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Cheap eats and donuts in KC

I forgot to mention where we are staying. We are staying in Westport at The Q Hotel, but we can go pretty much anywhere in the area. We do not mind driving a bit to get good food and we are driving in Friday night so we can drive a bit more to get to a restaurant if need be.

Sep 17, 2013
boxerdad in Great Plains

Cheap eats and donuts in KC

We went to Story for their 2nd anniversary and it was so good, I forget about them and their half price menu.

Sep 17, 2013
boxerdad in Great Plains

Cheap eats and donuts in KC

So my significant other and I are going to KC for the weekend because I have a conference on Saturday somewhere in the KC burbs. We have dinner planned out for Saturday night, Rye, but we are trying to figure out something for Friday night. We will be driving in from Columbia, MO in the early evening. We are just trying to figure out something that will not be too much money (like $40 for the two of us), but will also be tasty. Any ideas?

I am also looking for a great donut shop for Sunday morning or a place that serves fresh donuts as part of their breakfast on Sunday mornings. Any thoughts on this either?

Sep 16, 2013
boxerdad in Great Plains

We will be in STL April 27-29 and need suggestions for food

The moonrise hotel itself was really great, the rooms were really interesting and we enjoyed our stay. The one thing I did forget to mention was that I did have one of the cocktails at eclipse, the bacon and egg drink. It didn't really taste like bacon or eggs to me, but the egg whites were really interesting in the drink and it was good overall. None of dinner was bad, the steak had a peculiar texture and my SO wondered if it was wet aged. She said it changes the mouthfeel for her sometimes and the taste was good. She brought it home and continued to eat it for lunch one day, which she wouldn't do if it was really bad.

We did love Soulard. I was the only one drinking, not that you would figure out which couple based upon that but still... We made dinner Sunday night just from some produce and goat cheese from Soulard and tonight we are making some pasta with stuff from Soulard, so needless to say we really liked the market. I don't remember which Ted Drewes we went to,it was just what we could find on the GPS, but we were disappointed it was closed. The sign said it would open in the spring, so we thought maybe that meant May.

May 02, 2012
boxerdad in Great Plains

We will be in STL April 27-29 and need suggestions for food

Hello all,

We found our weekend in STL fun at times and interesting the whole time. I did not end up having breakfast Friday morning as I just wanted for my SO to be done with her last day of interviews. We decided to walk through the Loop and University City a bit and just find something to eat. We ended up at Blueberry Hill. I had the breakfast platter of eggs, bacon, toast and tater tots. The tots were great and such a great way of making the breakfast potatoes that are so ubiquitous. The eggs were fine, the bacon was Ok, some of it was a bit burned and a few of the pieces of toast were a bit burned as well. Both the bacon and the toast were not so burned they were inedible, but also a bit more over cooked than I wanted. My SO had the chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwich. She said the grilled cheese was just fine, nothing great. But she really enjoyed the chicken noodle soup, it tasted home made and really made the meal for her.

After walking around the Loop, going in and out of stores which we really liked. We actually enjoyed the Loop and University City, there were a lot of great stores, namely Subterranean Books among them. We decided for dinner that night we would just go down to the Eclipse since we were staying at Moonrise. My SO started with the cheese plate which I also sampled a few pieces of cheese from. This was really good and had a good selection of cheese, fruits and some small pieces of bread. She then had the ribeye steak. It had a good taste, but she said the texture was a bit odd. She said it was a bit soft and mushy in texture. The green beans she had with the steak were delicious. The potatoes gratin that came with the steak, looked really interesting with several layers of potatoes. She said that the potatoes were al dente so not quite cooked fully and the gratin was just OK. I had the calamari which was really good and tender. The chimichurri sauce that came with the calamari was spicy and added a great balance to the squid as a dipping sauce. I then had the Caesar salad, which I thought was going to be bigger so I was expecting a dinner salad and got something a bit smaller. The salad itself was tasty, the polenta croutons were good. They were truly just cubes of polenta, so soft and not crunchy like usual croutons, but I really liked them. We finished with the dessert variety plate. All of the desserts were a good size and not over or underwhelming. We really liked the blueberry-pistachio cake and the honey ice cream, I enjoyed the moonpie, but the ricotta tart was a bit too sour from the orange peels.

On Saturday we went to Soulard Market and had a great time. It is great to just people watch and see an old farmers market where there are so many people just walking around and doing their weekly grocery shopping. Granted not all of the produce was from local farmers, but we found some great goat cheese, drooled over some of the local meat and eggs and just enjoyed the atmosphere. Plus what other farmers market can you walk around with a beer or Bloody Mary in my case. We then drove over to South Grand and decided to have Ethiopian food at Meskerem. We had the vegetarian combination which is what we typically get at Ethiopian restaurants. It was really good and was a great price. We always love the lentil dishes and the collard dishes and Meskerem was no different. We also had some great iced coffee. We did visit Jay's International Market, which was underwhelming. It was fine and interesting, but the meat and seafood had a bit of a funky smell and the produce was a bit missing. We are just so used to the large Asian markets that we can find where we currently live, although someone did tell my SO that there is a large Asian Market somewhere else in the city we may have to find if we move to STL. We then drove around STL exploring as many neighborhood as we could, driving through The Hill, Dogtown, Frenchtown, CWE, more of Soulard and I am sure many other neighborhoods. We did try to go to Ted Drewes for an afternoon snack, but they were not open. So we drove up to the Old North neighborhood for Crown Candy Kitchen and some ice cream. We decided not to wait in line for a table and just get our ice cream to go. My SO got a Johnny Rabbit milkshake which was vanilla ice cream, nutmeg, bananas, nuts and whipped cream. It was really good, but way too big for one person she said. I had the chocolate banana milkshake and enjoyed it totally. There were bits of banana that did not get totally blended which were a great surprise as I drank my milkshake. I also did not finish mine after drinking it for quite a long time. Although, neither of us could finish out milkshakes, they were awesome and for the amount of ice cream, the price was just right. After driving around the whole city or at least what felt like most of it with even a foray into the suburbs to go to a Target for some things, we decided after much deliberation to just stay in the Dalmar area for dinner. We decided on Thai Gaiyang which is one of the numerous Thai restaurants owned by the same person.We statrted with the appetizer sampler plate. This consisted of veggie tempura of carrots, eggplant (our favorite of veggies), brocolli, green beans, baby corn and onions along with some crab rangoon, two different types of egg rolls and fried tofu. Needless to say there was a lot of food for an appetizer. For my entree I had the Ayutthaya (sp?), a soup with ground pork, fish balls, bean sprouts, green onion, cilantro and ground peanut. It was so huge, that I barely felt like I ate much of it, but it was so tasty I couldn't stop. I finally had to say I was done. My SO had the Yum Woonsen, a salad of glass noodle, ground pork, lemon juice, hot pepper, green onion, onion and cilantro. She really was not sure about this dish when it first came out, but the more she ate the more she enjoyed it.

Sunday morning we went down to Eclipse for breakfast before we left STL. This breakfast was vastly underwhelming. I had the make your own bagel with cream cheese and lox sandwich. It was a bagel toasted, some lox, some capers and some diced red onion all nicely presented. But then I had to put it together in to an open faced sandwich. It was fine, but I had better bagels and better lox on bagel sandwiches. My SO had a ham, cheddar and mushroom omelet. The omelet was dry and not much filling mostly just eggs, the breakfast potatoes were overcooked, hard and tasteless. The best part of the plate was the toast, which was good. The coffee was also good, but really we could have gone somewhere else and had good coffee and toast and not paid as much as we did for breakfast.

So, overall the meals we ate in STL were good, some really good and some disappointing, but that is typical for most cities. If/when we go down to STL again I would love to try some of the Vietnamese food on South Grand and try some of the Italian on The Hill and finally try one of the restaurants that we did not get to like Salt, Farmhaus, Taste or Five.

Apr 30, 2012
boxerdad in Great Plains

We will be in STL April 27-29 and need suggestions for food

I love farmers markets. I agree they are the best places to talk to and meet people. Once they really start up, we tend to go to them pretty regularly, there is one I go to almost weekly on Wednesdays and then we will go to another one on Saturdays many weekends, so I am with you on the great places to people watch and to shop for food.

Apr 13, 2012
boxerdad in Great Plains

We will be in STL April 27-29 and need suggestions for food

Again, thanks for all of the advice and ideas for food. We are not going to be scared off, this move comes down to a job. If my spouse gets the job at SLU, we are moving, if not, than we aren't. And this is the kind of response I hoped for. I am getting great insights into the non-touristy things. I have looked at the boards and it was a lot of ideas for someone just visiting, and although we are just visiting this time, we are also trying to get a sense of the food scene beyond the better know restaurants,we are trying to get to know some of the neighborhood places too.

We will have a car, so we are not tied to metrolink, we can and probably will drive when we have to. I was just trying to get a sense of whether we could leave a car for a day and get to restaurants from the hotel using mass transit, if not than we drive, I have GPS for a reason.

Another quick question since the response has been so great, it is very likely that Friday morning I will be grabbing breakfast alone since the wife will probably be on the last part of her interview, is there a cafe or something within walking distance from Moonrise where I can grab breakfast (coffee and such) or should I just to Eclipse for breakfast that morning?

Apr 10, 2012
boxerdad in Great Plains

We will be in STL April 27-29 and need suggestions for food

Ok, so we can hit up So. Grand for sure.

Apr 09, 2012
boxerdad in Great Plains

We will be in STL April 27-29 and need suggestions for food

Thanks for all of the help so far. My thought about the mass transit system in STL was as you have confirmed, Ok, but not great and definitely not the best way to get around. We will have the car and I am more than willing to drive where ever there is going to be a good meal. I will have to check on Eclipse and his other places. We were thinking of going to Five for dinner one night, any thoughts?

Apr 09, 2012
boxerdad in Great Plains

We will be in STL April 27-29 and need suggestions for food

My girlfriend and I will be in STL at the end of April and need ideas of places to eat. We have been to STL before, a few years ago and ate at Niche, Mango and Sen Thai and loved them, but this time we want to try other places. We are staying at The Moonrise Hotel and we will have a car, but we would like to be able to use mass transit as much as possible. We are possibly moving to STL and we need to see how viable it is to travel around the city using mass transit. We love most types of food, but we are especially interested in Ethiopian and Southeast Asian food, so recommendations for those cuisines would be great. We are also open to any other recommendations that hounders may have. I have looked at several of the boards and we are thinking that we may want to go to Rooster for Sunday brunch before we head out of town. We are trying to get a sense of what it would be like to live and eat in STL, where would a native St Louis-ian go on a typical dinner out.

Apr 08, 2012
boxerdad in Great Plains