Courtesy of Lona’s Lil Eats
Lona’s Lil Eats
By Susan Manlin Katzman
Everything about Lona’s Lil Eats is casual and friendly. You order from a counter; find a seat either at one of the fourteen tables inside or, on nice days, at picnic tables in front of the restaurant; and the food is delivered.
Folks design their own meal here, too. Pick your protein: pulled turkey, grilled chicken, grilled steak, sautéed shrimp, or stir-fried tofu. Choose a staple: rice, noodles, or a lettuce mix. Add one of five sauces and a side. And decide how the meal is served: on a plate, rolled into a giant flour tortilla, or wrapped in rice paper. Spring roll and dumpling appetizers plus a variety of craft beers and sodas round out the menu.
Lona’s Lil Eats began when St. Louis native Pierce Powers met and married the talented chef Lona Luo. When the couple moved from south China, they opened a food stall in Soulard Farmers Market. In 2014, they expanded into a full restaurant in an old brick building in the Fox Park area.
Lona was born and trained in the Yunnan province of China—a culturally diverse area—and her cooking reflects elements of various Asian cuisines, including Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese.