The Bevo Mill area boasts the largest Bosnian population in a city that boasts the largest Bosnian population in the U.S. It's here that Taft Street chef/owner Sadik Kukic, who also owns the popular Gulf Coast Café, shows off his Bosnian background. Try braised veal in a cream sauce with mushrooms, or Bosnian crêpes (called palacinke) prepared sweet for dessert or savory and stuffed with meat for an entrée. The food is simple and the atmosphere is leisurely. But like Steve Mizerany used to say: Don't be confused! Taft Street is actually located at Gravois and Taft Avenue.
Bosnia-Herzegovina stands at a crossroads of geography and history, and its cuisine reflects the region's many diverse influences from Europe's east, west and south. No restaurant better expresses this diversity than Taft Street Restaurant and Bar, where you can enjoy both hummus and potatoes in a thick mushroom cream sauce, both fried goat cheese and a steak stuffed with mushrooms. Actually, stuffed meats are something of a specialty here: Especially good is chicken stuffed with cheese and spinach and then battered and fried. Seafood is also featured: trout, tilapia and a pasta dish with scallops and shrimp. Need a pick-me-up after your meal? Bosnian coffee is very dark and very strong.
Bosnian food is hearty food, and Taft Street Restaurant dishes it out in hearty helpings. In its fifth year of operation, this pleasant, no-frills corner eatery in Bevo offers up a cuisine suggestive of Bosnia's geographic position (i.e., both Mediterranean and Eastern European). Begin with the tangy goat cheese fritters or the triangular beef-filled pastries called kulazy. After a tomato-and-feta salad or bowl of spicy fish soup, you've got over a dozen entrées to choose from,... More »
Bosnia-Herzegovina stands at a crossroads of geography and history, and its cuisine reflects the region's many diverse influences from Europe's east, west and south. No restaurant better expresses this diversity than Taft Street Restaurant and Bar, where you can enjoy both hummus and potatoes in a thick mushroom cream sauce, both fried goat cheese and a steak stuffed with mushrooms. Actually, stuffed meats are something of a specialty here: Especially good is chicken stuffed with cheese and... More »
It's Friday night, a few hours past most Midwesterners' suppertime, and Sadik Kukic's cozy Taft Street Restaurant is just beginning to fill with people. Read the posted hours and the diners' presence seems rude--this place is set to close in twenty minutes. But here the posted hours don't mean anything. Kukic grabs a bottle of wine and joins the late-arriving guests, all of whom are Bosnian. Cigarettes are lit, toasts made. Laughter comes easy. And then, of course, there's the... More »
Depending on which direction you're coming from, Taft Street Restaurant and Bar marks either the beginning or the end of the Bosnian district that surrounds the Bevo Mill. More than that, though, it's the signature spot for the revival of the Gravois business district, a place for mayoral press announcements and bendy-straws in a child's glass of milk. The grace and cuisine of the Old Country blends with the high-end American dining experience, yielding an immigrant mastery of the culinary... More »
St. Louis can boast the largest Bosnian population of any city in the nation, and the once German-dominated Bevo Mill area of south city, along stretches of Gravois Avenue and Morganford Road, boasts the largest number of Bosnian residents. Recently numerous Bosnian coffeehouses and delis have resurrected little, renovated store fronts where residents congregate to drink strong Turkish coffee, eat savory pastries like burdik and smoke a lot. But when it comes to full-menu restaurants, the... More »
Sadik Kukic has a good thing going with his Gulf Coast Café, a spunky little seafood-oriented restaurant amid the ethnic eateries in the South Grand business district between Arsenal and Utah streets. Kukic, who is from Bosnia, doesn't call the... More »
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