Underrated STL restaurants: part two

Grace Fearheiley, Maddie Meyers, and Elliott Notrica

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TKC traveled around St. Louis and discovered a variety of food from Hong Kong to Mexico, including gyros and liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Thora Pearson
Ices Plain and Fancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ices Plain and Fancy: 2256 S 39th St, St. Louis, MO 63110

With its 1900s parlor theme and liquid nitrogen ice cream makers, Ices Plain and Fancy is a mixture of the past and the future. Their ice cream is unique because all of it is made at -321 degrees. This makes for fascinating videos and helps keep the lines short because they make the ice cream in seconds before your eyes. This cozy parlor, located in the Shaw neighborhood, is covered with different shades of pink and blue, and sparkling lights outline the windows. They serve classic flavors like peanut butter chocolate ($5.66), which tastes like a creamy Snickers bar and supplies a delicious mix of sweet and salty, as well as rocky road ($5.66), which contains marshmallows, white chocolate, cashews, chocolate shavings and caramel. If you aren’t a fan of chocolate, don’t worry because they also have a dreamsicle ice cream ($5.66), which has a smooth, citrus flavor that is very refreshing, especially on a hot day. For those pups out there, they also serve doggie ice cream. Definitely visit Ices Plain and Fancy soon to check out their winter time specials including candy cane and eggnog flavors.  

M.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wan Fu Chinese Restaurant: 12033 Manchester Rd, Des Peres, MO 63131

Wan Fu is probably one of those restaurants that you have driven by every day but have never noticed or taken the time to stop by. This little Des Peres restaurant may not be very crowded, but it has character, and the emptiness helps deliver a more personalized dining experience. Wan Fu specializes in Hong Kong cuisine and has a wide variety of meats including beef, seafood, poultry and pork, as well as vegetables, soups and traditional Chinese dishes. They have many special entrees which have large servings and combine a variation of foods, so you can try more and share with others. One of their special entrees is the Moo Shu Combination ($13.95), which contains chicken, shrimp, beef, wood ear mushrooms, bamboo shoots, cabbage and green onions, which are wrapped up inside crepes with a plum sauce. The strong flavors from each ingredient combine nicely, and this meal will certainly fill you up. If you are just looking for classic Chinese food that supplies a smaller serving, Wan Fu also makes egg rolls ($1.50), crab rangoon ($3.75 for 4), pot stickers ($3.95 for 4) and many other simpler meals. Check out Wan Fu for an appetizing meal and a free fortune cookie with the check.

M.M.

Thora Pearson
Olympia Kebob House and Taverna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olympia Kebob House and Taverna: 1543 McCausland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117

Olympia is a smaller greek restaurant with a homey and inviting feel. Pictures of Greece hang neatly on the walls and plants that stand around the restaurant make the atmosphere welcoming. Olympia offers delicious greek foods such as gyros which are a mixture of lamb and beef served on pita bread topped with onions, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce. They price their menu items relatively low; the Deluxe Gyro ($9.99), is a traditional gyro served with an addition of shredded lettuce and feta cheese and a plate of Dolmades is $11.99. Olympia also offers menu items that are commonly found on midwestern restaurants’ menus such as a steak burger ($10.99) often served with a side of steak fries. This abundance of options makes it impossible to not be able to order a meal you will enjoy.

G.F.

Thora Pearson
Nachomama’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nachomama’s: 9643 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO 63119

Nachomama’s is an inviting, small restaurant with colorful tables and walls, creating an extremely welcoming atmosphere. Nachomama’s is a family-owned, Tex-Mex restaurant. Their menu offers a variety of options. From Beef Tamales ($3.95 per tamale) to a Cheese Quesadilla Platter ($8.95), which includes refried beans and rice, everyone is bound to find something they like. I have been going to Nachomama’s for several years now and, being a creature of habit, always order a Beef Burrito Platter ($8.75). This meal has never let me down, the burrito, refried beans and rice is very tasty and the platter is plenty of food, I always end up having leftovers to enjoy the next day. For the side of the meal, a great option is the Queso Con Carne, a small bowl of queso cheese dip paired with a small bag of fresh chips for costs $5.29. This is a great side dish to share with your table. If you are looking for a smaller restaurant with many delicious options to try, Nachomama’s is a great restaurant to visit.

G.F.

Thora Pearson
El Indio Mexican Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Indio Mexican Restaurant: 9865 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO 63119

El Indio exemplifies the best of Tex-Mex cuisine in a fun, approachable atmosphere perfect for families. Inside the restaurant are brightly painted walls and artificial greenery pinned to the ceiling. While somewhat tacky, these decorations create a fun and festive environment. The food is typical American-style Mexican food such as carnitas (Mexican-style pulled pork tacos for $12) and Quesadilla al Carbon (a quesadilla stuffed with chicken and cheese for $8.99). Most of the menu items are between $8 and $10, with a wide variety of food to satisfy everyone. El Indio is open for lunch and dinner every day, with daily specials featuring off the menu items at special prices. El Indio also has a wide range of beverages including some traditional to Mexico, such as horchata. Horchata is a rice milk beverage with cinnamon and vanilla served in a huge frosty mug. El Indio is a fantastic restaurant with reasonable prices, a wide range of dishes and a great atmosphere perfect for a relaxed lunch or dinner. Make sure to check it out the next time you’re in the mood for Mexican food.

E.N.

Thora Pearson
RISE coffeehouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RISE coffeehouse: 4176 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

RISE coffee in the Grove is a stellar example of how a coffee shop can become more than just a place to get hot beverages. RISE is a community gathering place, a delicious cafe for breakfast and lunch and the perfect place to study. The two-story coffee shop has three distinct spaces: the downstairs area, with counter service for food and beverages and large communal tables, the upstairs quiet area, for studying and working in a focused environment and a kids area for families with children. The menu features many typical breakfast items such as a standout breakfast sandwich ($7.50) with a house made biscuit and a fried egg. However, some of the best food items are the various toasts. The avocado toast ($8.00) is one of the best in the area, with a poached egg, shaved vegetables and avocado on sourdough bread from Union Loafer’s bakery down the street. The coffee is just as amazing as the food, featuring single origin coffee from around the world. Rise offers many coffee and tea drinks including a beautiful cappuccino ($3.25). If you’re looking for a great place to study for finals or to get a great coffee, RISE is the place to be.

E.N.