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Gulf Coast in St. Louis

kanak gautam | May 5, 200407:09 AM

Had been meaning to visit this restaurant after hearing some good reviews a year back. Took the plunge last Sunday and returned disappointed. For appetizers, we tried the fried calamari and crab cakes. Had been told the appetizers were the best part of the menu. These were adequate but not stellar. The crab cakes lacked the lightness and subtle flavor you get in better examples of this dish. They were similar to the heat-and-eat stuff you might get from Schnucks. The fried calamari had a soggy crust and a strong cajun flavor probably originating from some not-so-fresh spice from a can. The parmesan encrusted sole was disappointing. The server described it as their most popular dish but the cheese completely dominated the fish instead of playing a partnering role. (A noisy table of four at a nearby table had all ordered the sole at the server's recommendation but were curiously silent midway through their dish. At that point, we had to leave, so we did not catch their comments). Pasta with scallops and shrimp was served almost bubbling hot. Again the sauce was heavy yet bland. The cheese in the sauce completely overwhelmed the seafood. All in all, not a place I would recommend. Given the rave reviews I had heard, am wondering if they have lost their chef. A thick-set woman, who may have been the wife of the single server that evening, helped in clear a table but also semed to be doing the cooking. Would like to hear from others about recent visits to this place.

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