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Chef Thom Chantharasy has formed a bridge from the southern US to Japan?and it's edible. At Sekisui Sushi Bistro, the culinary artist packs Cajun and Delta flavors into nearly 70 specialty rolls. The result is spicy crawfish combined with avocado and po'boy-inspired combos of fried oyster and katsu sauce. He doesn't skimp on the presentation either. Rolls with names such as Godzilla, Firebird, Elvis, and X-Men come plated so gorgeously that they've won awards and tempted art curators to consider refrigerating their galleries. Rounding out the menu, Thom's team whips up plenty of other Japanese specialties: everything from beef tenderloin kebabs to pork-flavored ramen chock full of black mussels.

3024 South Grand Boulevard
St. Louis,
MO
US

Fresh cuisine, a sprawling selection, and a sophisticated environment. These are three of the specialties of Flying Rolls, where sushi both classic and inventive takes center stage, alongside rice bowls and kale salads. Some rolls clasp traditional cargo: salmon and avocado, eel and cucumber, tuna and chili sauce. Others hide a surprise, such as steak, strawberries, peanut butter and jelly, or even bacon and egg. The menu's blend of classic elegance and imaginative whimsy informs the design of the dining room, too. An exercise in industrial chicness, it surrounds chopstick-wielders with exposed brick, stainless steel pipes, and pendant lamps whose simple, glowing loops seem to hover magically above the booths.

3674 Forest Park Blvd.
St. Louis,
MO
US