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hill food May 23, 2013 02:38 PM

OK this is awkward, me, Mr. Know-it-all, Mr. I-Have-an-Opinion, has a question:

mom's 80th b-day coming up, probably lunch, she prefers simply (directly?) made food, I say no chains, end of June, start of July. a shaded patio and one with a view would be nice. a winery would be cool (but not in Hermann - no offense but it's sort of a PITA to go there).

geography: Washington to 270-ish, Lindbergh at most, not too far off of 44.

I looked at American Bounty in Washington and that's definitely an idea, so if somebody knows of a comparable place with a stunning terrace on a bluff and a decent menu to suggest I would, well I'd owe ya!

anything on the meramac? too bad the Bridgehead is now a visitor's center.

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    shannonstl RE: hill food May 26, 2013 03:16 PM

    Wow, that is a tough one! While I can't think of anything that fits all those criteria, what immediately came to mind was The Tavern (http://www.tavernstl.com/home) which is down on Dougherty Ferry and Big Bend. No view but the food is good.

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      hill food RE: shannonstl May 26, 2013 11:44 PM

      that is a nice rec I'll hold onto.

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      ddfry3 RE: hill food May 27, 2013 07:16 AM

      The food at Chandler Hill near Augusta is pretty good and there is a nice view and huge patio. What about the Hawthorne Inn in Labadie? No view, but good food.

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        hill food RE: ddfry3 May 27, 2013 05:52 PM

        the setting at Chandler looks very good.

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        LindaR RE: hill food Jun 1, 2013 06:01 AM

        Not exactly the location you want but Overlook Farm in Clarksville has a really nice patio and menu.

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          ddfry3 RE: LindaR Jun 1, 2013 08:20 AM

          Overlook Farm had great food and a very good chef, but from what I understand things have gone downhill precipitously since his departure.

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            wekick RE: ddfry3 Jun 5, 2013 07:28 PM

            I think they play "musical chef" over there.

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              lemons RE: wekick Jun 7, 2013 02:51 PM

              Jim Voss, longtime chef at Duff's, is at Overlook Farms now. It's a fascinating operation and a beautiful facility. It's just such a drive.

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                ddfry3 RE: lemons Jun 7, 2013 09:35 PM

                Lemons, how recently did he move to Overlook? The last time I ate at Duffs (within the last year) I could have thought of 100 places in StL where I could get a better meal. Not sure what's up there or if their 40+ year run is coming to an end. Loved Overlook when Grandinetti was there, too far to go if they are on their "B or C" game there. Granted, I think the competition in StL is MUCH higher than it was 40 years ago, or even 4! And that is a great thing.

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                  hill food RE: ddfry3 Jun 7, 2013 11:12 PM

                  Duff's - and that's soon gone, another era ended.

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                    lemons RE: ddfry3 Jun 11, 2013 07:01 AM

                    Agree that Duff's had sagged badly. They were for sale for a number of months before the closing announced a few days ago. I don't believe he'd been in the kitchen for a while.

                    And I agree that the game has been waay upped in the past few years. But I have by history a soft spot for Dufff's and it's the end of an era.

          2. wekick RE: hill food Jun 5, 2013 07:36 PM

            American Bounty is gone.

            I would consider Chandler Hill and a friend of mine likes Wine Country Gardens, but it has been a long time since I have eaten there and it has morphed. We go up there all the time to the nursery.

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              hill food RE: wekick Jun 5, 2013 08:16 PM

              gone? their site was still active the other day... shoot.

              looks like somebody called "Old Vine Gastropub" has taken over the space (and number - just called)

              I am NOT doing Applebee's for this. not for an 80th.

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                ddfry3 RE: wekick Jun 7, 2013 04:59 AM

                Wine Country Gardens is pretty good, I've been there a few times over the last couple of years for Mother's Day brunches and the like.

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                Doug RE: hill food Jun 7, 2013 07:03 AM

                The Tavern in Valley Park has wonderful food, but it no longer serves lunch.

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                  ddfry3 RE: Doug Jun 7, 2013 09:37 PM

                  That's too bad...not sure I can justify their dinner prices last time I looked at the menu, given all else that's out there. I had a great pork chop entree at the Block in the CWE that was only $17!

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