Canoe Restaurant in St.Charles, MO
I'm going to respond to my own query since I just returned from this restaurant.
If you like a pleasant atmosphere with adequate food, then this place is for you. Despite the reviewers' rating of 9.3 in Sauce magazine, the four of us who dined at Canoe on Main Street in St. Charles would have given it a 5 at best. The soup starters (shrimp, beer cheese, and butternut squash were sampled) were nothing special. The salmon BLT (sampled by two diners) was insipid and served atop of a soggy bun. The bratwurst was ample (about a foot long) but lacking in flavor. The sauerkraut that topped it made the bun beneath so wet as to be inedible. The cheeseburger was fine, but not worth a return visit. The German potato salad, supposed to be a house speciality, was similarly insipid. All of us were under the impression that German potato salad contained vinegar to give it some zing. This variety seemed to be nothing more than steamed red potatoes, quartered, and tossed with a decidedly bland stone ground mustard. One would think the mustard would have given it some taste...one would have been wrong. We ended up tossing it with the remoulade sauce that accompanied the salmon BLTs and found this to be very tasty. The cole slaw was wet and flavorless.
We decided to try the dessert and chose a cappuccino chocolate cake. It was elegantly presented by a very affable waiter but again, had no taste.
When the weather and the waiter are the best parts of a dining experience it's probably best not to return. We won't.
I just noticed your question from November, 2006. I would like to reply that my husband and I are frequent diners at Canoe and we have NEVER had an unsatisfactory meal. With the menu changing often to showcase the talents of the two chefs (CIA graduates), we are frequently both amazed and inspired by the creative use of regional food. We have only had lunch there once, but the sandwiches were perfect (ham and cheese pannini). I urge you to go back and sample the dinner menu. I think you would be pleasantly surprised. We are often, however, disappointed in the service. Silverware is forgotten, bread is sometimes forgotten and used dishes tend to stay on the table too long. The bread is really my only complaint about the food. It tastes anything but housemade, which is the only negative to an otherwise fabulous meal. Please give Canoe another try, this time for dinner!