2 new St. Louis restaurants and a food truck to try this month
The Golden Hoosier
The stunning view from the bar at The Golden Hoosier, warmly lit by antique light fixtures, is only more impressive when you remember the space’s former life as beloved South City hangout Southtown Pub. From custom-upholstered booths inside to the charming campground-themed patio out back, the bar offers plenty of ways to spend the night with friends. Feel fancy with a South Side Cavy cocktail made with Quebranta Pisco, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg whites and angostura bitters or keep it casual on a stump stool by the fire with a draft beer like Logboat Shiphead Ginger Wheat. No matter which adventure you choose, you’ll want to stay until last call.
3707 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.354.8044, thegoldenhoosier.com
An awesome new fried chicken food truck, Ramblin’ Rooster, is parking it around town, most notably at 9 Mile Garden. The Me and Bobby McGee is a worthy option any time of day with perfectly fried chicken strips atop a Belgian waffle studded with crunchy bites of pearl sugar and served with bourbon butter and maple syrup. We also loved the Seoul Train with its gochujang-glazed fried chicken topped with kimchi slaw and black and white sesame seeds on a sturdy brioche bun. And the Cheech & Chong truly is a stoner classic with Nashville hot chicken strips, mac and cheese and spicy fries wrapped in a flour tortilla.
618.360.3473, Facebook: Ramblin’ Rooster
When the seafood craving hits, Crab’s Landing is ready to deliver the goods. Boiled crawfish and shrimp are served with corn and red potatoes and tossed in the sauce of your choosing; options include Cajun, garlic butter and “juicy special.” The crawfish were large, fresh and juicy, the tail meat sliding easily from the shell. When ordering from the boiled menu, select your own spice level. We chose medium, which we found not at all spicy, so those looking for some heat should start with hot and work their way up. The fried shrimp were similarly fresh and had a good fry, as did the waffle-cut sweet potato fries and hush puppies studded with sweet corn kernels; their tender interiors contrasted nicely with the crunchy exteriors.
701 N. Tucker Blvd., St. Louis, 314.833.3280, crabslanding.com
Editor's note: This article was edited at 12:51 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, to update the ingredients in the South Side Cavy cocktail. It incorrectly stated the drink contained club soda mixed with angostura bitters. We regret the error.
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