Was back in town for my Mom's 80th BD -- Party held at Remy's in Clayton on Sun eve. 97 attended. Great party, took over the restaurant. Main course of grilled salmon over mashed potatoes with green beans and zucchini very good. Nice salad. Shared desserts of a bread pudding and a scoop of chocolate mousse served between a sliced puff pastry worked very well. Convenient parking, very accommodating staff. Fantastic party.
First dinner was at Pan d'Olive, relatively new place on McCausland across from a popular casual Greek place. Top notch. Nicely decorated, with some half-private, semi-open booths. Had a wonderful pork chop -- nicely seared, thick, juicy and not overcooked, served over some really creamy mashed potatoes -- great dish, was it really $18? Canneloni shared as a starter was excellent -- tender pasta tubes, tasty filling, lots of sauce and cheese, 3 good-size pieces. Good service. Went with my mom's group and sent my dad there, his group had a good experience too.
Hit up Mathew's Kitchen (on Hampton, south) and had fun, delicious homestyle food. On a Friday they had three other large parties, and the staff really covered eachother. I had the meatloaf -- two large bacon-wrapped pieces with a bbq sauce over mashed potatoes with a succotash with sweet corn obviously cut fresh from the cob that was worth eating around the lima beans. But I thought others' dishes were even better -- a shepherds' pie served in a skillet; a fish 'n chips with a huge side of walleye expertly fried crisp and tender, moist, flaky under the crust. Great service, nice family atmosphere -- very informal.
Hit Blues City Deli for lunch after golf. I ordered the Benton Park with turkey, roast beef, ham and provel and all the fixins -- could only finish half.
Hit Biggie's (south city on Watson) for lunch. Their steak sandwich on cheese-garlic toast is a great dish.
Hit Ted Drewe's -- thank goodness I limited myself to a mini concrete (chocolate with extra malt). Always fun, and marvel how those servers remember and get the orders right and fast.
Dinner at a newish Vietnamese place called Mi Linh (?) I think on Manchester west of McKnight. Trying very hard, everyone very friendly. Really liked the first appetizer, the crispy eggrolls (4) that you wrapped in lettuce and herbs and dipped in a thin sweet/hot sauce -- I downed two and could have done more. The spring rolls in the soft ricepaper I found bland. The main courses, a beef pho and a rice bowl with grilled chicken, were both ok but splitting them among three people was messy and time-consuming -- maybe they can figure something out.
Hit Cafe Manhattan (on Hanley in south Clayton, across from Wydown) for lunch. Still my favorite St. Louis-style pizza. They do a salad/individual 9-inch pizza combo which is perfect. Better pizza than Biggie's.
Hit City Creperie in Clayton (Brentwood just south of Maryland) for toasted bagel while waiting to be picked up for golf as they opened. A bargain at $1.46, and some fun guys to kibbitz with.
Last lunch was at Bogart's. Got there very shortly after 11. Dad liked his pulled pork sandwich, with beans and slaw. I got a half-rack of the baby back ribs, with slaw and chips. Delicious. Very friendly and helpful staff.
LOVE the food in St. Louis.