Chubbies, Delmar Loop Burger Joint, Has Been Mysteriously Closed for Over a Week

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The "Double Cheddar Chubbie." | Jennifer Silverberg

Chubbies (6227 Delmar Boulevard; 314-725-5000), the burger, hot dog and frozen custard place in the Delmar Loop, just opened in February 2013 and seemed to fill an obvious need for American fast-casual fare in the Delmar Loop. But for well over a week now, the restaurant has been mysteriously closed. The windows are dark, and no one answers the phone.

See also: BBWU: Chubbies aims to live off the fat of the Loop's new infusion of Wash. U. kids

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In Honor of Fourth of July, We Blew Up the Riverfront Times Gingerbread House

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FREEDOM!

Way, wayyyy back in December, we bought a gingerbread house kit from La Patisserie Chouquette (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) and spent an absolutely grotesque amount of time turning it into the official Riverfront Times gingerbread house. And then, because we're a bunch of pseudo-adults, it just sat here in the office for six months.

Well, in honor of this Fourth of July, we humanely re-homed the cockroach family living inside, filled it full of fireworks and blew it to Kingdom Come. It was AWESOME.

See also: The 5 Best Restaurants to Celebrate the Fourth of July in St. Louis

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Katie's Pizza & Pasta Makes a Video Homage to...Itself?

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She probably just needed an excuse to wear that bustier. | Vimeo

Trailers for movies are expected, but now there are trailers for books, too, and video games. What about restaurants? We can probably all agree that restaurants do not need trailers or short films (not commercials) to promote themselves. Katie Lee and Ted Collier of Katie's Pizza & Pasta (9568 Manchester Road; 314-942-6555) didn't seem to get that memo. They've produced a baffling short called 11 1/2 (an homage to Fellini's 8 1/2) which sort of promotes the pizza at Katie's. But not really.

See also: Katie's Pizza & Pasta: From Kickstarter to reality

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Webster University Breaks World Record for Longest Taco Line

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It was longer than this. | Luca Nebuloni

Whenever we're having tacos -- which is often -- we think, "This taco line isn't long enough."

OK, no we don't. And we weren't even sure what a taco line was until this week (it's a line of tacos) when the serious academics over at Webster University made a world-record attempt.

See also: KDHX DJ Attempts to Break World Record in Pizza Roll-Eating

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Jellybean Milk Is Locally Based Prairie Farms' Curious New Seasonal Flavor

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Jellybean milk is less Pepto than the label would have you believe. | Jessica Lussenhop

Gut Check did a double-take at the grocery store when we first spotted the pink label. "Jellybean Milk?" Behold, the latest seasonal flavored creation from the milk geniuses at Prairie Farms Dairy, based in Carlinville, Illinois (they also have a milk processing plant in Hazelwood). Naturally we had to get to the bottom of it. We bought a quart of "Jellybean Milk," as well as its sister flavors "Easter Egg Nog" and "Chocolate Marshmallow Milk," and headed back to headquarters for a taste test.

See also: A Blind Taste Test of 5 Doughnuts Including Strange, World's Fair and, Yes, Schnucks

"It hasn't appealed to everyone, but we knew that it wouldn't," says Rebecca Leinenbach, sales program director for Prairie Farms. "We're just trying to have something for everyone. It's been more popular with children."

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Green Means Grow: Gateway Garlic Turns Old Traffic Signals into Grow Lights

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       Let there be light! | Mark Brown

Urban farming requires some creative solutions. Groups like the North Side Regeneration Project, Earthdance Farms and Our City Farm are bringing greenery to our concrete landscape. Gateway Garlic Urban Farm is another crusader -- you may know it from the annual St. Louis Garlic Fest, but they also have several other community projects. The latest is a little unusual: gardening with the help of traffic lights.

See also: Our City Farm Brings Agriculture to Urban St. Louis [PHOTOS]

Gateway Garlic's Mark Brown found a traffic light that had apparently been the victim of a car collision near a friend's house. A new one had been installed, and the old one was just part of the discarded debris swept to the side of the road. Brown snagged it.

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Corner Pub & Grill Orders Check Presenters with Logo on the Front, Gets These Instead

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Is this real life? | Courtesy Corner Pub & Grill

Corner Pub & Grill (13645 Big Bend Road; 636-225-1300) co-owner Brant Baldanza couldn't stop laughing for about an hour last night when he saw the restaurant's newest case of check presenters. Why? Instead of the logo imprinted on the black folders, 64 of them literally say "Restaurant Logo Here."

See also: Cucina Pazzo Brings Rustic Italian to Former Duff's Location in the Central West End

"We're still laughing our asses off about this," Baldanza tells us.

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Blueberry Hill Honors the Gettysburg Address With a Gettysburger (What Else?)

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       The "Gettysburger" comes with a copy of the address. | Blueberry Hill

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new cheeseburger. Wait, what? Actually, seven score and ten years ago (a.k.a. 150 years), Abraham Lincoln made his famous speech on the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The speech has since taken on a life of its own, and to commemorate its sesquicentennial, Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-4444) owner Joe Edwards is offering up the "Gettysburger" today with a little slice of history.

See also: Joe Edwards Shrugs Off Loop Trolley Critics, Publishes Book on STL Walk of Fame

"It's the 150th anniversary of that great speech," Edwards explains, "and there's just something fun about saying 'Gettysburger.'"

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This Is a Hamburger Doughnut with Cheez Whiz

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The Strange Hog Burger doughnut. | Jessica Lussenhop

This is a hamburger made out of a doughnut.

Or, this is a doughnut with a hamburger filling.

This is a yeast doughnut stuffed with a "hog burger" patty, topped with maple caramelized onion glaze, and pimento Cheez Whiz.

This is the end. This is the end of food.

See also: Strange Donuts' 6 a.m. Opening Draws Crowd of Over 100

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The 6 Toughest Eating Challenges in St. Louis and One Foolish Man's Attempt to Beat Them All

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The author at Mama Campisi's. | Zach Garrison

Charlie Stark, owner of the Whistle Stop in Ferguson, readily admits where the inspiration for his restaurant's thirteen-scoop, frozen-yogurt challenge comes from.

"Man v. Food. I won't lie," he says.

Jeff Mullersman, owner and chef at de.lish Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe, also found inspiration after seeing a food-challenge show on television.

"I just loved watching people taking on the different challenges," says Mullersman of his fiery-hot Inferno Sandwich Challenge. "It's just fun to watch people sweat."

It's not as if this is an entirely new trend -- Crown Candy Kitchen started its 5 Malt Challenge all the way back in 1913. And there is nothing more prototypically American than our celebration of eating, whether it's our ridiculously large portions, professional competitive-eating circuits or conquering unfathomable levels of spice, people can't get enough.

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