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report on "family friendly in St Louis"


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report on "family friendly in St Louis"

Tim C | Dec 9, 2005 05:00 PM

Back in October I asked for family friendly dining in St Louis. It's been a busy several weeks, but I pulled out my notes from our time and thought I'd give some reviews our 4-day experiences.

Iron Barley: Highly recommended. It's hard to describe the atmosphere--kind of dark and lots of wood (it looks like you're in a family restaurant in a small town in West Virginia), but the menu is interesting, and the food excellent and reasonably priced. It was a unique mixture of relaxed atmosphere and great "foodie" food. I'll definitely return if I'm in St Louis again.

Tap Room: First, the negatives: The service was atrocious (mistakes, inattention, slow). We ordered fish & fries, and were not impressed; the coating was overly bready and the fish mediocre (the fish & chips at Old Bag of Nails here in Columbus is significantly better). On the positive side, the beer was good, the beer-cheese soup was excellent, and the sticky toffee pudding was out of this world. It alone made it worth the trip.

Sen Thai: Good food, nice atmosphere. Would be a fun place to go with a group of friends. Since my original topic was "family friendly", my only quibble on that point was the lack of traditional Chinese dishes (they bill themselves as having "Chinese"), but the kids were able to make do. I got "Drunken Noodle"--very flavorful, a delightful dish. My wife got Kao-Soi Curry Noodle. We love Thai curries, and this dish was excellent.

Favazza's: We stumbled on this Italian place on the Hill just driving around looking for a place on Saturday night. Probably not at the top of many chowhound's lists, but it fits the bill of family friendly. Loud and chaotic, quite busy, and tasty old-school Italian dishes.

Fitz's Bottleworks: This was a bit of a disappointment. The kids loved the sundae's and root beer floats, but we were expecting a working bottle factory. Not sure what the norm is, but on the Monday afternoon my wife and kids were there, no bottling was happening.

Non-Food: My wife and kids had a blast while I was working. St Louis is definitely a family-friendly town. The kids enjoyed Grant's Farm and the Science Center (it's what COSI in Columbus could have been and should have been before it was decimated by funding cuts--and it's free). Of course we hit City Museum (I made sure I made it there too). It has changed a lot in the last 4 years since I was last there, and it's a bit pricey now for a family of four. But it's worth it. I've still never been anyplace like it. The kids loved it, and so did the adults.

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