After eating many different versions, I’ve decided that – dare I say it? – a vegetarian Reuben can beat the traditional corned beef sandwich.

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Jjigae is a Korean dish similar to Western stew, traditionally served boiling hot in a communal dish. This vegan version is just as hearty as the meat and seafood varieties, and the type of kimchi you use will determine its spice level. 

Taco Circus, in St. Louis’ Southwest Garden neighborhood, continues to specialize in Austin-style Tex-Mex, but lately has transformed from fast casual to full service, with expanded comfort food and a brand-new bar program.

Thai eatery Chao Baan – from the family behind St. Louis’ longest-standing Thai restaurant, King & I – serves lunch and dinner featuring rustic regional cooking from southern and northeastern Thailand in that municipality’s Grove business district.