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Friday, March 7, 2014

First Look: Burger, INK Leaves a Permanent Mark On Wentzville with the Tattooed Dog

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM

"Maui" burger with grilled pineapple, white American cheese, teriyaki-wasabi glaze, roasted garlic aioli and spring greens on a pretzel bun - PHOTOS BY MABEL SUEN
  • Photos by Mabel Suen
  • "Maui" burger with grilled pineapple, white American cheese, teriyaki-wasabi glaze, roasted garlic aioli and spring greens on a pretzel bun

The colorful Burger, INK food truck -- unmistakable in its rambunctious tattoo-themed glory -- is on sale via Craigslist, but not necessarily because the company has gone out of business. On February 8, chef/owner Josh Lemmon opened the Tattooed Dog (403 Luetkenhaus Boulevard, Wentzville; 636-887-2178), the second business under his umbrella company, Ink Eateries. Because of an overwhelmingly positive response, he and his wife Tara decided to give up the truck to instead focus on leaving a permanent mark on Wentzville.

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Lemmon rolled out Burger, INK in the spring of 2012, while completing the culinary program at Le Cordon Bleu. The nine specialty burgers that made up the food truck's menu also appear at the Tattooed Dog. In fact, visitors can read all about them on the entire length of the far wall covered in colorful, artfully chalked descriptions.

Part of the "inked" menu on the wall.
  • Part of the "inked" menu on the wall.

Besides the especially eye-catching menu, the Tattooed Dog takes on a fairly minimal design, with a couple paintings hung here and there alongside framed portraits of rock stars. Lemmon describes the the overall feel as laid-back upscale dive grub, attracting patrons of all ages. He also intends to construct a patio on the side of the building where the restaurant will host an acoustic band once a month.

With a dedicated kitchen rather than the usual commissary at his disposal, Lemmon added plenty more options to his usual list of offerings, including sandwiches and salads. He notes two of his favorite items: the "Maui" burger and the "Hot Chicken Pancake" sandwich, with fried chicken marinated and slathered in hot pepper aioli between two apple pancakes.

The Tattooed Dog logo.
  • The Tattooed Dog logo.

Appetizers include "Inked Nachos," which are smothered in a blend of cheese, black olives, jalapenos, refried beans and "twisted" sour cream as well as pork chili verde. Alternatively, opt for an enormous plate of loaded housemade fries in options including chili cheese and buffalo chicken. For dessert, choose from bananas foster or a deep-fried "Blueberry Roll-Up" served with vanilla ice cream.

The Tattooed Dog's current hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The business is currently pending a liquor license to serve Missouri micro-brews and wines. Learn more and stay up to date by following the Tattooed Dog's Facebook page.

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