City Festival

It has been delightful getting back into the swing of St. Louis. For those of you that have never visited this great town, please do. The food culture here has exploded with eclectic tastes from all around the globe.  This weekend, we visited “Taste of St. Louis,” a fair downtown where restaurants from all around the city show off their best. For restaurant owners, it’s a great way to let the masses try your food and draw them to your restaurant.  For foodies, it’s an ideal way to spend an afternoon.

Since the Cardinals (GO CARDS!) are in the postseason, it was appropriate for The Precint to feature Jimmy’s potato bats.

Potato Bats

Sugarfire is a new BBQ place in St. Louis. I’ve actually been to the restaurant and it is really good. I highly recommend their pulled pork sandwiches, jambalaya, and crack pie.

Soulard Market

Most booths had menus with their dishes listed. Check out this one from Monty’s Sandwich Company… uh, yum.

Menu

As if reading the menu wasn’t enough, many booths put examples of their dishes for you to see how they are prepared. I’m a visual person. This helped me decide what I really wanted.

Chips

One thing I love about St. Louis are the people from various cultures that call this city home. Delicious Greek food from Soulard Gryo and Deli!

Gyros

Truffle shots?! Oh, man. I’ll take the whole basket, please. Thanks, Kakao Chocolate!

Truffle Shots

So, our plan was to try things that we can’t get everyday, or indulge in local favorites. The alligator gumbo was a must.

Molly's Menu

It was great- worth getting! (pictured in the middle)

Gumbo

Hank’s Cheesecakes!

Cheesecake

Feijoada de Ogum is the national dish of Brazil, and was served from the friendly folks at Yemanja Brasil Restaurante. Rice, beans, pork, breadcrumbs, and a lot of savory goodness. I found the recipe online here.

Brazil

Of all the booths, the longest line award went to… Bogart’s! Of course. No wonder why- Bogart’s serves amazing St. Louis BBQ. It’s worth a trip to Soulard in St. Louis just to have some ribs from Bogart’s.

Bogarts

Soon I heard my name called by one sweet booth. Can you guess which one lured me in?  The Cup, a cupcake shop located in the Central West End. They are sister stores with The Cakery, who did our wedding cake. I got their pumpkin cupcake with cinnamon buttercream frosting. Holy moly.

Cupcake

Up close and personal with The Cup.

Cup

It was a delicious festival and the perfect way for these foodies to spend an afternoon. Cheers to the St. Louis culinary scene. We love our city.

STL

Where are your favorite places to eat in St. Louis?