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One Year Anniversary: St. Louis’ Favorite Foodie Finds of 2011, Part 1

January 2, 2012
New Years Day marked the 1 year anniversary of  – a day for new beginnings. I want to celebrate our 1st year by looking back and acknowledging my favorite food things of the year. These are not necessarily new to STL, but my personal highlights for 2011.
St. Louis:  Top 5  favorite foodie finds – 2011

  • #5 Food Trucks:  Do I need to say anymore? From New York to LA, mobile eateries have been popular for quite some time. Heck, they even have several shows about food truck races. However, the food truck scene in St. Louis has only recently blossomed. With almost 20 trucks, St.Louis can now be added to the food truck map! In June of 2011, St. Louis’s very own SAUCE magazine began hosting an event they call Food Truck Friday, which is held in Tower Grove Park each month. Food Truck Friday instantly became more popular than expected. Most vendors at the first event ran out of food within an hour or two. The next month, even though the vendors thought they had prepared for the quantity of people, they ran out of food again! Social media like Facebook, twitter, and word of mouth created excitement around town and Food Truck Friday continued to grow. People brought chairs, blankets, and frisbees and let their dogs and kids run around to enjoy the park and eat delicious handheld food. Here is a list of some of the more popular food trucks: Barnyard Kitchen, Big Balls, Cha Cha Chow, Falafelwich Wagon, Go! Gyro! Go!, Guerrilla Street Food, Holy Crepe, Papa Tom’s Gateway Dog House, Pi on the Spot, Sarah’s Cake Stop, Seoul Taco, Shell’s Coastal Cuisine, Sicily Streat (formerly Mangia Mobile), Street Life Mobile Food, The Sausage Syndicate, The Sweet Divine, Wanderlust Pizza.
  • taken from Salt's website - smoked scalop

    #4  Salt: Food is a type of art , but Chef Wes Johnson takes it to a whole new level at his restaurant Salt. I admit, I thought it was a bit strange to use an old funeral home for a restaurant, but the architecture and old-world details of this old building pair nicely with the passion and creativity of Salt. The space is clean and inviting, but the real highlight is the food itself. Focusing on local Missouri products, Chef Wes Johnson does a great jobs of making simple food elegant. Two friends and I went to sample the menu one mid-summer evening. Here is what stood out to me:

    – pear salad: no lettuce, just thinly julienned pears, blueberries, and smoked jowl with a delicious vinaigrette

    – duck fat frites with house made ketchup

    – pork and fennel meatballs with a blackberry jelly

    – sorghum-lacquered duck: crispy on the outside with a sweet and tender inside…perfection!

    Salt is innovative. It’s an experience rather than just a meal…a must see!


    Stay tuned later in the week as I reveal my top 3 Foodie Finds of 2011!

  • #3  A South City Gem Tucked into My Own Neighborhood
  • #2  Upscale Italian that Rivals the Hill
  • #1  The St. Louis Microbrewery Scene Explodes, and one Newcomer Takes the Crown

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2012 9:07 pm

    I can’t wait to see your #1. That’s probably my favorite part of St. Louis! The good food is a close second 🙂

    • Laura MacDougall permalink
      January 4, 2012 10:57 am

      Just added your blog to our BLOGROLL! Love to support local STL bloggers!

  2. Laura MacDougall permalink
    January 4, 2012 10:54 am

    Thanks Stacy! Loving “Every Little Thing” – nice idea for your new years blog!

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