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Monroe/West Monroe in June

Planning a weekend in WM in June. Looking for restaurant rec's. No chains, please. Lived in WM and Monroe decades ago and prefer to support local businesses. Will be in town for a few lunches, dinners, coffee breaks, and breakfast. Open to any cuisine and def want Cajun/creole/seafood. Suggestions?

Apr 13, 2015
Socialkim in Central South

Good sushi in St. Charles?

St. Charles is becoming a sushi-kind-of-town. I like Crazy Sushi in St. Peters at Mexico and Mid Rivers but I've been going most frequently to Sushi Ai on Zumbehl in the Bogey Hills Plaza. I was prepared to be disappointed as they have an "all you can eat" buffet but it's not really a buffet. You order off of a limited (yet fairly long) appetizer, nigri and roll menu for the "all you can eat" and for the lunch and dinner specials. The price is fantastic, service is excellent and everything, with the exception of one mackeral nigri, has been top notch. I don't think I'd call myself a sushi snob but it's easy to tell when ingrediants aren't fresh and/or there's been too heavy of a hand with saucing on rolls. Sushi Ai does it really, really well. I've not yet moved from the AYCE or specials menu but I've seen others order from the regular menu. Everything looks and smells wonderful.

Crazy Sushi had been my go to for sushi but it's moved to number 2. I've been a fan for years. It's a little place, family-run and friendly. No complaints with Crazy Sushi at all! Menu is fairly extensive and they still have the best Miso Soup I've ever had.

Feb 06, 2012
Socialkim in Great Plains

New Siggi's Ripoff Yogurt

I love Noosa. In fact, I love it so much, I drive two hours just to buy it and pack up at least a few weeks' worth, sometimes a month's if I get lucky with expiration dates. Yes, it has fat and yes, that is most likely a contributing factor to why it tastes so good. The fruit tastes "just like fruit" 'cause it IS fruit. This is the best tasting yogurt I've ever had--not counting homemade at a church camp in my youth which I'm certain has grown to epic proportions in my memories. It tastes great and has a smooth, creamy consistency. It's a great source of protein, too. What's a few fat grams among friends? Bring on the Noosa!

Dec 24, 2011
Socialkim in Features

Where to go for lunch & dinner at Lake of the Ozarks, MO (Tan-Tar-A, Osage Beach area)?

I'll be at Tan-Tar-A for three weekdays for a conference. It's been years since I was in the area last. Where to go that is good, either not a chain or only a local/regional chain? I'll eat just about anything and I love Mom and Pop places, dive bars to classy joints, ethnic everything. Since it's the Lake, I'd like at least one meal at a restaurant serving local fish. I usually stay away from places that are more bar than restaurant. Not sure that I'll need breakfast recommendations but if there's a don't miss, please share.

Jun 06, 2011
Socialkim in Great Plains

Don't miss good eats in Eureka Springs, AR?

Thanks, Littleman. Which are your favorites? Any specific menu items you would recommend?

Jul 25, 2010
Socialkim in Central South

Sushi and Japanese food in general in the STL metro area.

Don't know where in the STL area you are but I love Crazy Sushi in St. Charles. Family owned so there are familiar faces every time you go. Oishi is also very good. They were having sushi happy hour with a number of half priced items during the week but it's been awhile since I last went. Might be time for a visit to see if they still have it!

Crazy Sushi
422 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Saint Peters, MO 63376

Jul 22, 2010
Socialkim in Great Plains

Must Have Eats in St. Louis

If you get a chance, Ted Drewes for frozen custard and Dad's Cookie Company for scotch oatmeal cookies. Just had a St. Paul sandwich tonight from China King. Ask your hotel front desk staff for their chinese delivery menu. It's sure to be on there! I adore Pho Grand for Vietnamese and it's worthwhile if you don't have easy access to It at home. If you go, tell Tammy that Kim and Mike aka Tiny sent you. I also love the strip steak at Seamus McDaniel's in Dogtown. Great pub, great food and conveniently close to the Zoo.

Seamus McDaniel's
1208 Tamm Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139

Jul 22, 2010
Socialkim in Great Plains

Don't miss good eats in Eureka Springs, AR?

Will be visiting Eureka Springs in mid August. Where should we go to eat? Love all kinds of food, from comfort to exotic. Prefer locally owned but not above popping into a good chain. Where do the locals go? Need breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas. Would also like a recommendation for a grocery store in case we decide to picnic.

Jul 22, 2010
Socialkim in Central South

Meridian MS for nearly a week

Thanks, Littleman. Looks like it's going to be a not so great week for good eats.

Jul 22, 2010
Socialkim in Central South

Meridian MS for nearly a week

Heading to Meridian MS next week. Where to eat? Prefer to visit local favorites, open to just about anything. Searched the web and it seems like Red Door BBQ, Seafood Express, Long's Fish Camp, The Chili House, Jean's Restaurant and Far Away Places are the ones that come up the most. I'm not adverse to chain restaurants but I'd rather give my money to folks who are keeping it in the community.

Most meals will be dinner but need a couple of breakfast and lunch recommendations as well. Any don't miss places? What's your family favorite?

Long's Fish Camp
4059 County Road 320, Enterprise, MS 39330

Chili House
820 22nd Ave, Meridian, MS 39301

Jul 20, 2010
Socialkim in Central South

Woodbury MN--have car, will travel for good food!

Wow, I didn't realize there was so much controversy over who had the better Jucy Lucy (or that spelling differs depending on where you go). Spent the whole day at MOA and ate at Crave. Good basic sushi, although I'd have rather had a different roll than the Cali roll but it was the sushi lunch special and they wouldn't substitute. Best part was the temporary oasis of calm!

Not sure about lunch tomorrow as my son is begging to go back to Bloomington to spend a chunk of the day at the water park. Got my list of possible dinner places and will have the fam help me make a decision.

I'm from the Greater St. Louis Area and love our Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. We've had an increase in Mexican lately, particularly Interior, although I long for decent Tex Mex. I can't find good, homemade flour tortillas to save my life but I make them myself so it would be a bit of a cheat, anyhow. I just love Mexican markets. :-)

We love sushi and have one special place at home plus several other good options. Giapponese is one of the places we're considering for dinner tomorrow night. Also hoping to take a little trip to Hudson, just so the kid can say he's been to WI, and if we do, we'll go to Brick's.

Thanks to everyone for the lively discussion and the suggestions/recommendations! I'll try to post again to let you know my favorites.

Woodbury MN--have car, will travel for good food!

Adding it to the list, particularly since it's actually in Woodbury, which will be home base.

Is it worth it to try to visit Midtown Global Market, if we aren't visiting something else in that area??

Woodbury MN--have car, will travel for good food!

Thanks to everyone for all of the suggestions! This is great. I may wind up splitting our MOA visit into two mornings so that we don't actually have to eat there. Then again, I'm not a big mall person and my son is really only interested in the Lego Store so one morning might do it! :-) I may see if he'll go for dim sum at Jun Bo but that's one meal he has balked at in the past. He'll go for sushi in a heart beat and I think he will want to visit the Hmong Mall vendors. Mexican is a must and I'm goign to try for El Burrito Mercado and Los Ocampos. I've never had pupusa so if I can, I'll visit MaƱana! We'll fill the edges in with Vietnamese and pizza. I've heard of the Juicy Lucy but I was concerned about taking a kid with me. Would either the 5-8 Club or Matt's be considered a family venue or more like a bar with food?

Thanks again for the recommendations!

Woodbury MN--have car, will travel for good food!

I'll be in Woodbury for a week. Looking for lunch and dinner ideas. Open to most anything, although I usually try to stay away from national chains. Local chains okay if they are actually good eats. I don't mind patronizing someone who hit the right combo and has a couple of locations. :-)

What shouldn't I miss? What's unique to the Twin Cities? Will be hitting the Mall of America for a visit to the Lego Store and would like a recommendation for that area, too. I'd love some cheap eats for lunch! Will have adventurous kid with me so places that are more bar than restaurant are out. Love Vietnamese, Mexican, Indian, just about all of it. The Kid fits in just fine at the local hole in the wall and the nicest five star so feel free to tell me where you like to eat, regardless if they are kid-friendly or not. He orders off the adult menu and likes his strip medium-rare.

I know this is the wrong forum but any shout outs for things to do, places to see are welcome. It's been decades since I was in the area and aside from touring the Cathedral, I'm at a loss!

Wichita for 24 hours, where to eat?

KT, thank you! B&C is very close for lunch and Nuway Cafe and Bomber Burger look like great options for dinner.

Any Indian or Vietnamese recommendations?

Jan 15, 2010
Socialkim in Great Plains

Wichita for 24 hours, where to eat?

Thanks, Sumrtym, for the link to Malaysia Cafe. It looks good!

Jan 15, 2010
Socialkim in Great Plains

Wichita for 24 hours, where to eat?

I'll be in Wichita KS at the end of the month, for almost exactly 24 hours . I'm looking for recommendations for dinner and lunch for sure but if there's a don't miss for a weekday breakfast, I'll take that, too. I prefer locally-owned and I'm not scared off by dives. I'll do a chain if it's something really unusual for the midwest but usually like to support family-owned businesses. If you are recommending Mexican, my preference is Tex-Mex although I am partial to interior Mex when it comes to tacos. I like the little, two corn tortilla tacos, meat and onion and cilantro, with maybe some lime to squeeze and a great sauce. Love lengua, cabeza, tripas! I'm open to unusual foods and exotic cuisine. I'll have a car while I'm in town on business so I don't mind traveling. Hotel within 15 minutes of airport, just for point of reference. Hope there are some KS chowhounds who can give me the skinny!

Jan 14, 2010
Socialkim in Great Plains

sides with meatloaf

I like to have a black bean and corn side dish when we have meatloaf. Grab a can of black beans and drain well, easiest in a sieve. Add a can of corn, also drained, unless you have fresh and don't mind cutting it off the cob. Finely dice about a 1/4 cup of cilantro, squeeze the juice of a small to medium lime over it all and toss with EVOO and salt and pepper. Very summer flavor, very complimentary to the garlic mashers that are a required meatloaf accessory!

Aug 14, 2009
Socialkim in Home Cooking

Visiting St. Louis area

My variation would be this:

Day 1
Gardens in AM
Lunch on South Grand (St. Louis Bread Co if you want to stick to basics, Pho Grand for great Vietnamese (my son gets their fried rice and loves it), Manga Italiano, City Diner, etc)
Walk around Tower Grove Park to burn some energy and hit Ted Drewe's for custard before hitting the road.

Day 2
Early lunch in St. Charles or pack a picnic. Culpepper's at 70 and Zumbehl in St. Charles is kid friendly, so is Dos Primos on North Main in O'Fallon.
Gus's Pretzels for a snack and a quck peek at the Anheuser Busch complex.

I don't know if you'll be here over a weekend but if so, you might think about Grant's Farm. Younger kids love getting up close and personal with the animals and there's still complimentary A-B beverages for adults. I'm trying to figure out how to work Pappy's in here. Crown Candy is great but I was just there and can't imagine taking a two year old. It's so cramped and it was overflowing with people waiting for to go and to make candy only purchases. Maybe if you are okay with ice cream for breakfast...

Crawfish in Little Rock, AR?

I'm hoping to get a jump on Mardi Gras this weekend while in Little Rock. Where can I go for boiled crawfish? I'm staying in the 630 & 430 area and will have a car but prefer not to drive more than fifteen minutes or so if possible. I don't mind Mom and Pop places but will have a minor child with me (with a more extensive palate than most adults) so the establishment has to be open to the under 21 crowd. No need for a child's menu, however.

Any other don't misses while I'm in town? I'd like to stay under budget for my meals so I'm looking at moderately priced restaurants this go round.

Road trip recs STL to OKC via I-44

Red Hot & Blue in Joplin is one place we try to stop at when we're driving through Joplin. They have excellent dry rubbed ribs and a fairly wide menu of southern style entrees. They aren't too far off Hwy 44, straight up Range Line Road.

Lander, WY, Cody, WY & W.Yellowstone MT trip

thanks for the tip, BN1. We wound up eating at Pete's Rocky Mountain Pizza Company while in West Yellowstone. It was fantastic!!

Jun 13, 2008
Socialkim in Mountain States

Lander, WY, Cody, WY & W.Yellowstone MT trip

We are road tripping the kids up to the in-laws in Lander, WY this week. Planning on an adult-only trip to Yellowstone. We'll be in West Yellowstone, MT one night and Cody one night. Any suggestions for dining along the way? We like everything. I know that we'll have pizza one night from Tony's Pizza in Lander. Their pizza is great and the kids love their bread sticks. The roof top dining area is fun, too. We will also try for lunch or dinner at El Sol de Mexico, basic but good Mexican in a family-friendly atmosphere. May try to get out one night to Svilar's Bar & Dining Room. Haven't ever been there but it used to be a regular stop for the in-laws. They say it's declined in recent years but since it's probably been 5+ years since they went last, we may give it a whirl.

For our adult mini-trip, we're driving from Lander through Dubois and Moran Junction to the south entrance of Yellowstone. We'll be looking for breakfast and dinner places in West Yellowstone, MT, as we are spending the night after hiking Yellowstone National Park. We're staying longer in Cody and would welcome ideas for all meals. I think there is a continental breakfast at the Cody Cowboy Village where we are staying but it is coffee, cereal and maybe some limited fresh fruit. When we leave Cody, we're driving down to Thermopolis for the afternoon and into Lander again that night.

When possible, we like to eat at local restaurants and help support local businesses. I'd like to know where the locals go when they don't want fast food. As I said, we'll eat anything, and we are actually looking forward to having some meals that include elk, bison, rocky mountain oysters, etc.

I hope the collective foodie brain can help with recommendations!

Jun 06, 2008
Socialkim in Mountain States

STL: good restaurant for family party?

What about Culpepper's in St. Charles? They have a party room that you can reserve and they are very flexible. You can do a buffet, order off the menu, a mix of buffet appetizers and menu dinners, etc. I've had a group of 30 there and each table ordered from the menu and paid separately. Their website may have more info: It's a St. Louis chain but very good, very consistent food. My kids love their toasted ravioli. We all love their burgers, wings, pizza and sandwiches. Their soups are fantastic, too.

Another thought, if you are willing to travel this far, is McGurk's Public House in O'Fallon, MO. They have a couple of private rooms available. I had a party for a friend there and we had at least 40 adults, a few kids. Don't know if they have a website but the phone is (636) 978-9640.

St. Louis Lunch

"St. Louis" covers a lot of ground, geographically, so it would be helpful to know how you will drive through (I-70? I-270? Parts of I-64 that aren't closed?) and how far off the Interstate you are willing to go.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Pho Grand
3195 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Excellent Vietnamese. I won't pass up an order of spring rolls, #15.03 Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio--or perhaps 18.01 Bo Luc Lac, also known as Shaking Beef. Or one of the crushed rice platters like 20.01, Com Tam Bi Suon Cha. Round it off with a Vietnamese Iced Coffee and all will be well in the world! Just a note--Pho Grand is closed on Tuesdays.

John D. McGurk's Irish Pub
1200 Russell
St. Louis MO 63104
Located in Soulard, just south of Downtown St. Louis, McGurk's is a great lunch spot. Don't miss the Wicklow Forest Mushrooms appetizer! I love their Smoked Rainbow Trout Salad and, of course, Bangers and Mash. McGurk's is close to the Arch and Anheuser-Busch so if you are taking a tour of either one, work in a visit to McGurk's.

While you're downtown, drop by:
Gus's Pretzels
1820 Arsenal
St. Louis MO 63118
Also close to Soulard and the Brewery, Gus's has the best pretzels ever! If you've already had lunch, pick up some fresh from the oven pretzels to keep you company on the road. If you need a little more, try the Salsiccia pretzel sandwich. I guarantee you'll be planning a trip back soon just for more.

If you are driving through on I-70 in St.Charles, stop by
3010 West Clay
St. Charles MO 63301
They are a St. Louis chain and I really think this is their best location. Have a bleu cheese burger with some of the best hot wings around, add an order of toasted ravioli and enjoy! Culpepper's also has a great St. Louis style pizza so if you like cracker thin crust, try the Ultimate Cheese pizza.

Depending on exactly where you are, you could also go off the beaten path to Cherokee Street for surprisingly authentic Taquerias. One of my favorites:
Garduno's (no website
)2727 Cherokee
St. Louis MO 63118
Great tacos, great everything, cheap, cheap eats.

If you find yourself in the Central West End, save your lunch dessert for Bissinger's.
Bissinger's, A Chocolate Experience
32 Maryland Ave
St. Louis MO 63108
Bissinger's is a St. Louis tradition for excellent chocolates. This past year, they opened a chocolate cafe where you can get dessert and drinks, both alcoholic and non. Worth the drive!

Please let us know where you wound up and what your experience was like.

Lunch eats in Jefferson City,MO, near Capitol?

I'll be in Jeff City this week for a training, just down the block from the Capitol. We have a short lunch break, about an hour, so I'm seeking suggestions for lunch in the area. Any don't miss places to go? There will be a small group of us, three or four. I'd rather avoid fast food chains if we can. We are an eclectic group and are open to trying more than just burger and fry places.

Where must I go in STL? Soon?

Pho Grand on South Grand for Vietnamese, very inexpensive. Seamus McDaniel's 1208 Tamm Avenue in Dogtown for an excellent steak and homemade bleu cheese dressing on your salad, moderately priced.

Visiting work sites in Liberty and Raytown, MO, where to eat?

Thanks for the suggestions! I wound up spending tonight in Maryville instead of St. Joe. Dinner was Paglia's Pizza. Not bad although not my favorite style of pizza. I will be in Liberty tomorrow AM and may be able to go to El Cerro Grande for lunch. I've also been told that I should stop by Gold-n-Glaze Donuts when I drive through St. Joseph.

St. Charles MO

Don't know where exactly you are staying but with a car, you have a lot more options than you'd think. Here's a few:

Pio's at 403 First Capitol Drive, next door to St. Joseph's Medical Center. Good Italian, good prices, huge portions. They have a seafood pasta that is wonderful and they are one of the few places around who still have fried chicken livers on the appetizer menu. Definitely good eats.

Culpeppers at 3010 West Clay, just west of Zumbehl Road and I-70 (West Clay is the north outer road). Some may argue that Culpepper's is a chain but it's a St. Louis Chain and this location in particular has good St. Louis food. We eat here frequently. I love the Culpepper's Burger, their toasted ravioli and, of course, the excellent chicken wings. Their St. Louis style pizza is really good and the whole family loves the "ultimate cheese", even our dedicated carnivores. If you are there on Thur or Fri, the beer cheese soup is a must. If it's Sat or Sun, go for the stuffed baked potato soup.

If you are in the mood for old fashioned drive in food, don't miss Chuck-A-Burger! 3150 Elm Point Industrial Dr. St. Charles, MO. it's a step back in time with good food and even breakfast!

Crazy Sushi doesn't have a website but it's located at 422 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Saint Peters, MO . This is just south of I-70 on Mid Rivers Mall Drive, in a small strip mall on the east side of the street immediately before the intersection with Mexico Road. This is the best sushi and Japanese in St. Charles County and holds it own against the St. Louis County options as well. It's family owned and you will be greeted warmly. Service is always good. A plus is that it's close to the mall so if you are planning to shop, it's not out of the way. I love most every piece of sushi available and they do it well here. There is a nice selection of rolls and prices are reasonable, especially compared to St. Louis. Their gyoza is a nice appetizer choice, as is the teriyaki wings. I love the miso soup and seaweed salad and use these as my standards when I eat Japanese elsewhere.

If you feel up to a 15-20 minute drive, go to McGurk's Public House at 108 S Main St
O Fallon, MO. You'll drive west on I-70 to the Hwy K exit and turn right (north). Hwy K is Main St when it's north of 70 and McGurk's is on the right just a few blocks up, before the railroad tracks.

There are many other options, particularly if you are willing to drive a few minutes. There are, of course, all the usual chains and a few less usual. I've stayed away from those but they are easy to find.

Visiting work sites in Liberty and Raytown, MO, where to eat?

I will be in St. Joseph, Liberty and Raytown, MO next week for half day visits at worksites. What's the best grub in the area? I like BBQ, TexMex, Indian and basically anything else. I like to go where the locals go and I'm up for new experiences.

I'll be lunching sometime between flying in to MCI at noon and driving into St. Joseph. I'm spending the night in St. Joe and then leaving early, early AM for Liberty. I will have lunch in Liberty or on my way down to Raytown. The Raytown office is around Blue Parkway and E 63rd, just off 435. I have to be back at the airport by 7:30 so will need dinner somewhere in between Raytown and MCI.

While I usually stay away from chains, I'm open to anything that can't be found here in St. Louis! I'm on an expense account, but my company is not very generous so I'm looking at dinners that ring in under $20.00 not including beverages.