Street Food

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Seoul Taco Moving into Former Ginger Bistro Space on Delmar

    Ginger Bistro (6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City) shut down for "renovations" a few weeks ago, but according to University City records, that's no longer the case. Loop neighbor Seoul Taco (571 Melville Avenue, University City; 314-863-1148) will be moving into the space. See also: Seoul Taco' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: October 3 to 5

    This weekend is going to be totally spooktacular, if only because October is finally here. It should be dry, so check out Grove Fest or celebrate a year with Rise Coffee. Continue on for this weekend's food-related recommendations. See also: Thursday Throwdown: The (Local) Pumpkin Spice Latte Battl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: How Lauren "Lulu" Loomis Turned a Successful Food Truck Into Restaurant

    When Lauren "Lulu" Loomis and her husband Robert Tucker arrived on an organic farm in New Zealand, they were asked an important question -- what do you want to learn? "Everything," Loomis answered without hesitation. "We want to learn everything." Loomis and Tucker got what they asked for. Durin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The Best Food Events This Weekend: July 11 to 13

    It's the middle of summer in St. Louis, and it's only going to get hotter. And we don't just mean the food scene! (We'll be here all week.) Hit up this month's Food Truck Friday, or the annual celebration of Bastille Day in historic Maplewood. Or hey, eat some elk! Check out our food-related recomme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    TGI Fridays Food Truck Coming to St. Louis, Food Trucks Officially Over

    We've said it before and we'll say it again -- food trucks are the trend that just won't quit. It seems every time we turn around there is a new one, or an established restaurant is taking its food to the streets. But surely this is the trend jumping the shark. TGI Fridays apparently has a food truc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 20 to 22

    It's officially summer on Saturday, and boy does it feel like it. It's not just the heat, it's the humidity! Don't let that stop you from enjoying all the great and yummy activities St. Louis has to offer this weekend. Then again, maybe you should just go to one with air conditioning. Either way, ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 6 to 8

    Don't let the rain keep you from enjoying this weekend. Many events are for a good cause, like Feast in the Field, and others are just plain good. Try some eats from culinary students or a multi-course dinner form the best chefs in St. Louis. Let us help you plan your weekend -- check out our food-r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Where to Find the Great Food Truck Race Trucks This Weekend

    As we reported earlier this week, the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race is headed to St. Louis this weekend. Four trucks form all over the country will be slinging food for our beautiful Memorial Day weekend. The thing about food trucks, though, is they move -- so we've got you covered. See als ... More >>

  • Film

    May 22, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    The Best Food Porn of Food Truck Friday

    The 2014 season of Food Truck Friday kicked off last weekend on May 9 at Tower Grove Park. Some two dozen of St. Louis' best food trucks were on hand to feed the masses while the Brothers Lazaroff provided live music. The event, hosted by Sauce Magazine, will take place once every month until Octobe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Lulu's Local Eatery Food Truck Plans Storefront

    Following in the footsteps of successful food trucks like Seoul Taco, Hot Aztec and the Sweet Divine, Lulu's Local Eatery is about to stay put. The sustainability-focused food truck will post up at 3201 South Grand in early May. See also: Sump Coffee Hosts Pop-Up Brunch with Lulu's Local Eatery "W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

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

    There's something for every food lover this weekend, whether its beer, cupcakes, po' boys, or Indian food. Celebrate Diwali at the St. Louis County Library or celebrate New Orleans at the Best of BOB Festival at Broadway Oyster Bar. Check out the rest of our food-related recommendations after the ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Vincent Van Doughnut Truck Debuts Nov. 16

    Vincent Van Doughnut, the latest food truck on the scene, is officially on the street. As we reported earlier this year, the truck will serve both sweet and savory doughnuts -- on the go. See also: Vincent Van Doughnut Hits the Road in October Though a little later than planned, the van -- lovingl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    20 Gorgeous Food Photos from This Weekend

    This weekend marked the last of this year's Food Truck Fridays, plus the Best of Missouri Market at the Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-9400). It was a great opportunity to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall, all in one weekend. Don't be sad if you missed out -- we rounded up th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 9 to 11

    This weekend, hit up Food Truck Friday and Local Social in the Central West End. Alternatively, consider going on an ice cream bicycle ride hosted by Trailnet or sign up for a class at Kitchen Conservatory. Plenty of food-related fun awaits right after the jump. See also: - Iron Barley's Tomato Fes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: July 12 to 14

    This weekend, check out Let Them Eat Art in Maplewood, Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park, Tour de Donut at Fireman's Park, an opening at Vino Gallery and much more. Work up an appetite and start planning ahead!

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 7 to 9

    Summertime means food trucks, wine fests and farmers' markets. Ease into the season with a fun event this weekend. Choose from National Doughnut Day with Strange Donuts, St. Louis Uncorked at Soldiers Memorial Plaza, Foodology at Missouri Botanical Gardens and more. Recommendations await after the j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Bro Safari Talks Food Trucks and Twitter Rants

    After working in the pioneering electronic collab called Evol Intent with current EDM producers Treasure Fingers and Computer Club, Bro Safari struck out on his own, several years ago. Initially guided by the siren song of moombahton, Bro Safari's productions draw from many influences such as his af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Bombay Food Junkies Truck Nears Launch, Turns to Kickstarter for Decoration Help

    Gut Check told you last month about Bombay Food Junkies, a new food truck featuring vegetarian and vegan Indian cuisine. The wife-and-husband team of Krupa and Sid Panchal plan to serve pav, a sandwich-like dish that Krupa told us is the most popular street food in Bombay (or Mumbai, as the city is ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 27, 2012
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    December 13, 2012

    Feed Me Banh Mi Truck Calls It Quits

    Feed Me Banh Mi (@FeedMeTruck), the food truck that specialized in Vietnamese-style sandwiches, announced via Twitter last week that it is quitting the business.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Guerrilla Street Food on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight; Dates Set for Shaved Duck, Espino's [Updated]

    Reminder: Guerrilla Street Food (@GuerrillaStreet; 314-529-1328), RFT's "Best Food Truck" for 2012, will appear tonight on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The episode, titled "Burgers, Noodles and Quahogs," airs at 9 p.m. local time. This is the first St. Louis establishment to appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    RFT vs. Our Readers: Second Round Results

    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. Once again, we asked you, dear Gut Check readers, to settle the debate between our picks and our readers' choices in some of the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    RFT vs. Our Readers: Best Food Truck

    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. Before we begin this battle, an important note: Our first four RFT vs. Our Readers polls close at the end of the day today. So if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    The Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012: Food & Drink Winners

    It's Christmas Day here at Gut Check International Headquarters, and we're playing the part of Santa Claus. Yes, the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 is live. Click here to view the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 "Food & Drink" winners. This year's winners take us on a quick trip t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Tidbits: Food Trucks in Maplewood, New Chef at Ritz-Carlton

    - Maplewood could become the latest St. Louis County municipality to allow food trucks to roam its streets. Maplewood-Brentwood Patch reports on this week's meeting of the Maplewood City Council at which Councilman Tim Dunn proposed a six-month trial for food trucks provided that they avoid the main ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Dates Set for Guerrilla Street Food, Anthonino's

    Guy Fieri visited St. Louis for several days this June, filming for the upcoming season of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. To the best of Gut Check's knowledge -- which included seeing the spiky-haired one himself slammin' a coffee in the Delmar Loop -- he visited six area establishments: Anthonino's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Flying Pig at Guerrilla Street Food and The Bourne Legacy

    Originally a trilogy starring Matt Damon as government-created super spy Jason Bourne, The Bourne Legacy appears to have been the brainchild of producers with dollar signs in their eyes. Other than a few pictures to provide some context for the film's back story, Damon's Bourne character is nowhere ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2012
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    July 13, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: July 13-15

    Friday (July 13): Food Truck Friday @ Tower Grove Park (southwest side) Grab multiple bites to eat from a bevy of food trucks including Hot Aztec, The Cheese Shack, Holy Crepe and many more. Schlafly and Six Row Brewing Company stand by with their signature brews. Admission is free. 5 to 8 p.m. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    First Look: The Sweet Divine

    On Tuesday, June 26, Jason and Jenna Siebert, owners of the Sweet Shop Truck by the Sweet Divine, expanded their bakery business to include a brick-and-mortar bakeshop with the opening of the Sweet Divine (4521 South Kingshighway; 636-942-2900) in south city. "I couldn't wait to start, but the day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    The Final Guy Fieri Round-Up: Dressel's, Highway 61 Roadhouse and (Maybe) Espinos

    Since last week, we've been stalking tracking the visits that Guy Fieri made while in town filming for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Yesterday, we added The Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407) to a list that already included Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) and fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Guy Fieri Also Visited the Shaved Duck

    As you might have heard, Guy Fieri was in St. Louis over the past week or so, filming segments for future episodes of his Diners, Drive-ins and Dives program. Among the restaurants that he visited were Anthonino's Taverna (222 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) and food truck Guerrilla Street Food (@Gue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Gogi Bowl and Win $15 to Gioia's Deli [Updated]!

    Guess where we ate this on-the-go gogi bowl and win $15 to Gioia's Deli (1934 Macklind Avenue; 314-776-9410). Hint: Our meal came from a local food truck. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitter handle or Facebook profile URL) in the comment-entry field. One guess p ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 17, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: May 11-13

    Friday (May 11): Food Truck Friday @ Tower Grove Park The season's first Food Truck Friday brings the the St. Louis Food Truck Association along with other vendors to Tower Grove Park for plenty of tasty meals on wheels. The list of vendors includes the likes of Seoul Taco, 2 Girls 4 Wheels, Go G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Try Guerrilla Street Food for Free Today

    Every now and then the Telex here at Gut Check International Headquarters spits out a piece of news so remarkable that we have to quadruple-check it before we post it. The following is such an item. And, yes, it's legit. Guerrilla Street Food (@GuerrillaStreet;314-529-1328) is giving away food toda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    March 2012 Openings & Closings

    March followed the trend of the past year or so, with openings (including new food trucks) far outpacing closings. That said, it's difficult not to focus on one particular closure as the month's big news: Monarch, which ended its nine-year run. (Still no word on what will happen to its Maplewood s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Mysterious New Taco Truck for St. Louis? [Updated]

    Driving around the city this morning and early afternoon, I spotted a new -- to me, at least -- food truck. Tacomovil was painted across the back of the truck in big letters, so I assume that's the truck's name. Actually, I spotted it twice: first, heading westbound on Market Street; then, half an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Food Truck Controversy Spreads Nationwide

    Mark Andresen​Last month, I looked at the conflict between food trucks and bricks-and-mortar restaurants in St. Louis. Specifically, I focused on downtown, where trucks can ply their goods within the previously established downtown vending zone, but are also restricted from operating within 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Food Trucks Hit Speed Bump at Broadway and Pine [Updated]

    A major update, including new details on the cause of the dispute and a lengthy interview with the owner of Monty's Sandwich Emporium, follows the original post after the jump.Over the first year (and change) of the St. Louis food truck boom, one of the trucks' favored parking spots has been the dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Pi Pizzeria to Dedicate Its Food Truck to Benefit Charity

    ​Pi Pizzeria is known for many things. Its pizza is loved by President Obama, it has a great happy hour, it set the standard for the food-truck boom in St. Louis and, of course, it serves up a mean deep-dish pizza. Now, founder Chris Sommers intends to use the brand's visibility for good -- by d ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 24, 2011
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    November 18, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: November 18-20

    Image via​Friday (November 18): Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Gardens Chefs from Catering St. Louis will create a four-course regional menu featuring Portugal, pairing each course with a different wine from the same region. Enjoy roasted garlic-potato soup over a chorizo-k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Review Slideshow: Cha Cha Chow and Sicily Streat

    Jennifer SilverbergCha Cha Chow co-owner Linda Jones and general manager Brett Reagan​This week is the first installment of "Food Truck Fever," a recurring series of reviews of the food trucks that have inundated St. Louis over the past year or so. My review of two of those trucks, Cha Cha Chow an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Mangia Mobile Now Sicily Streat

    Ian FroebDon't call it Mangia Mobile.​There was a food truck. Then there was a lawsuit. Then there was an injunction. Now there is a new name.Mangia Mobile announced via Twitter this morning that it will now be known as Sicily Streat. The "streat" is [sic]. As in eat. It took us a second, but we h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Ten Anagrams to Help Mangia Mobile Follow the Letters of the Law

    ​As you might have heard, a federal judge has issued a temporary injunction barring Mangia Mobile from using that name. Several readers have suggested new names for the food truck, some of them quite good.However, here at Gut Check International Headquarters and Branding Emporium, we believe there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Falafelwich Wagon Prepares to Hit the St. Louis Streets

    Inside HospitalityLook for this logo on a falafel wagon near you. ​ The St. Louis food truck fleet is set to expand in June when the Falafelwich Wagon hits the streets. Falafelwich is the first local food truck for St. Louis-based Inside Hospitality. The restaurant public relations and brand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Updated! Fast Food Industry Mag QSR Names Pi Pizza Truck Among Top 20 Food Trucks in U.S.

    {Updated 2/9/11 4 p.m. with comment after the jump from Pi co-owner Chris Sommers.} In its February issue, QSR Magazine, which covers the fast-food industry waterfront, names Pi Pizzeria's Pi on the Spot among the Top 20 food trucks in the nation. Writes Daniel P. Smith of QSR (which we're pretty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Battle of the Food Trucks: Tacos Tangle with Pizzas

    Alissa NelsonGentlemen, start your engines!​In a world where our social interactions are dictated via our Internet connection, the food truck is king. Sure, you can experience the serendipity of random interaction, the chance street-food vendor, but who leaves these things to chance any more? ... More >>

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