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Extra Sauce: Top 5 Lunch Dishes of 2014

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Sauce restaurant critic Byron Kerman knows how precious the lunch hour is. All year, he’s shared the highs and lows of new and venerable lunch joints around St. Louis in Power Lunch. Here, he shares his top five lunch dishes of 2014:




No. 5: Buffalo Blue Burger at Lulu’s Local Eats
Lulu’s sweet potato burger has crunchy panko breading on the outside yielding to a soft, moist interior. The Buffalo Blue version adds vegan “ranch” dressing (made with lemon, cucumber and eggless Vegenaise) and a creamy hot sauce to the thickly formed patty. If you can make a better vegan burger, we’d love to try it.




No. 4: Smoked Brisket at Adam’s Smokehouse
The melt-in-your-mouth brisket is the star of the show at Adam’s, where it’s sliced it thin as deli meat. The reddish trim and smoky taste were rapturous. Only a heretic would put a drop of sauce on it.




No. 3: Buttermilk-Cornmeal Pancakes at Southwest Diner
Southwest Diner’s buttermilk-cornmeal pancakes with buttery-brown edges are done just the way pancakes should be: thin and crispy, not fat and fluffy. Ask for real maple syrup for an extra buck to properly anoint these babies.




No. 2: Hot Pastrami Sandwich at Death in the Afternoon
I’ll just come out and say it: The Hot Pastrami sandwich at Death in the Afternoon is quite possibly the best you will ever put in your mouth. It’s crazy-good, largely because the drippings from the thinly sliced pastrami are collected and mixed into a house-made mustard-mayonnaise sauce. I know what you’re thinking: Mayo and pastrami shouldn’t mix. I didn’t care, and you won’t either.

And my No. 1 dish of the year…




Kung Pao Squid at Joy Luck Buffet
The kung pao squid on Joy Luck Buffet’s secret Szechuan menu requires a good 15 minutes to pick a veritable army of dried Szechuan peppers off the plate. The struggle is worth it; pliant squid and peanuts cavort in a kung pao sauce that, like a well-aged Burgundy, takes the diner to a dark, deep, complex place. As far as I’m concerned, this is the only kung pao in town.


-Lulu’s photo by Elizabeth Maxson; Adam’s Smokehouse photo by Jonathan Gayman; Southwest Diner and Death in the Afternoon photos by Elizabeth Jochum; Joy Luck Buffet photo by Carmen Troesser

Meatless Monday: Cauliflower two ways at Lulu’s Local Eatery

Monday, June 16th, 2014



Anything on the menu at Lulu’s Local Eatery, the newly opened brick-and-mortar of the beloved food truck at 3201 South Grand, is fair game for Meatless Monday. After all, it’s not just vegetarian; it’s vegan. Check out the Spring Roll Bowl with crispy cauliflower atop greens, shredded carrot, green onions and cilantro dressed in a savory orange peanut sauce. It’s a dish with contrasting flavors, temperatures and texture and that makes us feel full but not at all heavy.




For something a little richer, try the Buffalo Cauliflower Wrap. Crispy, fried cauliflower is tossed in buffalo sauce and rolled into a burrito along with greens, cucumber, carrot, onion and Lulu’s nondairy ranch sauce that cools things off just enough to take a big bite.

If they haven’t sold out already, snag an order of the brownie bites, provided by Sweet Art. They’re decadent with intense chocolate flavor and are also a Sauce office favorite.



Hit List: 4 new places to try this month

Sunday, June 15th, 2014



Sweetology: 9214 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.736.4800, sweetology.com

Just when you thought you’d exhausted your outings-with-kids options, sucrose playground Sweetology opens its doors. At this interactive retail concept, patrons young and old can get their hands sticky decorating cookies, cupcakes and cakes (including gluten-free varieties). The process includes stopping at the wish machine, which dispenses edible candy that you can write on and then insert inside your treat; using the frosting dispenser and mixology machine that will squirt out just the right shade of chartreuse; and choosing from nearly 200 sugar art options for decorations to turn that cupcake into a sugary masterpiece. Exhausted parents: Let the Sweetologists guide the kiddos through the decorating experience while you relax in The Drinkery with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Good luck leaving without a bag of candy tapped from a massive bulk selection that also includes all-natural and dye-free sweets.



Lulu’s Local Eatery: 3201 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.300.8125, luluslocaleatery.com

Popular food truck Lulu’s Local Eatery has found its abode on bustling South Grand. You’ll find hearty wraps and sandwiches filled with local produce and served up with scratch sauces, plus a handful of noodle and stir-fry bowls and even a kids menu. Followers of this lunch wagon will notice that many of their favorite rotating specials now have a permanent place on the brick-and-mortar menu. As for sides, expect to find us indulging in both the kale salad and tater tots. After ordering from the counter that’s sustainably outfitted with repurposed wood, head to the patio where you can admire vegetables and herbs growing in recycled yellow filing cabinets. Food this fresh, flavorful and filling – not to mention super affordable – will keep even meat lovers contented. Just wait until the meal is over to tell them that Lulu’s isn’t just a vegetarian restaurant; it’s vegan.



4204 Main Street Brewing Co.: 4204 Main St., Belleville, 618.416.7261, mainstreetbrewingco.com

Belleville’s first brewery in decades towers above surrounding fast-food chains and mom-and-pop spots lining Main Street. The former Amarillo Tex now sports dark leather, gleaming wood and shining fermentation tanks. Order a four-brew flight from the seven options currently on tap (Make sure two of your picks are the saison and California Common Rye.). The meat-and-potatoes crowd will find a wide selection of Certified Angus Beef steaks and burgers. Among the many dishes with flavor twists, try the stuffed mushrooms with pickled beet-horseradish sauce. House-made whole-grain mustard spiked with beer accompanies a croque-monsieur stuffed with smoked ham, apples, shallots and caramelized aged white cheddar. An open-faced meatloaf sandwich is packed with flavor, wrapped in applewood bacon and smothered in gravy. For dessert, pair a chocolate stout with the profiterole, which eschews traditional choux in favor of fried biscuit dough.



ArtBar Saint Louis: 2732 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.769.9696, artbarstl.com

This colorful watering hole on Cherokee Street is to the creative set what sports bars are to Cardinals fans. Art lines the walls and artists in all media are encouraged to use the space to perform, create and imbibe. Cozy up to the 54-foot bar and choose from 15 wines by the glass and nearly 20 local brews, or have the bartender craft a cocktail using small-producer spirits and house-made syrups. Build a board from a changing selection of local meats, cheeses and house-made pickles. Or fill a paper cone with the daily popcorn flavor. And if all that inspiration moves the artist in you, pick up the colored pencils and paper handed to you when you sit down and doodle away.


 -photos by Michelle Volansky




The Scoop: Lulu’s Local Eatery to open a brick and mortar on South Grand

Friday, February 14th, 2014


{Lulu’s owners Robbie Tucker and Lauren Loomis}

Vegetarian food truck Lulu’s Local Eatery is getting a permanent home. Earlier this week, owners Robbie Tucker and Lauren Loomis, aka Lulu, signed the lease on the space at 3201 S. Grand Blvd., recently vacated by Natty’s Pizza. Natty’s is joining forces with and moving its operation to nearby Plaza Cafe and Grill at 3182 Morgan Ford Road.

Tucker and Loomis hope to open their restaurant in early May since the 42-seat space needs only minor improvements and cosmetic changes. The pair is designing the space themselves, and Tucker noted that sustainability will be a focus at the restaurant, just as it is with Lulu’s Green Dining Alliance-certified food truck and the organic, from-scratch dishes that they offer. Among design elements, they hope to build a living herb wall and a raised vegetable bed in the 32-seat patio.

The restaurant will be fast-casual; customers will order at the counter, but servers will deliver food to their tables. Loomis and Tucker expect this service model to result in a wait time of less than 10 minutes. Lulu’s will offer lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on weekends. The menu will be “a continuation of what we are serving on the food truck,” said Loomis, noting that the brick-and-mortar restaurant will offer additional items not available from the food truck.

In addition, it will offer wine and beer – both on tap and in bottles – with special attention to local brews. “Robbie is super-passionate about local craft beer,” Loomis said.

“I want to make it the place to come have a beer in St. Louis,” Tucker added, saying he envisioned Lulu’s patio as a spot for a relaxing drink during warm weather months.

Lulu’s rolled onto streets in April 2012, and the owners say the truck will still roll the streets as they prepare the South Grand space. Tucker and Loomis said they have been looking for a permanent home for Lulu’s since June 2013. They settled on the South Grand business district because “we are so passionate about South City,” Loomis said. “We live in South City. We moved from Chicago to be in South City.”

The former Natty’s space was an ideal spot for their needs. “We love the patio seating capability and the logistics of running the food truck as well,” she said, noting that the proximity to Tower Grove Park will be helpful when participating in events such as the Tower Grover Farmers Market and Sauce-sponsored Food Truck Friday.

As for Natty’s Pizza, owner Brian Williams said he is teaming up with Plaza Cafe and Grill owner Todd Alexander. Williams will helm the pizza-making operation, while Plaza Cafe’s current culinary crew will prepare the other menu items already offered at the restaurant. Williams expects pizza-tossing to commence there in two weeks and said those familiar with Natty’s pies will notice an expansion into “artisanal pizzas.” I’m going to expand on what I was doing at Natty’s, but push the envelope a little more,” Williams said.

-photo by Sarah Crowder/Ladue News


This week, Allyson Mace is obsessed with…

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

{The ginger sake martini at Mai Lee combines three of my favorite things: ginger, green tea vodka and sake. I usually don’t drink martinis with dinner, but this smooth cocktail pairs surprisingly well with the food at Mai Lee and, um, goes down nicely!}


{Food truck food that’s super healthy for you, and it tastes good? When faced with so many food options in my position, it is refreshing to find something as tasty and simple as the sweet potato falafel at Lulu’s.}


{Fish tacos have become my new obsession. I have tasted a lot of them around town, but this crispy morsel featuring grilled or fried tilapia and newly added to the Atomic Cowboy menu is quickly becoming my go-to taco!}


Lulu’s Local Eatery’s Sweet Potato Falafel

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Set your annual weight-loss resolution for 2013? Allow us to help. The sweet potato falafel at Lulu’s Local Eatery will have you eating healthy without even realizing it. The falafel is fried, yes, but it’s loaded with sweet potato, which is jam-packed with fiber and nutrients, and studded with good-for-you greens. It gets wrapped in a pita and finished with a figure-friendly tzatziki sauce. Counting carbs? Switch out that pita for fresh greens. This is gonna be your year – or at least your afternoon.

Track down the LuLu’s Local Eatery food truck on Facebook and Twitter or at luluslocaleatery.com

— photo by Carmen Troesser

Meatless Monday: Farm to Falafel

Monday, September 10th, 2012

It’s like I died and went to heaven – or Lulu’s Local Eatery. You know, that food truck at Food Truck Fridays that has lines across the park? I was lucky enough to catch Lulu’s on a slower day at City Garden, but even if there was a line, the wait would have been worth it.

After hearing rave reviews about the truck with the rooftop garden, I couldn’t wait to try the Sweet Potato Falafel. The bright orange super food is mashed and combined with a heavy hand of spices, including cumin and garlic. After being lightly fried in all-natural peanut oil and laid in a warm, fluffy pita, this sweet falafel is painted with a thick, zesty tzatziki sauce that adds just the right amount of savory. Throw in the crunch of cool cucumbers and mild red onions, and you have one filling farm-to-truck meal that starts the week off right.

Not only can you feel good about what this meal does (or doesn’t do) to your waistline, you can also breathe a sigh of relief about its environmental impact. Owners Robert Tucker and Lauren Loomis use local ingredients when they can, supporting many local farmers and producers. They also use 100-percent compostable and biodegradable serving ware with their food. And a rooftop garden? That’s just the icing on the cake – er, truck.

I’ll certainly be following Lulu’s, so I can check out the truck’s other signature items. And, if it just so happens to park next to Sarah’s Cake Stop, there’s nothing better than a supremely succulent Triple Chocolate cupcake to ruin a healthy lunch.

Food Truck Friday just got better!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

It’s that time again … the next Food Truck Friday of the season is this Friday! And in order to make this event the best yet, we have made a few exciting changes.

First, to make your commute from your car to the trucks both easier and faster, six shuttle cars will circle the park throughout the evening. Bathroom facilities have also been expanded, and there will be five recycling stations by St. Louis Earth Day scattered throughout the grounds. Y-98 will broadcast from the event again this month, and a live band will perform for the very first time. That means while you’re enjoying tacos and cupcakes and an ice-cold beer on a blanket, you’ll also be rocking out to the sounds of John Henry and The Engine.

Not sure what Food Truck Friday is? Click here to watch a short video of what this awesome event is all about.

WHAT: Food Truck Friday

WHEN: Friday, June 8 – 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: On the southwest side of Tower Grove Park

Parking: West End & Gurney Picnic Sites: Enter the Park via Kingshighway and follow Southwest Drive, heading east as it is a one-way street. The picnic sites will be on your left. From the Arsenal entrance at Center Cross Drive: Go around the roundabout and turn left on Northwest Drive (which is also one-way), heading west. This will eventually loop into Southwest Drive.

COST: Entrance is free; cash and credit card accepted for food and beverages

WHO’S COMING: And now, onto the food. Check out the list of trucks that will be lining up this Friday.

Holy Crepe
Follow this truck @HolyCrepeSTL

Le Food Truck
Follow this truck @LeFoodTruck

Sarah’s Cake Stop
Follow this truck @SarahsCakeStop

The Sweet Divine
Follow this truck @TheSweetDivine

Chop Shop
Follow this truck @ChopShopSTL

Papa Tom’s Fancy Franks
Follow this truck @PapaTomsFF

Falafelwich Wagon
Follow this truck @Falafelwich

Cha Cha Chow
Follow this truck @WheresChaCha

The Sausage Syndicate
Follow this truck @SyndicateSTL 

Lulu’s Local Eatery
Follow this truck @LulusFoodTruck

Guerilla Streetfood
Follow this truck @GuerillaStreet

Seoul Taco
Follow this truck @SeoulTaco

Follow this truck @ZiasOnTheHill

Hot Aztec
Follow this truck @HotAztec

2 Girls 4 Wheels
Follow this truck @2girls4wheels

Shell’s Coastal Cuisine
Follow this truck @ShellsCoastal

Go Gyro Go
Follow this truck @GoGyroGo

Feed Me
Follow this truck @feedmetruck

Three local food trucks in running for national title of “best food truck graphic design”

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

If you are a food truck fan, you can probably name your must-have-dish from your favorite truck in a moment’s notice. But taste buds aside, have you considered which truck looks the snazziest? National food truck resource Mobile Cuisine is holding a Best Food Truck Graphic Design Contest to determine which of the thousands of trucks rolling on our nation’s streets has the most stylish design. More than 2,500 trucks were nominated for the competition, but the list has been narrowed to 15 finalists. Among those to make the cut are three trucks from St. Louis: Completely Sauced, Chop Shop and Lulu’s Local Eatery.

“To have three trucks from St. Louis is pretty cool,” said Julie Komanetsky, co-owner of Completely Sauced, who notified The Scoop of the exciting news.

The winner of the contest will be chosen by a public vote. To place your vote for the best food truck graphics, go here. The poll ends on Friday, June 8.

Food Truck Fridays are back!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Food Truck Fridays are back! For those of you who haven’t been to this food-filled extravaganza, get ready to eat your heart out. Food Truck Friday is Sauce Magazine’s response to the ever-growing food truck trend that’s been plowing through the country over the last couple of years. While food trucks are relatively new to the local dining scene, more trucks take to the streets each month, tweeting out their locations so hungry diners can line up for a meal on the go. Just about anything is available curbside these days – from pizza and hotdogs to bulgogi bowls and sushi rolls. Food truck fare is portable, affordable and made fresh on the spot.

This marks the second year of Food Truck Fridays, which will kick off in May and will be held monthly throughout the summer and early fall. Last year, hundreds of St. Louisans filled Tower Grove Park at each event to get a taste of all their favorite food trucks in one place. Won’t you join them?

Click here to watch a short video revealing what Food Truck Friday is all about.

And see below for a list of which trucks you can expect to see this year, along with details on times and location for the upcoming season. See you in May!

WHAT: Food Truck Friday

WHEN: The second Friday of every month from May till October.

• May 11: 5 to 8 p.m.

• June 8: 5 to 8 p.m.

• July 13: 5 to 8 p.m.

• Aug. 10: 5 to 8 p.m.

• Sept. 14: 5 to 8 p.m.

• Oct. 12: 4 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: On the southwest side of Tower Grove Park

Parking: West End & Gurney Picnic Sites: Enter the Park via Kingshighway and follow Southwest Drive, heading east as it is a one-way street. The picnic sites will be on your left. From the Arsenal entrance at Center Cross Drive: Go around the roundabout and turn left on Northwest Drive (which is also one-way), heading west. This will eventually loop into Southwest Drive.

COST: Entrance is free; cash and credit card accepted for food and beverages

Cha Cha Chow
Follow this truck @WheresChaCha

Falafelwich Wagon
Follow this truck @Falafelwich

Guerrilla Street Food
Follow this truck @GuerrillaStreet

Holy Crêpe
Follow this truck @HolyCrepeSTL

Hot Aztec
Follow this truck @HotAztec

Papa Tom’s Gateway Dog House
Follow this truck @GatewayDogHouse

Sarah’s Cake Stop
Follow this truck @SarahsCakeStop

Beer booth @Schlafly

Seoul Taco
Follow this truck @SeoulTaco

Shell’s Coastal Cuisine
Follow this truck @ShellsCoastal

Speedway Eatery
Follow this truck @SpeedwayEatery

The Sausage Syndicate
Follow this truck @SyndicateSTL

The Sweet Divine
Follow this truck @TheSweetDivine

2 Girls 4 Wheels
Follow this truck @2girls4wheels

Le Food Truck
Follow this truck @LeFoodTruck

Lulu’s Local Eatery
Follow this truck @LulusFoodTruck

Zia’s Italian Food Truck
Follow this truck @ZiasOnTheHill

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