Welcome to Hidden Gem, Gut Check's short love letter to restaurants, coffee shops and bars that lie off the beaten path. These places soldier on in relative anonymity, beloved by their regulars, but largely overlooked by the greater populace. Hidden Gem will attempt to rectify these terrible oversights. Have a Hidden Gem of your own to share? Tell us in the comments.
"Where'd you get that pizza from?" some hungry construction workers yell from the top of an adjacent building as they see us loading a box of leftovers into a getaway vehicle.
Dojo Pizza volunteers Ashlee Copp, Keisha Regans and Kathryn Copp. | Photos by Mabel Suen
"There. Right there," says my dining companion in response, pointing to the 100-year-old church we just walked out of. The men reply flabbergasted, unsure if they heard us right: "Where?!"
The red-and-yellow banner that reads MRCKA's Dojo Pizza (4601 Morganford Road; 314-351-0935) seems minuscule in comparison to the towering former Christy Memorial United Methodist Church, but those that take notice will find a unique community and worthwhile eats inside the historic building.More »