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Top 10 Best Asian Restaurants in St. Louis

Top 10 Best Asian Restaurants in St. Louis

Blend of Cultures Represented Among STL’s Best Asian Restaurants

St. Louis, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Asian Restaurants – Asian food is a broad category.  It includes the cuisines of many nations. Most Westerners may think of it as Southeast Asian and East Asian, but South Asian, Central Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines are also included.  It also includes the micro-cuisines of subcultures within those regions.  Some Asian fare crosses national lines.  Some are the creations of immigrants who left their native countries and created new dishes by applying their traditional cooking techniques to new foods found in their new lands.

That blending of old world technique and new world ingredients is the root of what we call Asian Fusion cuisine.  It’s a blending of cultures across regional and national lines that has become quite popular in the U.S. and other Western nations.  St. Louis is, of course, no exception.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when we went looking for the Gateway City’s favorite Asian restaurants, nearly half of the top ten spots are filled with restaurants offering Asian Fusion, including the top spot!

Topping the list is Lona’s Lil Eats at 2199 California Avenue in St. Louis’ Fox Park neighborhood.  This place began in a stall with a single gas-grill at Soulard Market.  Their fried dumplings quickly became a favorite stop for shoppers.  Then in September 2015, the cafe opened, offering diners fresh Asian fare with a soul food vibe.  You can still get those famous dumplings at the restaurant, along with make-your-own giant rice paper wraps, which is what they’re most famous for…that and the small town, Chinese style hospitality.  But then, Lona’s Lil Eats is St. Louis’ favorite Chinese restaurant too.

We checked the customer reviews and found that many of the Asian restaurants that made our top 10 list last year, are still local favorites.  There are some new faces too. According to local diners, here are the top 10 best Asian restaurants in St. Louis:

1. Lona’s Lil Eats (4.64 stars/370 reviews) Asian Fusion, Vegetarian, and Chinese in Fox Park, 2199 California Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 899-5582.
2. Pad Thai (4.54 stars/192 reviews) Thai Food in South County, 12676 Lamplighter Square, Saint Louis, MO 63128, (314) 843-0999.
3. Smiling Buddha (4.44 stars/75 reviews) Asian Fusion, Desserts, and Salad in Oakville, 5544 Telegraph Road, Saint Louis, MO 63129, (314) 845-8233.
4. Himalayan Yeti (4.44 stars/75 reviews) Indian, Himalayan/Nepalese in Northampton, 3515 South Kingshighway Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 354-8338.
5. Tai Ke (4.40 stars/105 reviews) Taiwanese in University City, 8604 Olive Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63132, (314) 801-8894.
6. Kimcheese (4.30 stars/286 reviews) Asian Fusion in Chesterfield, 13435 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017, (314) 485-1408.
7. Guerrilla Street Food (4.29 stars/227 reviews) Filipino Street Food in Tower Grove East, 3559 Arsenal Street, Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 529-1328.
8. Monsoon Vietnamese Bistro (4.27 stars/168 reviews) Vietnamese in Manchester/Ballwin, 14248 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO 63011, (636) 256-8838.
9. Seoul Taco (4.27 stars/526 reviews) Korean and Asian Fusion in The Loop, 6665 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 863-1148.
10. Truc Lam (4.26 stars/114 reviews) Vietnamese in Tower Grove South, 3737 Gravois Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 776-1299.

Honorable mentions (Best Asian Restaurants):

Kounter Kulture (4.80 star/46 reviews) Asian Fusion in Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  This little shack of Asian fusion heaven actually got the highest score, but didn’t have enough reviews (minimum 50) to make the top 10.  It’s not too surprising since they just opened as a brick-and-mortar incarnation of Kitchen Kulture last fall.  The little carry out restaurant occupies the location vacated when Pint Size Bakery moved to bigger digs.  Now that the weather is warming up, making their outdoor-only seating more appealing, Tower Grove Farmer’s Market favorite is sure to become a farm-to-table favorite among south-side diners.

Private Kitchen (4.39 stars/36 reviews) Chinese, University City, 8106 Olive Blvd, University City, MO 63130, (314) 989-0283.  This is one of the more unique restaurants in the St. Louis area, Asian or otherwise.  Private Kitchen is a reservations-only restaurant offering original and authentic Shanghai-style Chinese food.  The twist is that your order is taken when you make book your table.  That way owner and chef Lawrence Chen can shop for the ingredients, ensuring they are the freshest possible.  It also allows him to create some extraordinary menu items that require days of preparation.  Everything is good—the soup dumplings are amazing.

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

Spotlight on the Top of the Top 10s – The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

ST. LOUIS, MO/ (STLRestaurant.News) – The culinary offerings in St. Louis are flavorful, varied, and ever changing.  The restaurants across the metro area offer a little something for every taste—from down home cookin’ to experimental cuisines—the dining experiences offered are both extensive and exceptional.  And St. Louis is a city of hungry diners with varying appetites.  We’re always on the hunt for our next great meal.  That’s where customer reviews and culinary top ten lists come in really handy!  We use them to find our next great dining experience, and to help our readers satisfy their cravings as well.

This column is our chance to highlight the very best of St. Louis’ favorite restaurants by focusing on the establishments that have earned the #1 position on the many restaurant top ten lists.  This week we cover five categories that take you through your day, from that first morning bite to a great spot for a night cap.

Breakfast

Nathaniel Reid Bakery (4.82 stars/77 reviews) Kirkwood, 11243 Manchester Road, Saint Louis, MO 63122, (314) 858-1019.  This is art for breakfast.  After just over seven months in business, St. Louis diners have deemed this Kirkwood bakery their favorite stop for breakfast.  Internationally recognized pastry chef Nathaniel Reid and his wife, pastry chef Lee Lee create delectable works of art.  But the bakery goes beyond amazingly buttery croissants for breakfast.  It’s the kind of place you can grab coffee and an artisan pastry for breakfast.  (Also a great stop for a quick lunch, or to pick up some macarons for the office).

Tacos

Rosy’s Cakes & Paco’s Tacos (4.742 stars/70 reviews) St. Peters, 6240 Mexico Road, Saint Peters, MO 63376, (636) 244-4599.  At Rosy’s & Paco’s every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday!  They do tacos seven different ways.  Everything is made fresh and in-house—these aren’t fast food tacos.  St. Louis area diners may love the tacos, but they also do burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and more Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites.  Their also known for their tres leches cake and specialty desserts!

Asian Cuisine

Kounter Kulture (4.80 star/46 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  Asian food means a lot of different things to different people.  So it’s not too surprising that an Asian fusion restaurant with a rotating menu that includes Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese.  Local sourcing has made this carry-out joint St. Louis’ favorite Asian restaurant.

Steakhouses

Annie Gunn’s Restaurant (4.49 stars/667 reviews) Chesterfield Valley, 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005, (636) 532-7684.  This long-time local favorite relies on local family farmers for the freshest ingredients, expertly prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Lou Rook, III.  Annie Gunn’s is St. Louis’ favorite destination for really terrific steaks like the Angus reserve aged filet mignon and the 34-ounce American Style Kobe Tomahawk Chop, an award winning wine list, and their family-friendly, pub like vibe.

Wine Bar

Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (4.54 stars/265 reviews) St Charles, 325 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-3434.  St. Louisans love great wine and comfortable places to drink it.  And this cozy wine bar in Historic Old Town St. Charles is a favorite stop for drinks before or after dinner, and as a dining destination that combines a global wine list with tapas, or small plates in the Spanish tradition.  You’ll find a menu that includes some classic choices that pair well with wine, including a cheese and meat board, chorizo stuffed dates, four cheese fondue, plus salads, flatbreads, and desserts.  They also have a terrific fireplace, and a really nice patio.  Bella Vino is a great way to end an evening.

The Top of the Restaurant Top 10s – Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Restaurants in St. Louis – As a major outlet for restaurant, brewery, winery, and craft food maker news in the St. Louis region, we’ve certainly kept up with which restaurants are on top.  We’ve analyzed thousands of customer reviews to find which restaurants St. Louis diners like best.  We’ve used that data to bring you lists of the Top 10 restaurants in every category from seafood to burgers, and Cajun to Italian.  Most recently, we wrote about the top 10 pizzerias in town just in time for National Pizza Day.

We thought it would be fun to take a moment to shine the spotlight on the top slots on all those lists.  So in this new feature, we’ll be writing about the restaurants that are St. Louis diners’ absolute favorites in each category.  And since there are so many ways to categorize restaurants, we’ll bring you 10 seasonably relevant #1s each week.

Without further ado, here are 10 St. Louis favorites that hold the top spot in their respective Top 10 categories:

Coffee Shops:

The Mud House (4.5 stars/764 reviews) Benton Park, 2101 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-6599.  This is a special spot along Cherokee Street’s Antique Row.  It’s cozy, with a friendly staff and relaxed coffee house vibe.  So whether you stop in for an espresso, a macchiato, a mocha, a rosemary & honey latte, or a simple cup of coffee, the Mud House brews a divine cup.  They do specialty teas, brunch, breakfast, and lunch too.

Bakeries:

Missouri Baking Company (4.9 stars/521 reviews) The Hill, 2027 Edwards Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6566.  This family owned business has been offering Italian sweets and other pastries, breads, and desserts—everything from cannoli to Napoleons, and biscotti to gooey butter cake since 1924.

Fine Dining:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.5 stars/893 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  This storied St. Louis institution has been one of the very best restaurants in town for decades.  This elegant restaurant in the Hill neighborhood offers an upscale menu of Italian favorites including pasta, veal, chicken, steaks, and seafood.  Customers praise the food, the wine, and the impeccable service of this distinctive restaurant.

Fusion:

Kounter Kulture (5.0 stars/40 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  This is a relatively new brick-and-mortar take-out restaurant from the same team that gave Saint Louis locally-sourced, freshly-prepared foods at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market.  It’s the same rotating, locally sourced menu of inventive, Asian fusion fare, but you can get it every Monday – Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sushi:

Sushi Tatsu (4.5 stars/129 reviews) Metro East, 5725 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, (618) 277-5554.  This unassuming, family owned restaurant makes specialty sushi rolls as well as Japanese & Korean dishes.  There’s a warm, friendly vibe here, even at the bar—a place that intimidates some.  If you’ve never done so, this place is the perfect opportunity to sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare your food using classic Japanese techniques.

Seafood:

Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/1895 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  This decidedly Cajun/Creole joint has been serving up some of the best seafood in St. Louis for about 35 years.  With fresh oysters, live music nightly, and a killer patio, it’s easy to see why BOB is St. Louis’ favorite.

Burgers:

Stacked Burger Bar (4.6 stars/397 reviews) Patch, 7637 Ivory Street, Saint Louis, MO 63111, (314) 544-4900.  This quirky restaurant has been the best burger joint in South St. Louis since opening three years ago.  With more than seven different patties available, including bean and locally-sourced, grass fed beef, plus six buns, seven different cheeses, ten sauces, and dozens of other toppings available, there are literally hundreds of possible combinations.  You could make a dozen trips to this Ivory Triangle gem and only begin to try everything Stacked Burger Bar has to offer.

Barbecue:

Pappy’s Smokehouse (4.5 stars/5299 reviews) Midtown, 3106 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-4340.  This Midtown barbecue joint offers slow smoked Memphis style BBQ in a rustic, down-home setting.  Since opening in 2008, the accolades just keep rolling in, including being named the #1 ribs in the country by Food Network.  Pappy’s Smokehouse is #1 on the list of top rated barbecue restaurants, and one of St. Louis’ very favorite places to eat.

Craft Brewery:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (4.4 stars/436 reviews) Midtown, 3229 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 222-0143.  This German inspired brewpub has quickly become a St. Louis favorite and the company is growing almost as fast in size as popularity.  This is UCB’s original microbrewery and biergarten.  It serves up a rotating selection of beers that run from the old-school Bavarian lagers like Zwickel to bitter, hoppy ales like the STLIPA.  Brewmaster Florian Kuplent brings nearly two decades of beer-making experience to UBC.  There’s also a small food menu with German biergarten staples like sausages, pretzel bread, and cheese, as well as soup, salad, and sandwiches.

Desserts:

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (4.5 stars/3036 reviews) St. Louis Hills, 6726 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-2652.  This is St. Louis’ original frozen custard.  We’ve been lining up for their delicious, hand-dipped cones, concretes, shakes, malts, sundaes, and floats since 1929.  It’s a popular stop after visiting the Arch, the Muny, the Zoo, or a Cardinal’s baseball game—a truly multigenerational treat!  And lucky for us, the St. Louis Hills location just reopened Feb. 9 for the 2017 season.

Kitchen Kulture expands to Kounter Kulture a St. Louis Restaurant

Kounter Kulture

Kitchen Kulture expands to Kounter Kulture a St. Louis Restaurant

St. Louis, MO/December 23, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Kitchen Kulture has expanded into a brick and mortar restaurant, Kounter Kulture. It will serve Asian cuisine with a rotating menu between China, Korea, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam.

Located at 3825 Watson Rd St. Louis, Missouri in Lindewood Park. The brick and mortar restaurant of Kitchen Kulture, is a carry out restaurant with seating outside. This location used to be Pint Size Bakery, but they have moved on to a larger location.

Kounter Kulture sources out their vegetables and proteins from local farmers giving the foodie a seasonal menu at each visit. Their hours are Tuesday through Saturday 4:30 pm to 9:30pm. Sunday and Monday closed.

Christine Meyer and Michael Miller started Kitchen Kulture which grew to also have Kounter Kulture.

It started out as a friendship between a line cook and waitress at a fine dining restaurant. It has transitioned from producing kitchen themed T-shirts to offering prepared foods at Tower Grove Park.

Kitchen Kulture got its start in 2012 at the local Tower Grove Farmers Market in Tower Grove Park. They are their every Saturday from 8 am to 12:30 pm in the months of May thru November, offering prepared foods. These foods are sourced from what the local vendors have available.  And don’t forget to stop by their second booth “The Kart” and grab their locally sourced breakfast sandwich.

You can view both menus online on Facebook or on the website http://kounterkulturestl.com.

On the menu, you will find: crispy shrimp and pork gyoza, grapefruit and papaya salad, steamed buns, shrimp and grits, gyudon and kha soi. But remember, their menu changes…so check out their website for updated and new items.

Kitchen Kulture/Kounter Kulture believe in sourcing the highest local quality product. This allows them to produce seasonal menus that reaches to a variety of taste buds.

Kounter Kulture
3825 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO
TUESDAY – SATURDAY 4:30PM – 9:30PM
SUNDAY – MONDAY CLOSED
314-781-4344

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