Corner 17 Takeaway. Truly awesome Chinese food. The hand-pulled and hand-shaved noodles are the star of the show. Order anything with dough. Expect a 30-minute+ wait at non-lunch times or order online. Standard Chinese food price. It feels small on the inside. Parking on the loop is easy, even at 8 p.m. on a Saturday. Extensive list of bubble teas, slushies, and milt teas I've never had. Everything is green.
Corner 17 Experience Summary
Corner 17 is one of my favorite Chinese places in the area. When I'm in the mood for noodles, then Corner 17 is my go-to. They have both hand-pulled noodles and hand-shaved noodles.
What's the difference between hand-pulled and hand-shaved noodles? The hand-pulled noodles are what I call standard-looking noodles that are either flat or round and long, while the hand-shaved noodles are more irregular in shape. Both taste about the same, but they differ from standard noodles in that they are more thick, sticky, and chewy in texture.
God, I'm getting hungry again writing about them.
The price is what I would expect in the area for Asian food at ~$15 an entree with ~$7 appetizers like pan-fried dumplings.
Even though it's always packed, I've never had any issues with service time. The food is better hot in the restaurant if you can grab a table. However, the food is still great takeout.
The only real reason Corner 17 is a 4.9 and not 5 is that Cate Zone exists in Saint Louis.
The Food At Corner 17
This time I got the Szechuan pork hand-shaved noodles. The Szechuan sauce was just the right amount of medium spicy, where you felt it, but it didn't hurt the whole time while adding a ton of flavor.
In other words, the perfect spice level.
The pork fat was an excellent complement to the spice to stop the burn and add flavor.
The hand-shaven noodles are doughier than you might expect from an Asian noodle, but they are absolutely delicious with great texture.
Make sure to order anything made with the dough - dumplings, noodles, or buns. I didn't get them this time,
In the past, my sons got the standard little kid food of sesame chicken and fried rice. They were both a solid 5, but not something an adult should order.
Corner 17 Atmosphere And Miscellaneous
Corner 17 is always packed.
It's packed at lunchtime.
It's packed at dinnertime.
I've waited 45 minutes or an hour to get in at dinner. So we usually order takeout, which I did this time. The app said a 40-minute wait for food, but it was ready in 20 minutes.
There's a Bubble Tea area when you walk in, along with a wall of pick-up orders.
You can see into the kitchen from the seating area.
Parking At Corner 17
Corner 17 is a staple of The Delmar Loop in University City, so you'll have to find parking on or off the loop. I usually park in a free side street parking lot about a 3-5 minute walk away. There's always ample parking there.
If you want to park on this street at lunchtime, it's closer, but it costs a buck.
Corner 17 Receipt