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The Scoop: La Tejana Taqueria revs it up with a food truck

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013


La Tejana Taqueria owner Tyler Garcia is not going to waiting for you to visit his brick-and-mortar Mexican restaurant at 3149 N. Lindbergh Blvd., in North County. He’s bringing the taquería to you. Garcia recently bought the now-defunct Papa Tom’s food truck. He gave it a Tejana makeover and sent the Mexican food-mobile onto the streets last Saturday.

The truck offers an abbreviated menu of that available at the restaurant. Burritos, tortas and tacos – including fried tacos – comprise the primary offerings. Garcia noted that he hopes to add combination plates in the future. La Tejana Taqueria also offers a rotation of house-made drinks. Look for agua fresca in flavors like watermelon, mango, strawberry and exotic mamey, as well as horchata.

The truck will be roaming in St. Louis city and county. You can track it on Twitter or keep up with its whereabouts on Facebook.



Hit List: Two new restaurants to try this month

Monday, June 3rd, 2013


THE LIBERTINE: 7927 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.862.2999, libertinestl.com

Check your preconceptions at the door of The Libertine, the long-awaited new restaurant from Nick and Audra Luedde and local super-star chef Josh Galliano. Here, “buffalo style” crispy pig tails (pictured below) stand in for chicken wings and are far more addictive than their poultry counterparts. The house burger gets topped with house-made cheese “whiz” and served on a bacon-studded challah bun, while Three Little Birds arrive as one: hen, quail and chicken all pressed together for a brick of poultry that’s crisp, tender and perfectly cooked. Finish things off with The Libertine Candy Bar, a highbrow convergence of flavors likened to an Almond Joy and those ice cream-laden Snickers bars you pulled from the freezer at 7-Eleven as a kid. But first, head to the bar to fill your glass with small-batch liquors, local craft brews or a glass of bio-dynamic wine.


{The Libertine’s “buffalo style” crispy pig tails}


{Vietnamese coffee}

MI LINH: 9737 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.918.8868, milinh.net

It’s pho and more at this new Vietnamese restaurant in Rock Hill. Mi Linh offers oodles of options among noodle soups and bowls, including the house specialty, mi, a delicate soup of egg noodles in a rich pork broth, made hearty with meat or seafood and enlivened by bean sprouts, celery leaf, chives and lime. From starters like spring rolls down to the do chua (pickled veggies) that accompany rice plates, Mi Linh pays homage to the fresh flavors that characterize this section of the globe. A taste of Vietnam continues with beverages, whether you’re thirsty for Saigon or Tiger beer, Vietnamese coffee, a guanabana smoothie or a glass of refreshing house-made green tea lemonade.

– The Libertine photos by Michelle Volansky


Hit List: Two new restaurants to try this month

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

{John Perkins}

A Good Man is Hard to Find: 360 N. Boyle Ave., St. Louis, 314.632.6754, entrestl.com/presents

If you’ve ever had John Perkins’ food, you know that it is as creative as the ways he delivers it – from his Entre Underground dinners to his first chicken-themed pop-up, Le Coq, this past winter. So hurry up and snag a seat at his newest pop-up, a southern-comfort concept named after the classic Flannery O’Connor short story. Start with a basket of house-baked bread, then bask in the supporting characters – from the pickled beet terrine with goat cheese and blood orange to the jarred sides of house-brined pickles, spiced nuts, sunchoke relish and chow-chow (a low-country mustard-based staple). When you finish off your entree with a blueberry buckle, order it topped with a scoop of buttermilk ice cream, a slightly sour foil to the sweet, juicy berries. This short story ends on Derby Day, so better crack it open soon.

Mission Taco Joint: 
6235 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.932.5430, missiontacostl.com

From Adam and Jason Tilford, the busy brothers behind Milagro Modern Mexican, Barrister’s and Tortillaria Mexican Kitchen, comes this über casual ode to the taquerias dotting San Francisco’s Mission district. Seat yourself, then go with the a la carte tacos, wrapped in house-made tortillas and served with a bowl of onions, cilantro and hunks of lime for the squeezing. Brave souls should try the extra-fiery Nopales Taco (That’s Spanish for cactus.), while carnivores who can’t pass on pork belly will enjoy the crispy bits crumbled atop the tender Roasted Duck Tacos. The bar is in the creative and capable hands of Sanctuaria alum Joel Clark, who opted against an obvious tequila-heavy theme (There’s just one, solid margarita.) in favor of unique bottles like Blackwell Jamaican rum and Del Maguey Single Village mezcals. Sip apricot-heavy The Chaplinesque or place a pint glass under one of the 10 local taps.

– photos by Jonathan Gayman and Carmen Troesser

The Scoop: Robust Wine Bar coming to Laurel Building downtown

Friday, August 12th, 2011

081211_robustStanley and Arlene Browne, owners of Robust Wine Bar, will be adding a second location of their popular restaurant/wine bar at Seventh Street and Washington Avenue in the Laurel Building formerly occupied by Dillard’s. Robust’s downtown site will be 4,200 square feet and is scheduled to open in spring 2012, according to Mack Bradley, spokesperson for the MX District, the downtown development area that includes the Laurel Building and the Mercantile Exchange Building, formerly known as St. Louis Centre. Robust Wine Bar opened at 227 W. Lockwood Ave., in Webster Groves in 2007.

Robust is the second restaurant to be announced as a tenant for the MX District (The first was Pi Pizzeria, announced back in April). The district is undergoing major renovations as part of a project to develop the area into a full-service retail, dining, entertainment, arts, culture and residential district along Washington Avenue. Other restaurants and shopping and entertainment venues slated to open in the MX District are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. All of the venues inside the district are planned to open at the same time – tentatively spring of next year.

Sneak a Peek at Tavern of Fine Arts, opened this week

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

080311_tavernTavern of Fine Arts, the new restaurant/wine bar that we first told you about last year, opened this week at 313 Belt Ave., in DeBaliviere Place. Co-owners and St. Louis natives Mathew Daniels, left, and Aaron Johnson are both musicians and avid cooks who are hoping that Tavern of Fine Arts will become an upscale drinking hole for St. Louisans looking to sip “classic cocktails using high-quality spirits,” nibble seasonal small plates, peruse work from local artists and enjoy live classical chamber music from area musicians. For a sneak peek at this unique new spot, click here.

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