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Lagnaippe, St.Louis

Cliff | Oct 10, 200108:43 AM

I've been eating out a lot. Mainly, my kitchen is still in boxes. So I was in Soulard last night and just happened to eat at Lagnaippe. It seemed interesting, and it seems to be highly regarded. Everything was very good. New Orleans with Italian accents. Many daily specials, which i intend to go back and try. Ordering off the menu, I had gumbo, which was great. Full of sausage and real fish. I just wish that they had used better shrimp instead of those very tiny ones. It was nicely spiced (hot) and somewhat "redder" than i'm used to, but it seemed made with a genuine roux, so it was, overall, quite good. Had the house salad: fresh romaine, cheese, artichoke heart (canned?) and red onion, which was nice. Also had calamari in lemon butter and garlic. I had to ask for red sauce. They were crispy, tender and, again, very tasty. Drank pints of Schafly (sp?) pale ale on tap. The room is very woody and friendly, and by the time i left, quite crowded. The servers/owners(?) were spread pretty thin, but service was fine and very friendly. Lots of local people ("Hi Bob") eat here. There's also a great outdoor patio which i intend to try on a slightly warmer night. Finally, as an added bonus, there was great live music: a beautiful folk-type performer with a correspondingly beautiful voice. I lingered over another beer for that. Generally, the Soulard Market area seems to have a lot to offer and will be worth exploring if other places are as good as Lagnaippe.

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