St. Louis Business Journal

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St. Louis Business Journal

St. Louis' Best Food Trucks 2018

Given St. Louis' reputation as a destination for Balkan immigrants, it's no surprise the city has given rise to a nationally recognized food truck for Balkan cuisine.  Balkan Treat Box will open its first brick-and-mortar location this fall in Webster Groves.  

  • Most Popular Menu Items: Cevapi, Pide, and Döner      
  • Average Bill Per Customer: $10
  • Weighted Average Five Star Rating: 5
  • St. Louis Business Journal Score: 12.5

Honors and Awards: Featured on the 2017 Feast Magazine List of Top 15 Food Trucks, Honorable Mention Sauce Reader's Choice Favorite Food Truck 2018, St. Louis Magazine's A List Award for Best Food Truck 2018, St. Louis Post Dispatch Best New Restaurant 2018, Food & Wine Magazine's Best Bites of the Year 2018.

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Feast Magazine awards

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Feast Magazine awards

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Best Cheap Eats in St. Louis

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Best Cheap Eats in St. Louis

Get stuffed for less in the Lou with these wallet-friendly finds:  Cevapi at Balkan Treat Box

In a meat-loving city like St. Louis, carnivores have plenty of dining options. But Balkan Treat Box stands out for its sausage-stuffed sandwich priced at a steal. The cevapi sandwich ($10) is a top seller at this food truck known for its Bosnian and Turkish eats. To make it, they grill more than half a pound of mini beef sausages over charcoal, then stuff the mound of meat into a freshly baked somun pita with onions and a Bosnian cream cheese called kajmak. Take it from us, you may need a post-meal nap after tackling this bargain behemoth.

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20 Must-Visit Spots

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20 Must-Visit Spots

Must-Visit Spot for St. Louis Food Lovers: Balkan Treat Box

All chefs like to say that their food is the result of love, but Loryn Nalic can say that quite literally. Though she'd always had a passion for food, the fire was ignited when she met her husband and business partner, Edo Nalic, and was exposed to the beauty of authentic Bosnian food. A native of Bosnia, Edo took Loryn to all of his haunts and to family dinners, a courtship that enticed her to commit not only to him, but to preparing the cuisine of his homeland as well as she possibly could. She spent time in his family's kitchens, both stateside and in Bosnia, perfecting Balkan specialties to the point where the couple was ready to launch their own business. That concept, Balkan Treat Box, has not only jumped to the top of the city's food-truck scene in less than two years of existence, but has shone a light on a style of cuisine that, for the most part, had not fully integrated into St. Louis' culinary landscape. Why it took so long to do so is a mystery, especially after you taste one of Balkan Treat Box's glorious pides, a boat-shaped piece of pita, speckled with char from the wood fire and filled with rich Bosnian cheese and toppings like traditional spicy red-pepper relish, cabbage and brisket. And you can't visit Balkan Treat Box without trying the cevapi, a grilled beef sausage that is synonymous with Bosnian cuisine. It's no wonder why Loryn fell in love — we're gaga at first bite.

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Tasting Table

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Tasting Table

...(St. Louis) takes enormous pride in what grows and is made in the Midwestern city, which has led to an entrepreneur-led dining scene worthy of a national spotlight...

...There's Loryn Feliciano-Nalic, who runs the Balkan Treat Box food truck with her husband, Edo, a Bosnian refugee.

St. Louis has the largest population of Bosnians in the United States, and the largest one outside of Europe, as they were relocated to the city in the early 1990s as a result of the Bosnian War. Upon meeting Edo, Loryn was inspired by the region's cuisine and cooked her way through Bosnia in people's homes, learning how to make the pide, cevapi and doner for which the truck is now nationally known.

"I could have done a lot of safer things," Loryn says. But the St. Louis native knew her city would help them rise up. "It's not just big chefs with big names supporting each other. The biggest chefs will support the little guys. It's one big St. Louis culinary family."

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The Best Bites of the Year

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The Best Bites of the Year

The Best Bites of the Year According to Food & Wine Restaurant Editor Jordana Rothman

JORDANA ROTHMAN 

April 10, 2018

All of us ask a lot of our bodies, but I think it’s fair to say that for me this is...extra true. As Restaurant Editor of Food & Wine I spend months on the road scouting each year’s class of Best New Chefs and Restaurants of the Year—a big job that requires an even bigger appetite. Double dinners (we call them bang-bangs) and even the occasional triple (that’s a bang-bang-bang baby) are part of the job, often on the heels of a day spent exploring new bakeries, street vendors, farmers markets and unicorn frappalattewhatevers.

This year’s journey was no less an exquisite gavage—many tens of thousands of miles traveled in search of delicious and surprising things to eat, like the PB and C(urry) at Preeti Mistry's modern Indian spot Navi Kitchen in Oakland, or Ross Coleman and James Haywood’s West African remixes at their Houston sleeper, Kitchen 713. I fell deeply in love with the city of St. Louis, thanks in no small part to Loryn Nalic’s stuffed Turkish pide bread slicked with tangy red pepper ajvar at Balkan Treat Box truck, and lost mind over Anthony Rush and Chris Kajioka’s slow-cooked cabbage with moringa powder at Senia in Honolulu.

 

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Feast TV: Wood Fired

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Feast TV: Wood Fired

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Ian Froeb's Best St. Louis Restaurants

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Ian Froeb's Best St. Louis Restaurants

If I ranked the STL 100 by the amount of time I’ve spent thinking about each restaurant, Balkan Treat Box would be No. 1 or 2. (I’ve also thought an awful lot about Vicia.) Loryn Feliciano-Nalic’s food truck entered regular service only last year and already has become an essential part of our restaurant scene thanks to its incredible versions of Bosnian cevapi and Turkish pide, a flatbread topped with ground beef, a blend of piknik and mozzarella cheeses, the red-pepper relish ajvar and creamy kajmak. Feliciano-Nalic bakes the pide and the ethereal somun bread that cradles the cevapi in the truck’s wood-fired oven, and not a little of the time I spend thinking about Balkan Treat Box is wondering how many more wonders she could produce from a bigger oven inside a traditional restaurant.

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Food Network: Best Restaurants in St. Louis

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Food Network: Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Straight Outta the Balkans: Balkan Treat Box

Did you know the largest Bosnian population outside of Europe is in St. Louis? Surprise! You could head to “Little Bosnia,” better known as Bevo Mill, or you could track down the Balkan Treat Box food truck. Owners Loryn and Edo Nalic combine their Balkan background with their experience working at some of St. Louis’ best restaurants to create unforgettable dishes. The flavor is unreal—almost all the dishes are cooked using the truck’s built-in wood-fired grill and oven. Pillowy somun bread is baked fresh; minced beef sausages called cevapi are grilled to order and served with a spicy red pepper relish. The real star, though, is the Turkish-inspired pide, a grilled flatbread stuffed with meat or cheese; it’s like the missing link between a pizza and a calzone.

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