So what is curry? We’re not talking about the pungent spice any more. Or are we? It has become a slang for something else of culinary delight, to be enjoyed by anyone who likes a little spice, or heat, in their cuisine. It can be of Indian, Thai or Southeast Asian in origin. And of course, St. Louis is a great place to find a magnitude of great “curry” themed restaurants in which you may satisfy that craving.
Mr. Curry’s Gourmet India Restaurant
7403 Marine Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025
(618) 692-3892

Mr. Curry’s India Restaurant Buffet Express
612 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 241-2877
www.mrcurrys.com

The Mr. Curry’s restaurants were conceived with the idea that serving an ethnically diverse cuisine to local communities could act as a force for initiating a community camaraderie as well as introduce some fantastic tastes to a public not otherwise aware of this great cooking. Their dishes are a culmination of 100 plus years of traditional family recipes of meats, fish and vegetables combined with special curry mixes designed to delight your fabulous blends of explosive flavor. And you’re in luck because there are two area restaurants for you to enjoy this great cuisine. The Mr. Curry’s in Edwardsville is a fine dining establishment that caters to the reservations-only crowd evenings, Tuesday through Saturday, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. They also serve lunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Olive Blvd. location serves a buffet lunch, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with no requirement for reservations.

King And I Thai Restaurant
3155 S. Grand
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 771-1777
www.kingandistl.com

On any day but Monday, you can enjoy authentic Thai food that you won’t find anywhere outside of Thailand in St. Louis’s first authentic Thai restaurant. Since 1980, their team of chefs have been cooking up selections of curry laced delicacies that have been enjoyed by the most discerning of curry lovers. Surf their website’s gallery. It will make your mouth water. Make an effort to join them for lunch or dinner, or both, Tuesday through Sunday, and you’ll not only leave completely satisfied, you will have joined the ever expanding collection of customers who have become members of the King and I family. 

Sameem Afghan Restaurant
4341 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 534-9500
www.sameems.com

If you are looking for authentic Afghani food, you’re not going to find it in St. Louis, or anywhere in Missouri unless you dine at Sameem. Yep! That’s right. It’s the only truly Afghani restaurant in Missouri. That alone is enough for curry lovers to give them a try. Not only are they unique, they have been recognized with numerous awards for their excellent fare. And St. Louisans are catching on because they have become so “in-demand,” reservations are required on weekends. Join them for lunch or dinner every day of the week, except Monday. 

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Pho Grand
3195 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo 63118
(314) 664-7435
www.phogrand.com

Of all the curry that you sample in St. Louis, you must make at least one stop at Pho Grand. The Vietnamese take on curry is unique and frankly delicious. Each bite is rich with warmth, tradition and spicy goodness. The menu is diverse with meats, vegetables, pastas and seafoods. It’s a great place for affordable family dinners as no entree is more than $9. They are open for lunch and dinner every day of the week except for Tuesday. So, pack up the car and head to South Grand. It’s worth the trip.

San Sai Japanese Grill
822 Olive St.
Saint Louis, MO 63101
(314) 241-6868
1803 Maplewood Commons Drive
Maplewood, Mo 63143
(314) 647-9800

20 Allen Ave #120
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 968-8484
www.sansaistl.com

Fast food curry? Well, sort of. But fast does not mean lesser quality. San Sai Japanese Grill has built its reputation on serving superior quality curry to curry lovers on the go. And with three locations, there is no reason not to stop in to get your curry fix. Their menu is both diverse and affordable. From salads to shrimp, ribs to kabobs, it’s here for you. The downtown and Webster Groves locations are open everyday except Sunday, and Maplewood is open every day.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.