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Need rec.s for Top-Notch St. Louis Dining

kbear Oct 10, 2007 08:56 AM

Our Anniversary is quickly on its way and i need to find a special place to celebrate. No list includes: Tony's, Niche, anything in Central West End (our regular haunt) or anything west of 170. Husband digs steak, I like to try new things. I haven't been to An American Place yet - has anyone been there in last 30 days? Anywhere else I am missing out on that would be a really special, romantic place that one wouldn't go on a monthly basis due to cost?

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    FriendOfTheDevil RE: kbear Oct 11, 2007 08:17 AM

    One place that I thought was romantic and I believe fits your other requirements is the Tenderloin Room at the Chase. My wife loves the big curved booths.
    The food is possibly not as exceptional as AAP. I have not been to AAP so I am unsure. But I know TR is very very nice.


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      FriendOfTheDevil RE: kbear Oct 11, 2007 09:40 AM

      Another choice would be Sidney Street.


      1. bobzemuda RE: kbear Oct 11, 2007 10:36 AM

        While I don't feel the food at An American Place is as good as it once was, it is still good, and the room itself will be hard to beat. It's a beautiful restaurant.

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          geochic RE: kbear Oct 11, 2007 12:52 PM

          We went to Dierdorf and Harts for our anniversary a few months ago and enjoyed it.

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            Doug RE: kbear Oct 11, 2007 01:21 PM

            We went to An American Place two weeks ago. The room is magnificent, and the menu ranges from steak and mashed potatoes to shrimp and tasso grits. And they do have curved booths; not sure if they will seat just two people in a curved booth, however.

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              shannoninstlouis RE: kbear Oct 11, 2007 03:02 PM

              What about 1111?

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                kbear RE: kbear Oct 22, 2007 07:33 AM

                Ok, so we ended up going to An American Place and it was amazing! We had a charcuterie platter with sausage, country pate and something that my hubby scarfed too quickly for me to try, salads, steak, beef cheeks and a massive creme brulee. Service was exceptional and I thought the price was appropriate given the large amounts of food and the perfect timing of everything. The room IS fantastic - dark and elegant, but not pretentious. The chef came out and the end and he was delightful to speak with. I cannot wait to go back. I love the emphasis on local products - it will be interesting to eat here in the dead of winter, with all the root veggies. All of the food was pretty imaginative and unusual, which was exactly what I wanted. Thanks guys for pointing me here. There isn't anything else like it in STL.

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                  Socialkim RE: kbear Oct 22, 2007 11:23 AM

                  I'm thinking of trying An American Place for the first time. Hubby and I have our 11th coming up. Can you ballpark us on the price for your dinner? Since it's our 11th, I'm also considering 1111, just because I can't resist the numbers! Never been there, either.

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                    bobzemuda RE: Socialkim Oct 22, 2007 02:46 PM

                    In my opinion An American Place is better because it's more seasonal. The menu at 1111 has basically never changed since they opened.

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                      kbear RE: Socialkim Oct 23, 2007 09:29 AM

                      Our dinner, which was 2 appetizers, 2 salads, 2 main courses, one dessert, one tray of nifty yummies after dessert, coffee and an $80 bottle of wine was $245. Worth every penny.

                  2. kprange RE: kbear Oct 22, 2007 08:08 PM

                    What about Top of the Riverfront downtown? I met the manager there but haven't eaten there. I was thinking about going there for my anniversary. Any comments?

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