STL: trip report (long)
We're back from our week in STL and I'd like to report on what we ate! Thanks to recent and older suggestions and careful perusal of Sauce and some other websites we did really well. We bought a house in U City while we were there (we're moving in June) and thanks to both this trip and our last I'm feeling better about the food, for one thing. A lot better.
Where we ate and what I thought:
LA PIZZA: fantastic. Covered it in the pizza thread, but man, that was some good pizza. So happy to have struck it rich on our first pizza attempt, especially as it's a quick drive down Delmar from our new house.
JILLY'S CUPCAKE BAR: much better than the bland Cupcakery, but way too much going on. The mint choc cupcake had some of the moistest cake we'd ever had, but then it was filled with Andes mousse (delicious) and topped with mint buttercream AND chocolate crunchy things AND two pieces of mint white chocolate AND something else. It was just way too much. Also, they're way huge. I wish they were smaller and simpler. We'll definitely go back but stick with the simpler flavors.
HARVEST: exactly as great as everyone said it was. Lovely atmosphere and friendly service. I had divine scallops over mushroom risotto and a terrific cosmo; my husband had an excellent NY strip dish. We loved the whole evening.
KATIE'S PIZZERIA AND CAFE: just opened. Great gourmet pizza on a delicious thin crust. Highly recommended. Hope they do extremely well. Plan to become regulars when we move.
NOODLES AND COMPANY/STEAK AND SHAKE: hey, we have a 17 month old. Sometimes you just need somewhere they can throw a little food and yell a little, especially on a week's trip where every meal is in a restaurant. We have neither of these chains in Philly and have developed a fondness for SNS. Noodles and Company is perfectly serviceable in a pinch.
CAFE NATASHA: I think the falafel at Saleem's in the Loop is better, but my sandwich was good. Husband had a braised lamb dish that he pronounced fantastic. Baby quite happy with the hummus. Not the best Middle Eastern we've ever had but decent.
LITTLE SAIGON: we were staying in the CWE so this is the Vietnamese we tried. It was pretty good. The pan-fried shrimp dumplings were the best part of the meal. My bun was perfectly fine. We know it's not the best in the city (and plan to try the others when we move) but we were content.
TORTILLARIA: loved this place. Is it truly authentic? Of course not. But the handmade corn tortillas are excellent and these people actually know how to season meat. The $5 margarita was quite good. For quick Mexican that's a big step up from chains, this place is very good.
THAI: we ate at a Thai place in the Loop. No idea which one. It was fantastic. Huge menu - maybe a hundred dishes? LOVED it.
ROOSTER: good but not great. Not sure why everyone raves so much. It took an excruciatingly long time to get our food. 45 minutes, I think, maybe a little longer. That's a really long time for two crepes and a scrambled egg. Too long to wait with a toddler. The beef in the beef and bleu cheese crepe was like deli roast beef, which was hugely disappointing. We probably won't go back.
There are about nine billion places we plan to try as soon as we move. All in all, St. Louis seems to be a really good food town and we're quite pleased!