the best restaurant meals i’ve eaten since moving to st. louis.

I grew up incredibly bored with the food options in my hometown, so moving to a real city in January was a delight. I’ve alway been an adventurous eater – my parents had me eating spicy Indian curry when I was not yet 2 years old, and I loved it – so the monotonous selection of fast food chains, bland and poorly run local joints, and Chinese and Mexican restaurants with menus designed to appeal to the palettes of the many Jefferson City residents who had never left Missouri were disappointing.

Now I live near St. Louis’ South Grand strip, known for its array of ethnic food options, offering everything from sushi to Somali meals. But I quickly discovered that St. Louis’ food scene runs far deeper and wider than the bounds of the neighborhood that I fell in love with.

I’ve had some excellent meals since living here, some walking distance from my apartment and some out by the city’s airport. I’m maintaining a list, currently with over 15 restaurants, of places to check out. I’m an avid Yelper (I know, I disgust myself too) and have been #grateful for the St. Louis food blogs I’ve found like Whiskey and Soba and Off the Eaten Path.

So far, these four joints have been my favorites.

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a night at the muny – buddy: the buddy holly story.

So last night was one of three times I can remember that my mom and I have left a show at intermission. I can’t say I had high hopes for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – the only jukebox musical I’ve ever liked is Beautiful – but with how great the Muny has been in recent years I was so disappointed. The show just didn’t go anywhere, but we still had a great day visiting St. Louis.

First we hit up Lone Elk Park, the county park meets wildlife reserve in St. Louis County near Webster Groves. We saw the cutest family of raccoons, deer, a turkey, and finally the bison and elk the park is known for. We were almost at the park’s exit (you drive through a loop of one way road that takes you through the park and wildlife area) thinking that we weren’t going to see any elk or bison when suddenly all the cars in front of us were stopped and there they were.


After our wilderness adventure we headed back to civilization and went to Seoul Taco on the Delmar Loop for dinner. We’ve been to Seoul Taco before, and I am obsessed with their awesome bulgogi burritos. The wrap holds salad greens, kimchi rice, shredded carrot, bulgogi, sour cream, cheese, and some kind of secret sauce that pulls everything together. My mom had bulgogi tacos which she enjoyed just as much.

Then, finally, we made our way to The Muny. Maybe we would have had a better time had it not been 97 degrees out all day, but I was just so disappointed since The Muny has such a great track record. One thing I can say about this show is that the set was pretty cool for an unchanging scene throughout the whole first act, and I loved how they turned the onstage turntable floor in to a giant vinyl record.

I am looking so forward to Into the Woods next week, which I know will be awesome. I have only seen the movie, never a stage production, so I am excited to see The Muny and the awesome cast of broadway actors they have brought in work their magic on this show.