Guerrilla Street Food, St. Louis, MO – Do You Even Brunch?

“I was seven before I realized that you could eat breakfast with your pants on.”
Christopher Moore, Fool

Who doesn’t love brunch?  It’s this amazing meal where you can be totally lazy, sleep late, and eat either breakfast or lunch  items while drinking!  I recently experienced a great brunch called “Linggo” at Guerrilla Street Food.  This is a brunch worth putting on pants for.

This isn’t my first post about Guerrilla Street Food, I posted about their food truck back in August of 2012.  A lot has changed since then.  They have opened a storefront 1 block off Grand on Arsenal and now are offering brunch once a month.  Their brunches are always on Sunday which is where the name Linggo comes from, it’s the Tagalog word for Sunday.  Each month they will feature a different menu but it’s always a fun blend of Filipino favorites mashed up with St. Louis diner style.  One great example was the Southeast Sider.

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This dish had a base consisting of hand made Longanisa sausage and crispy fried rice hash browns.  It was topped with pork Sugo gravy and sous vide eggs.  It’s a “stick to your ribs” kind of meal.

My favorite dish I sampled was the Pandan French toast.  For those that like something more decadent, this is right up your alley.

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It featured Pandan angel food cake French toast (proof that God loves us) topped with Calamansi Curd, pickled green strawberries, and powdered sugar.  I know I said that they plan to change the menu monthly but I hope this one stays on the menu.

During my visit, Guerrilla Street Food teamed up with Cocktails Are Go!  Each of the items included a drink.  They had a Bloody Mary with Kim Chi, a version of a Hemingway daiquiri, and an excellent Hurricane.  The choices had a nice range to cover pretty much any palette.

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After one brunch visit I’m hooked.  The mixture of flavors makes it stand out above your standard brunch fare.  I look forward to see what new items are on the menu next month.  Hope to see you there!

Dive 2 Five Scale: 3.  Family friendly but you never know what music you will hear. 😀  It’s my first brunch with King Diamond but it brings back memories of the late 80’s.  It’s a small space but there are dining options both inside and outside.  Everyone is extremely friendly.  They are proud of their work and it shows.

Olive + Oak, Webster Groves, MO – Gnocchi Doke

The St. Louis restaurant scene was pretty impressive in 2015.  If you can believe it, the city will crush 2015 with and even more impressive 2016.  One of my new favorite places to spend the evening is Olive + Oak.

Olive + Oak is a neighborhood restaurant in Webster Groves but should be a destination if you love food and drinks.  They focus heavily on locally sourced ingredients and change a large portion of their menu regularly.  DISCLAIMER:  If I talk about a dish you really want, it may not be there the night you go.

When I first arrived, I saw that my prayers had been answered and they serve fried cheese curds.  Ever since I lived in Oregon for work, I have been obsessed with them.  No trip to the coast was complete without a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory.  Fresh ones are also fun since they squeak on your teeth when you bite them.  Olive + Oak’s are lightly fried and served with a charred scallion and chile aioli.   Just the right amount of salt in this dish and they are the perfect snack.

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For those that are following me on Instagram (shame on you if you don’t), you know I love cocktails.  If you haven’t heard of Chelsea Little, this is another great reason to get your butt over to Olive + Oak.  Chelsea has been one of my trusted “spirit guide’s” ever since her days at Libertine.   I would be hard pressed to know how many drinks she has crafted for me since I met her.  I’ll admit I’m a “Little” biased (get it 🙂 ), but I feel like I have watched her grow up as a mixologist.  For old times sake, I started off with a bartender’s choice:

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As always, it was a hit.  I also sampled something from the menu: the #69.  Chelsea was never one to name her drinks so I find it humorous they are now just numbers.  The torched rosemary adds so much to the nose of this cocktail.  I can see why it made the cut to be featured on the menu.

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Now back to the food!  When I visited, I narrowed my entree choices down to two items.  The scallops or the gnocchi.  Seafood was calling me that night so I went with the scallops.  The scallops were cooked perfectly, but they were served on a bean puree.  Although flavorful, it wasn’t something my palette was wow’d by.

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When dining with others, you can politely ask to sample their dish as well and try even more of the menu. The tenderloin was much more up my alley.  It was also cooked perfectly but in this case the meat was allowed to be the star of the dish.    IMG_1011

One of the biggest surprises from Olive + Oak  was their kids menu.  There were so many more choices than most places.  As I looked around, there were several families enjoying meals together.  So parents, it’s clear that this is a place to treat the whole family.  As you can see by the picture, the noodles are superhero approved!  Also the milk glasses were super cute!

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Normally this would be the part of the post where I ride off into the sunset and wrap things up.   Not this time!  Two decisions from my first visit still haunted me.  One, I think I should have picked the gnocchi. Two, I passed on dessert.  So stick with me for a slightly longer post, It gave me a chance to correct those sins and I promise you there is valuable information to follow.

This time I visited with no child in tow so I took my more natural seat at the bar.  The bar is nice and a focal point of the small space.  Of course more “bartender’s choice” cocktails were consumed:

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Chelsea’s concoctions continued to be on point and just what I needed.  Then something magical happened!  I ordered the gnocchi and it was even better than expected.  Feast your eyes on this:

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This my friends is their gnocchi.  The texture was light and fluffy.  Almost like individually wrapped gifts of potato awesomeness that you don’t want to ever end.  This dish is killer and I want more!  A version of it seems to be on the menu each night so I’m looking forward to trying future flavorful pairings.

I also ordered a dessert that brought hope back to the world: the butterscotch pot de creme.

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You know the stereotypical depressed human gorging themselves on ice cream? They only choose that because they have not had this dessert.  It will make you certain the sun will rise again tomorrow and things will be OK.

There you have it.  Clearly, Olive + Oak is an A in my book.  I look forward to more gnocchi, butterscotch pot de creme, and Chelsea cocktails.  If you see someone sitting at the bar with all three, it might just be me.

Dive 2 Five Scale – 3.  As I have stated it’s a great neighborhood hot spot and also very family friendly.  The sound level is elevated so fussy kids won’t be noticed but not so loud that you can’t hold a conversation.  There are a couple TV’s where the bar tables can see but they are placed so great if you are at the bar.  It’s OK, you have better things to focus on while you are there: your date (if you have one), the drinks (you better have one), and the food (you better order some).

Vincent Van Doughnut – Clayton, MO – Calorie Counters Beware!

With the TV all a buzz about the latest workout and health trends, you can rely on one thing:  it doesn’t have a place in my blog.  I may choose to work out and watch calories occasionally, but I’m going to enjoy life and all the tasty food possible.  I’m not going to do it locked away in my house where no one can see.  I’m going to eat high calorie, fattening food, and share it with you.  Treat yourself once in a while!

Now that I have that off of my chest, I’m going to tell you about treating myself to some doughnuts at Vincent Van Doughnut.  This is not my first time enjoying their doughnuts, I had a few from their food truck a while back.  However, I was long overdue for visit to their storefront in one of my favorite parts of town, Clayton.

The shop is super cute and when you walk in you see a great display of the main attraction, doughnuts!  Luckily I brought along a couple helpers so I could try a few; these bad boys are large!

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This is one of their yeast raised donuts.  It’s a chocolate glazed doughnut with caramel and sea salt.  Chocolate and caramel are two of my favorite things so this was a must have. It did not disappoint.

For those that really don’t care about calories, how about the chocolate covered chocolate cake?  I think they should call it C4 because it’s a sugar bomb that will rock your world.  If you prefer subtlety, this won’t be for you.  CAUTION:  If you feed this to a four year old, be prepared for the sugar rush that comes with it.

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Lastly, my favorite of the day and back to the yeast raised doughnuts for the blueberry cheesecake.  
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This was the most balanced of those that I had.  I liked the sweet treat in the middle.  It made it worth the effort to consume the whole thing.

Vincent Van Doughnut is another great addition to the restaurant scene in Clayton.  They have a great selection of unique doughnuts.  If I were to wish for one thing, it would be to be there when they were freshly made.  Sometimes I get that craving for a fresh warm doughnut.  For me, their blueberry cheesecake is a new favorite.  So St. Louis, what’s your favorite doughnut shop?  Vincent Van Doughnut, Strange Donuts, World’s Fair?  What a great topic to debate and I look forward to some recommendations for the next time my sweet tooth dominates my breakfast routine.

Dive 2 Five Scale – 3.  Very family friendly place.  Most people grab their doughnuts and go.  There are a few tables and the staff was very accommodating while we were there.

Joo Joo Restaurant and Karoake – Creve Coeur, MO – Eat, Drink, Sing, and Be Merry!

The New Year is upon us and mine is off to a fast and furious start.  My “real job” has provided some opportunity to travel and my next trip will likely be to Korea.  To ensure I’m prepared, I have already started my “research”.  What started as one exploratory trip with friends has turned into an insatiable appetite for Korean food!  Let me tell you a little bit about a place in Creve Coeur called Joo Joo.

Joo Joo (Restaurant and Karoake to be exact), is in a corner of a strip mall in Creve Coeur by Olive and Fee Fee.  It’s pretty unassuming from the outside and there isn’t much to look at on the inside.  The menu can be a little bit daunting for a Korean food virgin, so it’s best to go with friends that can help you order.  Better yet, check out some recommendations from awesome bloggers online (hint hint…).  Although all the staff are very helpful, some speak better English than others.  When ordering, keep in mind you will also receive banchan (side dishes) so you don’t order too much food.  In the last month alone, I have been four times.  Here are some of my highlights:

I love to start with the dduk pok ki. It’s spicy rice cakes served in a very flavorful sauce with a hard boiled egg.  I love to use this sauce to spice up the standard white rice that comes with the other meals.

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My first love was the marinated BBQ Kalbi Beef Ribs.  You grill these yourself at the table.  It includes an egg stew (think watery scrambled eggs with green onion), lettuce, and sauces. If you are concerned about not knowing when to flip the meat or how long to cook each piece, don’t be.  The staff is close by watching to ensure that everything is going according to plan, they don’t hesitate to come take over.  For me this isn’t overpowering, I appreciate the help!  Here’s how to eat it:  take some of the freshly cooked beef, slap it in the lettuce leaf, and then add some of the bean paste.  You can’t go wrong.

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Lately my go-to-dish is the black pork belly.  It’s a special they have listed on their wall and I pray this dish does not go away!  It’s another “cook your own” dish, but this time it’s on a grill that cooks it on a slope so that the excess grease can drain.  If you love fatty pork dishes, this will be your jam.  The pork belly is also served with lettuce leaves and bean paste, but I prefer to dip it in the small plate of sesame oil, salt, and pepper they provide.  This dish does not help my blood pressure for sure!

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Extreme close up to watch it start to sizzle!

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If you are an adventurous eater, there is another special dish you should try: the Korean raw beef.  As it states, it’s raw beef served with ginger, pear strips, and a raw egg.  For fans of tartare, it should be no big deal.  You need to like the taste of raw ginger.  I found that the ingredients added a little sweetness.  The serving is quite large and it’s not a dish you want to take as a leftover so I would only suggest ordering if you have a group of 4 or more.

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In case you can’t tell, I definitely have enjoyed my visits to Joo Joo. 🙂  Eating Korean BBQ is a fun experience, and I’m definitely looking forward to trying the hot pots on an upcoming visit.  Keep an eye out on Instagram and Twitter to see how they look!

Dive 2 Five Scale:  3.  Great family friendly restaurant if you are looking for something different.  If you haven’t tried Korean BBQ, this is a great way to experience it in a more relaxed atmosphere.  They have private Karaoke rooms that I have not tried…I haven’t crossed that boundary of Soju and Sapporo required for me to think I can sing… yet.

Southern – Midtown St, Louis, MO – Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

Guess who’s back, back again….  It’s been far too long, but it’s finally time for a new Dive Bars 2 Five Stars review!  What’s a better way to kick things back off than by talking about the Southern’s Nashville Hot Fried Chicken.

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Before we get to that, let’s talk about the restaurant.  The Southern is a fast casual southern style restaurant.  The decor reflects what you would expect: wood, metal, country, and lots of paper towels.  It’s very simple and just ensures you are focused on the food.  When you arrive, you are greeted by this Mutha Clucka:

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What an amazing and confusing olfactory experience as you enter!  You have the smell of fried chicken from the Southern mixed with the aroma of Mike Emerson’s famous BBQ from next door.  If you weren’t hungry already, you are now drooling on yourself wishing there was a line where you could order both.  Just like Pappy’s, you wait in a line to order.  Pro tip:  get there when they open.  Fifteen minutes after they open, the line will already be to the door.

I started my meal with none other than deviled eggs.  I have ordered them at Old Standard, Juniper, and now the Southern.  The Pimento cheese is a nice twist to the norm and gives them a great flavor, they are fantastic.  If I was going to be nit picky, I would say add some crunch to them for a change in texture.

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Now to the star of the show!  I ordered the 2 piece dark, hot chicken plate.  The chicken is not over breaded.  Call me a wimp, but I only ordered the medium.  The medium has plenty of heat but allows you to enjoy all the flavors without the need to prove your manliness.  The heat builds over time, so wait for it.  It also hung around for at least 30 minutes after I was done.  They have different levels to choose from so the “hot heads” can get their fix.  Don’t ignore the bread under the chicken!  It soaks up the grease and is transformed into quite a treat for those that are members of the “clean plate club”.

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My two sides were the mashed potatoes and the pickled beets.  Oftentimes the sides are a let down, however, I loved the seasoning of the mashed potatoes with the pan gravy.  Even though I hated the smell of my mom pickling beets when I was a kid, I have found that I actually do like them.  These were a great rendition of that family staple.

As I have said before, fried chicken is a polarizing topic.  Many people think that the style that their mom made sets the standard and can’t be beat.  While I can understand that logic, sometimes a new and different take can break through those stereotypes.  The Southern does just that with their hot fried chicken.  Combined with a neighbor like Pappy’s, and you have the perfect 1-2 punch.

Dive 2 Five Star Scale:  3.  Family friendly place that is very active.  The line gets long quickly.  Go right when they open if you want to avoid a wait.  The line does move quickly and the food comes out very fast.  I was amused by their music selection, especially Ice Ice Baby as an attempt to sooth all the burning taste buds.

Público – University City, MO – Tacos, Arepas, and Oysters = Happy Tummy

Mike Randolph is at it again with a new concept in University City called  Público.  It has been getting rave reviews, so I had to see what all the fuss was about.  After a quick glance at the menu, thoughts of the long gone MEDIAnoche came to mind.  MEDIAnoche was the night-time version Mike’s other restaurant:  Half and Half.  Although there were similarities, the new concept featuring an oak-burning hearth in the kitchen, definitely caught my attention.

This visit was a “go big or go home” type of night.  Most of the items are smaller and meant for sharing, so I would suggest ordering around three to five items for a couple.  Once you order, items will come out as they are available.  If you prefer, there are also entrée portioned items available as well.

First up: a cocktail to help shake off the week, and this one was a stunner.

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It was called the “Have you seen my guava?” and it was light, well-balanced, and definitely effective.

Once the food started to arrive, it came out fast and furious.  First, the raw oysters.  On this particular night they were featuring Cranberry Creek Oysters from Washington State.  They were medium on the brine and had a slight cucumber flavor on the finish.  I had never eaten oysters with lime juice, but it was a nice touch.  The flavors paired extremely well with the house red hot sauce.

Another guilty pleasure of mine is sweetbreads.

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This was the first dish that caught my eye from their menu.  It happens to be the most unique take on them that I have had and is probably my new all-time favorite.  They were served with a pineapple and habanero sauce, which came with just enough of a kick on the back end so you know it’s there.

Guess what?  There was a liver dish and I ordered it. I know, right?

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I had their arepa with lamb liver butter, fried sage, and maple syrup.  The lamb liver butter was light compared to most liver dishes.  The sweetness from syrup should make it more palatable, even if you aren’t a liver lover like me.

Yes, I also love tacos.  I LOVE TACOS.  Público‘s tacos come as a pair which makes them great for sharing if you can resist keeping them all for yourself.  Out of all the great options, I settled on the pork belly.

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The first round of tacos was delicious: moist and packed with flavor. They were so good, in fact, I opted for a second round. Unfortunately, the difference in texture made this round a bit more dry. Either way, I would still recommend them.

Público is the latest restaurant adding more taco options to University City.  In fact, it is safe to say that U City has the upscale and diverse taco market cornered in St. Louis.  They have a menu with plenty of options in a fun setting with an upbeat vibe.  I predict a long life for this restaurant and can’t wait to try some of the entrées.

Dive 2 Five Star Scale:  3.  As I have already said, it has a very upbeat vibe.  It is also in one of the great areas to walk around in St. Louis: the Loop. I love the open concept with the large “U” shaped bar.  It was a great way to get in without a reservation before they became more busy.  The decor is fun as well.  I am a tree art fanatic so I loved the large trees on the wall.

Side Project Cellar – Maplewood, MO

It’s been a while since my last post and this one is not your typical restaurant review.  This one is all about beer!  After my visit to Side Project Cellar, I couldn’t wait to talk about it.  Side Project Cellar is located in Maplewood, tucked away on Marietta Avenue.  I was very excited when I saw that it opened but for some reason I just never had a chance to visit them… until recently.

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Long gone are my youthful college days where my favorite beer was “free” and my second favorite was “cold”.  I have since found a great appreciation for well-crafted beer.  Side Project Cellar has a great selection of both draft and bottled beer.  It should be noted that their selection of whiskey is also very impressive.

So what made me so anxious to spread the word about this place?  It was the experience.  Let’s face it, in St. Louis you have tons of options when it comes to places to throw back some cold ones (or in this case not so cold ones).  Side Project is special not only because of the well managed beer list, but the people that are there to help you.

When I see a massive beer list, it’s sometimes tempting to just order an old favorite.  The staff at Side Project is very excited to help you select new beers that fit what you like.  For all draft beers except the casks, you can also order half pours.  It’s a great way to explore more beers in one visit to help discover a new favorite.

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Two Side Project Half Pours

Side Project Cellar is one of my new favorite spots in St. Louis.  Typically I won’t make a bold statement like that after one visit, but I have thought about it every day since I have been there.  Are you curious what beer I still dream about from that visit?  It’s the Side Project Foedre.  I love sour beers and this is one of the best I have ever tried.

Dive 2 Five Scale: 3.  So what’s up with Maplewood?  With all the great stuff opening there lately, it makes me think I need to relocate.  Side Project Cellar is a lively bar with a great staff.  It’s a no frills place that is great for hanging out with friends and creating new memories.  So get your babysitter, set up your designated driver, and get over there!  Hopefully you will see me sitting at the bar.

Old Standard Fried Chicken – Fried Chicken and a Funny Song

Those who know me well know that I am obsessed with unique and strange music, as well as food.  Whenever I am going to eat or cook fried chicken, there is one song that gets stuck in my head every time:  Fried Chicken by MU330.  Now that I have that stuck in your head, you are in the right frame of mind to read about my experiences at Old Standard.

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Old Standard is a tiny spot close to Ben Poremba’s other establishments Elaia and Olio.  It’s a very inviting space that serves some of my favorite comfort foods.  

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Although this restaurant really focuses in on fried chicken, they have put together a great support cast of starts, breads / biscuits, and side dishes. 

I love the deviled eggs.  These have to be the fanciest deviled eggs I have ever eaten.  

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The toppings and combinations are really what made this dish memorable.  I especially loved the thinly sliced celery, it was a great combination of flavors and textures.  

They also have you covered when it comes to bread and biscuits.  The best thing about ordering bread and biscuits here is that you get to try them all.

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I could have eaten my beer coaster if I put enough of the lemon honey butter on it.  It was by far my favorite.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for, the fried chicken.

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I have been there a few times and each time I ordered a half chicken. The crispy skin is great and the chicken isn’t dry, so all in all, it’s a very solid offering of fried chicken.  However, I definitely wouldn’t say it’s the best in St. Louis. Despite that, it may be my favorite one to visit because of the great sides, drinks, and atmosphere.

Old Standard is another new and exciting restaurant proving that the St. Louis food scene has no signs of slowing down.  It’s a place I have tried several times and will continue to enjoy.  The best fried chicken in St. Louis could be a great topic of debate; I just hope that I can be on the blind panel that gets to choose the winner!

Dive to Five Scale:  3.  Who doesn’t like fried chicken?  Old standard has everything you need to satisfy your fried chicken craving. There are unique sodas for the kids as well as great boozy cocktails and local beers for the adults.  One tip is to use the No Wait app to save your spot in line!

Here is a random pick of PBR from one of my visits because that’s how I roll:

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As a bonus, check this great offer to get pre-sale tickets to RFT’s Iron Fork event!

Death in the Afternoon – St. Louis, MO – Power Lunch

“So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.” – Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

I’m a long time member of Blood and Sand and one of my greatest struggles is the distance between my home, my work, and that restaurant.  That same issue kept me from trying Death in the Afternoon, until I scheduled a PTO day for indulgence.

View of Death in the Afternoon from City Garden

View of Death in the Afternoon from City Garden

Death in the Afternoon is located in one of my favorite treasures of St. Louis, City Garden.  I was ecstatic when the owners of Blood and Sand took took over that location.  They are a lunch and brunch spot that takes full advantage of their view.  Their menu is ever changing but there are items for most palates.  I enjoy the nod given to some of my favorite Asian fare like the steamed buns and ramen.

Death in the Afternoon is located in one of my favorite treasures of St. Louis, City Garden.  I was ecstatic when the owners of Blood and Sand took over that location.  They are a lunch and brunch spot that takes full advantage of their view.  Their menu is ever changing but there are items to satisfy palates.  I appreciate the twist on some of my favorite Asian fair, such as steamed buns and ramen.

First up was the hummus.  With the addition of the roasted vegetables, this was definitely not your plain Jane hummus. Where was this idea of using zucchini on top while my family’s garden was exploding with extra produce???  As far as hummus goes, this version is a very solid offering.

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Next up is one of my guilty pleasures:  Japanese steamed buns.  Remember my gushing over the pork belly buns that I devoured at Booker and Dax in NY?  Although these do not replace those in my heart, they have a lot to offer.  I went with two each of the pork belly and mushroom steamed buns.  They are served with a side of pickles and daikon carrot slaw.  I loved experimenting with the different flavor and texture combinations.  While I would order these again, they are on the pricey side at $5.50 a bun.

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My last dish was the Cubano sandwich.  Who doesn’t like a sandwich that has multiple types of pork!?  Personally, I know that I have been craving one since I recently (finally) saw the movie Chef.  I know this isn’t a movie blog, but it’s a great watch if you love food.  Anyway, this sandwich didn’t disappoint.  The bread was crunchy, and you still have the prerequisite yellow mustard and pickles.

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Death in the Afternoon is a great lunch spot with a view.  If you are lucky enough to work in the area, it’s a must.  I can’t wait to try the brunch and their Bloody Mary.  I would love to see what they could do with a banh mi as well.  Hint hint.

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Dive 2 Five Scale:  4.  I think all the power suits and business lunches made me go with a 4 on this.  It has a trendy vibe in a great location.  It’s a little more than your typical lunch but as they say, you get what you pay for.

Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill – St. Louis, MO – We’ve Got the Urge…Do You Have It?

I’ll admit I was a little nervous about visiting Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill.  Music by Steve Ewing and the Urge whisk me back to my youth.  I have seen the Urge perform countless times on many different stages and have fond memories (for those I can still remember).  My nervousness stemmed from having my bubble burst about a St. Louis icon.  Steve Ewing has always been a kind person that takes his time out to talk to anyone.  I always appreciated seeing how much he enjoyed performing no matter the crowd size.  Enough about this bromance I have for Steve Ewing; let’s talk about some hot dogs.

Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill is a small shop with limited seating.  Steve’s features Nathan’s hot dogs, and clearly the focus is on hot dogs with a variety of different topping combinations.  But what exactly makes a good hot dog?  For me, it’s all about having that “snap” when you bite into the dog.

During my first visit I tried two different dogs, the Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog and Steve’s Famous Chili-Cheese Dog.

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The mac n cheese was creamy, and for me the combination of cheese and hotdogs is a match made in heaven. I love to make queso and I almost always have hot dogs the next day so I can put that leftover queso to good use.  This was the top dog of the visit for sure.  Did I forget to mention they used bacon as a topping?  Who doesn’t love bacon???

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Next up was Steve’s Famous Chili-Cheese dog.  The song remains the same for the hot dog and the bun.  Although this was not my favorite of the evening, it was still a great dog.  You can haveraw or sautéed onions.  I went sautéed, as raw tends to overpower the taste. I was very happy thatthe bun could stand up to the chili without turning into a mushy mess.

Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill has been very successful.  So much so, that they have now opened asecond location in Tower Grove.  After my first visit, I can understand why.  Anyone have a recommendation on what dog tops the Gorilla Mac &  Cheese?

Dive 2 Five Scale:  3.  Clearly,  this is a kid friendly place.  That staff is always hustling but will take the time to help you with your selections.  There is street parking and limited drink selections, but the hot dog selections more than make up for it.