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.