Well, we were in the mood for vietnamese food and Pho Grand looked busy, so we decided to try out LG for the first time. We walked in and the place looked nice - good decor and plasma TVs everywhere. It was on a busy Thursday night in St. Louis so the place was hopping. After a few minutes of waiting at the door to be seated, a man comes by and signals to the both of us to come with him. He grabs two menus, walks around the corner and throws the two menus on the table and walks away. Never says anything to us. No big deal, they're busy, so he must be in a hurry. We sit down at the table and I immediately noticed a stench coming from our table. It's a very familiar smell - you know - the smell of wet clothes you accidently left in the washer...for a week. Moldy. Rotten. Who every cleaned the table had used a old nasty table rag from dirty stinky water, contaminated from one table to another. So if they take so little care of the tables...something a customer can clearly see, imagine what kind of unsanitary conditions are in the back of the kitchen...a place you can't see. How clean is the prep table they're cooking? We promptly left and went back to Pho Grand where we had an awesome meal with great service. Don't go to Lemon Grass.
Best Vietnamese Restaurant St. Louis 2007 - Lemon Grass
Readers' Choice: Pho Grand
The fabled Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has the phrase "Don't Panic" inscribed on its cover. Lemon Grass would be wise to do the same with its menu. At most Vietnamese restaurants, first-time diners and aficionados alike fret as they skim the 100 or 150 or 200 choices. Where do I even start? What is the specialty of the house? At Lemon Grass the answers are, respectively, anywhere you want and pretty much everything: savory, herb-spiked pho; charbroiled meats doused with sweet, sneakily hot nuoc cham; bubbling hot pots; iced coffee strong enough to fuel you into next week; sparkling lemonade as crisp and refreshing as a spring evening. All you really need to know is the restaurant's name. Whatever you order will be as brightly flavored as that slender stalk.