Sunday, April 7, 2019

PW Pizza Modern Brewery Beer Dinner 2019

We were excited about Modern Brewery since it's a city brewery, and I still remember when they came to PW Pizza a couple of years ago.

There were new chefs starting behind this dinner so there were some new flavors and styles for the courses.

The first course was light with the Baggins' Belgin Wit (yes, that is a reference to Bilbo) with Satan's Salad. I thought for sure the dressing would be on fire with that description, but maybe they just meant the egg (evil eye from LotR?) since it was a curried deviled egg that only had a little spice.

Satan's Salad
For the second course, there was a Mexican theme to the Pueblo Pizza and they used Chihuahua cheese! This was MY favorite of the night since there were huge chunks of chicken. I loved the flavors and tried to get extra of this pizza.

Pueblo Pizza
The beer type wasn't listed on the menu and with 30 IBUs, I was able to correctly guess an Ale! Odinson (yes, Thor reference) is Modern's Pale Ale. Slight hops were well paired with this beer.

For the first time ever, I could not eat a pizza. The Viet-Cajun Crawfish pizza had my mouth on fire all the way around. I've had some pizza in the past where I was able to pick off peppers and eat around the spice, but there was no way to avoid it this time.

Everyone else at the table seemed to enjoy it though! I had to stop after one piece! Of course, the "money maker", Citrapolis (yes, Superman reference) was the typical pairing, but it's too hoppy for me. Definitely well paired with the spicy pizza.

Viet-Cajun Crawfish Pizza
I was really impressed with the Rye-Bourbon vanilla ice cream for the dessert course since those flavors really stood out in the vanilla ice cream, but without any chocolate, I gave most of mine to Patience.

Sorry about the picture...we forgot a little too late...but you've all seen vanilla ice cream'll just have to take my word for it that adding rye and bourbon (it was house made!) is a great way to jazz up vanilla ice cream.

WAS Rye-Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream
I do love the name McFly Rye (you better get that movie reference) ...this stout was not too thick and didn't overpower the ice cream.


PW Pizza =

Modern Brewery =

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Frisco Barroom

All of a sudden, I am starting to feel like Webster Groves is the latest hotspot. Olive + Oak and Clover and the Bee took off and then I just stopped by Firenza Pizza last week to try it out.

With all the times I've been to Serendipity Ice Cream, I couldn't believe I didn't notice a new restaurant opening up two doors down! As I was walking up, I saw the new brick and mortar Balkan Treat Box across the street!

Anyway, there was a lot of hype around Frisco Barroom when it first opened, and my friends who dared to try it early on reported back about long waits. So I decided to wait until the hype had calmed down a little bit. It turned out to be the perfect spot for an early Sunday dinner after all.

It really reminds me of an Irish pub and was thrilled there was also an upstairs area and a patio, because I can see the place being really busy come summer time. (Will there be enough parking for all these new restaurants?)

I had fairly low expectations since it just felt like a pub, but the bar food is definitely a little more upscale.

I was impressed with the wide range of items on the menu, but I'm not going to complain since Patience and I wanted to try one of everything. Luckily, our friends were willing to help in our quest and split some of the starters with us.

In the small plates section, the poutine caught my eye right away and it's very traditional! This was amazing!!
Under the "Snacks" section were Deviled Eggs and these were more mustard-y than mayo-y, which gave it a lot more of a zing than I was used to. Soft creamy goodness!

Deviled Eggs
Another "small plate" that I really wanted to try was their Grilled Chicken Wings, but I looked a little further down the menu and they have a couple of Pierogi options!! I went traditional with the Potato Pierogi, but I definitely want to order the Farmers Cheese Pierogi next time!!

Potato Pierogi
Our friends helped us by ordering the Crispy Cauliflower, which were grilled in a buffalo sauce. Not too spicy, but it definitely jazzed up the veggie! You could easily make a meal out of just the small plates, snacks, and Pierogi.

Crispy Cauliflower
Good thing we were all hungry and were ready to take on our main entrees!

I actually ordered the smash burger (of course a double) instead of anything healthy.

Double Smashburger
Well, I did order a side salad, as my side dish, and it was in Italian dressing St. Louis style! Delicious!

House Salad
Patience ordered her favorite, french dip, which came with au jus AND horseradish on the side! Oh yeah...her side was her FAVORITE soup: Italian Wedding Soup. I don't know how they knew!

French Dip
They even let her put a slice of gouda on her french dip too!!

Italian Wedding Soup
Speaking of "on the side", even better than the movie was the "Potato & Cheese Casserole", which is a healthy portion "side dish" that you can get with any sandwich. (Entrees come with two sides but none of us made it that far down the menu.)

Patience calls them "funeral potatoes" since that's often where you see them served, or at other family functions. I really should learn how to make them since I know they'd be a big hit.

Potato and Cheese Casserole
Now I know why it was so crowded for so long! What a perfect "neighborhood joint"! I certainly hope to go back  a lot and I hope it survives for quite a while, especially since there is a lot of competition right there.


Frisco Barroom =

Photos by Patience Scanlon