Dance is joyful. When you can move your body and make a little noise, a sense of life fills the room. If you’re looking to jazz up the humdrum of a hot summer’s night, head north for an outing that is sure to have you moving and grooving in your seat – at both the dinner and the show.
Start the evening at Pearl Café, a family-owned Thai restaurant in Florissant known for its spice challenge and dishes packed with flavorful heat (adjusted to your personal taste, of course). Also worth noting: Peal Café grows its own herbs and chiles from seeds straight from Thailand to assure the most authentic flavor possible.
The Vietnamese Crepes make for a nice start to dinner and a great way to ease into some complex flavors if you feel a little intimidated. The delicate shells are stuffed with coconut, shrimp, pork and a smattering of red onions. Add the fresh herbs to suit your taste, wrap the whole crepe in a big lettuce leaf and dip it into the vinaigrette. The result is refreshing, and you’ll be ready to try something a little spicier.
For a main course with a little kick, go for the Tom Yum Shrimp Noodles. This huge bowl of rice-noodle soup features meaty shrimp, ground pork, cilantro, peanuts and green onions in a spicy broth, all culminating into most-satisfying meal.
Keep the momentum going after dinner and cruise the short 9-or-so miles to the Touhill Performing Arts Center for All That Tap XXI. This public performance caps off the St. Louis Tap Festival and features performances from familiar stars of stage and screen that are sure to captivate and inspire as they take the stage to showcase their own brand of tap dance.
Pearl Café, 8416 North Lindbergh, Florissant, 314.831.3701, pearlcafestl.com
All That Tap XXI, Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Drive, 314.516.4949, touhill.org. General admission tickets are $35.
Every Thursday, Amy Burdge recommends a restaurant to attend before a local cultural event for a great night out. Missed one of her Dinner & A Show columns? Get them all here. Outside of FEAST, Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.