We've been eyeing the papered-up storefront for weeks, and finally, Corner 17 (6623 Delmar Boulevard, University City), a bubble tea and Chinese restaurant opened August 1. It serves fresh bubble tea and authentic Chinese food.
Co-owner Guang Zhao tells Gut Check that Corner 17 didn't really advertise its opening to avoid being overwhelmed, but she's excited to be there. "The Loop is a really good area, very busy. It's a good spot for us with the university around," she says. "We want to bring traditional, authentic Chinese food for not only the Chinese students but the American students, too."
Zhao has lived in St. Louis for ten years and is a graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville. She has never opened a restaurant before, but says this has been her dream. "We love food. We want people to know more about authentic Chinese food. It's something new and fresh," she says.
Corner 17 uses more fresh ingredients and juices than other bubble tea places and hand makes the noodles right in front of you. Zhao also recommends the barbecue skewers, which are available after 4 p.m. Corner 17's style of Chinese barbecue is common throughout China, Zhao says, though the handmade noodles are more prevalent in Lanzhou, they're a popular fast food throughout the country.
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