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Jenna Fischer Talks Favorite St. Louis Foods With Jimmy Kimmel, He Calls Imo's The Worst Pizza Ever

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Update: Thursday, December 20, 11:23 a.m. This morning a reader sent Gut Check a note about Red Lion, one of the St. Louis restaurants that Jimmy Kimmel mentions in the above video. We surmised he misspoke and was referring to locally owned Lion's Choice. Welp, as it turns out, the first Lion's Choice opened shop in Ballwin in 1967 under the name Red Lion Beef House. Kimmel might know St. Louis a bit better than we thought.

On Monday, Jenna Fischer was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where conversation turned to St. Louis food, as reported yesterday over at Punching Kitty. Like Fischer, Kimmel's fiance Molly McNearney is also a St. Louis native -- bizarrely, McNearney was at one point a student of Fischer's mother -- and she and Kimmel have visited St. Louis together. When Kimmel asks Fischer which St. Louis restaurants she looks forward to dining at, she says Imo's Pizza (multiple locations) is a must-have.

Jimmy Kimmel, however, disagrees.

The talk show host says that throughout his "illustrious pizza eating career" Imo's stands alone as "the most disgusting pizza I've ever had in my life."

Fischer defends Imo's -- delivery is better than dine-in, as it gives the cheese time to achieve optimum plastic-ness, apparently -- but Kimmel won't hear it.

"Provel, the provolone version of Velveeta, it seems like," he says.

As reparations, Kimmel name drops a few other St. Louis food legends he'll happily indulge in, including Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (6726 Chippewa Street; 314-481-2652 and 4224 South Grand Boulevard; 314-352-7376), Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340) and Winslow's Home (7213 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-7559).

"Just giving you some other options besides that horrible, horrible pizza," he says to Fischer.

Kimmel also mentions Red Lion, which was the name of a now-defunct bar and grill that existed briefly in Maplewood. We're guessing Kimmel might have meant Lion's Choice (multiple locations) instead, though, as it's a locally owned and operated fast-food chain.

Location Info

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard-Chippewa

6726 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Pappy's Smokehouse

3106 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Winslow's Home

7213 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

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Tommy D WHall
Tommy D WHall

BTW Kimmel also broke up with Sarah Silverman and I think she is WAY funnier than he is! LOL!

Tommy D WHall
Tommy D WHall

I like St. Louis style pizza, I have been purchasing "Dogtown Pizza" for years now and it is now available at Schnucks and Shop N' Save usually on sale for 7-8$, I like that and Kevin's Pizza on Charokee for take out. I do like Imos, but it seems more expensive and at least my local one is not as consistent as other ones I have lived by. I think pizza is one of those foods you either really are choosy about or you will eat any kind of it because you just LOVE pizza. I will say I am also a Provel Cheese fan and that seems to make a difference in some peoples preferrances! To each there own!

Ron Luster
Ron Luster

Don't make the mistake of thinking Imo's is your only option for St. Louis style pizza. If you really want the good stuff avoid the chains and stick with the Mom-n-Pop joints. Serra, Nick & Elena's, Pirrone's, and Faraci's all make a great-tasting STL style pizza.

Jenni Brown
Jenni Brown

Imos is fucking awesome. Provel cheese is FIRE. Dominos elicias, papa johns.....now that nasty pizza

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"If Imo's were not good then why are so many pizza places and grocery stores across the country trying to emulate it now?" ok...if britney spears was not good music why are so many people trying to emulate it now? just because something is popular ( obama ) doesn't mean it can't suck.

Jay Love
Jay Love

Robert I take it you've never been to New York our dough is not 2 inches thick

Jay Love
Jay Love

I am a pizza connoisseur and a have had many types of pizza from New York Chicago Sicilian white pizza even the California Pizza crap put Saint Louis "pizza" is by far the worst food that is not "pizza" I have ever had and you can trust me I am an expert

Jay Smith
Jay Smith

My fiance lives nearer to Chicago than here. She's tried toasted rav's, Imo's, and Ted Drewes and sees nothing special about any of them. That's the St. Louis equivalent of someone calling your mother a whore. But...she's basically right. It's more the tradition that makes it awesome. Not because it truly tastes THAT awesome.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

Pizza is like sex. Sometimes it's better than others but it's almost always good. And having the same pizza every time is boring. Nothing wrong with Chicago one week, St Louis the next, and a big piece of folded New York style for a change. Big pizzas need love too ya know? But Imo's is the worst STL style.

Justin N Rachel Hager
Justin N Rachel Hager

I like all pizza but especially St Louis style. People that talk smack about it have other problems. It's pizza people.

Julie Banderman
Julie Banderman

Imos & Cecil's are nasty. Grew up eating both. And if you get a veggie or plain cheese from either one, you're still eating meat! They have sausage & hamburger in the sauce. Unacceptable in this vegetarian household.

Suzanne P. Miller
Suzanne P. Miller

First time I ate it I took it back up to the counter and told them something was "Off". They made me another; same thing, later someone told me that was the cheese. St. Louis pizza is vile. Jimmy is right on!

Jacob DeVore
Jacob DeVore

Provel is a refreshing alternative to mozzarella. That said, I'm not sure St. Louis-style would be my choice to take to a desert island. Finally, Elicia's!

Robert Winkelmann
Robert Winkelmann

Wonder how long it will take people to realize Provel is nothing more than Cheddar, swiss and provalone. Most of the other places use Mozzarella. What's mozzarella cheese? Mozzarella di Bufala (buffalo mozzarella), made from domesticated water buffalo milk mozzarella fior di latte, made from fresh pasteurized or unpasteurized cow's milk low-moisture mozzarella, which is made from whole or part skimmed milk, and widely used in the food-service industry Yep. Case closed. If anything grosses me out THAT DOES.

Kristin Pedigo
Kristin Pedigo

Born and raised in St. Louis, hate Imo's pizza. I'll eat other stuff from Imo's, just hate the pizza. I also hate the deep dish Chicago style. Barf.

Lee Collier
Lee Collier

I love Imo's and provel, and I also really love how much those things really gross people out.

Ryan Stufft
Ryan Stufft

Not the greatest pizza, but then again I didnt grow up on it.

Angela Poeling
Angela Poeling

^^^Robert, I agree. I'd much rather eat lots of toppings on a cracker than a few toppings on top of a loaf of bread. Yuck. Pio's & Stephanina's for me, thanks. Better St. Louis style.

Davis Dunavin
Davis Dunavin

"the reason its so popular here is because it's from here. no one is born liking imos. you're forced to eat it all the time as a kid so you learn to like it." I think you just solved the mystery of why people root for the Cubs.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

*from out of town and try imos and say "this pizza is awesome". unlike when i had friendz visit me at mizzou and id have them try Shakespears and theyre mind goes straight to it when i mentio. co

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

im fine with thin crusts i just can't stand that aweful cheese. and the crust would be better if it had any flavor. the reason its so popular here is because it's from here. no one is born liking imos. you're forced to eat it all the time as a kid so you learn to like it. i've never had a friend come fro

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

imos is plastic cheese byproduct melted onto a cracker... aweful.

Robert Winkelmann
Robert Winkelmann

Definitely hipster stank. Cecils = dry pizza, St. Louis Pizza and Wings - VERY DRY. Pizza Hut, Dominos? Fast food JUNK. The most popular pizzas in this town all used that 'synthetic' cheese the yupsters complain about - Helen's, Bugsy's, Imo's and even in the stores Mama Lucia's. And why is it out of every other place named Imo's is the only one making a hefty profit sending those horrible pies across the country? Sure, I could get a NY style pizza complete with two inches of dough and a light smattering of actual pizza ingredients...so complaining about a cracker crust as opposed to pizza ingredients laid atop a loaf of freaking bread just blows my mind. These are the same people who pay $11 for a cup of coffee, no doubt about it.

Lena May
Lena May

Couldn't agre more! Its not really pizza, it should be classified as something else!

Richard Griffin
Richard Griffin

and apparently some of the locals arnt too fond either from the comments

Richard Griffin
Richard Griffin

I had Imos today in honor of this! I agree that if you are from here you love it...and if you arnt you hate it

chrisward99
chrisward99 topcommenter

If a pizza-shitting demon had a particularly rough millennia down there in its dank underlayer, the eternal results of its squeezing and grunting -- its low moans cutting through the fabric of time and space, of good and evil --would be a hot, steaming, souless thing called Imo's Pizza. In case you were wondering, I do not care for Imo's Pizza.

Benjamin Scherliss
Benjamin Scherliss

It is God-awful and Kimmel couldn't have said it better. Hilarious.

Kevin Rotellini
Kevin Rotellini

Top pizza place in St.Louis is Louie's Pizza on Hampton

Andrew Rock
Andrew Rock

Crackers topped with an abomination against nature. And why oh why do you pay top dollar for a bargain basement pie?

Mark Lodes
Mark Lodes

I love Imo's, worked there for over 10 years & I take Jimmy Kimmel's criticism about as seriously as I take him, with isn't very seriously. He's a comedian, not a food critic. At the same time I disagree with Jenna about when Imo's is at its best. From where I sit, Imo's tastes best when you are dining in: hot, crispy, right off of the pan, nearly right out of the oven. I'd put a large Imo's sausage pepperoni & mushrooms up against any other comparably priced pizza from any other city in the country & we win every time. Why in the hell else would every other pizza maker in this town offer a thin crust if it wasn't any good? Am I right? Hello! Dominos, Pizza Hut, all the chains offer the thin crust! We do it best!

Davis Dunavin
Davis Dunavin

I don't care if it's cheese on a cracker, I don't care if it's not real cheese, I don't care if Provel consumption has been linked with chronic depression. That stuff is heaven. I have access to New York slices and I still daydream about it.

Shawn Fletcher
Shawn Fletcher

Faraci's, Ponticellos, Salo's, are way better than Imo's.

Chris Ward
Chris Ward

I'd rather eat 3 Totino's Party Pizzas than eat at Imo's ever again.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

If Imo's were not good then why are so many pizza places and grocery stores across the country trying to emulate it now? Cracker thin crust with cheese blends has popped up everywhere across the country. I live in Iowa now and I cannot get a pure IMO's pizza but I can get something very similar.

Darrel Stluniverse Blankenship
Darrel Stluniverse Blankenship

not a fan of imos,but i prefer it over cecil whittakers...i know this may be blasphomy in this town,but the worst pizza i've ever had was ciceros

Pete McAuliffe
Pete McAuliffe

Ignorance is bliss for native St.Louisans. I can tolerate it, but it's not pizza. It's a glorified cracker with synthetic cheese.

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