Small Plates: Friday, 6/22

Jun 22, 2007 at 3:50 pm

photo: Ian Froeb

Will El Scorcho bring heat to Maplewood?
Will El Scorcho bring heat to Maplewood?

Will El Scorcho bring heat to Maplewood?

Another new restaurant for the heart of Maplewood: El Scorcho has opened at 7356 Machester Road. (Look carefully: It occupies a tiny space next to the Salon Lofts.) El Scorcho offers both barbecue and Tex-Mex, and -- welcome news in a city starved for late-night destinations -- it serves food as late as 1 a.m. Hours are 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Call 314-644-5566 for more information.

Hung's Asian Bistro is now open at 3447 South Grand Boulevard (about a block north of Chippewa). Though the name suggests a pan-Asian approach, the carryout menu I snagged is straight-up Vietnamese, with over 150 selections, many of which will be familiar to fans of the cuisine. Hung's Asian Bistro is open from 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thu. and 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. It's closed on Tuesday. Call 314-577-6700 for more information.

Concerning yesterday's post on the grand opening of Red at 1130 Washington Avenue: I still haven't been able to get in touch with anyone regarding the opening date. I'll try again next week.

-Ian Froeb