Riverfront Times Restaurants Restaurant Guide 2012 : Page 56

#1 Thai Restaurant -2011 RFT Restaurant Poll Tom Yum (one of RFT Food Critic Ian Froeb’s 100 favorite St. Louis dishes) Take the Spicy Challenge! Join our Spicy 25 Plus Club Pearl Cafe e Authentic Thai Restaurant OPEN MON-SAT FOR LUNCH & DINNER 314.831.3701 8416 N. LINDBERGH BLVD. 1 mile north of 270 www.pearlcafestl.com Broadway Oyster Bar RESTAURANT & BAR YEMANJA B R ASIL What do soccer and Brazil have in com-mon? They both have a ball. It’s true: You’re in for a letdown if you want to have a sedate night at Yemanja Bra-sil. The place is designed for fun. The atmosphere there is downright electric, and the menu items follow suit. Start off with a caipirinha, Brazil’s best-loved drink, and move on to the rest of the menu – empanadas are a popular choice for appetizers, and you can’t go wrong with Yemanja’s seafood entrees, many of which are laced with coconut cream. Or jump right in with black-bean-based feijoada de ogum – Brazil’s national dish – made with beef, pork ribs and smoked sausage. Favorite South American A St. St Louis L i Tradition T diti Si Since 19 1977 Thank You For Your Patronage -TIM & DAN BADOCK well: Daily specials, like pork tenderloin, haddock and chicken sandwiches, are a steal, coming in at less than $6, and are served with your choice of soup, salad or fries. And just for good measure, Tucker’s also throws in a glass of beer, wine or a well drink. 1731 South Seventh Street (314) 241-7956 www.soulards.com Runners up 2. Sam’s Steakhouse 3. Prime 1000 4. Citizen Kane’s Steakhouse 5. Kreis’ Restaurant TANI SUSHI BISTRO As delicious as sushi is, nobody ever digs in right away. No, there are always a few seconds of silent reverie to admire the delicate whorls of sauce, the rich colors of the sashimi, the artful tempura. Or, in the case of Tani Sushi Bistro, the silence might be broken with the presentation of the aptly named “Oh My God” roll: “Oh my God,” is what will invariably escape from your lips, upon seeing the roll of shrimp, crab and avocado that arrives at your table and is promptly set on fire. Not that it’s all show and no substance at Tani: In fact, the single cuts of nigiri are among the most striking and toothsome options here. Still, Tani considers its two-dozen specialty rolls to be its trademark: Besides the “Oh My God,” the spicy “Sex and the City” roll is a good one, as is the “Futomaki.” Favorite Sushi Runners up 2. Mango Peruvian Cuisine 3. Bacana Brazil 4. Coco Louco Brasil TUCKE R ’S PL ACE While the words “nice” and “steak” and “dinner” go together like a baked po-tato and a golf-ball-size glob of butter, it seems as though they’re said just a couple times a year, when it’s prompted by a special occasion. But the food is so reasonably priced at Tucker’s, that just going there is the occasion. Tucker’s cuts (filet, sirloin, strip and porterhouse) come straight from Omaha, the product of Angus and Hereford cattle. They are top of the line, but the prices are not: Most entrees are less than $20 and come with a salad, roll and baked potato. Tuck-er’s is unquestionably a great destination for dinner, but check ‘em out for lunch as Favorite Steak Runners up 2. Wasabi Sushi Bar 3. The Drunken Fish 4. Kampai Sushi Bar 5. Café Mochi 56 | RESTAURANTS | A SPECIAL RIVERFRONT TIMES ADVERTISING SECTION

South American

YEMANJA BRASIL <br /> <br /> What do soccer and Brazil have in common? They both have a ball. It’s true: You’re in for a letdown if you want to have a sedate night at Yemanja Brasil. The place is designed for fun. The atmosphere there is downright electric, and the menu items follow suit. Start off with a caipirinha, Brazil’s best-loved drink, and move on to the rest of the menu – empanadas are a popular choice for appetizers, and you can’t go wrong with Yemanja’s seafood entrees, many of which are laced with coconut cream. Or jump right in with black-bean-based feijoada de ogum – Brazil’s national dish – made with beef, pork ribs and smoked sausage.<br /> <br /> Runners up<br /> <br /> 2. Mango Peruvian Cuisine<br /> <br /> 3. Bacana Brazil<br /> <br /> 4. Coco Louco Brasil

Steak

TUCKER’S PLACE <br /> <br /> While the words “nice” and “steak” and “dinner” go together like a baked potato and a golf-ball-size glob of butter, it seems as though they’re said just a couple times a year, when it’s prompted by a special occasion. But the food is so reasonably priced at Tucker’s, that just going there is the occasion. Tucker’s cuts (filet, sirloin, strip and porterhouse) come straight from Omaha, the product of Angus and Hereford cattle. They are top of the line, but the prices are not: Most entrees are less than $20 and come with a salad, roll and baked potato. Tucker’s is unquestionably a great destination for dinner, but check ‘em out for lunch as well: Daily specials, like pork tenderloin, haddock and chicken sandwiches, are a steal, coming in at less than $6, and are served with your choice of soup, salad or fries. And just for good measure, Tucker’s also throws in a glass of beer, wine or a well drink.<br /> <br /> Runners up<br /> <br /> 2. Sam’s Steakhouse<br /> <br /> 3. Prime 1000<br /> <br /> 4. Citizen Kane’s Steakhouse<br /> <br /> 5. Kreis’ Restaurant

Sushi

TANI SUSHI BISTRO <br /> <br /> As delicious as sushi is, nobody ever digs in right away. No, there are always a few seconds of silent reverie to admire the delicate whorls of sauce, the rich colors of the sashimi, the artful tempura. Or, in the case of Tani Sushi Bistro, the silence might be broken with the presentation of the aptly named “Oh My God” roll: “Oh my God,” is what will invariably escape from your lips, upon seeing the roll of shrimp, crab and avocado that arrives at your table and is promptly set on fire. Not that it’s all show and no substance at Tani: In fact, the single cuts of nigiri are among the most striking and toothsome options here. Still, Tani considers its twodozen specialty rolls to be its trademark: Besides the “Oh My God,” the spicy “Sex and the City” roll is a good one, as is the “Futomaki.” <br /> <br /> Runners up<br /> <br /> 2. Wasabi Sushi Bar<br /> <br /> 3. The Drunken Fish<br /> <br /> 4. Kampai Sushi Bar<br /> <br /> 5. Café Mochi

Pearl Cafe

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