Fuck Michael Pollan #4: Breaking the Food Rules at Old St. Louis Chop Suey

Today's Question: How many of Michael Pollan's Food Rules can be broken in a chop suey joint?

Old St. Louis Chop Suey (83 Florissant Oaks Shopping Center; 314-831-7337)

Old St. Louis Chop Suey has storefronts all over town; this particular one has been open for 31 years, according to the red-cheeked wok-master within. | Gut Check photo
Old St. Louis Chop Suey has storefronts all over town; this particular one has been open for 31 years, according to the red-cheeked wok-master within. | Gut Check photo

"Help! I'm a prisoner in a Chinese bakery!" Was Michael Pollan's first writing job for a fortune-cookie company? The portentousness and faux sagacity of his Food Rules certainly hint at such beginnings. In particular, the ancient garble of Rule #24 is the kind of crumb-covered omen chop suey eaters immediately wad up in disgust.

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