by Ian Froeb
I'm counting down the top ten dishes from the new restaurants that I reviewed in 2012. Read the complete series to date.
#1: The "Flying Pig" from Guerrilla Street Food (@GuerrillaStreet; www.guerrillastreetfood.com; 314-529-1328)
A food truck atop the year's list of best dishes? Put down the pitchforks, hipster-haters. That Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo's Guerrilla Street Food is part of the ever-expanding fleet of St. Louis food trucks might be the least interesting fact about it. The "Flying Pig" is Guerrilla's standout dish: tender slow-roasted pork on a bed of jasmine rice, the meat's natural flavor subtly spiced and then spiked with chiles, sriracha sauce and calamansi (a lime-like citrus fruit). And that slow-cooked egg on top, which has a texture like no other egg you've ever eaten: White and yolk are thick and supple, like custard. I'd happily eat one of these eggs on its own; deployed in tandem with the pork, it fully justifies the dish's name, elevating it to 2012's summit.
-- from "Commando Performance" (March 29, 2012)
#2: Chitarra at Pastaria #3: Steak tartare at Little Country Gentleman #4: The "Pork Porterhouse" at Cleveland-Heath #5: Grilled quail at Blood & Sand #6: "Spicy Wonton Soup" at Famous Szechuan Pavilion #7: Pho at St. Louis Pho #8: "Dad's Green-Chile Cheeseburger" at Five Star Burgers #9: The pambazo at Siete Luminarias #10: The oatmeal cream pie at Pint Size Bakery & Coffee