Tip o' the Cap: Royal Chinese Barbecue

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Royal Chinese Barbecue 8406 Olive Boulevard, University City; 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 just $7.

The Skinny:

Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Price Range: $ - $$

-Ian Froeb

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