Ian Froeb's STL 100 (2018 archive)

Photo by Christian K. Lee


Guerrilla Street Food

Having already grown from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar restaurant, in 2017 Guerrilla Street Food opened a food stand inside 2nd Shift Brewing’s tasting room on the Hill. Now, in 2018, Guerrilla Street Food will open a standalone restaurant on the eastern half of the Delmar Loop and a stand inside the new Tropical Liqueurs in the Grove. The expansion is testament to the brilliance of Joel Crespo and Brian Hardesty’s concept, which riffs every which way on Filipino cuisine, from signature dish the Flying Pig to more recent creations such as the sisig taco. The expansion also shows Crespo and Hardesty’s desire to keep pushing. They offer dishes unique to each location, and they are also showcasing rising talent, such as Heidi Hamamura, slated to be the Delmar Loop restaurant’s executive chef.

Hours: Original location: Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday; 2nd Shift Brewing: 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday); Delmar: Lunch and dinner daily; Tropical Liqueurs: Lunch and dinner daily

Last year's ranking: No. 18

Opened: 2011 (food truck), 2015 (restaurant)

Must order: Flying Pig ($8)