to exist in this wareh...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on October 28, 2010 @ 4:39 pm
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    Video: Live Crab Vending Machine

    A colleague found this remarkable report (via NPR) on a vending machine in Nanking, China, that dispenses crabs. Living crabs. They are enclosed in cases and then, according to NPR, kept at a temperature that keeps them docile. The machines are movi...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on October 28, 2010 @ 3:08 pm
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    #41: The "Bucktown" Pizza at Pi Pizzeria

    A slice of the "Bucktown" pizza from Pi ? I'm as guilty as anyone of contributing toward the hoopla surrounding Pi. President Obama declaring it his favorite pizza. Chris Sommers and crew cooking in the White House. New locations in St. Louis and,...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on October 28, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    ? Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter. This week, take a look at some seasonal offerings from Gelateria del Leone and get deta...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on October 28, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    McGurk's Public House's Charlie Myers: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Charlie Myers of McGurk's Public House in O'Fallon. Below is a Q&A with Walters, followed by a video of him and s...

    @ Gut Check by Alissa Nelson on October 28, 2010 @ 11:01 am
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