Global Local Eats


digitalcrys-edit2Many countries are known for their cuisine, but you can’t always travel every time you want to indulge in authentic international food. With campuses in Thailand, London and Greece, to name a few, it’s tough to visit them all. Here are restaurants not far from the home campus that have the atmosphere of being abroad. Indulge on.

ZEN Thai and Japanese Cuisine

Whether you’re missing authentic Thai food or just want sushi, look no further than ZEN. Dine-in or carry-out, ZEN is the place to get traditional Thai and Japanese cuisine.

Located on Watson Road across from what was once Crestwood Mall, ZEN offers fresh ingredients and friendly service. The restaurant isn’t big, but makes up for the lack of space with  gorgeous Asian influenced artwork on the walls.  

ZEN offers vegetarian and seafood options and even raw sushi prepared fresh that will help reminisce of your semester abroad. Their sauces, soups and curries are also homemade.

Enjoy their lunch hour Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. which includes two egg rolls and a bowl of Miso soup with your lunch selection — all for an affordable price.

Olympia Kebob House and Taverna

When searching for the best home-style Greek food in town, visit Olympia Kebob House and Taverna. Olympia has been family-owned and operated for the past 35 years, and was voted best Greek restaurant by Riverfront Times in 2011. Olympia has an open patio reminiscent of an authentic Greek restaurant.

If you’re unable to study in Athens, try Olympia’s own version of a famous Greek culinary delight, Moussaka. This dish consists of tender slices of eggplant and potatoes, layered with seasoned ground beef, onions and tomatoes, topped with grated cheese and bechamel.

Don’t forget about the famous kabobs — lamb, chicken and pork. They also all include rice pilaf and pita bread.

Finish off the meal with a mug of fabulously potent Greek coffee.

Llywelyn’s Pub

Llywelyn’s believes that the backbone to any pub experience is not just the atmosphere or the food, but the beers and spirits as well. Just ask for some samples and choose your favorite.

Start with the Welsh potato chips — the St. Louis original pub chip fried to perfection. Their selection includes fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, pub curry, Irish mussels, pot roast and more delicious options you would find in an authentic English pub not far from the Oxford Brookes campus.

Also try their award-winning pub burger which is pan seared and topped with caramelized onions, crispy bacon and sharp cheddar cheese served on a toasted alehouse bun.

They feature drink specials every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Story by Melissa Buelt

Photo by Jess Wright

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