12 Best Delmar Loop Restaurants To Visit During This Weekend's Loop Ice Carnival
|Fork & Stix.|
Fork & Stix is a hidden gem: a terrific, unique Thai restaurant tucked behind an unassuming storefront on a dead-end side street at the eastern edge of the Delmar Loop. Unlike most Thai eateries here and elsewhere, the menu features dishes from the country's north. Khao soi is a curry-noodle soup with egg noodles and steak (or chicken) in a deeply, complexly flavorful broth. Add red onion, pickled cabbage and lime juice for one of the best soups you'll ever taste. Hung lay curry is another standout, a sweet-and-sour pork dish that's almost certainly unlike from any other curry you've tried. Classic Thai favorites such as red and green curries and pad Thai are also available (and excellent).
Snarf's (6301 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-4800)
Snarf's is a Boulder, Colorado-based chain of fast-casual restaurants specializing in toasted sandwiches. The menu isn't especially eye-grabbing - mostly the expected array of cold cuts - but Snarf's distinguishes itself with above-average ingredients and preparations, especially in its "speciality" sandwiches. These include a provolone and steak sandwich made with chunks of actual steak for a truly meaty flavor, and an eggplant-Parmesan sub as good as the eggplant Parmesan served at most area Italian joints.
Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-4444)
The home base for local impresario extraordinaire Joe Edwards and his many, many collections of pop-culture artifacts, Blueberry Hill is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The building spans an entire block, housing a dart room as well as two separate downstairs venues: the Elvis Room and the Duck Room, which many a local and national touring act has packed. Rock 'n' roll godfather and St. Louis native Chuck Berry even makes monthly appearances. (The venue is named for his famous duck walk.) As for the food, burgers are king here. These are relatively restrained by today's Thickburger standards, simply grilled and, with a cold beer and a side of fried onion rings or spicy Buffalo fries, close to the perfect meal. The menu also includes many sandwiches, fish and chips and several vegetarian and vegan dishes. The Gentry, a cup of soup served with a grilled-cheese sandwich, is one of the restaurant's best-kept secrets.