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07/18/2012
By: adrienne.jones.1656
Ginger Bistro
My husband and I love Asian food, so when I saw a gift certificate offer for Ginger Bistro I jumped on the chance to try out a place we hadn't been to before.There's a lovely, relaxed atmosphere inside Ginger Bistro that works whether you want a casual meal or something more sophisticated. Our server, Roderick, may have been the nicest, most helpful waiter I've ever had. He was also funny, polite and able to anticipate our needs without being at all cloying, and helped to make our meal pleasant and enjoyable.The food here is really amazing. My husband and I ordered several appetizers, including Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Cheesy Rangoon and Kim Chee Seafood Soup, which I added a photo of. The Rangoon was fried to perfection and had just the right gooey sweetness in the center. The addition of scallions there was a nice, unexpected touch. The soup was better than I was expecting, with a nice bunch of shrimp, scallops and lobster meat, plus shredded veggies and a nice broth.It was hard to pick a main course, because everything sounded so good on the menu, but I finally settled on the Curry Fried Rice (see pic). The portion was huge, but it was hard to stop eating when I got full because it was so good. This included shredded carrot and nice bits of fried egg and onion. You can also add one of four different meats. I went with the BBQ pork and was surprised at how good it was with the curry sauce of the rice. It was incredibly flavorful without being overly salty or greasy. Always a plus!My husband ate the Bulgogi Beef Rice Bowl (see pic). As someone who likes a well-cooked egg, I was intially turned off by the over easy deal plopped on top. After my husband cracked it open and I tasted it, though, I got over it. It was amazing! Almost better than my rice, and so different from anything we'd had at other Asian places. The beef was perfect: tender, juicy, seasoned and without an ounce of gristle or fat globs. The combination of beef, rice, veggies, egg and Korean hot sauce was hearty and filling.If you've never been to Ginger Bistro, don't worry. Go, eat and enjoy. This is certainly a good place to visit if you need to know your money will be well spent.
01/21/2008
By: macomo55
Boosters
I looked up Booster's Cafe after reading about it in St Louis Magazine. As I entered the door I felt like I was back in 1985 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Why? The owner/managers first opened an American style restaurant there where one could get a real hamburger and fries, pancakes and other food that reminded an American of home. I was elated to find them in St Louis after so many years and the food lived up to my expectations. Gone are the hamburgers and in their place is a breakfast that is out of this world as well as sandwiches, soups and other delights. The carrot-ginger soup was smooth and tangy, although I would have liked a stronger ginger taste, it was devine. I am going back today and taking some of my family because this is a place that deserves lots of business for what it meant to so many Americans abroad and the delightful food they have brought St. Louis! Check it out!
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05/14/2014
By: Damon T.
Hunan Manor
My son & I went to this restaurant for lunch. Cause it was what he wanted before he was to leave for the Army Basic Training the following day. And I have to say, the food was great and the time for it to be served was fast. But the only problem was that the restaurant needs to update the website photo with the new current outside front. Cause we had a hard time trying to find the restaurant by looking at the picture on my phone. Plus it would be easier to find if it had a sign overhang above the door. Which would make it easier to see when your walking downtown. They also do offer a buffet style lunch around noon time. Plus this is the only Chinese Restaurant that I could find in the downtown area close to Bush Stadium.
11/19/2010
By: seagrass
Monarch Private Event Space
I was a first time customer and very impressed. We had a large group and our waiter, Aaron, was marvelous. I had the oysters - and they were far superior than any I've ever had. Aaron suggested a great wine pairing that I instantly fell in love with. I was disappointed in the pear salad. I had hoped to try the fall salad that was described on their website, but it wasn't on the menu. The pear seemed out of season and tasteless but everything else was delicious. I came back for a second visit and this time I tried the Southern Bistro. This menu is very affordable. The gumbo and those boudin balls were very, very tasty. I am becoming a big fan and plan to go again soon.
01/17/2014
By: Paige O.
Hunan Chop Suey
This place has delicious EVERYTHING! My older sister is a picky eater, when it comes to Chinese food, and she said, "this is the best Chinese food I've ever had," when I bought her dinner. The food is very rich and flavorful. My youngest daughter, who doesn't really care for Chinese food, will actually eat stuff here, which says a lot. I brag about this place, all the time. The only thing that creeps me out is the hair that grows out of the guy's mole, who takes your orders. EEEEKKKKKKKKK!!! Creepy. Other than that, it's GREAT!! I am saving a star because I haven't had anything that has just BLOWN MY MIND, at this place. But it IS great, no doubt.
05/03/2013
By: bobby_obmaces
Altai Mongolian Grill
I had my reservations about this place at first. But it is convenient when I don't feel like cooking and have a craving for stir fry. The reviewer that said that some of the meats were frozen were accurate. But, the final product all depends on how you season it and what sauces you use. They have little cards to give you decent combinations. The cook and staff were friendly and there's a flat screen to watch the game or the news. So I felt like I was at home. I would go back. I wouldn't go out of my way. But if you are close, give it a try.
10/01/2014
By: X R.
Tripe City
I went in and the food was good. The customer service left much to be desired. I have yet to walk into a business establishment where the person who takes your food order seems irritated that you are there. The prices are a little higher than what I am accustom to paying, however look to support any new black owned business that is brought to my attention. Needless to say I will not be back nor recommend this establishment unless they become a drive thru restaurant or they have better face representing them.
05/26/2012
By: grace.o
Zia's Restaurant
$15 is around the max for an entree, non-pasta dishes come with a side of pasta (red, white, or olive/butter sauce), and a loaf of bread is free for each table. A nice little atmosphere, but it can be a bit loud if it's crowded. Parking is a bit tough right in front, and the restaurant doesnt seem to be handicap accessible, but there is easy parking within a very short walk. Portions are huge, service is brisk, and the food is simply heavenly. Absolutely superior meals and variety (no pizza though)!
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09/19/2016
By: J R.
China King
The guy who took my order is very friendly and very polite. I ordered Shanghai Spring Roll, Hot & Sour Soup, Singapore Mai Fun, and Fresh Broccoli w/Garlic Sauce. All foods are very tasty. Each dish contains high amount of food. I would have given 5 stars if not because the 2 main dishes are a bit too greasy. If they reduce some oils from these foods, it will be perfect! However, I will go back to this restaurant again for another try and will give another review.
07/18/2016
By: Claire H.
Fortune Express
I should have written this review years ago and honestly thought I had. This place has the best fried rice in town! I also get their egg foo young, too. I have recommended this place to quite a few friends. With so many Chinese restaurants to choose from, why would you go there? Because you can walk across the street and top off your delicious meal at Fortune Express with a Ted Drewes! Life can't get any better than that!

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