Eating collectively for the primary time, Chancellor Andrew D. Martin instructed Anna Gonzalez, the newly named vice chancellor for scholar affairs, that St. Louis boasted a world-class meals scene.
Gonzalez was skeptical. A self-identified foodie (she lists it between “vice chancellor” and “canine mother” on her Twitter bio), Gonzalez had lived in and visited the globe’s preeminent eating locations. How may St. Louis probably evaluate?
“Let’s simply say my expectations weren’t that top,” recalled Gonzalez with fun. “However I’m completely satisfied to say that Chancellor Martin was proper. Not solely does St. Louis have numerous nice eating places, there’s a lot selection — nice low cost eats, high-quality eating, delicacies from each nook of the globe.”
Now it’s Gonzalez’s flip to teach newcomers. Throughout Bear Beginnings orientation in August, she and Martin took first-year college students on a meals tour of the South Grand neighborhood, the place they dined at Steve’s Hot Dogs, Terror Tacos and Salve Osteria and shopped on the beloved grocery retailer Jay’s International Foods.
And this month, Gonzalez has launched the meals weblog, “Good Eats with Chancellor Martin & Dr. G,” which can showcase a wide range of eating places and the folks behind them. Schedules allowing, Gonzalez and Martin hope to go to a brand new restaurant each few weeks and share photographs and suggestions. Their first journey was to Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, the south St. Louis landmark that Martin used to frequent throughout his days as a PhD scholar.
“Uncle Invoice’s is ideal for grasp outs (or research periods!) and can fill any cravings you could have for traditional homestyle cooking,” Gonzalez wrote.
Along with budget-friendly choices, the duo additionally will advocate fashionable bistros and big day locations for when visiting dad and mom need to deal with their Bears. Martin remembers the arrival of culinary trailblazer Gerard Craft and his cutting-edge restaurant Area of interest in 2005. Quickly, increasingly more cooks put down stakes within the metropolis, debuting modern cafes, cocktail lounges and meals vehicles.
“This unbelievable neighborhood of cooks helped reactivate components of the town and propelled the native meals scene to nationwide prominence,” Martin mentioned. “New York Metropolis restaurateur and former WashU mother or father Danny Meyer now calls St. Louis one of many nation’s extra thrilling meals cities.”
Martin additionally credited the entrepreneurial spirit of St. Louis’ immigrants for the area’s broad number of eating choices.
“St. Louis has again and again actually embraced immigrant populations, whether or not that be the Vietnamese within the Seventies or Bosnians within the Nineties or Afghans at the moment,” Martin mentioned. “These of us have introduced their meals with them and have enriched the meals scene right here.”
Gonzalez hopes the weblog will encourage college students and their households to discover totally different neighborhoods and meet the folks of St. Louis.
“Among the best methods to get to know a neighborhood is thru its eating places,” Gonzalez mentioned. “Meals brings us collectively. Throughout the pandemic, we actually realized simply how essential these areas are in constructing neighborhood and that the individuals who put together and serve our meals are actually ‘important.’ Going out to share a superb meal isn’t solely enjoyable, it’s a option to honor that work.”