Quick Bites: 5.3.23

at the ballpark | The Cardinals’ 2023 season is underway, and baseball lovers can look forward to new food offerings at Ballpark Village. The biggest arrival is the new location of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria. The 10,000-square-foot-restaurant is the local fave’s third location and the biggest yet. The dining line-up also welcomes Condado Tacos and Koibito Poke, an Arizona-based chain founded by former Cardinals pitcher Todd Stottlemyre.

hit the road
The Vine Cafe is heading to the streets of St. Louis. The Mediterranean restaurant, which is located at 3171 S. Grand Blvd., launched the Vine and Dash food truck. The menu includes dishes like falafel, shawarma, fattoush salad and fresh juices. The food truck had its soft launch in April at Lamiaa Botanicals and plans to be at farmers markets and other outdoor events this spring and summer. For more information on where to find Vine and Dash, follow the truck on Instagram.

new offerings
The Greek Kitchen inside of the Kirkwood Schnucks has rebranded to Hungry Joe’s. The takeout location is still operated by Lisa Nicholas and Joe Kandel, and it now offers an expanded menu with pizzas and burgers in addition to its existing menu of Greek favorites. “We feel that by dropping some of our menu items which take the most time to make, we can streamline the operation,” Kandel says. “We also feel by changing to a more generic name like Hungry Joe’s it will appeal to a wider audience.”

good brews
Blueprint Coffee is partnering with Love Bank Park, a community-led public space at the corner of Nebraska and Cherokee streets. As part of its quarterly giveback initiative, the coffee roaster will donate $1 from every pound of Tektōn coffee to the park’s $1.2 million redevelopment project. The Love Bank Park partnership will continue through May 15. Tektōn is available online for nationwide shipping and at Blueprint coffee bars. Sales also extend to wholesale partners and coffee shops where Tektōn is available throughout the metro St. Louis area.

opens + closes
Soul food fans will want to head downtown where Tootie’s on Washington Ave. is serving up favorites like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and more at 1933 Washington Ave. If you’re in U. City, grab a boba tea at Sum Tea House, now open at 8501 Olive Blvd. … Kain Tayo comes to the StL from Trenton, Illinois. Located at 2700 Locust St., the restaurant focuses on Filipino cuisine. … After more than eight years in Tower Grove East, Kitchen House Coffee has closed. … Beast Butcher & Block stopped service in The Grove. The barbecue restaurant will continue to serve customers at its original location in Belleville, and it will operate a counter at St. Louis City SC’s CityPark stadium.

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