St. Louis - Copia Urban Winery
Thanks for the tip. I can now second the Smoked Jumbo Shrimp myself after my visit. When they arrived at the table, they were emanating a smoky aroma. Both the shrimp and the bacon were perfectly cooked (the tip of one of the bacon strips was charred, but was tasty). They came sitting in a honey-chile sauce, which formed a flavorful complement.
As a main dish, I ordered the Cranberry Duck, which consisted of a leg quarter and a sliced breast of duck. The cranberry sauce was a good accompaniment, but I struggled to distinguish the cranberry flavor. It also came with some finely cut squash, lightly steamed green beans, and cilantro rice with corn. None of these sides was very memorable.
Being a visitor in the Gateway City, I had to try the gooey butter cake when it appeared on the dessert tray. I found the cake surprisingly delicious. I don't know what I expected, exactly, but it bore a strong resemblance to the dough of my favorite cookie, raw, but cooked quickly at a high temperature to get a good crust on the sides and bottom. With ice cream and whipped cream on top, and a smattering of fresh berries, this turned out to be the highlight of the meal.
Overall, I was pleased, but I don't know yet what else the city has to offer, so who knows when I'll be back.