Food for You: A WashU Food Column
by Rachel Wilson
Welcome to the first edition of “Food for You,” where we’ll be reviewing and recommending local restaurants for WashU students to try. After all, we’re Washington University in St. Louis, and there’s plenty of wonderful food to experience off campus and in the city!
Type of Food: Chinese Street Food
New to the Delmar Loop, Bing Bing is quickly becoming a personal favorite. The signature dish is the eggy jianbing pancakes, a popular Chinese street food similar to a crepe. Jianbing is filled with your choice of meat, traditional or house sauce, and yummy fillings like crunchy wontons and Chinese pickles. Bing Bing’s jianbing is light and rich and savory all at the same time, and pairs nicely with a raspberry or strawberry aurora, the restaurant’s perfectly sweet and colorful tea. Bing Bing also serves dishes like ox tail noodle soup, pot stickers, and kushiage, fried skewered meats ranging from chicken to lamb. The location does have limited seating, though customers can dine-in or carryout.
Bing Bing, 567A Melville Ave., University City. Open daily 11 am to 9 pm. Phone: 314-669-9229
Type of Food: Korean BBQ
Seoul Garden isn’t just food, it’s an experience: customers order meat and cook it themselves on their very own table top grill. Ordering the Original option ($23/person) gets you unlimited, all you can eat BBQ, ranging from beef brisket to spicy chicken to pork belly. The Premium option ($27/person) offers the same selection but with additional meats such as L.A. short ribs and whole cut ribeye steak. In addition to unlimited proteins, you also get your choice of soup and a range of side dishes including lotus root and kimchi, a fermented cabbage dish. If you have a smaller appetite, Seoul Garden does offer main dishes like japchae noodles and kalbi short ribs, but the BBQ is typically the way to go. This is a slightly pricier dining option and the closest location is about a fifteen minute drive from campus, but Seoul Garden is definitely worth your time and money.
Seoul Garden, Closest location: 10441 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone: 314-569-4123
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.