Though Altai Mongolian Grill has built a formidable reputation in Russia, Mongolia, and China, its St. Louis location is the first in the United States. Here, diners craving authentic, flavorful Mongolian dishes can sample recipes straight from Mongolia. They pick a protein—such as beef, lamb, chicken, or scallops—spiced and cooked with their choice of herbs and vegetables. For a finishing touch, they can drizzle on one of a variety of signature and international sauces, including Asian ginger root and Ulaanbaatar spicy sauce.
Llywelyn's menu introduces an impressive assortment of traditional pub classics to salads, flatbreads, wraps, and ambitiously portioned sandwiches. Start with an order of Welsh potato chips ($3.95); flaky, fried Irish pies ($7.95); beer-battered fried pub pickles ($7.25); or the much-talked-about chicken chili ($4.95 for a bowl). Then wrap mouth muscles around fish and chips ($10.25): two beer-battered and fried cod fillets served with house-made tartar sauce. From meaty chunks of lamb, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and green beans swimming in Guinness-Jameson stock ($9.95) to shepherd's pie ($10.95), the selections side well with a sudsy sip. The beer menu includes an exhaustive library of selections by the draft or bottle. Llywelyn's also offers a menu of kid-friendly fare.
Wasabi snares sushi seekers with more than 80 varieties of nigiri, maki, hand rolls, and gunkwan sushi. Begin your chopsticking with the Batman roll, which swoops in to save languishing taste buds with a savory combination of eel, avocado, and street justice ($9). Nighttime noshers can complement the sushi with one of the dinner menu’s mouth-friendly features, such as grilled salmon ($17), whereas day fuelers can avail themselves of the lunch menu’s bento offerings, including the four-part teriyaki beef bento ($9.50).
Lenny's menu (click here for St. Louis and here for Webster Groves) is a favorite for its premium deli meats, chicken and tuna salad made from scratch, signature hot pepper relish, and hearty portions. A regular-sized Lenny's club, which costs about $6 (prices vary by location), is 7.5 inches long and has about half a pound of meat and cheese. The large versions (around $9–$10) are 15 inches long and have a pound of proteins. These humongous hoagies are heavy enough to keep your body on the ground during one of St. Louis's many gravity outages.
When he was 11 years old, Jim Parrott began working as a busboy at a restaurant owned by his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Lou Farotto. That was in 1960. At the time, Farotto’s was a small operation, a 4-year-old Italian joint that served a few pastas, had limited seating, and offered carhop service. In the early 1980s, Lou stepped down and Jim stepped up to become the restaurant’s sole proprietor.
Since taking the reins more than three decades ago, Jim has helped Farotto’s grow further into its mold as a St. Louis institution. He’s overseen expansions throughout the venue, including the addition of an outdoor patio and larger dining rooms, which can comfortably pack in large crowds and the occasional herd of wild spaghetti noodles. The menu has changed a bit over the years, too, and today features customizable St. Louis–style pizzas as well as authentic pastas and sandwiches.