Strange Donuts Approved for Second Location in Kirkwood

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The "Bart's Revenge" doughnut. | Jon Gitchoff

Speculation has been rampant ever since Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851) announced it would expand to a second location after only a few months in business. Soon, fans were guessing Kirkwood would be the place -- it's fairly central and is similar in feel to Maplewood, home of the original. That is indeed where the second location will open sometime during the next few months.

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Pimped Out Pickles, Home of the "Haterade" and "Pimpjuice" Pickle, Open for Business

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All hail, Big Pimp Pickle. | Jessica Lussenhop

Update: We finally connected with the brains behind the business, owner Michelle Latchison Turner. Updated with the story behind the pickles and how she came up with the name.

As soon as Gut Check heard news that a business called Pimped Out Pickles (4259 Martin Luther King Drive, 314-401-1807) just opened its first brick-and-mortar store two weeks ago, we grabbed our coat and ran out the door.

There inside the tiny storefront we met Finess and Bart Latchison, two brothers who run the business with their mom, Michelle Turner.

"She started selling them, and it really took off to the point where she could really be doing something with it," says Finess. "I never would have guessed there's so many pickle lovers."

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Our 20 Favorite Restaurant Openings of 2013

Collage made up of photos by Jon Gitchoff and Jennifer Silverberg.

As the year winds ever closer to its end, we here at Gut Check are getting awfully nostalgic for the year that is and was 2013. In celebration, we compiled a list of the twenty restaurants, coffee shops, bars, burger shacks, BBQ joints, and so on that opened for business in 2013 and changed the dining landscape of St. Louis for the better.

This list is in alphabetical order with the exception of the top spot, which in 2013 goes to The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard), Josh Galliano's new Clayton restaurant. The other nineteen are listed but not ranked. All the love.

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Panera Voted Best Sandwich Chain in the Country Thanks to "Cult Following"

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St. Louis Bread Company, known to the rest of the world as Panera, was voted the best sandwich chain in the country by the readers of food blog the Daily Meal, beating (thank god) Subway at no. 2. Sixty-five chains vied for the top spot.

"One of the things that stands out about Panera is the fact that it has a real devoted cult following," Daily Meal dining editor Dan Myers tells Gut Check. "People don't just like Panera, they're obsessed with it. People seem to be drawn to it a lot more than Subway, for example."

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Shakespeare's Pizza Will Be at the Soulard Farmers' Market This Weekend


Shakepeare's Pizza (225 South Ninth Street, Columbia; 573-449-2454) will be at the Soulard Farmer's Market (730 Carroll Street; 314-622-4180) starting this weekend. The booth will be selling Shakespeare's frozen pizzas as well as t-shirts and some other merchandise.

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Is Insect-Eating the Next Big Food Trend?

       The chapulines taco at Gringo (center): sauteed grasshopper. | Mabel Suen

Gringo (398 North Euclid Avenue; 314-449-1212), a new venture from the owners of the wildly successful Pi Pizzeria (three locations), brings "authentic modern Mexican food with a twist" to the Central West End. On my recent trips to the self-described Baja surf lodge, I was certainly twisting out of my seat when presented with the chapulines taco, Gringo's grasshopper-filled homage to entomophagy, or bug-eating.

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Schnucks Adds Shakespeare's Frozen Pizza Due to High Demand

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       Straight from Columbia, MO to our bellies. | The PIzza Review

Shakespeare's Pizza (225 South Ninth Street, Columbia; 573-449-2454) is one of the first places you go as a brand-new Mizzou student. Sure, you can't drink yet, and you probably have a weird roommate. But once you order a piece of that cheesy pie, you feel like a true Tiger. In fact, Mizzou alums routinely drive in from St. Louis and Kansas City to pick up a slice or three. A few St. Louis Schnucks locations started carrying the Columbia treat two years ago, but now the grocery chain is expanding that list even more due to customer demand.

See also:
- Jilly's Cupcakes Closes Location, Inks Deal With Schnucks
- Schnucks Now Carries Salume Beddu's Locally Made Artisan Salumi
- Shakespeare's Pizza Expands Again; Sadly No St. Louis Location Imminent

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St. Louis Firm Attempts the Impossible: Stopping Us From Killing Ourselves With Sugar

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       Oh sugar, why are you so terrible? | The Tremendousness Collective

Say it ain't so! Over at Gut Check, we love all kinds of eats -- including the ones that are not so good for you. We already know what foods up your risk for things like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, but there's something else: sugar. It seems like we can't eat anything these days! The visual storytellers over at the Tremendousness Collective, a St. Louis design company, realized a no-sugar policy isn't something most people would be happy about, so they decided to make it a little easier to swallow. (See what we did there?)

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-Are Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup Toxic?
-A Ban On Soda Purchases With Food Stamps? Mayor Francis Slay Says It Should Be Explored
-Guess Who's Fat? New CDC Data Says There's MO of Us to Love

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