Banh Mi So
If you’re looking for real Vietnamese food, don’t forget about Banh Mi So! It’s a small, unassuming building on Grand that serves up some of the best fresh spring rolls I’ve ever tried. Many of their dishes seem pretty simple, but you’ll soon find it’s simple food done right. The tofu curry, the standard beef pho, and their banh mi all exceed expectations with their depth of flavor and authenticity. Your waiter will probably be the owner, who is passionate about his food and excited to share it with you. It’s also vegetarian friendly!
– Patty L., M1
Lulu’s Local Eatery
Lulu’s Local Eatery is the perfect place to go for great healthy food. Everything there is vegan, all natural, plant based, and most importantly, so, so delicious. It is owned by a cute couple who lived abroad in New Zealand working on an organic farm. My favorite entrée there is the Winter Quinoa Bowl. It is the perfect medley of warm quinoa, shredded carrot, walnut parmesan, cranberries, kale, roasted butternut squash, cauliflower, and caramelized leeks with kale pesto sauce. YUM! Lulu’s is a great place for both takeout and dining in. Whenever school gets really busy it is my go to place! It is about 15 minutes away in Tower Grove South — a super fun neighborhood lined with eclectic shops and ethnic delicacies. When the weather’s nice, make sure to check out their outdoor patio!
– Lily C., M1
The Shaved Duck
St. Louis is known for their barbecue, and The Shaved Duck is no exception. Their burnt tips were recently rated first in the country against 99 other barbecue restaurants. (If you don’t know what they are, time to change that!) It’s a barbecue place, so expect a lot of succulent meat (chicken, pork, tri-tip) but don’t hesitate to try their loaded fries and even the shrimp and, of course, duck. For those who are more of the salad-type, there are plenty of options as well. There is a large drink menu with a great selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Definitely a top spot in St. Louis. Just make sure you are prepared for a long wait time because many more people also enjoy this spot!
– Julian C., M1
This cozy brunch spot is nestled in the heart of Tower Grove. The menu is expansive and features a wide variety of treats to satisfy any palate. The brunch burgers are delicious, the scrambles feature original ingredients, and the farmer’s platter is generously sized and delectable. The true must-haves on the menu are the dessert crepes. If you’re in the mood for a solid brunch after a long week of classes, definitely hit up Rooster, it won’t disappoint.
– Nick P., M1