Fork & Stix

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Fork & Stix was a revelation when it opened in late 2012, a Thai restaurant unlike any other in St. Louis. It’s still a revelation today — in part because its tiny, out-of-the-way location at the eastern end of the Delmar Loop ensures that many diners, even those who profess to love Thai cuisine, have yet to discover it. Along with the expected roster of red and green curries and pad thai — all excellent, though not the first reason you should come here — the Wanna family serves dishes from their native northern Thailand. These include the grilled, herb-spiked pork sausage called sai oua and naam prik nuum, a hot sauce with a striking depth of flavor, thanks to the use of roasted chiles. (The menu suggests pairing the latter with the former. Follow that advice.) If you try only one new dish here, though, it must be the khao soi, a curry-noodle soup of bright flavors and incredible complexity. No matter how many times I’ve eaten this dish, it’s a bottomless bowl of everything I don’t know about food but want to learn.

From the owners

Our mission at Fork & Stix is to share our love for fresh and authentic Thai cuisine. The dishes we prepare are a reflection of the rich culture of Northern Thailand, which draws inspiration from the diversity of the Cheng Mai region. Our kitchen staff has perfected their craft through years of informal training, with skills and techniques passed down from generation to generation. At Fork & Stix we strive to deliver a phenomenal product. As such, our chefs are continuously exploring new tastes with the finest herbs and spices shipped from Thailand and the highest quality meats and produce, which are locally sourced. Our restaurant seats 35 people, thus we have created a casual and intimate dining experience with a walk-in only policy. We are located on the Loop, tucked in the corner of Rosedale Avenue, off Delmar Boulevard. Street parking is available along Delmar, Rosedale, as well as Washington Boulevard.