Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Restaurants and a Food Truck Destination Tempt Our Taste Buds in 2020

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Restaurants and a Food Truck Destination Tempt Our Taste Buds in 2020

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The presents have been unwrapped, the candles lit, the bubbly popped. Our calendars, which had been bursting with activities, now allow for a bit more breathing room. As we recover from the holiday whirlwind and settle into a new year and a fresh decade, here's a glance at concerts, performances, exhibitions, restaurants and more attractions coming in the months ahead. ---

A restaurant critic never quite catches up with the present. Since I give a new restaurant two months (or longer) before I review it, I will spend the beginning of 2020 at restaurants that opened late last year. Meanwhile, the complexities of opening a restaurant can easily render a "most anticipated" list useless. But here, as best I can manage, are some of the things I'm anticipating in 2020.

New ventures, familiar names - The end of 2019 saw new restaurants from some familiar names. Mike and Liz Randolph (Half & Half, the late and still greatly missed Público) opened Original J's Tex-Mex Barbecue in Clayton, featuring tacos, Central Texas-style barbecue and more. In University City, Tara and Michael Gallina of Vicia transformed Winslow's Home into Winslow's Table, with a more casual approach to Vicia's acclaimed cooking for breakfast (shakshuka, cast-iron frittata) and lunch (salads, sandwiches, a tartine).

Meanwhile, fans of former Elaia executive chef Ben Grupe are eagerly awaiting his debut restaurant, Tempus, slated to open in Forest Park Southeast's Grove district.

9 Mile Garden - In the early years of last decade, you could call food trucks a trend. Today they are an entrenched part of St. Louis' dining scene, and this spring they will receive a dedicated parking spot: 9 Mile Garden at 9375 Gravois Road in Affton. From Seneca Commercial Real Estate and Guerrilla Street Food co-owner Brian Hardesty, 9 Mile Garden will be able to host up to nine trucks at lunch and dinner and will also be a community gathering place. …

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