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Herbies 72 in STL

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Hey fellow Chowhounders ---

Out of town friend (from DC) who is a fairly picky eater (but likes good food) is visiting this weekend.

Since she is someone who likes to fully look at menus before we go out -- I pointed her to Sauce online and gave her some neighborhoods to search and let her pick out the restaurant. (Trust me, it's easier this way).

Anyhoo, she wants to go to Herbies 72 .... have never been there -- any comments? I saw that some people say it's very smokey (that's sort of not a problem for me) and that it's trying to be Balabans. I'm a semi new transplant to STL so I have NO connection with that restaurant and have never eaten there and have no memories of the place.

The meal is on her dime ... is it worth going to? I noticed it's not cheap, so if the food is really not that good I'd rather tell her now. But if most of the complaints are that it's smokey and not as good as the old place ... then we may take our chances. We are kind of looking for a good place to have a few cocktails, do some fun people watching and then eat a good meal.

You guys always point me in the right direction....

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  1. Balabans was one of my most favorite restaurants and so I was leery of the new Herbies 72, but all of my fears were unfounded! It is a fabulous replacement and the food and service were excellent. And now that the weather is nice, sitting next to the sidewalk with a cocktail is something I am looking forward to!

    1. I great choice. great food , great ambiance....one of the best most fun restaurants in St. Louis

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      1. re: rothdan

        That's sounds perfect. I was really looking forward to a place with fun ambiance. Does anyone know if we should eat in the restaurant or bistro side?

        1. re: tmontauk

          I believe you can order from either menu no matter where you sit. So I would sit in the bistro area (glassed in section at the sidewalk a la NYC) and make up your mind about which food you want.