Late-Night Deals at Mission Taco Joint

Categories: Bargains, Booze

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So many tacos, so little time. | Jennifer Silverberg

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

Everyone loves tacos. What's better than a compact corn tortilla wrapped around your favorite protein, some tasty toppings and spicy sauce? Cheap tacos, that's what. And some cheap booze to go with them. Mission Taco Joint (both locations) has you covered. Every night it's open (Tuesday through Sunday), Mission serves $2 tacos and $2 shots from 10 p.m. to close.

See also: Olio's New October Cocktail List is a Taste of Autumn in New England

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SugarFire Smoke House Offers "Government Shutdown" Sandwich Free to Furloughed Feds

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The "Government Shutdown Sandwich." | Michael Johnson

Yesterday, on the first day of the federal-government shutdown, SugarFire Smoke House owner Michael Johnson quickly invented the "Government Shutdown Sandwich" and added it to his list of daily specials.

"White bread, cheese. THAT'S IT. SUCK IT UP," he scrawled on a piece of white butcher paper. "Just kidding!"

See also: Best of St. Louis 2013: Best Barbecue -- SugarFire Smoke House


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Cheap Eats: Score $1 Burgers for Bar Louie CWE's 7th Anniversary

Categories: Bargains

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Since it arrived on the scene seven years ago, Bar Louie (14 Maryland Plaza; 314-678-3385) in the Central West End has become the preferred after-work destination for lots of thirsty professionals.

"We hoped it would [be a success]," recalls marketing coordinator Lindsey LeHeup, "but we're happily surprised that the community is so taken with Bar Louie...The fact that we have two St. Louis locations is really a testament to that."

To celebrate its seventh birthday, Louie is throwing a two-day-long party with killer deals on burgers and drinks. It's the perfect way to kick off the weekend without dropping a ton of coin.

See also: Bar Louie, Central West End: A Chain, But So What?

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Pig Out and Shop Till You Drop at Schlafly Pork Shop

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Schalfly Pork Shop 2012 | Image via Schalfly
Saturday-morning garage-sale hunting is always great fun. Saturday-morning garage-sale hunting followed by a pig roast is awesome.

On Saturday, May 25, Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) will host its annual Pork Shop: A Dowtown BBQ and Garage Sale. Also, there will be beer. A roast pig, beer and a multitude of obsolete VHS tapes and grandma's costume jewelry.

Get excited.

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Bike to Work Tomorrow, Get Free Coffee and Breakfast On the Way!

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Kaldi's on DeMun, one of two locations giving out free coffee and breakfast to bikers tomorrow.
The weather today in St. Louis isn't great -- and it is definitely not the most bike-friendly. Tomorrow's forecast, however, is much brighter, with a predicted high of 55 degrees and no showers.

Take advantage of that cool spring weather with the first Bike to Work Breakfast of the year hosted by Trailnet.

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Pizza Hut Giving Away "Last Minute Lovers" Packages -- Eau de Pizza Hut Perfume Included!

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Eau de Pizza Hut
In December Gut Check wrote an unrequited love letter to Pizza Hut Canada after hearing it had given away 110 bottles of a very rare perfume called Eau de Pizza Hut. The 'za chain described the scent as featuring "top notes of freshly baked, hand-tossed dough." But alas, Gut Check wasn't one of the lucky 110 fans sent a bottle.

Avast! All is not lost!

This week we learned via an official Pizza Hut press release that Eau de Pizza Hut is being gifted to a select group of its fans for the first time in the U.S. through a company Valentine's Day Twitter giveaway dubbed "Last Minute Lovers."

See also:
-Pizza Hut Canada Gifts 110 Bottles of Eau de Pizza Hut Perfume To Fans (But Not Gut Check)
-Pizza Hut's Super Bowl-Hyped Innovation Is...Sliders?

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OFFER ABOUT TO EXPIRE! Voice Daily Deal: 50% Off Your RFT Iron Fork Ticket

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Milagro Modern Mexican chef/-co-owner Jason Tilford shows off the winning dish in the chef competition at the 2012 edition of RFT's Iron Fork event.
Mark Thursday, March 28, on your calendar. That's the date of RFT's seventh annual Iron Fork event, highlighting the best cuisine the St. Louis restaurant scene has to offer.

UPDATE 2/11/2013: The offer has been extended till midnight tonight, but the remaining available tickets are bound to sell out before then. So if you want this deal, you'd better hustle.

And for the rest of this week, cCourtesy of Voice Daily Deals, you can purchase a $35 ticket for only $17. A general-admission ticket entitles the bearer to admission to the event, held at the St. Louis Union Station Doubletree Hotel. Admission includes unlimited restaurant samples and three complimentary drinks (one beer, wine, and cocktail) provided by event sponsors. The offer expires when no tickets remain or on Sunday, February 10 at 12:01 a.m., whichever comes first.

Click here for more information and to get in on this week's Iron Fork Voice Daily Deal.

This year's edition of Iron Fork will feature more than 40 local restaurants -- personally invited by Gut Check scribe and RFT food critic extraordinaire Ian Froeb -- handing out samples of their food, not to mention beer, wine and cocktail stations, a mixologist competition and an Iron Chef-style battle between four of St. Louis' most talented restaurant chefs.

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Observe National Pancake Day Today at These 7 St. Louis Restaurants

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National Pancake Day = Free pancakes at IHOP.
Today, Tuesday, February 5, is National Pancake Day -- and no, it's not a fake holiday engineered by IHOP, though it does market the hell out of its celebratory free pancakes special. Nope, gulping down pancakes in February has much older roots. Next Tuesday, February 12, marks Shrove Tuesday, a medieval tradition mainly acknowledged nowadays by the Anglican church, but also Episcopalians, Lutherans and Methodists in the States. The idea is to gobble up more indulgent foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before giving it up during Lent. So maybe this year National Pancake Day comes a week early, but who are we to argue with so many carbs at stake?

Secular pancake gorging in February got a national face eight years ago when IHOP (multiple locations) launched its National Pancake Day promotion, offering guests a free stack of its buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

With IHOP restaurants across the country offering complimentary pancakes today, Gut Check got to wondering if any other restaurants or pancake houses would be observing this most delicious day. We called six of our favorite St. Louis pancake-serving eateries to find out.

See also:
-Point/Counterpoint: Which is Superior, Waffles or Pancakes? Pancakes FTW
-Celebrate National Pancake Day With Free Pancakes at IHOP
-Shrove Tuesday Poll: Show Us the Pancakes!


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Straub's Massive Meat Sale Today and Tomorrow Just in Time for Super Bowl Sunday

Categories: Bargains, Meat

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A butcher at the Webster Groves Straub's location holding a cut of prime strip.
Get ready to stock your freezers like it's Y2K, everyone: This weekend Straub's (multiple locations) is hosting a massive meat sale.

The meat sale, which Straub's is promoting as "legendary," begins today, February 1, and runs through Saturday, February 2, at all Straub's locations. The local grocery chain is knocking off between $1.30 and $14 a pound for select cuts of meat.

"We realize that the economy is kind of iffy, and it's nice for the people who can't just throw away money on prime beef to be able to come in and stock up on it," says Samantha Schmid, marketing coordinator at Straub's.

Gut Check moseyed over to the Straub's (211 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-0169) in Webster Groves to peek the discounts -- and compare 'em to other local grocery-store prices.

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McDonald's McRib Returns to St. Louis Today, Get One For Free From Gut Check [Updated]

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Stick to your McRibs.
Usually McDonald's (multiple locations) brings its popular seasonal McRib sandwich back to menus across America in the fall. However, in September, Advertising Age leaked a memo from the McDonald's Operators National Advertising Fund stating the sandwich won't hit menus till December to boost end-of-the-year sales.

Well at least, most cities in America won't see the McRib until December. At McDonald's restaurants in the greater St. Louis area, however, the much-loved McRib returns today.

And to celebrate St. Louis being at the forefront of McRib nation, Gut Check is hosting a contest to give away eighteen free McRib sandwich coupons.

Update: The first round of winners is listed after the jump -- and there's still eight left to giveaway, so share a couplet below for your chance to snag a free McRib.

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