Best Dim Sum St. Louis 2009 - Wonton King
There's no other place where you can order so much and know so little. Sure, you may get by with numbers at other Asian restaurants, but for the non-Mandarin speaker, ordering dim sum at Wonton King is a purely sensory experience. Even the descriptions offered by the waitstaff keep you in the dark — how do you know what you like when everything has pork and shrimp in it? But the diner who follows his nose and eyes is rewarded with an excellent shakeup to the Sunday brunch. Other dim sum restaurants may offer greater variety, but Wonton King makes up for it in quality. The plump purses filled with pork and peanuts, elegant scallop leek dumplings and the classic shu mai are piping hot and never tough. Along with the carts stacked high with tiny towers of steamers, waiters circle with special plates of spicy clams, crispy Peking duck and other items du jour. Be sure the server doesn't mark you as a picky eater — some of the best items are sometimes deemed too exotic for the American palate. The more adventurous can take their chances with beef tripe and barbecue chicken feet. On weekends the line snakes along the edge of the restaurant floor with would-be patrons shuffling out of the way of the steam carts. But the wait is worth it, and the people-watching can be just as entertaining. Where else can you watch an old woman gnaw on a chicken's foot?