The Dish: BBQ, Beer and Food Trucks Dominate This Week’s Dining News

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St. Louis’ Tikka Tikka Taco food truck set to compete on the fourth season of The Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” premiering August 18. Photo courtesy of Tikka Tikka Taco

Openings/Closings:

July 18: Jilly’s Cupcake Bar A-Go-Go in the Colonnade Center in Des Peres closed its doors on Thu., July 18. But don’t shed your tears too quickly. Just one day after the closing of the satellite location, Schnucks‘ flagship store on Manchester Road in Des Peres began selling Jilly’s Cupcakes, dedicating a section of their bakery case to the product line. The store will also sell four ice cream flavors recently released by Jilly’s. Cuban Coffee is Cuban coffee ice cream with Jilly’s coffee chip-cake morsels, dark chocolate shavings, swirls of espresso buttercream, and toffee dulce de leche. Space Monkey is chocolate-banana ice cream with Jilly’s banana-toffee cake morsels, toffee bits, and swirls of caramel-and-cream cheese icing. Island in the Sun is fresh mango ice cream with Jilly’s pineapple cake morsels, brown sugar-roasted pineapple, white-chocolate shavings, and swirls of mango buttercream. And 24 Karat Cake is carrot-cake-and-cream-cheese ice cream, with morsels of Jilly’s carrot cake, swirls of cream-cheese icing, toasted coconut, sugar-roasted walnuts, white-chocolate shavings, and 24-karat gold dust. The grand unveiling of the Jilly’s products at the Des Peres Schucks is July 26-28, so be sure to stop by for plenty of free samples!
Schnucks Des Peres, 12332 Manchester Road, 314.965.3094, schnucks.com

July 27: Great Harvest Bread Co. in Olivette recently moved to Maplewood, and it brought La Cosecha Coffee with it. The local coffee roaster had been using the kitchen at the Olivette Great Harvest to roast its coffees and sell them from the counter cafe. So when the bakery decided to move to Maplewood, it saw an opportunity to bring this complementary business with it. The new bakery-and-coffee-shop-in-one will sell the usual Great Harvest goods with expanded coffee service. La Cosecha will serve standard drip coffee and also utilize pour-over methods and serve gourmet espresso drinks. The shop opened its doors the weekend of July 13, but you can catch its grand opening ribbon cutting event on Sat., July 27.
7360 Manchester Ave., Maplewood, greatharvest.com, lacosechacoffee.com

November 2013: It’s been announced that Three Flags Tavern will open in the former Harry’s Bar & Grill space at 4940 Southwest Ave. in the Southwest Garden neighborhood this November. Three Flags owner, John O’Brien, will also be the chef. You may know him from Balaban’s, Redel’s, The Ritz-Carlton, and King Louie’s among others. Most recently, he was the executive chef at Table Three in Wildwood. The tavern is named for Three Flags Day. On May 9, 1804, in St. Louis, Spain handed the Louisiana Territory over to the French, who in turn granted it as the Louisiana Purchase to the U.S. The menu will honor all three parties, with offering such as Manchego Frito, lobster beignets, and fried chicken and apple pie.

Early 2014: EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery has announced it will be embarking on an adventure in barbecue. Owners Andy and Dee Dee Kohn are partnering up once again with Chris La Rocca to open WildSmoke, an upscale barbecue concept built on the success of the restaurant’s Smokin’ Sundays events. The location is still being finalized and the opening date is currently set for early next year, but what we do know is that the Kohns are acquiring a gas-assisted/wood-fired Old Hickory smoker (the same as are used at Pappy’s and Bogart’s) that will be manned by chef Tony Collida. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

August 2014: Last week Joe Edwards announced he will open The Peacock Loop Diner as part of The Lofts of Washington University, at 6261 Delmar Blvd., next fall. The 24-hour restaurant will feature classic diner fare mixed with global favorites, vegetarian dishes and a full bar. Edwards will fill the 4,875-square foot space with colorful décor and peacock memorabilia. Global Foods Market has also signed on as a tenant in the new development.

Bites:

Entries are now being accepted for the Grillin’ Fools 4th Annual Backyard BBQ Bash on Sat., Oct. 5. Show off your best ‘cue and register your team at backyardbbqbash.com. Categories are ribs, chicken and a mystery ingredient to be announced at check-in the day of the event. The entry fee of $100 benefits the Volunteer Firefighters of Maryville, Ill. If you’re not a competitive griller, there is still lots of fun in store at this event, which is free to the public. Barbecue will be served by volunteer firefighters and there will plenty of beer on hand from Ferguson Brewery, as well as live music, games and prizes.

Speaking of barbecue, if you just can’t get enough of the smokin’ stylings of Pappy’s and Bogart’s (and, really, who can?), rejoice in the knowledge that more is in store. Mothership, the ownership group behind the two restaurants, has brought on its first licensee, Adam’s Smokehouse, which will be located at 2819 Watson Road. Adam’s will be operated by Mike Emerson’s son-in-law, Mike Ireland, and Frank Vinciguerra. And while it will parallel Pappy’s and Bogart’s in style and quality, it will distinguish itself through its own meaty creations. But Mothership isn’t stopping there. It’s taking its act overseas to become an international affair. Its second licensee is Boogie’s BBQ in Nuremburg, Germany.

On July 12, Old Rock House welcomed to the venue a very special guest: its new food menu. The menu features new approaches to past favorites and introduces new items. You’ll find plenty of barbecue in the form of sliders, flatbreads, salads and appetizers. You can view the new menu here.
1200 S. 7th St., Soulard, 314.588.0505, oldrockhouse.com

Bombay Food Junkies, a St. Louis vegetarian Indian food truck (and a darn good one, we might add), is in the national spotlight as it competes with 10 other food trucks around the country for 2013 Vegetarian/Vegan Food Truck of the Year. Bombay Food Junkies is currently in fourth place, so log on to the poll at Mobile Cuisine and cast your vote to help the hometown team put their palak paneer pizzas and samosa chole on the map. The contest ends on July 26, so vote now and vote often.

Another local Indian street food truck concept, Tikka Tikka Taco, is also getting some national media love, as it competes on the fourth season of The Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, premiering August 18. Tune in or set your DVRs to catch this food-truck-in-the-making flex its culinary skills in hopes of winning $50,000 to start its business.

St. Louis Craft Beer Week is just around the corner, and this beloved event has inspired a beer-centric series at Basso. Brewers in the Basement is a monthly beer pairing event featuring a local brewery and chef Patrick Connolly’s specialty menu items. The series kicks off July 25 with The Civil Life and continues on August 1 with Cathedral Square. Reservations are strongly recommended. And if you can’t make it to one of these craft beer events, check out Basso’s Throwback Thursdays, a take on the #tbt trend of digging up embarrassing photos from your past (or that of others). Every Thursday from 9pm-1am, Basso plays ’80s and ’90s hits while serving cans of Busch beer for $2.
7036 Clayton Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.932.7820, basso-stl.com

PW Pizza’s Beer Dinner Series this month features local favorites as well as two new seasonal brews from Crown Valley Brewing—Pumpkin Smash Imperial Stout (10.6% ABV) and Serrano Sidekick APA (brewed with Serrano, Anaheim and Habañero peppers). Both brews are scheduled for release in August, but you can preview them at this beer pairing event on Wed., July 31. The $24.99 ticket price will get you four courses, each paired with a different Crown Valley beer. Reservations can be made at 314.621.1996.
2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.621.1996, pwpizza.com

While we’re celebrating local brews, let’s not forget about our favorite beer-slinging hangouts. History on Tap is a new series of guided neighborhood pub tours presented by The Missouri History Museum’s Young Friends. On Wed., July 24, Bob Corbett of the Dogtown Historical Society will lead guests on a tour of the neighborhood, businesses and history of this Irish community. The tour will stop at Seamus McDaniel’s, Pat’s Bar and Grill and Felix’s Pizza Pub. The $45 ticket price includes transportation, appetizers, pizza and one beer at each stop. Reservations can be made by emailing reserv@mohistory.org or calling 314.361.9017. (And mark your calendars for the Bevo tour on Oct. 16!)

Round one of the agrarian comes to a close on Sat., July 27. During its last week of service, you’ll find the following new menu items: a white gazpacho and heirloom tomato dish, maque choux with gnocchi, and veggie cassoulet. The vegetable-focused (but not necessarily vegetarian) pop-up restaurant from entre’s John Perkins will pick up for round two starting Aug. 7. This creative dining experience, which will run through October, is wildly popular, so make your reservations now.
360 N. Boyle Ave., Central West End, 314.632.6754, entrestl.com/presents/

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