The Nine Best Chinese Restaurants in St. Louis

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       Famous Zechuan's "House Spicy Noodles" | Ian Froeb


It's been a long day, you're tired, it's 100 degrees outside, and you don't feel like whipping up a gourmet dinner -- instead, might we suggest getting out of your stuffy house and going for some Chinese? That's right, Gut Check has once again diligently compiled a helpful guide to our city's finest culinary delights. Listed below are some of our favorite spots to grab some delicious Chinese cuisine. So take the night off, and let Gut Check be your guide.

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       A veritable feast | Jennifer Silverberg

Famous Szechuan Pavilion
(8615 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-685-0888)

If you haven't visited Famous Szechuan Pavilion and tried the incredible dishes there, then you haven't experienced the full range of culinary delights that St. Louis has to offer. Owner and chef Xin Cin is a native of China's Szechuan province, and at her University City restaurant (relocated from its original home inside a former snow-cone hut in Brentwood) she showcases that region's fabled cuisine. The chile and the Szechuan peppercorn are the touchstones here, but while many dishes feature ferocious heat (try the yu shan pork), the peppercorn's floral flavor and the numbing sensation it imparts, the flavors are incredibly complex, as in the earthy ma po tofu, or the dan dan noodles with chicken or pork. Xin Cin runs her restaurant with only a very small staff, so be patient. It's worth waiting for.

See also:
- Famous Szechuan Pavilion's Spicy Wonton Soup

- Chew on This: Ten Best St. Louis Dishes of 2112

Hsu's Hunan Yu
(11539 Gravois Road, Crestwood; 314-843-1256)

Like many of the best Chinese joints, Hsu's Hunan Yu is a hole-in-the-wall storefront tucked into a strip mall. There's not much seating, and the walls are covered in novelty money, newspaper clippings and memorabilia. It's very much a family establishment -- the owner, Mrs. Hsu herself, is behind the counter 99 out of 100 times you walk in the door, and Mr. Hsu is nearly always in the kitchen. Special care is given to every takeout order and every dish is perfect, which is why it isn't the menu that makes Hunan Yu special. It's the execution. The special fried rice is the best in town, the sesame chicken dark and glossy and intense. There are no surprises here, unless you count the unexpected joy of familiar perfection.

See also:
- Best Chinese Restaurant - 2012


Location Info

Famous Szechuan Pavilion

8615 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Hsu's Hunan Yu Chinese Restaurant

11539 Gravois Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Joy Luck Buffet

8030 Manchester Road, Brentwood, MO

Category: Restaurant

Lemay Wok

4530 Lemay Ferry Road, South St. Louis County, MO

Category: Restaurant

Shu Feng Restaurant

8435 Olive Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Wonton King

8116 Olive Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

House of Wong

46 N. Central Ave., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant

8224 Olive Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Guo Bin

8600 Delmar, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


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ShaunGerardS
ShaunGerardS

Thanks for the great article, I would love to try some of these places in the future.. If you didnt already know about it this may help your readers, you can search for chinese food places near your address www.ChineseFoodNearMe.com

abqblue
abqblue

My favorite is not even on this list, Old St. Louis Chop Suey, near Chippewa and Kingshighway. The Mandarin Chicken is to die for.

Mantelli
Mantelli

Oh, Ian, what were you thinking? You left out Royal Chinese BBQ and Wei Hong, arguably two of the very best Chinese restaurants in town in favor of Shu Feng! I tried Shu Feng tonight and was disappointed. The spicy pork was bland, even after I ordered it extra spicy, and "spicy" squid was similarly bland. There were no veggies other than onions. Our food was such a bust, we had to make an ice cream stop on the way home to drown our sorrows. And by the way, what's rare about hot and sour soup? It's practically ubiquitous.

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