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Sep 10, 2008 05:26 AM

Raclette in a St. Louis restaurant

I went to Switzerland on vacation and enjoyed my first raclette, where you melt cheese in little shovels and then scrape it over pickles and boiled potatoes.

Does anyone know of a St. Louis restaurant that serves raclette?

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  1. I know you can buy Raclette at Trader Joe's

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    1. re: babaoriley7

      Thanks. And I see that www.target.com has raclette makers available...

    2. If we get a bit of heat wave this month you could approximate the effect by letting some provel placed on a pie tin sit out in the sun for 30 minutes.

      1. Rats, A few years ago we (the kids) moved my eldery Mum to Kansas City from St. Louis to be closer to us. She had a raclette maker (we sold it at a garage sale) she had acquired in Switzerland at some expense and trouble. I believe she had to have it rewired. When proudly presenting it and a raclette meal to her Swiss brother-in-law one holiday, he proclaimed, "Oh s**t, potatoes for dinner!"

        1. I do not know of a place offhand. But this is the type of challenge some restaurants might enjoy. I'd make a call to The Crossing in Clayton or their sister restaurant in the Central West End.

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          1. re: nosh

            Check out www.playingwithfireandwater.com for her version of raclette. You may have to go back one month in her archives. If you can convince those restaurants to get raclette, check on a domestic version made in Michigan called Leelanau. Fantastic cheese, and the aged version is amazing.

            1. re: nosh

              Racclette isn't a challenge. It's simply a hunk of chesse that is heated and the outside scraped off as it melts.

              1. re: mister

                She's looking for a restaurant not to make it at home. I have TWO raclette grills but have not ever had it in a U.S. restaurant.

                1. re: mister

                  A true raclette is much more than a hunk of melted cheese. The traditional cheese used (raclette, a semi firm cow's milk cheese) can be difficult to find, though Surdyk's usually carries it. The traditional accompaniments are cornichon pickles, small firm potatoes, a ham product such as prosciutto, and them maybe assorted vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Much like the idea of a fondue, the concept is simple sounding, but a good and authentic one is difficult to find. Raclette is a party dish my family in the Savoie region of France enjoys during family reunions.

                  1. re: foreverhungry

                    Trader Joe's usually carries the cheese or you can order online.