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Lunch near City Museum in St. Louis

Since you say the kids are good eaters, think about Death in the Afternoon, at the park at City Gardens. Very good food (including sandwiches, ramen and a burger), and you can have a drink, and the kiddos may enjoy the park and the fountains/wading area. And you can walk there from City Museum.
http://www.deathintheafternoonstl.com/

Aug 06, 2015
Wayno in Great Plains

Food around convention center, no car, lots of ladies [Milwaukee]

Maybe they start a new board: flyover states.

May 18, 2015
Wayno in Great Lakes

Best St Louis Restaurants?

4 more to consider (and do research about online): Farmhaus; Taste by Niche; Juniper; and Cleveland-Heath (in Edwardsville).

May 08, 2015
Wayno in Great Plains

Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

I need to go back to O'Connell's to compare it to Five Star, but I second the endorsement of Five Star. My last visit I had the bison burger, with not so much in the way of add-ons as to move it into the theoretical "third category" of sandwich discussed above; the burger was delicious! And I scarfed it immediately after having dinner at The Libertine (and having room for a bit more).

Apr 17, 2015
Wayno in Great Plains

Chinese Dinner at Lulu's -- StL

I think Lona's should still be in biz. They had a stand at the RFT's IronFork gig a couple weeks ago, and presented tasty food and had a nice following. BTW, food-wise, that was a very good event all around.

Apr 17, 2015
Wayno in Great Plains
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SF / Napa without Kids!

Not far from Fisherman's Wharf is Albona, an Istrian restaurant that is very good. Italian with an ethnic twist. Well worth a visit and not a tourist stop (and I'm not sure how many Istrian restaurants are in Manhattan). Strongly second the rec for Swan Oyster Depot on Polk St. in SF and having a drink at L'Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley. The Oxbow Market has multiple offerings in the town of Napa, and it's right by other places that were recommended. And Boonfly at the Carneros Inn in Napa is a good stop for breakfast, brunch or lunch, esp if you are touring Carneros wineries or seeing the art collection at the DiRosa Preserve.

Apr 14, 2015
Wayno in San Francisco Bay Area

St Louis People (Burbs) - Need Restaurant / Cocktail Joint Help!!!

If I were having this type of event with my buds, I would definitely not want to be out in Westport. Clayton would be okay, but CWE would be my area of choice. I'd consider Herbie's for dinner, and then there are also many fine venues for libations and eye candy (if that matters) in the blocks down Euclid. Drinks at Subzero, Brennans, Taste would all work. Dinner at Brasserie by Niche would also be a good idea (IMHO).

Apr 08, 2015
Wayno in Great Plains

Collinsville, IL

Collinsville doesn't have much at all to offer food wise, besides chains. There is a Porters Steakhouse in the hotel that I think is now the Doubletree, but that's not a real kids place. The best restaurants in the area, on the IL side of the river, are in Edwardsville, and you have a number of good, and one top-notch, options there. It would help to know what kind of food you'd prefer, or what meals you need to cover. Also, for good casual pub food in the other direction (south), consider Huddle Sports Bar, which is in Caseyville. It's a bar, but during the day it's fine for kids. Back to Edwardsville (to the north), the cream of the crop is Cleveland Heath, which is one of the most acclaimed restaurants, and has one of the most acclaimed chefs, in the St. Louis area. Beware that there's a no-res policy, so if you go for dinner, you'll probably have a sizeable wait, which may not be that good for the wee ones. There's also really good Korean in E'ville (Oriental Spoon). A couple decent steakhouses (1818 Chophouse and Andria's). A few family friendly cafes (breakfast and lunch spots), The County Seat Café, Teaspoon Café, Fionas, Bigelows (which also does dinner) and some Italian (Sugo's and Bella Milano). If you have more specific restaurant inquiries, such a particular type cuisine, let us know.

Mar 04, 2015
Wayno in Great Plains

Bolognese w/ Chicken Livers

I like the Bolognese recipe in the Dean & DeLuca cookbook. They use some chicken liver in it. I can't recall whether they add nutmeg; I do. And I finish it with a wee bit of milk, since I don't stock cream.

Feb 20, 2015
Wayno in Home Cooking

Flavorless chicken breasts

I brine for up to 6 hours (which may be a lot for chicken breasts), and I definitely have sugar in the brine - more sugar than kosher salt. Then after brining, I put the breast in a freezer bag, in one layer, and I pound them so that they are 50% thinner and uniform thickness. This allows for quicker cooking, less drying out and seems to open the surface to the quick marinade or rub I apply after pounding. After pounding I usually use olive oil, lots of chopped garlic, the herb mixture du jour, and some citrus - for about 45 mins to an hour. Then pan sear for about 4 -5 mins per side. No need to put in oven other than to keep warm. They come out juicy AND flavorful.

Feb 20, 2015
Wayno in Home Cooking

StL: Coastal Bistro v. Oceano on NYE

I found out on the evening of the 30th that we had been invited to a house party, which I'd forgotten about and at which the food promised to be very good. So I cancelled the res I had at Coastal and went to the friends' house instead. And the food was very good.

Jan 02, 2015
Wayno in Great Plains

StL: Coastal Bistro v. Oceano on NYE

Thinking about these two for a fairly early dinner on NYE. I've been to Oceano several years ago and it was good, but I didn't order enough things to have a well-developed or meaningful opinion; have not been to Coastal. Thoughts?

Dec 30, 2014
Wayno in Great Plains

Cross country move thus cross country drive and chow food quest.

I moved from San Francisco (after spending the first 20 years of adulthood there) to the St. Louis 'burbs. It's a lot more palatable now than it was then, food and grocery-wise. Good luck with the transition. And use the money saved on real estate expenses to travel a bunch. In St. Louis, check out Taste by Niche for fun small plates and great cocktails. Pastaria for interesting and delicious Italian. Juniper for "new Southern." Farmhaus and Niche for all-around great cooking. This is to just name a few; there are a quite a few really good options these days (in contrast to '01, when I moved to the hinterland). As for BBQ in St. Louis, Pappy's and Bogart's. I hope Cleveland has as much to offer as St. Louis now does.

Nov 24, 2014
Wayno in Great Plains

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I think I've read most of this thread already (and have tossed in a few comments already), and I don't think anyone has mentioned the fairly-common use of "boss." Often happens at the grocery store. "I'd like a pound of ground bison please;" "You got it, boss." Now I'm wondering - given the confusion over the gender orientation of "guys" - if only male patrons are accorded the distinction of being the "boss."

Nov 21, 2014
Wayno in Not About Food

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I guess you wouldn't like it when I tell other guys to "man up," "don't get your panties in a twist," or some other admonition incorporating the word "skirt."

Nov 21, 2014
Wayno in Not About Food
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Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

As absurd and douchey as I think it would be to call out a server for saying "no prob" or "absolutely," etc., I still would probably get a kick out of doing so; however, my teenage kids would f'ing hate me and would berate me immediately afterwords for being such an a-hole. Just like they do when I sarcastically correct the server who confirms that I want an order of "bru-SHetta" when I explicitly ordered "bru-SKetta."

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

If I were back in Nor Cal, I'd get a pile of Dungeness crabs, since it's the season. Spend the early afternoon plucking all the meat from them until I have an enormous pile. Then make some Caesar (or Louie) dressing. Drinking wine all the while. Then dress the salad and pile all the crabmeat on top and go to town. And continue with the wine drinking. With football games on in the background. (Plan B, posted above: call that escort service.)

Nov 21, 2014
Wayno in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

A phone call to an escort service. And request a provider who likes to cook.

Bar/Coffee shop in downtown Chicago to have business meeting

The lobby in the W City Center Hotel (on Adams) is pretty mellow and very comfortable. And you can bring drinks/coffee from the lobby bar.

Nov 03, 2014
Wayno in Chicago Area

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

Tough choice. You guys in Cali (which unfortunately I no longer am) are lucky to have such options; and, if you travel between SF and LA you get to enjoy both. How about throwing La Boqueria in Barcelona in the mix? I think that may be the gold standard for such places - but without the awesome bay view.

Nov 03, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area

Smallest entree ever!

Hey y'all. Doing pretty well on the Great Plains board, where I occasionally get to touch base with some LA hounds showing up there. I've purposely stayed away from this board since moving because I don't need yet another thing to make me feel homesick. Hope all is good with you and the rest of the foul-mouthed crew. And even those who aren't.

Nov 03, 2014
Wayno in Los Angeles Area
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Smallest entree ever!

This thread, and the OP's expressions of dissatisfaction with his paltry entree, are far from "worthless" without photos. Even without knowing and respecting Joseph's many sound and knowledgeable contributions on this and other boards, one can pretty easily discern the merits of his objections by what he wrote. To suggest otherwise reminds me of people who, in talking about a court case, say that one of the parties has "no evidence," because he doesn't have a document or a photo that supports his version of what happened. A person's first-hand impression and his verbal "testimony" about what he observed IS evidence; and, here, Joseph provided a very detailed verbal picture of what he encountered at Melisse. My only regret is that he may not have been all that forceful in voicing his objection at the restaurant. I probably would have been very vocal, sarcastic and/or vindictive - who knows, depends on mood and alcohol intake - but it sounds like Joseph was very restrained in his admonishment. And, yeah, it may be a first-world problem, but so what; when one patronizes a high-end joint or a shithole dive, one expects to receive the appropriate value. It's clear that the OP did not, and his commentary thereon should not be dismissed for lack of photographic evidence.

Fine Dining with Fun Vibe

In addition to the places nsxtasy mentioned, I'll add Tanta. It's creative Peruvian with a fun vibe. And a nice rooftop, but the al fresco nights are probably over - not sure if they have heaters.

Nov 02, 2014
Wayno in Chicago Area

Please critique my list for St Louis

Thanks, JJ. It's mutual. There's a lot of things to miss about LA, but not going to the NLCS isn't one of them. :-)

Oct 09, 2014
Wayno in Great Plains
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Please critique my list for St Louis

That's fair. I was being a bit loosy-goosy with my characterization. It sure ain't down home like Mama Josephine's on Shaw, where the chicken and dumplings are pretty outstanding. But Juniper is worthy of consideration, as it's quite good and it's a pretty new highlight in the St. Louis scene and it's not a place that is much replicated by what the OP has in LA.

Oct 09, 2014
Wayno in Great Plains

Please critique my list for St Louis

Having just returned to St. Louis after living the last 2+ years in LA and being very active on the LA board, my first thoughts are: keep Pastaria, because 1) it's super convenient for you location-wise and the LA Italian places of note tend to be very upscale and Pastaria has a very different vibe and wonderful food; 2) O'Connell's is really good, but the LA burger scene is so terrific that I don't think you are going to be wowed here; 3) Niche is terrific, but not unique relative to similar places in LA, in particular the better places on Abbott Kinney; however, I'd add Taste by Niche, for a truly unique, less pricey and more fun venue, with great cocktails and smaller bites. And the CWE is pretty convenient to Clayton. You may also want to try Juniper, for some fine southern-type cooking and maybe compare it to the Lady's Gunboat Society in the old Flores space on Sawtelle.

Oct 09, 2014
Wayno in Great Plains

One very nice (but not bank-breaking) dinner in October

LOL, I get what you're saying about "short lists" never getting shorter. I just returned from a two-year stint in LA and kept a written restaurant bucket list. It always, always had about 22-25 places on the "to try" section; never got less than that. But by the time I left LA 2 months ago, the "tried" section had about 72 names. I was aided greatly in my pursuits by the very active and friendly LA board of CH; many of us who were active on that board actually got to know each other personally.

Oct 02, 2014
Wayno in Chicago Area

One very nice (but not bank-breaking) dinner in October

nsxtasy, you mention in your thoughtful reply to my OP that Tanta is on your "short list." Have you gone yet? If and when you do, please report. I've decided to go to Tanta for the dinner, coming up on Oct. 11, for the occasion that's the subject of my OP and I relinquished by reservation at North Pond. Frankly, I just didn't want to spend the $$$ for NP, since we are leaving for a beach vacay the next day, and I'm finally starting to get cost conscious. My ex-wife and her BF love Tanta, and I respect their tastes, and the roof bar sounds like it will be very nice at 5ish on a hopefully-pleasant evening. I will be happy with a festive, casual but hip environment as opposed to the elegance that many want for a special occasion. But if you have any first-hand experience with Tanta, I'd love to hear it, since it never, or rarely, is mentioned among the places that get listed repeatedly when out of towners ask for suggestions for the category in which I think Tanta fits.

Sep 29, 2014
Wayno in Chicago Area

Magnificent Mile Hip Eateries

How about Tanta for Sunday? It's quite happening, Peruvian cuisine, with a great rooftop space. http://www.tantachicago.com/

Sep 25, 2014
Wayno in Chicago Area

Magnificent Mile Hip Eateries

For Monday night, you have David Burke's Primehouse right in your hotel.

Sep 25, 2014
Wayno in Chicago Area