Guerrilla Street Food’s newest outpost recently debuted in Webster Groves, Missouri. The fast-casual restaurant opened its latest location on Jan. 7, featuring a menu of Filipino-American appetizers, entrees and sides.
The concept originally launched as a food truck in 2011 – which is still actively in operation – and currently has two other brick-and-mortar locations in the Delmar Loop and inside 2nd Shift Brewing. Co-owner Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo recently closed the brand’s Maryland Heights and Tower Grove East locations to re-focus their efforts.
The restaurant is closing its Maryland Heights and Tower Grove East locations this week.
“Now that we have everything kind of situated with a manageable amount of business, we’re hoping to move forward, catch our breath and focus on a high level of quality and hospitality,” Hardesty says.
An approximately 500-square-foot building houses the most recent iteration of the quick-service eatery. The area was previously split into separate storefronts for Tropical Moose Shaved Ice and a florist. Around eight seats are available inside, with an additional 20 on an outdoor patio. An event space is also available for private parties and future pop ups.
Hardesty and Crespo handled the dining area’s interior design, which features decorative hexagonal tiles and the logo’s orange and gray color palette. Local custom fabrication firm Henley Forge crafted the countertops.
From the menu, choose from a variety of flavorful Filipino-inspired entree options – “lots of cooked meats and stews over rice,” Hardesty says. “It’s important for us to stay extremely affordable with quick service so people can grab something and go fast.”
“We kind of look at this place as a food truck without the wheels,” Crespo adds. “And we try to cover all dietary restrictions, with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.”
Mainstays from the menu include Guerrilla’s best-selling Flying Pig with pulled pork shoulder, hoisin, Sriracha and calamansi, served over rice and topped with a slow-cooked egg, fried garlic, black sesame and scallion. The chicken adobo is another popular pick with chicken thighs braised in soy sauce, vinegar, black peppercorns, bay leaves and garlic.
The debut of the Webster Groves restaurant also marks the return of one of Guerrilla Street Food’s earliest claims to fame: crab ceviche. The dish was one of the items featured on an episode of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and hadn’t been served for a few years. It is now a regular offering featuring lump crab, garlic, onion, red pepper, calamansi, vinegar, Sriracha and sliced melon.
“We’re excited to be part of the Webster Groves food community,” Crespo says. “Everyone here is supportive of their local businesses and we think it’s a really good fit for us.”
Guerrilla Street Food’s Webster Groves location is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm.
Guerrilla Street Food, 43 S. Old Orchard, Webster Groves, Missouri, 314.274.2528, guerrillastreetfood.com