Food for You: A WashU Food Column – 2nd Edition
by Rachel Wilson
Welcome back to the second installment of “Food for You,” where we review and recommend local restaurants for WashU students to try. In this edition we review two more restaurants: one that specializes in Japanese ramen and another that offers American cuisine with a twist.
Type of Food: Modern Japanese
With the days getting shorter and the air getting colder, a warm bowl of fresh ramen can really hit the spot. Nami Ramen in Clayton offers a great selection of noodle bowls ranging from the Nami Signature Tonkotsu with woodear mushrooms and braised pork, to the spicy Jigoku Ramen with red miso, to the Breakfast Ramen served with bacon and kale, and gluten-free noodles. If ramen isn’t your favorite thing, the restaurant also has some filling rice plates. I ordered one with the chicken katsu, which was perfectly crisp and delicious. Nami Ramen is only a five minute drive from campus, but public transit options are also available. From main campus, either take the 1 to Forsyth bus from the Mallinckrodt Center to the Forsyth Station and then walk eight minutes, or take the MetroLink Blue Line westbound to the Clayton Station, and walk seven minutes.
Nami Ramen, 46 N Central Ave., Clayton. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone: 314-833-6264.
Type of Food: American
Sometimes you need a casual dining night, and at Twisted Ranch, you’ll find just that. Located in St. Louis’ Soulard neighbourhood, Twisted Ranch is fun and down-to-earth, with a menu of American fare that comes with a playful twist: every item on the menu is made or served with ranch dressing. With 27 house-made ranch dressings, there’s a variety of lunch and dinner options, but the signature dish in my opinion is the Ranch This Country Flight 5 or the Ranch This Country Flight 13. Both appetizers come with ranch-seasoned fries, and your choice of five or thirteen different ranches to dip into. As an appetizer, side, or main dish, it’s a great way to sample the sauce that makes Twisted Ranch great. My favorites are the avocado ranch and the cheesy bacon, though roast garlic is a close third. When you get hooked on this quirky place – which you will – know that you can buy any of the house ranches for five or six dollars a bottle. The drive to Twisted Ranch takes about fifteen minutes from the Danforth Campus, and is definitely worth the trip.
Twisted Ranch, 1730 S. 8th St., St. Louis.* Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and lunch on Sundays. Closed on Mondays. Phone: 314-883-3450
*Due to limited seating, in January 2018, Twisted Ranch will move to a larger location at 1731 S. 7th St., St. Louis. At that time, their hours may change.
Rachel Wilson is a student worker at OISS and a current senior in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is a double major in English and Film & Media Studies and a current intern at Sauce Magazine.