When one door closes, a window opens – or something like that. For almost a year, restaurants and bars, cafés and coffee shops have had to grapple with fluctuating dining restrictions and capacity limitations, and so, many have closed their dining rooms and installed walk-up windows to provide a seamless, contact-free to-go experience. At these walk-up windows throughout Missouri, customers can order everything from coffee and donuts to tacos and pizza – a quick fix for an anytime craving.
Inside the 400-square-foot ruby-red building that houses Team Taco, proper social distancing is almost impossible. So, after a monthslong closure, the Springfield restaurant started slinging tacos, nachos and rice bowls from a walk-up window that conveniently faces Tie & Timber Beer Co., shamelessly enticing imbibers to pop over for some food in between brews. This year, Team Taco also built a new covered patio – an ideal spot to safely indulge in a Margarita and a trio of tacos.
Team Taco, 1454 E. Cherry St., Springfield, Missouri, 417.429.2503, teamtacosgf.com
After a brief hiatus this winter, Sauced reopens this month with plans to dish out even more smash burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, wings and – true to its name – sauce, from garlic aïoli to housemade mumbo sauce. The menu, designed by chef Jayaun Smith, also features a portabella mushroom burger and sides such as seasoned fries and a mixed salad to complement your main. The lunch counter’s walk-up window, located at Corrigan Station PARC in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District, is surrounded by ample outdoor seating if you want to dine al fresco.
Sauced, 1881-B Main St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, u-hungry.com
Yaquis on Cherokee
Constructing a walk-up window in a St. Louis building dating back to the late 1800s requires extra effort and finesse. With help from a small crew, the owners of Yaquis on Cherokee dismantled bars and gates in the former jewelry store and exposed an existing doorway in order to install the window, which they admit was a cathartic task. From its new walk-up window, Yaquis serves pizzas made with housemade dough and sauce alongside appetizers, soups, salads and desserts. Thirsty? You can also pick up bottles of wine, to-go cocktails and jugs of sangria or Margaritas.
Yaquis on Cherokee, 2728 Cherokee St., Cherokee Business District, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.400.7712, yaquispizza.com