12 Best Delmar Loop Restaurants To Visit During This Weekend's Loop Ice Carnival
Seoul Taco takes its inspiration from Kogi, the SoCal operation acclaimed as the granddaddy of latter-day food trucks. Like Kogi's, Seoul Taco's menu presents a mashup of Korean barbecue and Mexican street food. The "spicy pork" taco brings corn tortillas filled with meat that exudes the aggressive heat of Korean chile paste. Bulgogi beef in your taco or quesadilla offers a gentle sweetness much different from carne asada, its south-of-the-border analogue. Rice bowls with the meat of your choice plus a fried egg are also available. Seoul Taco's brick-and-mortar restaurant opened shop in the Delmar Loop in September 2012.
U-City Grill (6696 Enright Avenue, University City; 314-721-3073)
Who's up for corned beef and bibimbap? When you just can't decide whether you want bacon and eggs or steamed veggies and rice, satisfy both cravings at what just might be the world's only combination Korean restaurant/greasy spoon. Mr. and Mrs. Sim, the elderly couple who own the joint, stick to a bare-bones menu: Breakfast is eggs, potatoes and meat (bacon, sausage, ham or corned beef); lunch is grilled cheese or a BLT; and the Korean fare includes the aforementioned bibimbap (veggies and rice) or bulgoki (marinated beef over veggies and rice). But it's all hot, satisfying, damn cheap and made right in front of you, so just shut up and eat.
Cicero's (6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-862-0009)
Food? Entertainment? Drinks galore? This sprawling Loop landmark has you covered. Peruse the super-extensive beer list (and prepare to be wowed: Cicero's has hard-to-find gems like Young's Double Chocolate Stout and McEwan's IPA on tap), listen to live music (usually of the rock or indie variety) and stuff your face with way-better-than-average bar food. Pizzas here are thin-crust but not crackery, and the varieties - such as chicken Alfredo, "green" (broccoli, spinach, green pepper and pesto) and Buffalo shrimp -- are far from ho-hum. The salmon burger and the deep-fried artichoke hearts are unexpected treats, too. Cicero's has always been a haven for jam-band junkies, thanks to frequent performances by acts such as Madahoochi, but the club's show repertoire extends to everything from rock to alt-country to the occasional national touring act.