RFT Restaurant Guide: Old Gems and New Spots in University City [PHOTOS]


We're kicking off our Restaurant Guide. Here's a look at one of the areas we're covering. Stay tuned for the rest.

If you want authentic Asian cuisine, options abound in and around University City. Grab steamed barbecue pork buns or beef tripe at Lulu Seafood and Dim Sum or Chilispot’s delicious mapo tofu. You could watch the team at Corner 17 stretch out the dough for handmade noodles while sipping on a bubble tea, or you can grab the bulgogi beef quesadilla at Seoul Taco. In the mood for Vietnamese? Head just up the street from the Pageant and stop by Fork and Stix for the Hung Lay curry. There are other classics in U City as well (Salt & Smoke, Frank & Helen’s, Taco Buddha), so you’re sure to find something delicious no matter what you’re in the mood for.
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U-City Grill
From the outside, this University City classic looks like any other greasy spoon, but when you head inside U-City Grill (6696 Enright Avenue, University City; 314-721-3073) and read the posted menu, you don’t see burgers, slingers or French fries. Instead, you can get bulgogi beef with rice and bean sprouts, Korean hot soup, Kimbob — a Korean-style vegetarian roll — or just a side of kimchi. The unassuming exterior has probably fooled many passersby; don’t be one of them. $. Open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Sundays.
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U-City Grill

From the outside, this University City classic looks like any other greasy spoon, but when you head inside U-City Grill (6696 Enright Avenue, University City; 314-721-3073) and read the posted menu, you don’t see burgers, slingers or French fries. Instead, you can get bulgogi beef with rice and bean sprouts, Korean hot soup, Kimbob — a Korean-style vegetarian roll — or just a side of kimchi. The unassuming exterior has probably fooled many passersby; don’t be one of them. $. Open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Sundays.
RFT Restaurant Guide: Old Gems and New Spots in University City [PHOTOS]
Frank & Helen's Pizzeria
You’ll find the same cheesy-baked pastas, the same char-grilled ribeyes with sides of fettuccine and, of course, the same broasted chicken — a special way of pressure-frying the bird that results in impossibly succulent meat and a crispy, non-greasy coating. But if there is one thing you must order at Frank & Helen’s, it’s the pizza, one of the best St. Louis-style thin-crust pies in town. Beer and wine only. $-$$. Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner.
ANDY PAULISSEN

Frank & Helen's Pizzeria

You’ll find the same cheesy-baked pastas, the same char-grilled ribeyes with sides of fettuccine and, of course, the same broasted chicken — a special way of pressure-frying the bird that results in impossibly succulent meat and a crispy, non-greasy coating. But if there is one thing you must order at Frank & Helen’s, it’s the pizza, one of the best St. Louis-style thin-crust pies in town.

Beer and wine only. $-$$. Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner.
Frank & Helen's Pizzeria
Less a restaurant than an institution, Frank & Helen’s Pizzeria (8111 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-0666) has been firing up its charcoal broiler since 1956, solidifying its place as the go-to spot for three generations of University City families.
ANDY PAULISSEN

Frank & Helen's Pizzeria

Less a restaurant than an institution, Frank & Helen’s Pizzeria (8111 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-0666) has been firing up its charcoal broiler since 1956, solidifying its place as the go-to spot for three generations of University City families.
Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum
The grand entrance sets you up for what follows at Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum (8224 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-3108); what awaits you at this festively decorated University City institution is no less than a multisensory feast. Lu Lu is fiercely authentic.
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Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum

The grand entrance sets you up for what follows at Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum (8224 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-3108); what awaits you at this festively decorated University City institution is no less than a multisensory feast. Lu Lu is fiercely authentic.
Lulu's Seafood and Dim Sum
The restaurant has four chefs from four different regions in China and one chef dedicated solely to dim sum, resulting in dishes that are created by experts in the cuisine of their origin. Yet as traditional as Lu Lu may be, what sets it apart is a welcoming spirit that embraces first-timers as warmly as old hands. Lazy Susan tables make exploration particularly easy for big parties. $$$. Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Cart service on Saturday.
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Lulu's Seafood and Dim Sum

The restaurant has four chefs from four different regions in China and one chef dedicated solely to dim sum, resulting in dishes that are created by experts in the cuisine of their origin. Yet as traditional as Lu Lu may be, what sets it apart is a welcoming spirit that embraces first-timers as warmly as old hands. Lazy Susan tables make exploration particularly easy for big parties. $$$. Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Cart service on Saturday.
Corner 17
Corner 17 (6623 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-2402) is a U. City staple. Bubble tea and freshly made noodles are served at this beloved spot, as well as plump baos and satisfying soups. Immigrant owned and run, Corner 17 puts its chefs front and center, literally.
Lulu Nix

Corner 17

Corner 17 (6623 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-2402) is a U. City staple. Bubble tea and freshly made noodles are served at this beloved spot, as well as plump baos and satisfying soups. Immigrant owned and run, Corner 17 puts its chefs front and center, literally.
Corner 17
The focal point of the dining room is a window into the noodle-making station. Watch cooks stretch and slice the dough as you settle into the space. You might want to be prepared to wait, though. Lines to get in snaked down Delmar after a social media influencer tried to diss the restaurant earlier this year, and what followed was a show of fierce support from the rest of St. Louis. $. Open Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Lulu Nix

Corner 17

The focal point of the dining room is a window into the noodle-making station. Watch cooks stretch and slice the dough as you settle into the space. You might want to be prepared to wait, though. Lines to get in snaked down Delmar after a social media influencer tried to diss the restaurant earlier this year, and what followed was a show of fierce support from the rest of St. Louis. $. Open Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Fork & Stix
Tucked in a small storefront off a side street on the eastern edge of the Loop, Fork & Stix (549 Rosedale Avenue, 314-863-5572) focuses on food from Thailand’s northern “second city,” Chiang Mai. That includes the fiery nam prik num, a chile dip served with vegetables and rice, and the lovely, lemongrass-perfumed pork sausages called sai oua.
Rosalind Early

Fork & Stix

Tucked in a small storefront off a side street on the eastern edge of the Loop, Fork & Stix (549 Rosedale Avenue, 314-863-5572) focuses on food from Thailand’s northern “second city,” Chiang Mai. That includes the fiery nam prik num, a chile dip served with vegetables and rice, and the lovely, lemongrass-perfumed pork sausages called sai oua.
Fork & Stix 
Every last dish is prepared with the same care you’d find in the area’s top fine-dining restaurants, but if one thing stands above the rest, it’s the khao soi, a yellow curry egg noodle soup so revelatory it’s haunting. No alcohol. $$. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and for dinner only on Sunday.
Jennifer Silverberg

Fork & Stix

Every last dish is prepared with the same care you’d find in the area’s top fine-dining restaurants, but if one thing stands above the rest, it’s the khao soi, a yellow curry egg noodle soup so revelatory it’s haunting. No alcohol. $$. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and for dinner only on Sunday.
Chili Spot
A newcomer to U. City, ChiliSpot (7930 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-925-8711) is a worthy addition to the phenomenal Asian cuisine options along Olive Boulevard. The comprehensive menu makes this the ideal place to come with a group of friends and sample several entrees and even more sides.
Rosalind Early

Chili Spot

A newcomer to U. City, ChiliSpot (7930 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-925-8711) is a worthy addition to the phenomenal Asian cuisine options along Olive Boulevard. The comprehensive menu makes this the ideal place to come with a group of friends and sample several entrees and even more sides.