Monday, March 18, 2013

Olive Boulevard Asian Eateries & Much More: An Updated Guide to Restaurants Along Olive, Westward From University City

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

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IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb

Royal Chinese Barbecue (8406 Olive Boulevard; 314-991-1888) You'll find plenty to choose from at Royal Chinese Barbecue, from familiar kung pao chicken and orange beef to humble congee (rice porridge) to exotic shark's fin soup. But be sure to take a cue from the name and try a barbecue dish. Barbecue pork evokes both a tender roast and indulgently fatty belly. Then again, once you see the roasted ducks hanging inside the door, their copper-colored skins so crisp that you can hear the crackling from the parking lot, you'll have a tough time choosing anything else. Stop by for weekday lunch and try an ample portion of each for about $9.

Shu Feng (8435 Olive Boulevard; 314-983-0099) At Shu Feng you can belly up to excellent renditions of your favorite Chinese dishes, including a wonderfully fiery hot braised pork and the rare hot-and-sour soup that is, in fact, both hot and sour. But this restaurant also offers a selection of intriguing Taiwanese soups and curries, including roast-eel rice. As if that weren't enough of an attempt at bringing about world peace, Shu Feng's menu features Korean dishes as well. Can't we all get along here? At Shu Feng we certainly can -- and, at lunch we can get along for much less and with two tasty crab rangoon (or one egg roll) to boot.

Sopes at La Monarca - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • Sopes at La Monarca

Taqueria La Monarca (8531 Olive Boulevard; 314-814-5864) Relocated and greatly expanded from a storefront on the other side of Olive, Taqueria la Monarca offers not only taqueria staples -- tacos, tortas, quesadillas -- but also fajitas, enchiladas and tamales. Tacos are heaped with so much meat the two soft corn tortillas are barely enough to support them. Tortas are excellent, with the ideal ratio of meat to toppings to condiments. Looking for a change of pace from the standard taqueria taco? Sopes might be the ticket, a small, thin disc of fried masa topped with a spread of refried beans, cilantro, onion, cheese and your choice of meat, dotted with crema.

See also: -The Ten Best Places to Grab Tacos in St. Louis -The Five Best Taquerias in St. Louis

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