It was pouring down rain when we arrived in my bright orange rental car. Suspecting that we my drink too much wine and need to take a cab home, we confirmed with the valet who shuttled us from the car to the door with an umbrella that we could leave the car overnight. He said its a common practice :)
Before dinner we had a drink in the bar - nice bar. Too bad they still allow smoking in public places in St. Louis, though. I hate smelling like smoke. But, the bar was nice and swanky without being snooty. We got a 1/2 bottle of champagne which was delivered by the Sommelier, even though we ordered from the waitress. Nice touch.
Dinner was outstanding. The fresh pita that came with the hummus was delicious, and I'm sure in no way healthy. Then I had the tomato mozzarella salad and those that didn't get it had order envy. For main course I had a filet which was delightful, and asparagus.
Two bottles of wine - one that was a special, which was good, but not good enough that I remember the name, followed by Stag's Leap Petit Syrah - one of my all time faves.
Like there was any room for desert, we shared some - a delicious exploding chocolate dish.
This is our favorite neighborhood pub up the street from our house, and we love to pop in when we're short on time to grab a quick salad or sandwich.
The existing dining room hasn't changed much in 20-some years I'm told, but we just dined here yesterday and found out that they're expanding into the recently vacated building next door. The bartender, with his long white hair and droopy mustache, has been there as long as anyone can remember. Lots of framed posters and pics of famous people line the walls.
This is the kind of local hangout that you come to for a glass of ale and good conversation. The food is good, dependable pub food. Dressel's is known for its Bavarian chips (thin slices of potato crispy fried), fish and chips, chicken pot pie, and stockpots (a different kind of hearty stew every day).
We love the flank steak chef salad, prepared the way you like, with blue cheese crumbles, pepperoncini, and big green olives.
The waitstaff is cheery and friendly, and they always remember what we like.
Great place to spend stay warm on a cold winter's night, and their new sidewalk tables are great for dining when the weather's good.
Favorite Dish: Flank steak chef! Low carbs, high taste.
Situated on the busy corner of Euclid and McPherson in the CWE, this restaurant has become a long-time staple in the Central West End, mostly because of its consistently good food, fun bar, and great people watching vantage from its outdoor seating.
The interior was recently renovated and changed from a bright airy feel to a dark, more intimate feel. There are often large parties seated in the midst of couples dining, and the noise level can get quite loud on a busy night.
Service here is incredibly friendly and accomodating, and generally quite efficient.
We dine here fairly often and I am very happy with the consistently good food and service.
The menu is divided into small plates and entrees, and sharing is encouraged.
One word of warning: soy and fish sauce are used in almost every dish, so if you are on a sodium-restricted diet, I would not recommend that you eat here.
Reservations are recommended.
Favorite Dish: For the small plates, I recommend the fried calamari with nuoc mam dipping sauce, and the potstickers. I love their mixed greens with mango shavings and ginger/soy vinaigrette.
I highly recommend the grilled salmon with Asian bar-b-que sauce and Chinese mustard, accompanied by a delicious shredded cabbage mixture and chewy soba noodles.
Also, the Thai beef (with sticky rice and sauteed greens) melts in the mouth.
The noodle dishes are huge and delicious, and most people can easily make two meals from their serving.
It's a cross between a pizza parlor and a sub shop. They serve these wonderful "grinders", which are sandwiches - kind of like subs, but more Italian.
Favorite Dish: Chicago Steak Grinder. The small one is sufficient.
Okay all you Red Rocker Fans, when you are in town, Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill is a great place. Located in Harrah's Casino. The food and atmosphere are wonderful. They have live bands periodically and Sammy visits now and then. The great thing about this place is that Sammy donates 100% of the profits to St. Louis through The Hagar Family Foundation, a private non-profit organization that was established in 2008 through the generosity of Hagar and his family.
Favorite Dish: FLAT BREAD QUESADILLAS - Made with cheddar, monterey jack, black beans, chipotle aioli, red and green onions. Corn salsa, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. You have the choice of adding chorizo, shrimp, chicken or kalua pork, crab, mahi mahi or salmon or even lobster.
Maggie O'Briens is an Irish Pub located across the street from Union Station in St. Louis. I went here as part of a big party. The staff handled a party of 60 people pretty well. The staff was well organized.
Favorite Dish: The steak (I believe I splurged and had a porterhouse) was one of the better steaks I have had at a restaurant. Had some traditional Irish potatoes and cabbage on the side.
The menu looked very appealing for all its items. Even though it is a franchise operation, it certainly feels like a locally owned business. The burgers come in about 15 different varieties, and the salads sounded great too.
Favorite Dish: The hamburger of 1/2 pound was one of the better I have experienced in a long time. It cost $10 for the combo of burger, fries and good salad.
The place got fame form the Man vs Food featuring the large portions recently. They make food for the day and when run out, that is it. They say they make 2,000 lbs weekday and 4,00 lbs weekends days. Full rib slab is $20, and 8 oz sandwiches are $8 without 2 sides and $11 with sides, and small is $6.38 without sides. Prices are not great given the paper plate and serve yourself style.
Favorite Dish: The pulled pork was what we had so I guess that was it-but not so great for the price. The size was 12 oz and two sides for $12.
The food was just okay at best. It is served in a paper plate, and not all was even hot. I had the salsiccia sandwich which was good, but for $8, I have found better. Micky had a cod plate and it was grouper instead, and not that big for $10 lunch price. Beer was fine at $3.00 a pint.
The service was simply there and the main point of the place is to serve young crowd beers in the evening out in the patio playing bocca ball
Favorite Dish: None that comes to mind
I've been going to this place every few months since they opened 10+ years ago. The beer is good & fresh, and they always have a good seasonal brew to add to the mix.
Their food is also very good, especially the crab & artichoke dip (with fried pita bread), the BBQ Chicken Pizza, the fish & chips, and the fresh pretzels. Service is usually pretty good, but once in a while you'll get an inattentive waiter.
Trailhead is a good place for happy hours, or just sitting on the outside patios drinking.
This place is cool for a few reasons... it has an awesome patio with a New Orleans'ish feel with a great crowd on weekends; the food is very good; it has a shuttle that runs to/from the Cardinal games.
Can't stress it enough, this is one of the better 'patio scenes' in St. Louis.
Favorite Dish: I keep getting the jambalya. I'll probably try something different at some point but for right now I'm stuck on it. Pretty good stuff...
Overall my rating on this restaurant is so so. The ambience was pretty nice, but they had the tables sitting on top of each other. The food, for the most part, was good. But we also had some dishes that I would definitely avoid.
Favorite Dish: I had the bone in ribeye which was about a 4 out of 5. My wife had the filet and said it was one of the best she's ever had.
The ravioli is very good (this restaurant is in the same family as Lombardo's Trattoria- check out my review). But the garlic mashed potatoes were absolutely terrible.
Found this place from an Internet search, it is located at Bowood Farms an organic farm in St Louis. The food was very good and the service was exceptional.
Favorite Dish: I had a smoked salmon plate which was heavenly!
This restaurant is located in the basement of Drury Inn near Scott Trade Center and Union Station. The decor could use some updating but its not that dated yet. Overall, good ambience but nothing to write home about.
Favorite Dish: I had the veal saltimboca which was very good but a little tough. My wife had the cappellini anthony and she described it as a wonderful sauce and the chicken was done just right.
The toasted ravioli, which I'm not normally a big fan of, was awesome. It was more like a meatball with breading than any ravioli I've ever had. If you only have the toasted ravioli at one spot in St. Louis make it this one.
My wife and I went to Mango because we've never tried Peruvian food before and we happened across their doorstep around lunch time. The ambience was your basic set up for an mid to up scale restaurant.
Favorite Dish: We tried the Tamalito Verde, which was like a tamale without the shell (very good); the beef anticuchos (awesome flavor on the steak); and the pollo parilla (a little bland).
If you're looking for a Peruvian restaurant I would highly recommend.
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