How St. Louis Became the Essential Bosnian Food Capital of the U.S.

As St. Louis has evolved into one of the country's most exciting restaurant destinations, the city's long-established Bosnian community is rising with the culinary tide.

There’s already a crowd as the crew at Balkan Treat Box, a food truck, finish preparing the wood-burning oven on a sunny Monday morning.

“What is that?” a local office worker asks, craning his head, as a woman carries a canoe-shaped pide stuffed with ground beef and cheese, dotted with red pepper-infused ajvar and creamy feta kajmak, sprinkled with herbs. The dish, inspired by the Turkish fare that turned up in Bosnia during the period of Ottoman rule in the 16th and 17th centuries, is Insta-gold, regularly showing up on guests' social media feeds. (The photogenic plate was also hailed one of the “Best Bites of the Year” by Food & Wine restaurant editor Jordana Rothman.)

 

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