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    Made in America?

    source: www.victorystore.com http://mt.laweekly.com/mt.cgi?__mode=view&_type=entry&id=35320&blog_id=36 Flag of convenience? Lots of teeth-gnashing over the weekend about the source of our food -- and other products, most notably too...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 2, 2007 @ 11:18 am
  • The Secret Is Out - Starrs is great for wine -- and for dinner. Who knew?


    The Secret Is Out - Starrs is great for wine -- and for dinner. Who knew?

    Starrs might have had the least flashy opening of any area restaurant this year. Regular patrons of Bud Starr's spacious Richmond Heights wine shop and gourmet market probably knew the private dining area was being renovated -- essentially closed of...

    by Ian Froeb on November 14, 2007
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    2006 Black Opal Cabernet Merlot - Somewhere in the Caribbean

    When the woman seated across from you at dinner reveals she's a nurse at a Supermax prison, you've got a couple options. You can look at her beatifically, voicing your admiration to her for not only visiting the imprisoned, but also caring for them. ...

    by Kristie McClanahan on November 14, 2007
  • Double Cheeseburger - $2.49
2851 Gravois Avenue


    Double Cheeseburger - $2.49 QuikTrip 2851 Gravois Avenue

    Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare! Really, there's no better slogan to describe the party we've been having here in St. Louis ever since government researchers reported that overweight people have lower mortality rates than people who are skinny, or ...

    by Malcolm Gay on November 14, 2007
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    Happy Birthday to Us!

    source: hope.abta.org We'll save you a bite. Today marks the end of our first full month here at Gut Check. (Yeah, there's an archive that goes back to last year, but most of that was written for the mothership, STLog.) If you've bee...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 29, 2007 @ 7:07 pm
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    Seeing Red: Update

    photo: Ian Froeb Red on Washington Ave. Following up on last week's post about the grand opening of Red, the eastern European-themed restaurant at 1130 Washington Avenue: I finally spoke with someone at the restaurant today. Turns o...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 29, 2007 @ 5:57 pm
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    Small Plates: Friday, 6/29

    source: www.robscape.com AVOID. The FDA has announced that it is banning farm-raised catfish, eel and shrimp (as well as a few other species) imported from China because of contamination from various substances. Read the official pre...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 29, 2007 @ 5:39 pm
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    A Drop To Drink

    source: www.chemistryland.com Drink up. From our friends at the mothership, STLog: In a town thirsty for good news, it's no surprise Mayor Francis Slay is crowing about St. Louis' latest triumph. What's the cause for celebration? Th...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 29, 2007 @ 4:42 pm
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    Pho Longer Just Pho

    source: www.neonsign.com Someone please buy me this sign for Xmas. When I reviewed Pho Long in November of last year, the tiny restaurant at 8613 Olive Boulevard offered a menu of pho and hardly anything else. (There were spring roll...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 28, 2007 @ 2:45 pm
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    Small Plates: Wednesday, 6/27

    A slow day here at Gut Check headquarters. I had a grilled pork banh mi from Ba Le for lunch. It was much spicier than I remembered from my review of the place earlier this year. I opened it up and found a slice of jalapeno nearly as big as my thumb....

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 27, 2007 @ 6:38 pm
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    In This Week's Issue

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg A grand slam of flavors My review of the food at GCS Stadium, home of the Gateway Grizzlies, is now online. Click here to read. Also in this week's paper: Kristie's indoor-soccer team takes on Fiji Natura...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 27, 2007 @ 2:28 pm
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    Small Plates: Tuesday, 6/26

    source: www.localharvestgrocery.com Now open in Tower Grove South Local Harvest Grocery will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 3148 Morganford (near the Tin Can Tavern). Local Harvest is notable for its...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 26, 2007 @ 6:30 pm
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    Review Preview: GCS Stadium

    photo: Ian Froeb With cheese sauce, of course. What is that...thing...on the right? That, my friends, is a deep-fried White Castle Slyder, just one of the unusual food items available at GCS Stadium in Sauget, Illinois, home of the F...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 26, 2007 @ 4:05 pm
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    Restaurant Listings: Now With More Internet!

    source: www.sfu.ca You'll find banana under B, my friend. A heads-up if you haven't wandered over to the RFT restaurant page lately: We've redesigned the whole shebang. You'll find links to my most recent reviews, Malcom's Keep It Do...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 26, 2007 @ 12:20 pm
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    Small Plates: Monday, 6/25

    The husband-and-wife team of Dave Owens and Margaret Kelly are leaving Terrene. Owner John McElwain confirmed the news, first reported (as far as I can tell) on Sauce Magazine's Web site, when I spoke with him on the phone Friday. A formal announceme...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 25, 2007 @ 5:03 pm
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    How Sweet Are You?

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg Marcia Sindel at La Dolce Via Sunday, a shade after noon. I wake up groggily. After one too many beers the night before - I attended my colleague Randy Roberts' going-away party, after all - my foggy brain ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 25, 2007 @ 3:38 pm
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    In the Kitchen: Can'taloupe

    photo: Ian Froeb Yes, that's parsley. Before we embark on another busy week here at Gut Check, I thought I'd show you the result of my first attempt at making ice cream. In fact, I decided to make sorbet. Canteloupe sorbet, to be...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 25, 2007 @ 12:57 pm
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    Raita On - The honeymoon is over for Ian -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    Listen: Yours truly had come unstuck in time. One minute my wife and I were lingering over cappuccinos after a five-course dinner at our honeymoon resort's premier restaurant, reminiscing about the incredible food we'd eaten that week: antojitos ...

    by Ian Froeb on November 7, 2007
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    McRib Value Meal - $5.04 McDonald's 4006 Lindell Boulevard

    Stopgap: stp-gap, n., something that serves as a temporary expedient. The stopgap. Usually when we think of a stopgap, we think of emergency government spending to bail out some overextended and underfunded bureaucracy. But for our nation's hog ...

    by Malcolm Gay on November 7, 2007
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    "Ice Cream!" You Scream

    source: concise.britannica.com 31 flavors is just a start Regular readers of my restaurant reviews know that I often refer to my fiance. Well, her bridal shower was this past weekend, and one gift she received was an ice-cream maker...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 22, 2007 @ 6:59 pm
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