Restaurant Guide–St Louis

Restaurant Guide Main Index


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Alton, IL

Morrison’s Irish Pub–200 State St. (Irish) Closed Mon.  An Irish pub that puts as much emphasis on the food as it does the drinks (has a very interesting menu selection). Note: temporarily closed–due to reopen in Sep. 2019 (7-5-19)

Creve Coeur, MO

Mayuri–12513 Olive Blvd. (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Very good south Indian food with thali available. However, customers are disappointed if they get the buffet or if they order north Indian food (this restaurant is best for south Indian). Dosas are recommended. (6-21-19)

Edwardsville, IL

Bann Thai–4 Club Centre Ct. (Thai) Open Daily.  Probably what makes it stand out is that they have many good dishes that are not on the menu of most Thai restaurants (so it is a good place to experiment with new dishes). (7-5-19)

Cleveland-Heath–106 N. Main St. (New American) Open Daily.  Serves locally sourced food. Some dishes are Asian (ginger tofu, etc) and Mexican (tacos, etc). The Asian dishes get better reviews, though. Everything here is healthy and good (at least if you appreciate fresh flavors as opposed to things being highly salted or spiced). (7-5-19)


Super Smokers BBQ–601 Stockwell Dr. (BBQ) Open daily to 7 pm (8 pm on weekends).  Gil recommends this is one of the best he has tried. Ribs, pulled pork, and brisket are all said to be among the best anywhere. (2-6-19)

Granite City, IL

Itty-Bitty–512 E. Chain of Rocks Rd. (American). A small diner with good burgers, fish sandwich, chicken and dumplings, etc. Breakfast is also popular. (4-21-17)

Petri Cafe–1416 20th St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only. I found the following information about this restaurant that is interesting: (1) it has been in the same family since 1946, (2) serves a bowl of chili that is very popular and seems to be a good representation of the regional style here, (3) Hungarian cabbage soup is another very popular dish. The bottom line is that it is an authentic diner that may have ethnic roots. The fish sandwich is another recommended dish. (2-6-19)

Mascoutah, IL

Roemer Topf–1415 McKinley Rd. (German) Closed Sun & Mon; closed Sat lunch.  Good German food in a family run restaurant. Has lunch specials. Beer choice is very good. Dessert (strudel) is very good. Some say, though, that it is sometimes closed at non-posted times (so it may be a good idea to call ahead if you have to make a long trip to get there). (4-21-17)

O’Fallon, MO

Asian Cafe–1260 Bryan Rd. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  For those looking for authentic Vietnamese, this is a good find for those in the suburbs. (2-23-19)

Sugarfire Smokehouse–9955 Winghaven Blvd. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Seems to be one of the best bets for barbecue in the St. Louis area. Ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and turkey are recommended. Note: there are other locations in the metro area, but this is one of the ones with the best reviews. (2-6-19)

Thai Kitchen–8632 Mexico Co. (Thai) Open Daily.  Authentic flavors and spice level. Ginger stir fry is one of the recommended dishes. Some reviewers say this is the best Thai in the St. Louis area, or even the state. (2-6-19)

Olivette, MO

Sugarfire Smokehouse–9200 Olive Blvd. (BBQ) Open Daily.  One of the top barbecue restaurants in SL, but the reviews are more inconsistent than some of the other restaurants. Pulled pork and brisket have good reviews (and many like the smoked turkey). Many say the sauces are one of the big draws, and desserts are a must. (5-23-19)

Overland, MO

Chef Ma’s–2336 Woodson Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  A small restaurant in an old Taco Bell that has a short menu of the owner’s special dishes (mostly Hong Kong and Cantonese style). Braised tofu is popular. Prices are very cheap (probably the cheapest in St. Louis for authentic Chinese food). Note: apparently some items are pictured on the wall but are not listed on the menu. (2-6-19)

Haveili Indian–9720 Page Ave. (Indian) Closed Mon (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Probably the most authentic Indian restaurant in town, based on the reviews of people from Indian. (5-23-19)

Sides of Seoul–10084 Page Ave. (Korean) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say this is one of the best Korean restaurants in the Midwest. Small place where you order at the counter. (5-23-19)

St. Charles, MO

Big Woody’s BBQ–1821 Zumbehl Rd. (BBQ) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  This is apparently one of the best rated BBQ places in the SL area, but is a little bit off the radar of most people. Ribs and pulled pork are recommended. People are also complimentary of the side dishes. (6-12-19)

Hendricks BBQ–1200 S. Main St. (BBQ) Open Daily.  This is considered one of the top barbecue restaurants in SL, but Yelp reviews are not quite as high as some others. It is still very good, though. The strength here is that you don’t just go for the BBQ–it is a family restaurant and the total meal (with sides and dessert) is a very good dining experience. (6-12-19)

Spiro’s–2275 Bluestone Dr. (Greek) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Upscale restaurant with Mediterranean food, but the most popular items are Greek (such as the saganaki). I think you have a choice of very expensive dinners or more moderate (but still good) ones. (6-12-19)

Tango–2012 Campus Dr. (Argentinian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Empanadas are the specialty. (6-12-19)

St John, MO

El Comal–8724 St. Charles Rock Rd. (Mexican) Open daily 10 am to 9 pm.  Owner is from Oaxaca and has a few Oaxacan items on the menu, but can prepare a few others by special request (reviewers say they were very happy with this food). (2-6-19)

St. Louis, MO

Anthonino’s Taverna–2225 Macklind Ave. (Greek & Italian) Closed Sun.  Serves both Greek and Italian food, and reviewers say both are excellent. Most go for the Italian food, though, because there are more menu items and many say this is some of the best Italian food they’ve ever had (pizza is the most recommended item). Greek menu is limited. (2-23-19)

Baida–3191 S. Grand Blvd. (Moroccan) Closed Mon.  Good reviews, and it looks as if it has an extensive menu. (6-12-19)

Blues City Deli–2438 McNair Ave. (Sandwiches) Closed Sun; open 11 am to 4 pm other days except that it’s open until 8 pm on Thu.  Very good sandwiches that would bring you here just for that, but it has the added attraction of live blues music Sat. and on Thursday evening. (6-12-19)

Bulrush–3307 Washington Blvd. (New American) Open 5 pm to 10 pm (Thu-Sun only).  Owner formerly had the Curious Kumquat in Silver City, NM. Has a seasonal menu. Food is said to be a home cooking style “Ozark” cuisine. (6-21-19)

Chaparritos–2812 Cherokee St. (Mexican) Open Daily.  A highly rated authentic Mexican restaurant, but one which is not upscale and does not charge alta cocina prices (this restaurant specializes in tacos and similar dishes). (4-1-19)

Italian on the Hill (these are some of the most famous Italian restaurants in the city):

  • Cunetto House of Pasta–5453 Magnolia Ave. Closed Mon; closed Sat & Sun lunch. Best known for its chicken spedini (but locals order quite a few other dishes). The house salad is very highly acclaimed. (6-21-19)
  • Guido’s–5046 Shaw Ave. Open daily (open until 11 pm weekdays and midnight on weekends). Best known for its pizza. People also recommend their tapas and the salad. (4-1-19)
  • Lorenzo’s–1933 Edwards St. Dinner only (open daily).  Northern Italian style. Risotto, penne with eggplant, and gnocchi are some of the specialties.  (6-21-19)
  • Trattoria Marcella–3600 Watson Rd. Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Menu is very representative of “St. Louis style” Italian food. The popular dishes here are the Italian standards–lasagna, ravioli, rigatoni, etc. (2-6-19)

Nixta–1621 Tower Grove Ave. (Mexican) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Reviewers really like the mole negro, and everything else seems to be good as well. Alta cocina food that is authentic in the “modern” tradition of Mexican food. The menu on Yelp showed the mole as costing $29, but a lot of other dishes are considerably less expensive. (2-23-19)

Onesto Pizza–5401 Finkman St. (Italian) Dinner only (open daily).  Has a full menu, but it’s best known for its east coast style pizza. (4-1-19)

Pappy’s Smokehouse–3106 Olive St. (BBQ) Open daily except Sun evening.  World class BBQ, especially the ribs and burnt ends (according to reviewers). Line is long but customers say don’t panic–you will get a table. (4-1-19)

Sidney Street Cafe–2000 Sidney St. (Fine Dining) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Excellent food at expensive prices. The owner is the grandson of the couple who opened La Tertulia in Santa Fe (the best New Mexican food I have ever experienced). Some sources say the restaurant serves some of the dishes from La Tertulia, but there are none listed on the Feb. 2019 menu  (but a possibility would be the chef’s tasting menu). Still, I’m listing the restaurant in case they have other choices on other menus. (2-23-19)

The Shaved Duck–2900 Virginia Ave. (Soul Food) Open Daily.  This appears to be a very upscale restaurant but does not have “fine dining” prices. Meatloaf and BBQ (ribs, pulled chicken, etc.) are some of the most popular entrees. Cornbread, mac & cheese, and smothered fries are recommended side dishes. There is not a dish to avoid, but some say the burnt ends are not up to KC standards. In 2019 this was the number 1 rated restaurant on Yelp in the St. Louis area. (2-6-19)

Wei Hong–3175 S. Grand Blvd. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Tue).  Cantonese food (has authentic Chinese menu). Reviewers recommend the dim sum. (6-12-19)

University City, MO

Cate Zone–8148 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Sichuan style food that can be fiery hot (ask about it if you’re not sure). Reviewers say the food is excellent. (5-23-19)

Dao Tien–8600 Olive Blvd. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon (and closed between 3 and 5 pm).  Broken rice with pork chop is the favorite. Large menu. (5-23-19)

Private Kitchen–8106 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Tue.  Some call this upscale, but it is mainly because they have some upscale dishes such as Peking duck. It specializes in Shanghai style food, though, so a good choice is the Lion’s Head soup or the soup dumplings. One diner also mentioned the baby pork rib in plum sauce. (4-1-19)

Salt + Smoke–6525 Delmar Blvd. (BBQ) Open daily (open late night).  One of the top barbecue restaurants in SL. Probably the biggest strength here is that all meats are good, so order something you normally would not choose at other restaurants. (5-23-19)

Tai Ke–8604 Olive Blvd. (Taiwanese) Open daily (closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Reviewers say this is the real deal. It has cheap prices and a large menu. Dishes are a little different from those in most Chinese restaurants, but they have many “safe” dishes along with the more adventurous ones. Web site says this is Taiwanese street food. (5-23-19)

Wei Hong Seafood Restaurant–7740 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm.  Authentic Cantonese food. Has dim sum, but reviews seem to indicate that the St. Louis location has better dim sum. (2-23-19)

Wildwood, MO

Thai Bistro–2436 Taylor Rd. (Thai & Lao) Lunch Tue-Sat; dinner Tue-Sun.  People say the food is flavorful and owner talks to customers to see if they want anything specially prepared. Reviewers say the pad thai is especially good (I see this a lot for restaurants which serve Lao food). (2-6-19)


Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.



Chowhound (St. Louis)

Gil’s Thrilling (and filling) Blog

St. Louis Magazine (St. Louis Italian Food) (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (St. Louis)

Zomato (St. Louis)



Restaurant Guide–Missouri

Restaurant Guide Main Index

Kansas City | Saint Louis

  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)


Black Oak Grill–601 Branson Landing Blvd. (American) Open Daily.  Locally sourced meat makes this a good choice, according to reviewers. Pot roast and chicken fried steak are favorites. (11-13-18)

Botanas–3515 W. Hwy 76 (Mexican) Open Daily.  Flavorful Mexican food that emphasizes authentic recipes (this is not a Tex-Mex restaurant). (11-13-18)

Farmhouse–119 W. Main St. (American) Open Daily.  Popular for a traditional American style breakfast or for items such as chicken fried steak, pork loin, etc. (7-5-19)

Gettin’ Basted–2845 W. Hwy 76 (BBQ) Closed Sun.  Said to be good for St. Louis ribs and burnt ends. Some say the sauce is too sweet and the sides are not very good (corn brulee is said to be good, though). (7-5-19)

India Clay Oven–2005 W. Hwy 76 (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5:00pm).  Some think the food is a little bland, but most agree it is good and by far one of the best restaurants in Branson. Some also comment that the flavor is improving (not as bland as when it first opened). (7-5-19)

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen–545 Branson Landing Blvd. (Southern) Open Daily.  Reviews tend to range from the food being very good to food that is ordinary, but most seem to like it. Sometimes there is a long wait to get in, and the price seems to be a little high. Based on the reviews I would say the best dish is the chicken and dumplings. (1-8-20)

Pie Five Pizza–482 Branson Landing Blvd. (Pizza) Open Daily. I usually try to stick with traditional style pizza, but apparently this place is good because of doing the opposite. They have things such as cauliflower crust and toppings such as barbecue chicken. Reviewers say it is healthy and very good. (11-13-18)

Thai Thai–1615 W. Hwy 76 (Thai) Open Daily.  The best recommendation for this restaurant comes from the many reviewers who say it is “good” and not just “good for Branson” (some have even been to Thailand and say the food here is good). The dish with the most negative reviews, though, seems to be the pad thai. (1-8-20)

Vasken’s Deli–3200 Gretna Rd. (Mediterranean) Closed Sun and closes 8:00 pm other days.  A healthy alternative to many of Branson’s restaurants. Specializes in wraps and Middle Eastern style sandwiches (gyros, Italian beef, etc.) but also has more American style sandwiches such as reuben and pastrami. Side dishes such as hummus, tabouli, etc. are available. (11-13-18)

Cape Girardeau

Chan’s–1159 N. Kingshighway St. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Popular because it has an authentic Chinese menu (people say the Americanized menu is nothing special). Authentic food includes spicy dishes such as ma po tofu. (6-13-19)

Katy O’Ferrell’s–300 Broadway St. (Irish) Closed Sun.  Irish pub with good food (the usual Irish favorites). (6-13-19)

Little Kitchen–1036 N. Sprigg St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Serves authentic Chinese food (apparently is Cantonese style). Seems very good, but there are so few reviews I can’t confirm this. (6-13-19)

Rice Noodle Cai–1017 Independence St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Has several styles of authentic Asian noodles, as well as some not so authentic non-noodle dishes (General Tso’s chicken, etc.). Noodles are cheap, and seem to give a good taste of Chinese comfort food. (6-13-19)

Note: Some restaurants seem to have excellent food but are in a higher price range. These include 36 Restaurant and Bar (New American) and Celebrations (Regional and seasonal food). (6-13-19)


El Quetzal–129 S. Main St. (Guatemalan) Open daily except Sun evening.  The “core” cuisine is Guatemalan, but also serves food from Mexico and El Salvador (pupusas, etc.). Very good reviews by people who seem to know the difference between authentic and Americanized food. Also has a bakery (pan dulce, etc.). (1-8-20)


The Farmer’s Daughter–18947 State Hwy. 37 (American) Closed Tue, closed Sun evening.  American food that has actual color (as in the vegetables being green when they are supposed to). Has standard items as well as dishes such as beef stroganoff. Desserts are recommended. (1-8-19)


El Toro–108 Washington St. (Mexican).  Serves Mexican food with real red and green sauce (not American style). People love the flavors, and say the steak burrito and the chicken are good choices. (5-23-19)

Nico’Z–612 2nd St. (New American) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Fri only.  The menu doesn’t sound like anything special, but reviewers say it is the way the food is prepared that makes it popular. Mostly serves sandwiches, salads, and wraps. (5-23-19)


Shawnee Mound BBQ–112 W. Rives Rd. (BBQ) Lunch Thu-Sun; dinner Thu-Sat.  Customers say it is great barbecue in a little shack. Pulled pork, sloppy joe, brisket, and ribs are recommended. (2-5-20)

Smiths Restaurant Express–1719 E. Ohio St. (American).  Serves typical Midwestern food, mostly fried (pork tenderloin and chicken are popular). People think it is better than most of the alternatives, though. Pie is what people like best here. (2-5-20)


Bamboo Terrace–3101 W. Broadway (Chinese) Closed Tue.  Apparently it has some authentic dishes (reviewers say it has an authentic Chinese menu). Apparently a lot of Chinese students eat here. Some say the seafood is not fresh, though. (1-26-20)

Bangkok Gardens–811 Cherry St. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  It is said to have the complex flavors found in good Thai food. Some say skip the pad thai and try the curries. Some also say the spice level is not quite there if you get the default version. (1-26-20)

Cafe Poland–807 Locust St. (Polish) Closed Mon (closes 7 pm on Sun).  Pierogi are popular, but has all the popular Polish dishes. (4-20-19)

FlyOver–212 E. Green Meadows Rd. (New American) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Small plate restaurant that has its own recipes for dishes (mac & cheese, country fried steak, etc). It looks as if it is a unique experience that people enjoy. (1-26-20)

Ms Kim’s Fish & Chicken Shack–1416 Hathman Pl. (Southern) Closed Sun & Mon.  This is the place to come if you want fried food (chicken, catfish, etc.). Sides are said to be very good as well. (1-26-20)

Nourish Cafe–1201 E. Broadway (Health Food & Smoothies) Open daily except Sun evening (breakfast & lunch only).  Healthy food and drinks. Some items are a little pricey but reviewers say it is fresh and delicious. (1-26-20)

Pho Quan–1301 Vandiver Dr. (Vietnamese) Open 11 am to 7:30 pm (closed Sun, and closes 4 pm on Sat).  Some say the pho does not have the depth of flavor found in big city restaurants, but other items on the menu are generally better. (4-20-19)

Seoul Taco–1020 E. Broadway (Korean) Open daily (late night Thu-Sat).  Supposedly it has both traditional Korean food and Korean fusion (such as the taco). The gogi bowl is the most Korean dish served, but tacos and burritos with Korean flavors are also offered.  (1-26-20)

Szechuan House–22 N. 9th St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Reviewers do not hesitate to say it is authentic, but of course Sichuanese food is normally very spicy. It offers some non-Sichuanese items that are not spicy for those who would prefer this. (4-20-19)


The Fourway–102 W. Washington Ave. (Mediterranean) Closed Sun & Mon.  This place has an interesting concept–it has a few Middle Eastern dishes (kabobs, spinach pie, etc.) along with burgers with a Mediterranean seasoning. (7-5-19)


China Palace–512 Court St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Food is American style, but reviewers say it has a very good flavor. (4-20-19)

Fontenot’s Po’boys–505 Nichols St. (Cajun) Closed Sun & Mon.  Reviewers like the food and say it very good for Cajun food this far north. (4-20-19)


Jet’s Palace–2905 Palmyra Rd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm.  Americanized Chinese food, but reviewers think the twice cooked pork is as good as authentic food. (2-5-20)

LaBinnah Bistro–207 N. 5th St. (Mediterranean) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  The name is Hannibal spelled backwards, and the menu seems hard to categorize but reviewers say the food is very good. Has steaks, seafood, African, Turkish, and other types of food. (2-5-20)

Wayne BBQ–218 N. Main St. (BBQ) Closed Sun & Mon.  Customers say brisket is the specialty and is very good. (2-5-20)


Thai Pepper–2010 N. Hwy 291 (Thai) Closed Mon.  Reviewers say the default food is Americanized and too sweet, but as for it spicy (and Thai style if you want) and it will be good. (4-1-19)


Gingerich Dutch Pantry–118 S. Broadway St. (Mennonite) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Mon (to 8 pm), Fri & Sat (to 7 pm); breakfast Mon only (these are winter hours 2019).  Amish style home cooked food. Has several buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the menu includes a large choice of items (also serves daily specials). Serves Mexican food Mon. evenings. (3-3-19)

Jefferson City

Das Steinhaus–1436 Southridge Dr. (German) Dinner only (open daily).  The menu is limited but the Wienerschnitzel, Jagerschnitzel, and cabbage roll are recommended. (4-20-19)

Paddy Malone’s–700 W. Main St. (Irish) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Popular Irish pub–fish and chips are said to be very good. (4-20-19)

Red Sky Chinese Bistro–112 E. Dunklin St. (Chinese) Closed Sun (and closed from 2:30 to 4:30 pm).  I do not think this is authentic Chinese food, but reviewers say it has more of a Chinese flavor than other restaurants. (4-20-19)

Sawaddee Thai–2215 Missouri Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say it has good food, but it is not anywhere close to Thai spicy (they still enjoy the flavor though). Some on Urbanspoon said it has big city quality Thai food. (4-20-19)

The Blue Skillet–226 E. Dunklin St. (Soul Food) Open daily for lunch, open to 7 pm Mon-Fri.  People say the food is done very well (fried chicken is moist and flavorful, etc.). Is probably more Southern style cooking than soul food. (4-20-19)


Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza–524 S. Joplin Ave. (Pizza) Closed Sun & Mon. Reviewers say it is true Neapolitan style pizza. (2-5-20)

Eagle Drive In–4224 S. Hearnes Blvd (American) Open Daily.  Known for its gourmet burgers (including lamb and elk), gourmet hot dogs, and goulash fries. Has falafel salad and other Middle Eastern dishes. (2-5-20)

MEs Place–1203 Broadway St. (Soul Food) Lunch Tue-Sat, dinner Fri & Sat.  While this is not an upscale restaurant, the setting is very nice and reviewers say the food is better than is typically found with this type of restaurant. Fried chicken and ham are the most recommended items. (2-5-20)

Mythos–1306 S. Range Line Rd. (Greek) Closed Sun.  A Greek restaurant that has traditional dinners such as moussaka and kabobs (not just a gyro place). Note: M&M Bistro has similar food and gets similar reviews (but specializes in Middle Eastern food in general and is not a Greek restaurant). (2-5-20)

Thai Time–1804 E. 32nd St. (Thai) Closed Tue (and closed from 3 to 4 pm).  Looks good. Reviews don’t say it uses MSG (but they point out that other Thai restaurants in town do). Pad ga-prao, pumpkin curry, mango curry. (2-5-20)


Bandana’s BBQ–1015 S. Jefferson Ave. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Reviewers say it has good BBQ (up to Kansas City standards). Ribs, brisket and chicken are good. Note: Several locations throughout Missouri. (5-23-19)

Sushi House–747 S. Jefferson Ave. (Japanese) Closed Sun.  This seems to be the best Asian restaurant in town. Sushi and bento boxes are both popular. (5-23-19)


Charley’s Buffet–23785 Hwy B (Mennonite) Open 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm Fri & Sat only.  Amish home cooked style food served in a buffet (so bring an appetite!). Save room for dessert–cake, pie, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc. Lincoln is located south of Sedalia on US 65. (3-3-19)


Pad Thai–204 N. Neosho Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sat, closed Sun dinner.  This seems to cater to local tastes but those who like “real” Thai food say that the food is very healthy although lacking in flavor. I think this can be partially or wholly remedied, though, by asking for the food to be more Thai style, and especially that they make it more spicy. (1-8-20)

The Bar B Q Joint–410 S. Neosho Blvd. (BBQ) Open Mon-Fri 11am to 6pm.  Reviewers say this is a “destination” restaurant for BBQ in SW Missouri. Brisket and ribs are said to be the best items (with pulled pork getting some people’s votes). They many times run out of one or more of the BBQ items before closing time. Seating inside the restaurant is limited. (1-8-20)


White Grill–200 N. Commercial St. (American) Open daily (incl. breakfast).  This was the No. 1 rated diner in Missouri on Urbanspoon. Ingredients are fresh. Onion burgers are popular. People also like the vanilla Coke. (1-8-20)


Morning Day Cafe–105 S. Main St. (American) Open daily (breakfast & lunch only).  This is really a breakfast restaurant but is open until 4 pm. Recipes are unique (the way they make pancakes, muffins, etc.) and is said to be very good. Also has drinks (mimosa, Bloody Mary, etc.). (3-3-19)

Yi’s–312 N. Massey Blvd. (Korean) Closed Sun.  Small eatery that gives a good taste of Korean food. I don’t see that they have all the side dishes I normally see in Korean restaurants, but food here seems to be good. (3-3-19)


Lambert’s–1800 W. Hwy. J (American) Open daily to 9 pm.  Touristy place with home cooking style food (I don’t see many raves for the food but they say it is solid). Barbecue is one of the options for meat (others are chicken fried steak, chicken and dumplings, etc). It is geared for people who want all you can eat (including their Pass Arounds). Smaller meals are available but may not be worth it. (3-3-19)

Little Danube–519 N. 21st St. (Romanian) Closed Mon; open to 7 pm Tue-Thu; open to 8 pm Fri & Sat; open to 2 pm Sun.  Chef is Romanian but has food from several eastern European countries. Has house made sausage, and all the food is high quality according to reviewers. Has Hungarian goulash. (3-3-19)

Poplar Bluff

Bread+Butter–2586 N. Westwood Blvd. (New American) Open daily except Sun evening (serves breakfast).  Food is fresh and healthy (bread is freshly baked). The bacon is said to be thick cut and much better than average. (7-5-19)

The Wine Rack–1212 N. Westwood Blvd. (New American) Closed Sun.  Has items such as veggie burgers and Tuscan herb chicken. Has a good selection of drinks (wine, coffee, etc). (7-5-19)


Village Pottery Cafe–127 S. Walnut Ave. (American) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Good place to eat if you want something healthy and are tired of fried food (wraps are popular). (7-5-19)

Saint Joseph

Il Lazzarone–1628 Frederick Ave. (Pizza) Open Daily.  Wood fired pizza– many think it’s worth a drive from KC or Omaha to eat here. (4-26-17)

Oriental Restaurant–918 S. Belt Hwy. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  This seems to be the only Asian food in quite a large area around St. Joseph. The food is American style, but reviewers say it is good. Serves pad thai and curry, so although it is not advertised very much their authentic dishes may be Thai ones. (4-26-17)

Pink Salt–614 Francis St. (New American).  I’m not listing the hours because reviewers say they are not consistent. However, they say the food is fresh and delicious, and very worthwhile if you go when they are open. (4-26-17)

The Cabbage Roll–2641 Lafayette (German) Open Fri evening only.  The hours are strange (but apparently made necessary by family obligations). Reviewers say it is worth it to go if you’re there at the right time. They request reservations since the food is fresh and they need to know how much to cook (it is a buffet). (4-26-17)

Saint Robert

Bulgogi House–1018 Missouri Ave. (Korean) Closed Sun.  There are several Korean restaurants around Fort Leonard Wood, but this one seems to be the most authentic and the favorite of Korean people. Suggestions include champong (their specialty dish), soft tofu soup, chajangmyung, bulgogi. (5-23-19)

Ichiban–240 Marshall Dr. (Japanese) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 4:30 pm).  Mostly known for sushi, but cooked dishes are good as well. (5-23-19)

Mama Mia’s–101 Comfort Inn Blvd. (Mediterranean) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm (7 pm on Mon).  Good food with authentic Mediterranean flavor (according to reviews). Gyro and chicken gyro are popular. (This is mostly a Greek restaurant) (5-23-19)

The Hub–106 VFW Rd. (German) Lunch Wed-Fri; dinner Wed-Mon.  My take from the reviews is that it is not a place to find out how food tastes in Germany, but enough people like it that I’m confident the food is good. (This restaurant serves full meals, in contrast to Ursula’s in Waynesville that is a German sandwich/ deli restaurant). (5-23-19)


Ivory Grille–317 S. Ohio Ave. (American) Closed Sat lunch, closed Sun & Mon.  This has the best reviews of any place in town. Fine dining restaurant (serves steaks, fish, seafood, stuffed chicken breast, etc.). (4-1-19)


Asia Express–2462 S. Campbell Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  They start cooking the pho at 5:30 am, and reviewers say it makes a difference in the flavor (tofu pho is also recommended). Vermicelli bowls are also popular. (7-5-19)

Bao Bao–2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Sun evening and Mon.  Said to have authentic Chinese food (with a Chinese menu and a regular menu). One recent reviewer, though, said the chef has changed and some of the food is not the same. It still has good reviews, but I want to give this caution just in case the authentic food is no longer available. (7-5-19)

Buckingham BBQ–2002 S. Campbell Ave. (BBQ) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Reviewers say the barbecue is excellent (much more than just good for Springfield). Burnt ends are especially recommended. Baked beans are the most recommended side item. There is another location in town and one in Ozark. (7-5-19)

Cafe Cusco–234 E. Commercial St. (Peruvian) Open Daily.  Good reviews. They seem to have food that people consider to be delicious and authentic. (3-3-19)

Casper’s–601 W. Walnut St. (American) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Fri & Sat.  Chili, milk shake (this is a diner from the 1960’s). (7-5-19)

City Butcher and Barbecue–3650 S. Campbell Ave. (BBQ) Open daily except Sun evening (closes at 7:00 pm).  This may be the best BBQ in town, and some say it is the best in the state. Food is served on butcher paper. Recommended that you go early because they run out of items. Burnt ends and brisket are recommended. Apple pie is a must try. This is a Central Texas style BBQ place. (7-5-19)

Farmers Gastropub–2620 S. Glenstone Ave. (Gastropub) Open daily except Sun evening.  This looks like a good healthy alternative to the predominant fried and country style food. (7-5-19)

Hong Yen–2922 S. Campbell Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Wed.  This seems to be the place to come for a greatly expanded Vietnamese menu (has bun bo hue). (7-5-19)

Karai Ramen–640 W. Republic Rd. (Japanese) Closed Sun (and closed from 2 to 4:30 pm).  Reviewers say it is both authentic and delicious. It looks as if it is worth a try. (7-5-19)

Leong’s Asian Diner–1540 W. Republic Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  This is the original place for Springfield cashew chicken, and according to the web site the family still operates the restaurant. From what I can see of the menu, though, there is nothing I would call authentic Cantonese. (7-5-19)

Pho Kim–3433 S. Campbell Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue.  Recommended place for pho and banh mi. Like Hong Yen, said to be very authentic with a wide choice of menu items. (7-5-19)

Thai Express–948 S. Glenstone Ave. (Thai) Closed Sun.  People who are concerned about authenticity as well as flavor seem to think this is possibly the best Thai restaurant in the city. This is a small restaurant with low prices (this is a bonus, but the food is the real attraction). (3-3-19)

Thai Basil–1411 E. Sunshine St. (Thai) Open Daily.  New owners took over in Nov 2018 and changed the name, but people seem to still be pleased with the food. Mango curry and pad see-ew were the favorites at the old restaurant, and said to still be good. (7-5-19)

That Lebanese Place–338 E. Commercial St. (Lebanese) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Has all the standard dishes, but also serves Lebanese “street food” (Pepper Joe, made with ground beef and veggies on pita). Falafel is apparently very authentic. (7-5-19)

Tortilleria Perches–1601 W. Sunshine St. (Mexican) Closed Sun evening & closed Mon.  Authentic Mexican food (or at least the closest you will probably find in Springfield). Some comment that some dishes are spicy (implying that the other restaurants do not have any spicy dishes). (7-5-19)

Triple Eight’s–1710 S. Kansas Expwy. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Has an authentic menu, and this seems to be the place where the Chinese university students frequent to get food from home. Xiao long bao is recommended. Specializes in Taiwanese and Sichuan cuisine. (7-5-19)


Sugarfire Smoke House–512 W. Front St. (BBQ) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  This is a branch of one of St. Louis’ premier barbecue restaurants. Pulled pork and ribs are recommended at this location. Sides are said to be some of the best in the BBQ world. (7-5-19)


Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus–311 North St. (German) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Deli and sandwich shop specializing in schnitzels and German side dishes. Note: The Hub in St. Robert serves full German meals. (7-5-19)

Webb City

Roswitha’s Schnitzelbank–12167 State Hwy. 43 (German) Open Fri & Sat 5 pm to 9:30 pm only.  German food served in a barn, and reviewers say it is excellent (just like Germany). Cash only. (3-3-19)

West Plains

Bootleggers BBQ–1464 Gibson St. (BBQ) Closed Sun & Mon.  A barbecue place you will probably want to try if you are in the area. Brisket and pulled pork are recommended. Has three sauces: house, KC sweet, Memphis heat. (3-3-19)

Red Apple Grill–42 Court Square (American).  Old fashioned soda fountain restaurant (hamburgers are popular). Probably good not as much for the food as the atmosphere. Pork tenderloin sandwich is said to be good, though. (3-3-19)


Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.



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Yelp (Missouri)

Zomato (Springfield)


Pho Bulous–Edmond, OK

Pho Bulous
3409 S. Broadway
Edmond, OK
(405) 475-5599
Pho Bulous

Pho Bulous

Pho Bulous does not have what I would call an extensive menu, but it has enough that there are good choices other than its signature dish, the pho. This is a suburban restaurant in a strip shopping center, but there are so many competing Vietnamese restaurants in north Oklahoma City I believe that many of them are stepping up their game, and give customers more than they may expect to find in similar restaurants located in other cities.

In the case of Pho Bulous I believe the main attraction is the pho. I found it to be one of the best in the Oklahoma City Metro, and they have several varieties of the soup including vegetarian soup that is only available at lunch (but this is one of the few restaurants that offers it). Note: as of 2020 the menu says “vegetable broth available upon request.”

Vermicelli Platter

Grilled chicken and vermicelli

Grilled chicken vermicelli platter

The Grilled Chicken Vermicelli Platter was better than I expected in many ways, based on a comparison with other restaurants. The chicken was very good, especially in the quantity of meat that they give, and had just the right amount of char. I liked the fact that there was a generous portion of nuts, and the other vegetables were good. It had a very good chile sauce (a must for me), and overall this was a good meal. The only drawback was that I did not taste any mint, even though the menu said that it was included. I gave the dish five stars because it was that good, but this kind of inaccurate menu description does not sit well with me. In being objective, though, I can say that in spite of this it was a very good dish.


Noodle soup with chicken

Noodle soup with chicken

The Noodle Soup with Chicken (chicken pho) seemed to be made with the same care that most restaurants use for their beef soup, and I thought it was quite good. In fact, compared to other chicken soups this may be the best one I have had at a Vietnamese restaurant. Other restaurants (Pho Hieu in Yukon for example) add other ingredients that make them better in some ways, but the one here was pure chicken meat with chicken broth, and I was quite impressed with the flavor that it had.

The pho here has MSG, but apparently not very much because I did not have a reaction to it. Because of the soup’s flavor and the fact that it was for practical purposes MSG-free, this restaurant is definitely near the top of my list for the noodle soup.

Other Dishes
My dining companion had a Lettuce Wrap which was described as “passable.” Obviously they are trying to appeal to more people by having other items on the menu, but the Vietnamese food is what I would consider their specialty.

In addition to the standard drinks, they have boba drinks (tea and coffee). I think the hot jasmine tea is one the expensive side, and I do not order it.

Pho Bulous offers some of the best bang for the buck I have found in Edmond (provided I skip the hot tea). The pho is some of the best I have tasted, and the vermicelli platter is good quality as well.


Cuisine: Vietnamese
Cost: $$
Hours: Closed Tue.
Accessible: Yes (ramp is on the north side of the shopping center next to Charleston’s)
Smoking: No smoking
Alcohol: Beer

Most Recent Visit: Mar. 11, 2017
Number of Visits: 2
Best Item: Chicken Pho


Asian Food Details

Tea: Jasmine (bags)
MSG: Yes (in a small amount)
Buffet: No
Special Ratings
star 5 Chicken Pho (Noodle soup with chicken)
star 5 Grilled Chicken Vermicelli Platter


Menu (Jan. 2020):