Moving to Creve Coeur, MO, any good restaurants?
I'll be moving to Creve Coeur the first of July. Are there any good restaurants there? Not chains, but love seafood and Chinese or Asian.
Unfortunately, Creve Coeur is dominated by chain restaurants and there are few local places that are worth visiting. I've lived in Creve Coeur for 18 months now and if I want a decent meal it is either cooking at home or driving into the City. Creve Coeur is full of conveniences, but few unique restaurants.
As for Asian or Seafood place, the only non-chain Asian place is House of Wong- tolerable Chinse, just like the Clayton location. I can't think of any good seafood options -Bristol's is in Creve Coeur, but that technically is a chain as well. Everything else is a chain or not technically in Creve Coeur (driving east on Olive will eventully bring you to a plethora of ethnic restaurants and Bob's Seafood).
There is a stretch with a number of Chinese restaurants just a few minutes east of Creve Coeur on Olive near 170 (the inner belt) near where Olivette transitions into University City. One of if not the best of them is LuLu's, which also serves cart dim sum on weekends. There are few places that specialize in seafood -- my favorite is in Clayton, Oceano Bistro.
Where are you moving from? Forget about eating in Creve Coeur. Head due east on Olive. You'll eventually a long stretch of Asian markets and restaurants, along with a Jamaican joint at the I-170 intersection. There are good and bad and it really depends on what you are used to. Asian in Iowa is different than Asian in California so try a bunch. However, towards the eastern edge of this collection of joints is Seafood City. A bit scary for those inexperienced in Asian markets, but they have live tanks with everything from crab (blue and dungeness) to frogs, turtle's, clams, cockles, mussels, etc. Also, try Lulu's seafood and there is a little bakery that makes wonderful pork buns nearby. Seafood is hot or miss here. Oceana can be very good or just so, depending I guess on who is cooking. The upper restaurants like Harvest, Niche, Monarch all pay due respect to the raw ingredients. Don't fall for Bristols. Good luck.
There are some decent restaurants around Creve Coeur, or at least in areas surrounding Creve Coeur. In terms of Korean, you have Hangook Kwan, and if you drive to eastern Chesterfield, you also have Korean karaoke bar Koreana (which serves food), and a bakery. In the same general area as Hangook Kwan, you've got sushi at Tachibana, St. Louis Bubble Tea, good falafel and shwarma from Pita +.
Pumpernickel's has some reliably good deli food, and Bagel Factory, while not a restaurant per se, carries some of the only full-on NY-style bagels in St. Louis. In Ruchi and Flavor of India, you've got two of the best Indian restaurants in the city, and you're just a short drive from Gokul (vegetarian, inexpensive, and fantastic), India Palace, and Priyaa, for that matter. In Chesterfield, Hot 'n Sour specializes in Indian-style Chinese cuisine (Ruchi carries a few Indian-Chinese items as well).
Thai Buree is near Koreana in eastern Chesterfield.
Creve Coeur may be dominated by chain restaurants, but if you look for the independents, the Creve Coeur/Chesterfield area is no slouch when it comes to international cuisine.