A foodie here...moved to St. Louis August of 2009 from IL via Champaign and before that Chicago... Finally decided to try Sidney Street Cafe on what I thought would be a slow night (early in the week). I love Niche in the same area of town, and have been there several times. I think SS has a little different point of view food-wise. I had heard that SS was a good choice for a "romantic" dinner out, as I am scouting that for an upcoming event with my gf. Pleasant ambiance, but NOISY, even when not full. Interesting menu, well-informed servers, but....food was just good. Foie gras starter took about 30 miutes to appear, then salad and steak bernaise in quicker succession. It was all fine, but didn't add up to more than the sum of its parts. In fact, the steak was on the cool side (though cooked to the right temp), as if it had been waiting several minutes for pick-up. Any cooler and I would have complained, not that I expect a steaming piece of medium-rare filet mignon. Not overly impressed. A glass of port and a piece of carrot cake brought the total to seventy-something before tip. At that price point (most entrees hover around $30), things should be very good indeed. I can't help but contrast it to Atlas in the Central West End, a smaller, lovely space, went there once before new ownership and after, same great service...older clientele for sure, but food that added up to more than the sum of its parts. Never as crowded as it should be given the quality, and even when the place was full, it was never loud. Nice bar and fireplace, and food that is fairly simple but direct, and done very well. I think Atlas is still under the radar screen for some. Anyway...here's to good eating! Farmhaus is next on my list, all booked the last time I tried to get in!
Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney St, Saint Louis, MO 63104