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The Crossing 10th Celebration -- StL (Clayton)

nosh | Apr 29, 2008 10:08 AM

Was back in town this past weekend for a family event. Had one dinner free and had a fun, tasty and fantastic value multi-course meal at The Crossing in Clayton. They were offering an anniversary special with a four-course meal with multiple options for $25 on one side of the menu, and a few additional choices on the other side for $40. All of our party chose from the former side, where entrees were $10 (shortribs, salmon, pork tenderloin, lamb or filet for a small supplement) and starters, second courses, and desserts could be mixed and matched for $5 each. For me, the highlight was a crabcake starter -- a large one, well-crisped, a nice spiciness, served with a mayo-based tarter-like sauce and some refreshing herby greens. Others enjoyed the mussel soup, the pastas were small-sized but well-executed, and the pork and shortribs were winners. Desserts were a panna cotta, a banana bread pudding, and a warm individual chocolate torte with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream that my couple of bites satisfied my sweettooth, though it may not have been chocolaty enough for a true chocoholic.

Even with the packed house and the bargain prices, they began with a complimentary bleu cheese souffle with fresh melba rounds, were flexible with alternatives, and service was efficient without being rushed. Kudos to our waiter, Zachary, who was friendly, warm, and enthusiastic without being over-the-top. My understanding, after recommending the special menu to other family members, is that they are extending it through May (with the exception of Washington University graduation weekend). We had a great time, left well-fed and happy but not stuffed, and fed five for well under $200 including a supplement, corkage, and tax and an additional tip (besides the 20% gratuity for a party larger than 4) due to the low sale prices. Highly recommended.

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