Good Fortune: Chinese Flavors in Bites, Bowls and Bao
Midwestern dining mindsets and Chinese flavor profiles intersect in a big way at this tiny restaurant in Botanical Heights. Good Fortune opened in 2018 with fanfare, using seasonal vegetables and hunks of high-quality meat— flavored with chiles, rubbed with exotic spices, wrapped into dumplings, fermented, glazed, grilled, pureed … the kitchen’s creativity seemed endless. And perhaps this was too much of a good thing. To start off 2019, the kitchen is retooling a bit.
The Bites section of the menu keeps a favorite dish, salt cod rangoon, and will also feature morsels like wings and ribs. The Bowls section has standards like beef and broccoli or cashew chicken. Finally, there’s Bao, popular steamed buns filled with pork, chicken, mushrooms and more. All will cost under $10 and be available for takeout or delivery.
Don’t let the four-seat bar area dissuade you from ordering a cocktail. The fusions of Asian flavors are like nothing else in the city. Or, if you prefer, order a straight-up American beer in a can. No judgment here. After all, part of Good Fortune’s appeal has always been its no-holds-barred approach to food and drink—inspired by the owners’ shared values of rebellion, ambition and kindness.
While you’re in the neighborhood …
There’s now a second location of this popular Vietnamese restaurant—with the same 70-year-old secret soup recipe plus other favorite dishes.
2245 S. Grand Blvd.
Every Sunday of the year, the idyllic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park offers brunch from Butler’s Pantry catering company.
4256 Magnolia Ave.
This little shop cooks up Eritrean food on Wednesdays: lentils, spicy meats, cucumber-tomato salad and, of course, injera bread.
4200 Shaw Blvd.
Featured image courtesy of Carmen Troesser.
See all of these beautiful locations profiled in our recent print edition of GUIDED: Shaw + Botanical Heights, available now online or at these locations.