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Jan 2005 / the ordinary eye :: email this story to a friend

Chop Shop
By Patrick Horine

The near omnipresence of chop suey joints in North St. Louis caught me one day like a conspiracy theory. What are all of these places with their Plexiglas windows and bright facades? They are born from converted auto repair shops and old drive-ins, crammed into windowless brick boxes and particleboard lean-tos. Green fluorescence trickles between the barred windows at night, often over-powered by a neon sign and a floodlight. Here are some St. Louis chop suey joints; we vouch only for their visual interest, but encourage you to try the food.

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