I grew up with a very blessed childhood. I was never hungry, had plenty of friends, but the highlight of my childhood was growing up as a season ticket holder for the St. Louis Rams. I would attend every home game with my Grandpa, Father, and Brother and through thick and thin, we would enjoy every single Sunday.
Although I was born in 1999, I still have fond memories of the legendary pairing of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. The manner in which they would always find ways to get open is what sparked my love for Football, and why I am still a fan of the game to this day.
I am not going to use this platform to cry about losing a team in St. Louis, rather I would like to share a video that made me happy looking back on the times that we had with a team. In this 14 minute video, Torry Holt’s career is put on display, and all that I can say is thank you for the memories Mr. Holt.
There are plenty of options in the Creve Coeur Area for great food, but St. Louis Rotisserie has gone under the radar for far too long. My friends and I have driven past St. Louis Rotisserie thousands of times, but we never knew that it more than just catering.
While they are famous for catering, I decided to go into their location at the corner of Olive and Tempo, and I was pleasantly surprised by the layout of the inside of their store! The location has a modern, clean vibe to it, and it has an open kitchen where you can see food being cooked. They have a large menu with daily specialties that all sound good enough for me to go back.
Upon arrival, my fiancè and I decided to split two meals to taste multiple things, and I am glad that we did. We decided to go with the BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich and the Chicken and Rice. The Chicken and Rice was a strong meal that could replace a meal prep, while the BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich felt more heavy, like a “Cheat Meal.” Both were served with significant portions, and we were filled up to satisfaction.
While always assuming that St. Louis Rotisserie was only catering, we are thrilled that it also has dine-in or takeout options. I would not classify St. Louis Rotisserie as a BBQ place, but their menu is able to dabble in plenty of different styles. These styles are enough to never leave you bored, and I know that we will be going back to St. Louis Rotisserie again very soon.
I have decided to spread my work out across three sources, and plan on continuing to do it this way for a while.
I write about The St. Louis Cardinals Here. This is important to me because it allows for me to focus only on my opinion about the Cardinals, and gives a platform to my readers that would rather not read about the Cardinals an option to filter out the content to see what they want going forward.
I also write about The St. Louis Blues Here. It is important to me to talk about the Blues as well with a similar philosophy to why I made a site for the Cardinals. I understand there are fans of the Cardinals who do not want to read about the Blues, or fans of the Blues that do not want to read about the Cardinals.
I am keeping this site for everything else St. Louis. I love this city, and feel that keeping a site for things to do in St. Louis is important, especially post pandemic. You can find all of my blogs from Jordan Goldenberg St. Louis Here.
There are a lot of famous places to get BBQ in the St. Louis Area. From Pappy’s to Sugarfire, St. Louis has gotten a lot of recognition for their BBQ, but in my opinion, there is not a place better than Gobble Stop Smokehouse.
Located on the corner of Olive and Fee Fee, Gobble Stop is famous for their poultry. My go-to order there is the ‘Double-Up Platter.’ Orderings this from the menu allows for you to taste my favorite items from the menu plus two sides. The order comes with Turkey Ribs and Chicken Wings, and once you’ve tasted these Gobble Stop Specialties, you will never want to order pork again.
Turkey RIbs are not something that I was familiar with until my experiences with Gobble Stop, and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. I have not been able to enjoy traditional ribs the same way, due to the Turkey Ribs being a much more enjoyable experience. The Turkey Ribs from Gobble Stop are cooked to perfection, and slide right off of the bone. This is a must try from their menu, and I promise they won’t disappoint.
An item that I have had hundreds of times would be chicken wings, yet I can’t say that I have had much better than Gobble Stop. They offer a wide variety of sauces, but the chicken is so flavored, you do not even need sauce. If you do get sauce, I would recommend to get it on the side, so you can experience exactly what I mean.
All in all, I am very serious when I recommend trying Gobble Stop Smokehouse out for yourself. Their service is excellent, the smell is amazing, and the food will knock your socks off. If my recommendations for what to order does not suffice, then there are plenty of other options for you to order and I guarantee you will be pleased. St. Louis BBQ is underrated among the rest of the country, but I promise you that Gobble Stop is up there with the very best in town.
During the pandemic, a lot of movies were pushed back to 2021. There were plenty of Superhero films set to come up last year, but none were as anticipated as James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad.’
James Gunn has brought plenty of fresh ideas to this genre through The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but in his first movie for the DCEU, Gunn has left it all out there. This movie was hectic from the very start with a lot of humor. The standout performances for me were John Cena’s Peacemaker and David Dastmalchian’s Polka-Dot Man. Both performances allowed for over-the-top humor with excellent delivery.
This was not a perfect movie however, as with this many characters, at times, it felt like some were sent on different missions because there was not enough for the whole team to do together. I would even argue that this movie did not need Margot Robbie back as Harley Quinn. She is amazing in this role as always, but after her own movie, I felt like she was only added to The Suicide Squad because the people behind the scenes knew they were guaranteed viewers if she were in the movie. I really enjoyed Birds of Prey, and I would prefer a Birds of Prey 2 before seeing her in another Suicide Squad.
Idris Elba establishes himself as the lead rather quickly, and he is a compelling character in everything he plays. At times, it felt like they wanted to keep Will Smith’s Deadshot as the lead, due to their similar skillsets, but I believe that Idris Elba was a lot better in this role that Will Smith was in his back in 2016. Will Smith had a lot worse of lines to work with, but I think that at the end of the day, Elba handles his role as the leader of the group a lot better than Smith ever did.
All in all, this movie set out to be a Summer Blockbuster, and I think it delivered. Suicide Squad (2016) was the worst Superhero Movie that I have ever seen. The Suicide Squad (2021) did a soft reboot, and I think that the movie checks all of the boxes that they set out for. James Gunn’s movies have gained a lot of hype throughout the years, and I do not think this movie is better than either of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, but I still would strongly recommend this film to anyone who wants to sit down for two hours and have a fun time. Overall, I would give this movie an 83/100.
In one of the most active Trade Deadlines in a long time, the St. Louis Cardinals elected to avoid any major moves, instead targeting established veteran Left-Handers J.A. Happ and Jon Lester. With Adam Wainwright, J.A. Happ, and Jon Lester all over the age of 37 years-old, this puts St. Louis at the oldest pitching rotation in the MLB.
The goal of the St. Louis Front Office is pretty clear. Acquire arms that can throw strikes. I do not hate the move, but by making this the only move in a ‘Win Now’ season, it is head scratching. St. Louis has a pretty severe need for Left-Handed Batters as well, but there were not any moves made. It would have been nice to see an aggressive play for a Left-Handed Bat, but I would have settled for a bat to begin with. At times, this team can be extremely frustrating to watch. Their Offense slumbers when the pitching is on fire, and then when we figure out the bats, out pitching can’t throw a strike!
The two pieces off of the 40-Man Roster that were traded were John Gant and Lane Thomas. I was very high on both Gant and Thomas entering this season, but both were in need of a fresh start somewhere else. Gant has been excellent at times out of the bullpen, but after being stretched out into the starting rotation, he lost nearly all of his control. I would not be surprised if Gant figured it out with the Twins, but it felt like it was his time to go.
Lane Thomas was an exciting prospect in the 2019 season. Thomas came up, and showed flashes of being a professional hitter with average to below average fielding. He would miss a lot of time with injuries and never returned to the same player he was in 2019. With the emergence of Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill as strong defensive outfielders and average to above average right-handed bats, there really was not a path to playing time with the St. Louis Cardinals.
All in all, there is a lot of negative feelings towards the lack of moves at the deadline for the St. Louis Cardinals, but I do not see this as a bad thing. I like a lot of our prospects, and the asking price of the top tier guys was too much for my taste. It is also important to remember we will be getting Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty back soon. St. Louis will also be expecting Jordan Hicks back sooner rather than later. I hope the offense can step it up soon, because that was more of my concern entering the deadline. All moves can look good on paper, but it is important that they work out on the field. As of July 31st, the St. Louis Cardinals are undefeated in the Lester-Happ Era.
The Offseason for the St. Louis Blues has been a busy one through the first few days. As of July 30th, St. Louis has elected to let Jaden Schwartz, Mike Hoffman, and Sammy Blais go in order to add Pavel Buchnevich and Brandon Saad.
I have previously discussed the Sammy Blais and a Second-Round-Pick for Pavel Buchnevich, but the interesting aspect of this move that has happened since is the contract extension that has been offered to Buchnevich. St. Louis and Buchnevich have agreed to four-year 23.2 Million Dollar Deal. This solidifies that Pavel will be a member of the St. Louis Blues for a while, and hopefully shows signs that the Blues will be able to keep fellow Russian Forward Vladimir Tarasenko.
The other major move that St. Louis has made is acquiring Brandon Saad through Free Agency. The Pittsburgh native was a thorn in the side of St. Louis in the previous Postseason, scoring three goals in the Avalanche’s sweep of the Blues. Saad and the Blues agreed to a five-year 22.5 Million Dollar Deal. This is five million dollars cheaper than the deal that Jaden Schwartz signed with the Kraken, so it will be very interesting to keep track of their production compared to the value of their contracts.
All in all, I would be shocked to see the Blues being content with the current roster before the season. As I mentioned before, they lost three starters from the previous season in Blais, Hoffman, and Schwartz. I would like to see them at least take a chance on an established NHL starter like they did late in the offseason last season with Mike Hoffman. It is hard to trust the younger guys to step up that have limited experience, but if this is the case, The Blues need to see improvements from Jordan Kyrou and a few other young guys.
With the 2021 All-Star Weekend in the rearview mirror, I wanted to remember the last time the festivities took place in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the 80th All-Star Game in MLB History, and only the second game to be hosted in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals had Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols starting the game and First Base and Catcher respectively, with Closer Ryan Franklin in the National League Bullpen. This would be Yadier Molina’s first All-Star Game of his Hall of Fame Career, and it was really special to see two of the pillars for the St. Louis Cardinals representing the National League on the grandest stage.
The ceremonial first pitch would be thrown out by President Barack Obama, who was handed the ball by Stan Musial. Say what you want about Cardinal Fans claiming that we are “The Best Fans in Baseball,” but it was hard to argue that fact on the night of the 2009 All-Star Game. The ovation for their Redbirds was deafening, and it is a lot of fun going back and watching Yadi get honored for the very first time, as we have grown used to it by 2021.
I love the All-Star Game, but revisiting the Home Run Derby all the way back in the peak of power that was 2009 was special. Sluggers such as Prince Fielder, Adrian González, and Nelson Cruz had a lot of hype around their performances, but the two names that really stand out to someone from St. Louis are Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard. These two men were arguably the best hitters in their primes, but with the Derby being held in St. Louis meant that Howard and Pujols would be getting loud reactions.
Albert Pujols would get cheered for being one of the greatest Cardinals of All-Time by St. Louis, but it was special to see Ryan Howard attend the festivities in St. Louis because he grew up less than 30 minutes from Busch Stadium. Kids who grew up around St. Louis grew up idolizing Ryan Howard, even spreading stories about him hitting home runs onto rooftops in Ballwin, Missouri. Howard was a local legend to St. Louis, and it is really cool to see Howard get the respect he deserves that night.
All in all, I feel like this is the best All-Star Weekend that I can remember. I was not alive to see Griffey in the derby, so Prince Fielder’s performances were the best that I have ever seen. Am I biased because I was in attendance at this derby? Probably, but it is a memory that I will cherish forever and look forward to the next time the ‘Mid-Summer Classic’ rolls into St. Louis.