Street Food

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Tazé Mediterranean Street Food to Open at the Mercantile Exchange

    Tazé Mediterranean Street Food is the latest restaurant to join the Mercantile Exchange Building (a.k.a. the MX) downtown at 626 Washington Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on housemade Mediterranean delicacies from owners Justin and Casey Roth and chef Matt Borchardt. See also: Firs ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: October 17-19

    The rain is finally gone, and you can enjoy this weekend in all is autumnal glory. Check out the Harvest Festival at Laumeier Sculpture Park or celebrate 19th-century German culture in Marthasville. Continue on for our food-related recommendations for this weekend. See also: Kevin Nashan to Host Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 8 to 10

    Rain, rain go away. Seriously, go away. Don't let this weekend's weather dampen your spirits. Party like it's 1929 or preview Mike Randolph's upcoming Mexican restaurant. Stay dry if you can -- fingers crossed the rain doesn't affect this month's Food Truck Friday. Check out our food-related recomme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Graze Food Truck Brings International Street Food to St. Louis via Memphis

    Two St. Louis natives are returning home after twenty-two years traveling for the military, and they're bringing a food truck with them. Graze food truck began in Memphis after Amelia Timms was looking for a restaurant job. She and her husband moved from California, where she attended culinary schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Rise Coffee to Hit the Streets with a Food Truck This Fall

    Usually a food truck is a stepping stone to a stationary restaurant, but for Rise Coffee (4180 Manchester Avenue; 314-769-9535), it seems to be the other way around. The Grove coffeehouse is set to debut St. Louis' first coffee truck this fall. See also: First Look: Rise Coffee House Perks Up the G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Churches on the Street Utilizes Food Truck to Feed the Homeless

    Last year, the health department shut down an organization that was giving out hot meals to homeless people. A lot has changed for Churches on the Street since then. It has recieved nonprofit certification, is awaiting a health permit and is serving the hungry and homeless out of a food truck. See ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014
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    November 8, 2013

    First Look: Element's Lounge Sets its Sights on Lunch and the St. Louis Skyline (Photos)

    Element (1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674) opened on August 23 in Lafayette Square, occupying the top two floors of a rehabilitated power plant building. Its second floor restaurant seats 74, serving small and large plates designed by a team of chefs led by executive chef (and Guerilla Street Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 1 to 3

    There are plenty of events this weekend to cure that Halloween hangover. Support local charities or enjoy the last Clayton Farmers' Market of the season. Continue for our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: The Libertine Goes Gatsby for Halloween

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    How Do St. Louis Food Trucks Survive the Winter?

    Tonight, the final Food Truck Friday of the season takes place at Tower Grove Park and to fete/mourn the occasion, trucks are arriving a little early. At 4 p.m., beloved food trucks like Completely Sauced, The Sweet Divine and Lulu's Local Eatery will dispense their portable eats. At 7:30 p.m., they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 14 to 16

    This weekend, score some free frozen yogurt at Tutti Frutti's one year anniversary celebration, drink up at the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival, peruse the fourth annual St. Louis Garlic Fest, treat Dad to some barbecue and more. Our recommendations await after the jump. See also: - What's On T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: May 10 to 12

    We hope you're thirsty this weekend. Read on for ways to quench that drinking curiosity with a wine festival, wine walk, beer-lesque, and bloody mary bar. Besides that, plenty of other drinking and dining options await. Read on for our suggestions. Friday (May 10): Rhythm & Ribs @ St. Charles Com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: April 2013

    April has seen several openings, including the return to St. Louis of chef Eric Brenner, an "eco-chic" outfit from Chicago, two new food trucks, a new bakery for the Loop and a new home in Soulard for another bakery. Closings were few but did include one of our favorite new Vietnamese restaurants, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Papa Tom's Fancy Franks Food Truck For Sale

    A reader tipped Gut Check off that the food truck Papa Tom's Fancy Franks (@papatomsff; 314-713-4431) is listed for sale on Craigslist. In fact, there are two listings for the truck: one for just the truck; and one for the truck and the brand. Gut Check is always hungry for more restaurant news. Fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Openings & Closings 2012: The Final Reckoning

    Yes, 2012 has been over for a few weeks now. No, we're not done looking back at it just yet. Don't worry. This isn't another Top Ten list. No, what we have here is Gut Check's annual omnibus listing of every restaurant that opened, closed, both opened and closed, relocated or changed its name in 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Andrew's Bayou Ribs Joins St. Louis Food Truck Fleet

    A couple of eagle-eyed readers let me know about a new food truck that has joined the St. Louis fleet: Andrew's Bayou Ribs. According to its Facebook page, the truck hit the St. Louis streets at the beginning of November. It was at St. Louis University on Wednesday and downtown today. We've reached ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Oct. 19-21

    Friday (Oct. 19): Thurman Loop Oktoberfest @ the intersection of Thurman Ave. and Shenandoah Ave. At this Oktoberfest event, get a craft beer fix and enjoy carnival games, a home-brewing workshop and competition, and food from Thurman Grill, La Tropicana and Mojo Tapas. Admission is free. Friday, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Oct. 12-14

    Friday (Oct. 12): Food Truck Friday @ Tower Grove Park Head to the park (before doing so requires a parka) for the last major food truck fest of the year. Nibble on quick fixes from Papa Tom's Fancy Franks, Le Food Truck, Sarah's Meltdown and more. As always, admission is free--arrive early! 2 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    RFT vs. Our Readers: Best Barbecue

    As we celebrate the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, Gut Check is asking you, dear readers, to settle the disagreements between our picks and our readers' poll. For the final edition of our RFT vs. Our Readers polls, how about a real brother-vs.-brother doozy? Our pick for "Best Barbecue" i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    RFT vs. Our Readers: Best Restaurant When Someone Else Pays

    As we celebrate the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, Gut Check is asking you, dear readers, to settle the disagreements between our picks and our readers' poll. Here's a category where our and our readers' picks are both pretty much unimpeachable. The only real loser is whoever gets stuck w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    RFT vs. Our Readers: Best Pizza (Thick Crust)

    As we celebrate the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, Gut Check is asking you, dear readers, to settle the disagreements between our picks and our readers' poll. When it comes to deep-dish and/or thick-crust pizza, two names tower above all the others. We picked one of them as "Best Pizza (T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Reminder: Vote in the RFT Best of St. Louis Readers' Poll

    We know. It's a busy time of year. Summer's over, in practice if not in calendar fact. The Cardinals are in the playoff hunt. The kids are back in school. But, damn it, that doesn't absolve you of your duty to vote in the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 Readers' Poll.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Tidbits: Hendrick's BBQ, Legghorns and Shakes [Updated]

    - Hendrick's BBQ opened this afternoon at 1200 South Main Street in St. Charles, according to its website and Facebook page. The barbecue joint is the latest venture from local restaurateurs Dr. Gurpreet Prada and Ami Grimes, who also operate Cafe Ventana (3919 West Pine Boulevard; 314-531-7500), Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Vote in the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 Readers' Poll

    The kids are back in school. The pennant race -- or, at least, the wild-card chase -- has begun in earnest. That can only mean one thing! OK, so, two things: 1) Autumn is right around the corner. 2) It's time for you to vote in the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 Readers' Poll!

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: August 10-12

    Friday (Aug. 10): Food Truck Friday @ southwest side of Tower Grove Park Grab eats from Guerilla Street Food, Le Food Truck, recent Cupcake Wars winners The Sweet Divine and many more during this monthly mobile food event. Admission is free. 5 to 8 p.m. Julia Child inspired dinner @ Vin de Set In ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 12, 2012
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    July 11, 2012

    LouFest Announces 2012 Nosh Pit Lineup

    Gut Check generally leaves all things LouFest to Kiernan and Co. at RFT Music, but we're always curious to see which restaurants and food trucks the festival assembles for its "Nosh Pit" of food vendors. Well, the list of this year's participants is now available, and it includes Atomic Cowboy (4140 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Burger INK. Joins the St. Louis Food Truck Fleet

    Burger INK. (@BurgerInk; 636-290-6635) rolled onto the streets of St. Louis County this week, the latest addition to the fleet of thirty-plus food trucks in the area. Owner and chef Josh Lemmon is a St. Louis native and Le Cordon Bleu graduate. He describes his truck's fare as "gourmet burgers, pan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: June 15-17

    Friday (June 15): Third Friday Party @ Third Degree Glass Factory Sip mojitos, eat south-of-the-border themed small plates such as loaded nachos with green chili chicken, meet Aladdin and Jasmine from the Muny's Production of Aladdin, enjoy live entertainment and glass blowing, and more. Admission ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: June 1-3

    Friday (June 1): Friday Night Patio Dinner @ Bevo Mill Warm up to summer weather with seasonal entrees prepared weekly using Soulard Farmers' Market goods by owner and executive chef Milan Manjencich every Friday night from now through the fall. Expect plenty of German dishes such as beef schnitzel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Tidbits from La Cantina, Pi

    - La Cantina opened this week at 35 North Gore Avenue in Webster Groves. La Cantina is the new Mexican restaurant from Roberto Trevino, owner and chef of Amigos Cantina (120 West Jefferson Street, Kirkwood; 314-821-0877). La Cantina is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Food Trucks' Next Frontier? The 20th Floor

    There seems to be no easy answer to the conflict between food trucks parking in the city and the bricks-and-mortar restaurants that don't want them there. Or have we just not been thinking creatively? An article in today's New York Times suggests a different direction. Up.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    T.G.I. Friday's Inevitably Ruins Korean Tacos for the Rest of Us

    If you have yet to try the bulgogi tacos from the food truck Seoul Taco (@SeoulTaco; 314-517-8916), you'd better hurry. The Man is about to co-opt the Korean-Mexican mashup trend. And by the Man, Gut Check of course means T.G.I. Friday's.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Tidbits from Old Town Donuts, the Sweet Divine

    - Old Town Donuts (510 New Florissant Road, Florissant; 314-831-0907) has opened a second location at 3941 MidRivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. The new location is open from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Page through for news about the Sweet Divine food truck and (possibly) more Korean tacos.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    StewedSTL Hits Kickstarter Goal, Holds Fundraiser Thursday

    StewedSTL is having a good month. And, no, while Gut Check doesn't hide the fact that we are, at heart, selfish bastards, we aren't talking about the local food, drink and restaurant podcast's star turn when its hosts emceed this year's Iron Fork. (Though that was awesome, too.) A few weeks ago, S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Tidbits from Sidney Street Café, Food Trucks

    - Gut Check told you last week about the Celebrity Chef Tour dinner at Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777) on April 19, featuring dishes from eleven acclaimed chefs (including all four James Beard Foundation "Best Chef: Midwest" semifinalists from St. Louis). If you wanted to go, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Root to Open Friday, January 20

    Gut Check declared Root to be one of our most anticipated restaurants of 2012. We don't have to anticipate much longer. Root announced this weekend that it will open on Friday, January 20, for dinner. Root replaces Nosh in the space adjacent to Starrs at 1135 South Big Boulevard in Richmond Heights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Chop Shop Food Truck Launches Today

    via Facebook​You know, I was just thinking it's been too long -- 24 hours, at least, maybe 48 -- since a new food truck hit the streets of St. Louis. Today, Chop Shop will make its maiden voyage, arriving at Purina headquarters (Chouteau Avenue between South Tucker Boulevard and South Seventh Stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Guerrilla Road Warriors: St. Louis Food Truck to Hit the Highway

    Sometimes we go on vacation for the food. And sometimes, the food goes on vacation. #embedly_twitter_34691851{background:url( #131516; padding:20px;} #embedly_twitter_34691851 p{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 0px 12px;marg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Tidbits from Big Sky Cafe, Go! Gyro! Go!

    Emily WassermanColleen Clawson, chef at Big Sky Cafe​- Big Sky Cafe (47 South Old Orchard Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-5757) is now serving lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The lunch menu (PDF) from chef Colleen Clawson includes a braised pork sandwich, a grass-fed burger and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Tidbits from Seasons American Cuisine, Smoothie King, Zia's

    Jennifer SilverbergSeasons American Cuisine (under previous ownership as Seasons St. Louis)​- Seasons American Cuisine (79 Forum Center, Chesterfield; 314-523-7374) will close after service on Saturday, George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports. Owner and head chef Kevin Smith tells Mahe that slow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: October 14-16

    ​Friday (Oct. 14): World Food Day Commemoration @ The Donald Danforth Plant Science CenterSt. Louisans are invited to help make 500,000 meals for Sub-Saharan Africa individuals in need during a global effort to increase awareness, understanding and action to alleviate hunger. Take a bite out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Mangia Italiano Dismisses "Media Circus" Tactics of Mangia Mobile

    Image viaWill there be a t-rav smackdown between Mangia Italiano and Mangia Mobile?​To Albert S. Watkins, the attorney representing local food truck Mangia Mobile, the only thing more delicious than his client's toasted ravioli is a media circus (with him as ringmaster, of course). And that's what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Basta! Mangia Italiano Slaps Mangia Mobile With Lawsuit [Updated]

    Photo by Robin WheelerFood-dealer and defendant: Mangia Mobile gets sued by Mangia Italiano​After months of legal wrangling, Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Blvd; 314-664-8585), the 28-year-old Italian restaurant on South Grand, is now suing the unaffiliated food truck, Mangia Mobile. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Pho, Watermelon and Kebabs You Can't Afford

    House of AnThis pho costs more than your first car.​Food costs continue to rise, and they're not coming down. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development issued a grim report that predicts a 30 percent rise in food costs over the next decade. Oh, screw it! Let's buy crazy expe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Try Ronnie's Strawberry Sorbet at the Fire and Ice Cream Truck

    Robin WheelerStrawberry sorbet and the coolest food truck in St. Louis​ The Fire and Ice Cream Truck beat the food truck trend by a few years, quietly selling locally made ice cream from a rehabbed vintage fire truck along the riverfront. But now the truck has joined the fray, moving to a semi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    St. Louis Snow Sled Brings the Movies

    St. Louis Snow ConeThe coolest food truck - the Snow Sled​ St. Louis Snow Cone already has the coolest food truck in town - a 1957 Chevy van tricked out until it morphed into the Snow Sled. Might as well up the cool ante by adding a pop-up movie screen, classic movies and collaborations with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    The Food Truck Backlash Gets the Tumblr Account It Deserves

    Though the food truck trend is still in its early stages here in St. Louis, it's a full-fledged phenomenon nationally. In other words, the backlash is in full swing. The latest evidence is a Tumblr account, Look at This Fuckin Hipster Food Truck, which pretty much captures the spirit of grungy parki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Guess Who's Coming at Dinner: A Review of The Flying Pink Pig, the Food Truck Porn Film

    Courtesy: Metro Media EntertainmentSunny Lane, owner of the Flying Pink Pig: This is one of the few promo shots we could use.​How do you know that the food truck phenomenon has transcended the realm of the foodies and entered the pop culture lexicon?Porn.Yes, as Gut Check has exhaustively chronicl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Mangia Mobile Brings Arancini to the Streets

    Mangia MobileArancini - rice balls, stuffed with meat, fried.​ St. Louis' fleet of food trucks continues to grow with Mangia Mobile (not affiliated with Mangia Italiano) joining the pack last month. The Daake siblings - Catherine, Thomas and Alex - pull from their grandmother's Sicilian herita ... More >>

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