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Morning Glory Diner

Chicken and johnny cakes at Morning Glory Diner

Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Looking to try something new? Here are some recommendations from restaurant critic Ian Froeb’s recent reviews.

Bait

Where 4239 Lindell Boulevard • More info 314-405-2797; baitstl.comHours Dinner Wednesday-Saturday

The cuisine • Chef Ceaira Jackson presents exuberant seafood dishes, with dazzling presentations backed by thoughtful compositions.

What to order • The Flaming Wicked Prawns in a broth of dark beer and sherry and the whole fried red snapper best embody the Bait experience.

Bulrush

Where 3307 Washington Boulevard • More info 314-449-1208; bulrushstl.comHours Dinner Thursday-Sunday

The cuisine • At one of the best new restaurants of recent years, Rob Connoley presents modern interpretations of historical Ozark foodways from 1820-1870.

What to order • The oft-changing tasting menu ($100 per person, tax and service included) provides the full Bulrush experience, but there is also an a-la-carte food menu at the bar.

The Curry Club

Where 1635 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield • More info 636-778-7777; stlcurryclub.comHours Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Monday)

The cuisine • A counter-service Indian restaurant with a focus on the cuisines of south India. The lunch special features your choice of two curries with rice and naan for $5.99.

What to order • The lunch special is hard to resist, but the chef making dosas to order to one side of the counter will tempt you.

Han Lao

Where 1250 Strassner Drive, Brentwood • More info 314-932-1354; hanlaostl.comHours Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday)

The cuisine • Thom Chantharasy showcases the cuisine of his native Laos. In addition to Lao fare, some Thai dishes are also available.

What to order • Khao poon is a spicy soup (pork broth, red-curry paste and coconut milk) with ground pork, vermicelli noodles and fresh herbs.

Jerk Soul

Where 2016 Salisbury Street • More info 314-601-3871; facebook.com/jerksoulstlHours Noon-8 p.m. Sunday-Friday (closed Saturday)

The cuisine • Jerk chicken, braised oxtails and more stellar Caribbean fare from a carryout-only storefront in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

What to order • Jerk chicken is the star here, either as a standalone dish or as the featured ingredient in pizza or other fusion dishes.

Malinche Mexican Culinary Experience

Where 15939 Manchester Road, Ellisville • More info 636-220-8541; malinchestl.comHours Dinner daily, lunch Saturday-Sunday (closed Tuesday)

The cuisine • The family behind the late Mexican restaurant Señor Pique returns with a selection of dishes inspired by memories of their native Mexico City.

What to order • There are no misses on the tight menu, but definitely don’t miss the Del Trompo (an oversized taco al pastor) and the Arrechera Calavera (a steak taco accented with bone marrow).

Morning Glory Diner

Where 2609 Cherokee Street • More info facebook.com/morningglorydinerstlHours 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday

The cuisine • Ari Ellis serves a compact menu of classic American diner fare with a chef’s personal touch.

What to order • Ellis previously operated the sausage-focused the Cut, so biscuits smothered in sausage gravy are a must. As appealing are springy johnny cakes topped with buttermilk-brined fried chicken.

Rockwell Beer Co. (Brasswell)

Where 1320 South Vandeventer Avenue • More info 314-256-1657; rockwellbeer.comHours 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday)

The cuisine • This new craft brewery in the city’s Botanical Heights neighborhood includes Brasswell, a casual dining concept from acclaimed chef Gerard Craft serving burgers, brats and other beer-friendly fare.

What to order • Craft’s Brasserie by Niche provides the template for Braswell’s griddled burger.

Sol Azteca

Where 4232 South Broadway, Suite A • More info 314-449-1505 • Hours Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday)

The cuisine • At this small Mount Pleasant storefront, owner Jesus Rojas features dishes from his native Mexico City.

What to order • The Big Quesadilla is a Mexico City-style quesadilla: a long, oblong corn tortilla folded over its fillings. Opt for the cochinita pibil as the meat.

Thai Table

Where 7403 Manchester Road, Maplewood • More info 314-449-6919; thaitablestl.comHours Lunch and dinner daily (closed Tuesday)

The cuisine • Natthinee “Joy” Teerakawanid serves a personal selection of Thai dishes, including recipes she learned growing up in Buriram in northeastern Thailand.

What to order • Nam tok beef delivers grilled steak with cilantro, red onion, scallion and toasted rice in a very spicy, lime-sharpened dressing.

Wok O Taco

Where 10633 Page Avenue, Overland • More info 314-473-1027 • Hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (closed Sunday)

The cuisine • Brothers Abel and Marcos Cervantes offer both Mexican and Chinese fare — and a few dishes that mash up the two cuisines.

What to order • The best of the Mexican-Chinese fusion dishes is fried rice with al pastor-style pork. Be sure to add the tomatillo salsa.

By Ian Froeb

Ian Froeb is the restaurant critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.