When Krupa and Sid Panchal moved from Bombay, what they missed most about their native city was the food. Hence, they revved up St. Louis's first Indian food truck, showcasing a menu paying homage to their traditional Indian street fare, including vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. They sizzle up easy-to-transport eats, such as vada pav?mashed potatoes deep fried in a chickpea flour batter?and dosas?thin crepes, stuffed with potatoes, cheese, or vegetables. The flavorful dishes are enhanced with dry or wet chutneys made from tamarind, cilantro, or garlic.
A destination for authentic Vietnamese cuisine, the staff of Lam Tuyen Vietnamese Cuisine helps guide diners through the menu of traditional and gluten-free cuisine. During lunch or dinner, stop in for crispy homemade pot stickers, pho, and tea or smoothies with chewy boba.
Inside India Clay Oven’s namesake tandoori oven, open flames lick skewers of chicken, filets of mahi mahi, or morsels of lamb. The chefs make good use of each of the tender meats while also crafting vegetarian specialties that focus on potatoes and paneer—a fresh white cheese similar to a mild feta. Chicken and lamb simmers in vindaloo or creamy tikka masala sauce perfumed with ginger, garlic, coriander, and tomatoes. The levels of spiciness in each dish can be adjusted for sensitive taste buds or a need to pretend to be crying during your boss’ piano recital. India Clay Oven’s dining room, from the goldenrod hue of the walls to its colorful vases of flowers, reflects the rainbow of colors found in the cumin- and chili-tinged dishes.