Late Nite Eats: Episode 6 - St. Louis

Welcome to St. Louis

Really fun city with a sprawled out neighborhood architecture. Nothing is really centrally located but everything is within 15 minutes of each other - meaning convenient to a certain point! The park in the middle of the city is absolutely incredible. Think Central Park but bigger, cleaner, safer and with significantly more things to do inside... and, best of all, it's totally free. St. Louis is known for it's BBQ and sauces - and let me tell you, it lived up to the sweet hype!

Where I Ate

Guerilla Street Food: The 2 co-owners are fun and super embracing! They tend to stay closer to traditional Filipino flavors and do a great job representing the culture. I definitely respect this place and I love what they're doing. Chef Brian Hardesty is absolutely killing it!

Food sampled:

  • The Flying Pig: 12-Hour Roasted Pork Shoulder, Pulled and Sauced with Sriracha, Hoisin, and Calamansi, topped with a 63-Degree Egg, Fried Garlic, Black Sesame Seeds served over Steamed Local Jasmine Rice, and garnished with Scallions.
  • Iron Manock Chicken: Fried Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs with Mango Bagoong Sauce and Spicy Hoisin. Served with Chile Braised Napa Cabbage and finished with Fried Garlic and Green Onion.

The Fountain on Locust: An art deco take on old school prohibition era ice cream shop. The employees/owners are just as eclectic as the food as young chef Alex Johnson takes American classics and flips them on their heads with out-of-country experiences. The interior was amazingly fun and hand drawn. The ice cream here is done in-house and tastes amazing... definitely the major draw here!

Food sampled:

  • Moroccan Pot Pie with side of Dill Pickle Soup: White Chicken Breast, Vegetables, Peanuts and a Puff Pastry Crust.
  • Sundae Gambler: Custom Ice Cream Sundae.

Gamlin Whiskey House: Without a doubt one of the most organized, fun, and hospitable place we've visited! The people were amazing, fun and kind. The food, by chef Ryan Cooper, was classic and simple but delicious nonetheless - highly recommend!

Food and drink sampled:

  • Braised and Bonded Short Ribs over Grits: Pepper Jack Grits, Sautéed Spinach, Topped with an Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon-Herb Sauce.
  • Toasted Ravioli: Stuffed with Beef Tips, Spinach, Cream Cheese, Garlic, Onions with Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce.
  • Smoked Manhattan: Cherry Wood Smoked inside of a Knob Creek Bottle.

My St. Louis Tip

Rent a car, because you'll need one to get anywhere! If you're planning your trip, make sure to take into consideration the atmosphere during baseball season. Get tickets to a game and really soak in the city and it's baseball energy. Hands down, the people are what make this city the amazing place that it is.

My St. Louis Anthem

Friends - Whodini

Miss The Episode? Don't sweat it - here are the upcoming airings of Late Nite Eats St. Louis:

  • Friday, November 3 at 2am ET
  • Saturday, November 4 at 10:30pm ET
  • Sunday, November 5 at 1:30am ET, 2pm ET
  • Thursday, November 16 at 10:30pm ET
  • Friday, November 17 at 2:30am ET
  • Sunday, November 19 at 2:30pm ET

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Channel

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