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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

PW Pizza Left Hand Beer Dinner

We kicked the year off right with PW Pizza's Left Hand Brewing Beer Dinner, and most people know them for their Milk Stout Nitro. The Nitro was part of the dessert course, well paired with a Chocolate Fudge Brownie!

Chocolate Fudge Brownie
The other highlight of this dinner is that we probably had one of THE BEST pizzas ever for the 3rd course: Roasted Poblano Prime Rib Pizza with Provolone Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Porcini Mushroom Cream Sauce.

We made a lot of noise about how it should be on the main menu, although I'm sure throwing prime rib on a menu would be pricey!

Roasted Poblano Prime Rib Pizza
This pizza was not spicy at all and it really tasted a lot like a Philly Cheesesteak on a pizza! This was paired with the Black Jack Porter, a big beer coming in at the highest ABV of the night at 6.8%.

Jumping back to the start of the night, we kicked off with a Kale & Bacon Salad paired with the Sawtooth Ale. Easy to drink! (And you know I picked off all the bacon.)

Kale & Bacon Salad
As per usual, the Introvert IPA was my least favorite beer, but the pizza paired with it was still delicious. The Chicken & Spinach Pizza was on (my favorite) Honey Wheat Crust with goat cheese, green apple, and spiced pecans with a balsamic glaze.

Chicken & Spinach Pizza
Menu
Now there won't be a February beer dinner due to the Centennial Beer Festival that Moulin Events hosts every year.

Tickets are still available at http://centennialbeerfestival.com/

Resources:

PW Pizza = http://pwpizza.com/

Left Hand Brewing = http://lefthandbrewing.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Nami Ramen

Unfortunately, Patience was feeling under the weather and all she wanted to eat was soup. Luckily, Nami Ramen just opened up in Clayton, which is about five minutes away!

Downtown Clayton is nice and quiet in the evenings so it was easy to sneak in before the dinner rush. There are not too many tables, but there are quite a few seats along the windows and at the bar in addition to a couple of communal tables.

Communal Tables
Important note: When you walk in the doors, turn right! This is very important so that the first thing you'll see is the menu, whereas if you do what we did, you'll look around the dining room completely lost.

Menu board and cashier
While I was a bit overwhelmed by the menu at Robata (they have sushi AND ramen AND you have to pick the style and you don't know what is what), I found that the menu at Nami was a lot easier to read through.

There are a lot of pork options so that really helped to narrow down my choice even more.

We started off with some edamame...

Edamame
I chose the Seafood Ramen, which came with huge chunks of shrimp tempura. Each tray comes with a soup spoon and chopsticks.

Seafood Ramen
And Patience ordered the Show Me, Shoyu Ramen, which is ramen with pork shoulder.

Show Me, Shoyu Ramen
Check out the giant seaweed paper decorating the bowl! Once it melted a little bit, I stirred it into my soup. Of course we both took half our soup home because of the generous portions.

Not as cramped as Robata... I can't wait to try more Ramen!

Resources:

Nami Ramen = http://namiramen.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Monday, February 1, 2016

Byrd & Barrel

Since my birthday fell on the holy day of football, Patience was sweet enough to run out to Byrd & Barrel to pick up my birthday dinner. We are slowly catching up to all the fried chicken places and I had heard that this one was "fast casual" so it worked out well between football and going to a movie.

I didn't know much about this place other than it had a drive-thru and "nugz" for the kids. Since we wanted to try as many things as possible, we ordered a bit too much, but we really didn't mind leftovers.

I knew I wanted to order half a bird so that Patience could have her thigh and I could have my leg and breast. (And I got the wing.)

Half Byrd
The Nugz are really where it's at...all the taste of fried chicken with less mess! Plus you can order them white or dark. We got one of each so we could both have our own favorites.

Nugz
And of course we got our favorite sides: mac and cheese and cornbread. We had to get our own mac and cheese since they were small portions, but the cornbread was the size of my head!

Mac & Cheese
Cornbread
 It all looked so pretty on my plate...don't worry... I didn't eat it all...OK...most of it!

Full plate!
If you want to see prettier pictures, check out Whiskey & Soba's blog about it!

Resources:

Byrd & Barrel = http://byrdandbarrel.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlong

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tenderloin Room

Even though it's one of my parent's top restaurants, I had never been to the Tenderloin Room. Yet, I had just been in the Chase Park Plaza the night before to see a movie.

The hotel restaurant is quite fancy and there is definitely top-level service, which is nice to experience once a year or so.

Of course there is a lengthy list of steaks, given the name of the restaurant, and my Dad got his favorite, liver and onions. But Patience, Linda and I all ordered fish.

The raw bar wheeled to our table was incredibly tempting...shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell... but we were well-behaved since we knew dessert was in our future.

We started off with salads and I was really pleased that they had one with a lot of goodies on it: tomatoes, feta cheese, kalata olives, and hearts of palm.

Country Salad
Patience's Spinach salad also had its share of goodies...mushrooms, eggs, hearts of palm, and parmesan cheese!!
Spinach Salad
The rest of us ordered the fish special, the grouper, which came with the biggest stalks of broccoli ever!

Grouper with broccoli
Skipping the raw bar paid off in the end since in addition to the complimentary chocolate dessert, it turned out our server was quite skilled at making Bananas Foster table-side, so we wanted to see the show up close!



Bananas Foster
Chocolate Cake
The fire for the chocolate cake is not quite as exciting, but definitely my preference.

This is a good spot to take your parents for a special evening.

Resources:

Tenderloin Room = http://www.tenderloinroom.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Grapeseed

Every Friday night, you'll probably find my friends at Grapeseed, located in St. Louis Hills. When my plans fell through, I knew where I could find them. Luckily, they were willing to share their favorite neighborhood joint as long as we followed one simple rule.

DO NOT SHARE THE FRENCH FRIES!

We had to get two orders of these beauties!

House Cut Fries with Aioli and ketchup
The house made aioli was like a fancy ranch dip and I tried to scrape every last bit of it off with the fries.

Now with a name with "grape" in it, you would think that we'd be popping open a bottle of wine, but instead my friends had started with cocktails and we followed suit.

I selected an "egg-nog-like" Gingerbread cocktail that had The Big O in it...

Gingerbread Cocktail
 ...while Patience went with the Grapeseed Gin & Tonic made from local Pickney Bend Gin.

Grapeseed Gin & Tonic
We decided to split several small plates since our friends raved about the fries and the turkey leg nachos, while I was very interested in the Tagliatelle and Ricotta Gnocchi so we got them all!

Tagliatelle
The Tagliatelle came with Neuner Farm American style Kobe beef short rib on top with mushrooms, onion, carrot, sour cream, and dill gremolata. The rib meat could have been it's own separate dish!

Ricotta Gnocchi
The Ricotta Gnocchi wasn't as decadent as I had anticipated and that might have been because of the Brussels sprouts and squash covering the gnocchi.

As for the turkey leg nachos... those were really amazing!

Turkey Leg Nachos
The turkey is from Buttonwood Farms and sweet potato chips were used instead! This might be the best nachos I've ever had. Yes, I said it!

I have a feeling all their large plates would be just as delicious as well if you can just rip yourself away from the fries and nachos long enough.

And then we made the mistake of looking at the dessert menu even though we were already stuffed. Our friends didn't hesitate to order the carrot cake, while we made the best choice of going with the chocolate!

Carrot Cake

Chocolate Cake
So if you're ever looking for a place to go on a Friday night...

P.S. There are a lot of vegetarian and gluten free items clearly marked on their menu and it looks like they are emphasizing local farms for their meat.

Resources:

Grapeseed = http://www.grapeseedstl.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon