U-City Grill

April 13, 2010

The U-City Grill is exactly what we need more of in St. Louis.  Despite the fact that this place has been around since 1987 (almost as long as I’ve been alive and longer than all but 7 of the 42 restaurants listed on the loop directory),

U. City Grill - Since 1987

I first discovered it less than two years ago while living nearby.  One day, feeling like diner food I decided to check out the “grill” and came across this menu:

Menu @ the U-City Grill

Since it was after 11 am, I had the option of either being brave and trying the Korean food, or going elsewhere.  Luckily I decided to be brave and ordered the first thing on the menu – Bulgoki (no idea how to pronounce this) Beef.  Just a couple of short minutes later I was handed a bland looking two-tone plate.  There was white rice and white bean sprouts covered in beef.

Bulgoki Beef - Delicious

Now usually I like vegetables to be a pretty big part of my meal and my initial thoughts were that I was not going to like what I had in front of me.  Then I tasted it.  Somehow, this simple combination of thinly sliced steak (expertly marinated of course), rice and bean sprouts is perfection.  For about six dollars I was full and happy.  Since then, every time I walk into the U-City Grill I can’t help but notice the smiles on the faces of the other customers.  This place makes people happy!

The U-City Grill

If you have never been here, go.


  1. That looks tasty!

  2. The pronunciation is “bull-go-gi.” Literally fire-meat.

    I think you should try it somewhere else before you praise the version you got at the U-City Grill.

    I’ve eaten some terrible bibimbap before, but nothing compares to the bowl of shredded iceberg lettuce and rice that I got there.

    It is a great little shop, I just wish they were open more often and put effort into the food they serve.

  3. I love Bulgogi, it is a Korean specialty.

  4. I have been going to this place for years. I have settled in on this as my regular order: Glass of water, an order of Kimchee and the combination platter. I always order some hot sauce which served in a little plastic shot glass size container. I eat the the Kimchee as if a salad, as a precourser. then use any of the liquid left in the Kimchee the rinse out the hot sauce container and pour that over my Bulgoki, so as to not waste any of the fire power. Delicious while you are eating it….best to be eaten for lunch on a day when you will not have a date later that afternoon or evening. And if you drink a soda with this, your belches will be as deadly as your backfire (which takes about 4 hours to occur). And, it’s all worth it.

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