Street Food

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Inside Lassaad Jeliti's Beautiful Mind

    Peek through the windows of Spare No Rib (2200 Gravois Avenue; 314-202-8244), and you might find owner Lassaad Jeliti editing a paper on non-Euclidean geometry. "I still have the intellectual curiosity," Jeliti says. "My friends send me their papers. It's a hobby -- an intellectual exercise." For s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Review Preview: Bud's Smokehouse & Grill

    Bud Starr, the man who vowed that he would never open another restaurant, is at it again. This time, he gets into the barbecue business with Bud's Smokehouse & Grill (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-781-2345) -- at our count, the seventh concept to open in the restaurant space adjacent to the 34- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Why Don't We Hang at the Arch More? 5 Amazing Ideas to Get St. Louis to the Gateway

    A particularly tech-savvy park ranger is behind a growing online conversation over attracting more people to the riverfront for events at the Gateway Arch. "National Park Service wants you to come hang out at the park," posts law enforcement ranger Coty Stief on Reddit. "What kind of programs would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    August 21, 2013

    Roll Call: Caife Caife, Hot Aztec Now Open

    Hot Aztec (@hotaztec; 314-540-2949), the Mexican food truck, has opened its storefront at 1914 Bowles Avenue in Fenton, as first reported by Sauce. The restaurant will be open for lunch Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will be mostly the same, but with rotating specials and there ar ... 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

    January 29, 2013

    Tidbits: More Crushed Red, No More Pazzo's, Buy the Feed Me Truck

    - Crushed Red (8007 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-8007), the wildly popular fast-casual restaurant that opened last February, is set to add new locations. George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports that the pizza-and-salad restaurant will open this spring at 140 South Kirkwood Road in downtown Ki ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2012
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    October 29, 2012

    The Shaved Duck on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight; Date for Hwy 61 Roadhouse Set

    The Guy Fieri parade through St. Louis marches on. Tonight's episode of the spiky-haired one's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives ("Food Done Right") features south city's The Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407). The episode airs at 9 p.m. local time on the Food Network. The Shaved Duck will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Reminder: Anthonino's Taverna on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight

    Guy Fieri's spotlight shines again on St. Louis: Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) will appear on tonight's episode of the spiky-haired one's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. The episode, entitled "All Family, All the Time," airs at 9 p.m. local time. See Also ... 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 5, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Oct 5-7

    (Friday) Oct. 5: Best of Missouri Market @ Missouri Botanical Garden Mobot's annual market features more than 120 Missouri food producers and artisans offering fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more. The spread includes everything from pies to ghost peppers. Admission costs $5 for Garden membe ... 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

    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

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: August 17-19

    Friday (Aug. 17): Third Friday @ Third Degree Glass Factory This month's theme is "vroom-vroom." Enjoy samples from Frostbite Gourmet Ice Cream, sip on watermelon martinis, and snack on small plates such as orzo pasta salad, spedini skewered chicken and hummus with pita over the usual live enterta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: July 20-22

    Friday (July 20): Belgian Beer & Mussel Mania @ Schlafly Tap Room Fill up on freshly flown in coldwater mussels paired with ales. Belgian waffles and live music sweeten the delicious deal. Admission is free. Friday, July 20 from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to midnight. Th ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 28, 2012
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    June 22, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: June 22-24

    Friday (June 22): Yappy Hour @ I Scream Cakes Celebrate "Bring Your Dog To Work Day" by bringing pups to Cherokee Street for complimentary beer for you and half price scoops for your pooch. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Grub & Groove @ Francis Park Try out food from neighborhood businesses like Bartolino's, ... 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 8, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: June 8-10

    Friday (June 8): Food Truck Friday @ Tower Grove Park Head to the southwest side of Tower Grove Park for a monthly congregation of food trucks and foodies. Free admission. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday (June 9): St. Vincent Greenway Ferguson Farmers' Market Bicycle Ride @ St. Vincent Park Bike the trails ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2012
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    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.

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2012
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    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 16, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events March 16-18

    Friday (Mar. 16): Pre-St. Patrick's Day Festivities @ Westport Plaza Head to Westport Plaza for a pre-St. Pat's Day celebration to go green for the weekend. The event features green beer, green food and green fireworks all alongside a scenic green lake. Free. 6 to 9 p.m. Around the World Wine Dinn ... 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

    January 3, 2012

    December 2011 Openings & Closings

    ​We're just about ready to close the books on 2011. (Still to come: Our omnibus listing of all 2011 openings and closings.)The final month of the year wasn't quite as hectic as previous months but still saw several openings, and a few high-profile closings, including the sudden shuttering of the s ... 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 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 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 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 >>

  • Music

    May 12, 2011

    I Went To A Showcase

    7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Pi to Open New Location at Mercantile Exchange Downtown

    Courtesy: StandPoint Public AffairsA rendering of the new Mercantile Exchange project downtown​The ever-expanding Pi pizza empire -- I think it's safe to call it an empire at this point, no? -- will open its fifth location at the new Mercantile Exchange development downtown, the restaurant and the ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Tyler Florence and Bunches of Grapes Visit Busch Stadium

    Ian Froeb​An odd scene unfolded at Busch Stadium Tuesday evening. No, not the Cardinals dropping another game to a sub-.500 team. Sadly, Cardinal fans are growing accustomed to that. This scene began before the first pitch. Food Network star Tyler Florence, host of such shows as Ultimate Tyler and ... More >>

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