Chefs put their sizzling woks to work at New St. Louis Wok, churning out Chinese takeout classics such as general tso’s chicken and beef with broccoli. Since 1996, the small eatery has ensured that the local community has mouthwateringly easy access to noodles, crab rangoon, and combination plates served with fried rice and an appetizer. Customers can choose to dine-in, carryout, or have their meal delivered by a bear trained not to steal chow mein.
Outside, flames blaze within a set of stone cauldrons atop towering tripods. The vessels, known as dings, have been symbols of power in China since ancient times, when dynasties ruled the empire—making them a fitting façade for the Emperor’s Palace. Within the restaurant’s high ceilings, a dining room takes inspiration from the Suzhou Botanical Gardens, with tables sitting among waterfalls, ponds connected by bridges, and an open, four-sided Chinese-style pagoda with red and gold accents and pointed eaves.
Amid the traditional Chinese décor, aromas of sizzling meats and piquant sauces waft from an open kitchen, where chefs perform as they sear, broil, and stir-fry more than 200 dishes in full view of patrons. They craft traditional and American-Chinese dishes such as roasted peking duck and walnut shrimp, American-style charbroiled steak, sushi, and Korean-style kimchi. Contributing to the restaurant's international focus, seafood dishes incorporate such ingredients as New Zealand blue mussels and Alaskan crab legs complete with miniature snowshoes.
The chefs at Lucky Sushi House reach beyond the borders of their eatery's name by serving a menu that not only features sushi, but also Japanese teriyaki dishes and Chinese staples such as orange chicken. Behind the sushi bar, chefs stack morsels of eel nigiri and roll combinations of crab, avocado, and tuna into cozy cocoons of rice. While admiring the decorative fans on the walls or peering into the restaurant's aquarium to check for messages in bottles, patrons can also crunch into squid-tempura rolls, split a plate of pot stickers, and swig Harbin Lager imported from China.
For Brandy Hitch, being a licensed massage therapist is a dream come true. She sees attending The Body Therapy School of Massage as a turning point in her life and the start of a career focused on helping and healing others. Armed with kneading know-how and inspiration from her teachers and colleagues, Brandy creates a serene environment for her clients where they can completely unwind like a yo-yo in the hands of an amateur. She treats them with a wide range of healing modalities ranging from foot scrubs and deep-tissue massages to trigger-point therapy. Appointments are available Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.—9 p.m.; Tuesday from 8 a.m.—3 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.—1:30 p.m.; Saturday from 6 p.m.—8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
King and I boasts expansive dinner and lunch menus brimming with traditional Thai favorites. Drop in through the skylight for dinner and assuage needy, codependent stomachs with an appetizer of chicken satay skewers served with peanut and cucumber sauce ($7.50). The Bangkok casserole brings together oceanic all-stars such as shrimp, calamari, mussels, and scallops to perform an Esther Williams musical number in a light Thai sauce ($14.95). Classicists can stick to the chicken pad thai ($9.95), Thai golden shrimp ($17.50), or spicy beef fried rice ($10.95). The red curry duck simmers roasted duck, sweet pineapple, fresh tomato, and fragrant coconut milk with peppers and basil leaves in a red curry ($13.95), creating a medley more thrilling than a fistfight atop the cone of a launching space shuttle.
Since emigrating from Taiwan in 1978, Chinese Noodle Cafe owner, Peggy Hou, has cultivated a welcoming restaurant atmosphere brimming with Hunan-style Chinese fare that claimed Readers' Choice awards in the 2008, 2010, and 2012 Riverfront Times. A compendium of fresh ingredients and an absence of MSG keeps the focus on healthy fare throughout an array of traditional dishes such as general tso's chicken, steamed vegetables, and beaver-friendly items such as wooden chopsticks. Noodle soups outfit an already popular menu with spicy, seafood, and meaty discoveries to broaden diners' horizons.