We'd like to think that you call consume our stories with precision and care, dear reader, but the truth is, sometimes a story really takes off that we didn't expect at all. Here are this year's most-read stories on Gut Check -- basically, what you thought was the most interesting. Let us know what you'd like to see more of in 2015 in the comments.
We got some great restaurants this year, but unfortunately this list was a bit of a letdown. The Salted Pig got a scathing review, Main & Mill still isn't open, Chris Bork's restaurant is nowhere to be seen (though he did a guest series at the Purple Martin) and Local Harvest Cafe's revamp didn't go quite as planned.
Gut Check contributor Zach Garrison went on a noble, but ultimately futile, quest to conquer the toughest food challenges in town. His stomach paid the price.
Ted Drewes is a name every St. Louisan knows, but we all got to know him a little better this year.
Sports fans were divided about the gesture some Rams players made in solidarity with the Ferguson community, and this bar might have taken the outrage a little too far. Either way, it sparked even more debate about "Hands Up, Don't Shoot."
Some of our favorite news of the year came from Columbia. The Tropical Liqueurs, a.k.a. Trops, is heading to St. Louis from Columbia. It's going to be the best summer ever for Mizzou alums.
Few things are as divisive in St. Louis as Provel cheese. Love it or hate it, it's a part of St. Louis culinary culture. Mayor Slay even said so!
Sometimes, a well-funded Kickstarter can keep a beloved restaurant or bar alive. Not so with Lemmons -- the owner just didn't want it.
Unfortunately, there were a slew of thefts and acts of vandalism before all the Ferguson-related violence.
Fortunately, this turned out to be a terrible customer prank, not an actual drink special the bar was running.
On a lighter note, we taste-tested the new Bud Light margaritas in a can so you didn't have to. The results were, um, mixed.
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