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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
5510 Virginia Ave
phone: (314) 351-4500
(Place added by: stevef on 07-18-2005)
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| Reviews: 21
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I were in St. Louis for the weekend for a couple of ball games (go Cardinals!) And saw an ad for this place in one of the local guides. Their claim that "we pare traditional and innovative American Cuisine with the finest locally hand crafted micro brews" sounded promising and their logo of an iron skillet with barley and hops indicated they may really be serious.
We weren't disappointed. The food was exceptional! We had the nightly special so I can't refer back to the menu for exactly what they called it. There was a southwestern style fried cheese appetizer with a sweet tomato, onion, pepper and spice salsa topping. My wife had a chicken breast dish and I had beef medallions. Each dish was uniquely prepared and incredibly delicious. We had the barley apple pudding for desert (think rice pudding only made with barley) which went perfectly with the Schafly American Ale I was enjoying at that time.
The beer taps were limited but high quality and pints were just $3.50. They had:
New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner - never had this one so I thought I'd give it a shot. I was slightly disappointed. I expected a more noticeable hop presence in this style. It was okay but needed more hops (and it was my first beer of the evening).
New Belgium 1554 Brussels Style Black ale
Ofallon Smoked Porter - there were placards on the table for this that noted it was a Gold Medal Winner in the Smoked Beer category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival. This was my first smoked beer and I found it quiet enjoyable. Lots of roasty smoky malt flavors with a modest hop character. Reminded me of my Grandfather's old smoke house.
Schafly American Pale Ale Expedition Reserve - I have enjoyed this before in bottles but the draft was much better. Much greater hops profile in the smell and taste and a more noticeable caramel sweetness. Enjoy it with the barley apple pudding.
Schafly American Lager
Bare Knuckle Stout - hey it's St. Louis and this is a "local micro brew".
There was a selection of bottled beer too that was predominantly local products that did not greatly interest me.
And did I mention pints are $3.50?
The only thing that detracted slightly from my rating was the fact that the air conditioning was out on the night of our visit. They had the ceiling fans going high speed and everyone was joking and making the best of it but the heat and humidity did take away from the atmosphere.
The location is in south St. Louis and cab fare was $17 one way from downtown. My wife and I both agreed it was worth it. If you are looking for some good food to combine with some good beer, I would highly recommend it.
07-18-2005 15:10:08 |
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