As you know – and probably knew waaaaay before everyone else – Hipster Christmas True/False starts today. That’s right, our annual festival of masks, parties, conversations with strangers and lots and lots of movies begins this afternoon and gets underway tonight with the Jubilee party and Best of Enemies at Missouri Theater. This has become one of our favorite weekends of the year. Probably the favorite. And while food and drink is a decidedly second tier priority for these four days, that doesn’t mean we need to be eating like rubes either. Here are some “new” tips and recommendations. Most from previous years – 2014, 2013, 2011 and yes, 2011 – still stand, however, so check those out as well.
Note: I’m probably missing all kinds of great ideas, so tell us what’s up in the comments below. I’ll continue to update this list with additional ideas as they come to me.
- Food trucks – The widget just to the right of this here post contains a Twitter feed of all of CoMo’s mobile food operations. You would do wise to follow their updates, for they produce tasty food on the quick.
- iTap – $3 Schlafly drafts and bottles all weekend. 9th St. Public House is a good bet (and will probably have some space at the bar, too).
- Craft Beer Cellar – This is going to be a great place all weekend, but I’ll definitely see you for the “Epic Beer Brunch” Saturday. Boss Tacos, Harold’s Doughnuts and Logboat Brewing will be on hand. You should be too. Full schedule here.
- Pizza Tree will be serving slices of the best pizza in town all weekend (and to-go!).
- Broadway Brewery – Always a great place for food, beverage and good conversation, BB becomes so much more during the fest. Chat up filmmakers at the bar, grab an 11 Point IPA and order the shrimp and kale gumbo – one of the best dishes I’ve had in months.
- Gunter Hans, Kampai Alley and Sycamore are all good bets for quality food and drink, avoiding the crowds or enjoying some documentary down-time, or all three. Bleu usually has fest-specific small plates and always has some of the best cocktails in town.
- Harold’s Doughnuts will be satisfying sweet teeth all weekend while Shortwave Coffee (best location) and Fretboard Coffee (better coffee, IMO) will be responsible for keeping the caffeine flowing.
- A lot of people pack snacks before leaving each day. That’s not a bad idea when you’re hitting films for about 14 hours on Saturday. But for the most part, eating and drinking amongst the other doc-watchers is a major part of the fun. I prefer that.
- Finally, follow #tfeats on Twitter for recommendations from your fellow fest-goers. See you out there!