Food Truck Friday & Other Outdoor Eats

We haven’t had rain in St. Louis for over a week. The heat is out of control, and to say that we’re in need of a serious cool down is an understatement.

But we didn’t let the heat keep us cooped up inside this weekend. With enough inside work to do in the house (i.e. kitchen remodel), it feels like a must for us to get outside and take advantage of some of the summertime happenings around the STL. And naturally, the ones we take part in are ones that involve one of our most favorite things in the world… food.

This past Friday was Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park. It’s an event sponsored by the local foodie magazine, Sauce, where all the St. Louis food trucks line up to sell their yummy eats. You arrive with an empty stomach and take your pick of food truck cuisine. Anything from gourmet hot dogs to Filipino-inspired fare. And there’s even beer, courtesy of St. Louis microbrewery, Schlafly, and a couple of dessert trucks to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Clockwise from top left: 1) Arancini from Mangia Mobile. 2) Standing in line at Mangia. 3) Gateway Beer & Pretzel Dog from Papa Tom’s Gateway Dog House — complete with bacon, beer cheese, spicy mustard and a pickle. 4) The Guerrilla Street Food truck — which ran out of fresh lumpia after we waited almost forever in line!

Clockwise from top left: 1) The Sweet Divine food truck — to fulfill all your sugary needs. 2) Me, sweating like whoa but still smiling because I’m eating. And eating makes me happy. 3) The line at Papa Tom’s Gateway Dog House. Which also serves St. Louis’ very own Ted Drewe’s ice cream.

And in other non-food truck news, we finally stopped in at one of my favorite summertime hot spots. The hot dog and snow cone stand at Memorial Park in Brentwood. They serve almost every snow cone flavor known to man, and man, is it the perfect remedy for 100-degree heat! A few bites into my cherry snow cone made me feel invincible against the persistent sun. I need to make these snow cone outings a more frequent event before the stand closes up at the end of the summer.

So I guess that’s proof that summer can be cool when it’s hot. It all made for a pretty darn good weekend. Hope you had a good one, too!


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