Take a global food tour right here in St. Louis at these three new ethnic eateries.
Thai 202 owner Art Lee, who also created the upscale Blue Elephant in Clayton, brings what he calls “advanced Thai food” to the Central West End. Seating about 20 diners indoors, choices include typical Thai fare like Pad Thai, noodle soups, stir-fried noodles and entrées, all prepared fresh and fast. Try the spicy green curry, Thai slaw or the street-food favorite, fried sweet potatoes. 235 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.2002.
The Brazilian churrascaria Brazikat serves a variety of meats that are cooked over an open fire, carried on spits and carved directly onto dinner plates right at the table. Choose from three all-you-can-eat options: meat, seafood or both, and help yourself to the 35-item salad bar. Look for mouthwatering sirloin, lamb and bacon-wrapped filet, or seafood options like crab legs and grilled shrimp. 172 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.727.1007.
Joyia, a Mediterranean tapas restaurant and bar created by Momos partner Charles Pener, fuses the atmosphere and flavors of Greece, Spain, Italy and the eastern Mediterranean. Diners choose from a variety of soups and salads, spreads such as red lentils pureed with lemon zest and garlic, flatbread pizzas, gyros, kabobs and creative tapas like Lamb Tagine, pistachio encrusted salmon and the vegetarian Frito Misto. 4501 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.5300.
When Seoul Taco food truck first revved its engines, it immediately raced to the head of the pack. Now, owner David Choi and business partner Andy Heck have parked in a brick-and-mortar store to offer the same winning formula of Korean barbecue tacos, quesadillas, pot stickers and the ever-popular gogi bowl— meat over rice and veggies with hot sauce and a fried egg—plus burritos and other items not available on the truck. 571 Melville Ave., The Loop, 314.863.1148.
Photo credit: Matt Strom