The Smallwoods also try to use local ingredients whenever possible, growing their own peppers on a plot of land in Seymour, Missouri, and sourcing sustainably raised meat from local farms like Circle B Ranch. “We’re definitely firm believers in the power of local meat,” Melissa says. “I think Circle B Ranch pork goes great with everything on our menu, especially the Vietnamese vermicelli.”
The Smallwoods’ passion for international flavors and homegrown ingredients results in a menu that’s packed with gut-busting delights—the burritos are always a favorite—as well as veg-friendly, low-carb options like the Veggie Special Tacos. The tacos feature wok-fried veggies, hand-pressed corn tortillas, housemade sauces and goodies like red onions, cilantro and cotija cheese. Going low-carb? Try the tacos in bowl or salad form, accented by a low-fat version of refried beans, roasted garlic and ground Chile Pasilla. If you’re looking to reduce overall fat content, all garnishes—Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole and sour cream, for example—are totally optional.
The Wheelhouse also has options if you’re looking to imbibe, with a vibrant cocktail menu that highlights fresh-squeezed juices and natural flavors. We recommend the Grapefruit Cantarito, which features house-made grapefruit simple syrup, fresh squeezed grapefruit, lime juice and tequila.