I spent the last four days in St. Louis. I lived in St. Louis for eight years but have been gone for ten years.
First, I tried Almonds in Clayton at the insistence of a friend. I was looking for an original idea as I always tend to fall in the rut of eating in the city. Almonds is a bistro located on Maryland Ave. in the heart of Clayton. The menu is varied but includes a number of Cajun-inspired dishes. It is probably not authentic Cajun but it is quite good.
We tried the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, which was well flavored and had chunks of spicy androuille sausage running through the gumbo. It was well seasoned but not overly hot.
The crab cakes were very good. They consisted mostly of lump crabmeat with just enough breadcrumbs to bind the cakes together. I would have preferred more binding but the flavor was good.
We tried the blackened grouper and the broiled trout. Both entrees were served with a rice pilaf and petite green beans. Both were quite good. Service was above average.
Second, I stopped at the Bagel Factory in Creve Couer on Olive St. Road. I like their bagels as they are flavorable, pleasantly chewable and unlike the chains, are relatively small. WOW!
Then I dropped over to one of my favorite grocery stores. Dierbergs in Creve Couer has one of the nicest bakeries and some phenomenal employees. In my opinion, the place ranks up there with Byerlys and Wegmans. The place is not cheap but the quality is outstanding.
A little further west is a small grocery/food court called Provisions. I always hit this place between meals. However, the food looks phenomenal and I will stop there on my next trip.
Then, I went to South Grand. I had planed for lunch at Pho Grand. I first went there when the place opened around 1989 or 1990. My reaction was great food but the prices were low. Checks of $24 for four people were typical. They have moved to a larger location on Grand. However, the place was packed at 2 pm on a Saturday afternoon and I couldnt get a table.
Therefore, I went down the street to Kabob International, a Persian place. I had the vegetarian curry served with basmati rice. The place was quite good. The flat bread was quite tasty. My only complaint was that the food was not really hot, temperature wise. The service was good.
Then, off to Ted Drewes. I could pass it up as I do not care for the custard. On the other hand the toppings are some of the best. I ordered the Cardinal Sin where the custard is covered with sour cherries topped with hot fudge.
I stopped at Casa Gallardo for a light dinner. Not very good but I really did not want to head far from the hotel in Westport.
Sunday brunch was at Patricks. I was a bit surprised that the prices at Patricks were as reasonable as they were. The brunch food was pretty good but nothing that you wouldnt find at twenty other places. I would like to hit the place for dinner sometimes after seeing the menu.