Saturday, July 19, 2008

Granite City Food and Brewery

Granite City Food and Brewery
11411 Olive Blvd
St Louis, MO 63141
(314) 432-3535

Granite City Food and Brewery on Olive Blvd in St. Louis, MO. is not a place I will go to again. First, I did not know this was a chain restaurant before we went, but I should have known the minute I walked in, because the atmosphere did not feel like a unique restaurant. Second, after doing some research I found out that they do not even brew the beer on location. See for brewing process. I think that a place has to brew beer on location to be considered a brewery.

Granite City Food and Brewery had a selection of five specialty beers. A light American brew, a bock type beer, an IPA, a stout and a seasonal wheat beer. I started out with the wheat beer. This tasted like I was chewing on yeast. I was not impressed. I think it is pretty hard to mess up a wheat beer, but somehow they did. The second beer I ordered was the IPA. This was much better, but it was still not what I expected. Beers are expensive. One of the "homemade brews" will run $4.50. We are talking ballpark prices here, ridiculous.

Expensive is all I have to say. Now, I do not mind spending money if the food is worth it. But, I kind of felt like the place cut corners to save money, while charging out the ass. For example, a tiny little thing of homemade chips was $4. A cheeseburger with coleslaw (fries are an extra charge, go figure) was $8.50. This burger had one little piece of cheese on it. A pizza ran about $11 and would have definitely not filled me up. Salads ran between $12 and $15. Pastas ran a little higher than that. I saw some pasta dishes and they definitely did not look like they were worth the money.

The service was also slow. Make sure to set aside a lot of time if you go to this place. The burgers took forever to cook. The pizza came out at least 10 minutes before the burgers.

I left this place unsatisfied and feeling ripped off. I will not be back.

The Stable is a Great Spot to Eat in St. Louis, MO

The Stable
1821 Cherokee Street
St Louis, MO 63118
(314) 771-8500

Unbelievable. That is all I have to say. This place left me with a great experience. The Stable is located in the heart of St. Louis, MO. The Stable is a restaurant and brewery set in the same building in which the beer delivery horses from the Lemp Brewing Company. The decor consists of old chandeliers salvaged from the old Lemp Brewery. The inside has a bar area and a dining area. Tables are wooden and the place has a woodsy feel to it.

Since The Stable is a micro brewery, I had to order something from their extensive beer selection. The Stable offered many different micro-brews from all over St. Louis and the United States. The beers were great. The waitress was very informed about the beers and offered to pair our food with beer.

The Stable in the City of St. Louis has a very nice menu to choose from. The Stable has a wide variety of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. We went with the shrimp pizza for about $15 and a salad for $3. Since there was four of us they served the salad family style. The salad was great. Mixed in with the lettuce was salami, cheese, olives and a slightly sweet oil and vinegar based dressing. The pizza was very good as well. I split this with my wife and we only ate half of the pizza. It was very filling. The pizza started with an olive oil sauce and it was covered with various cheeses and shrimp.

Definitely check out The Stable if you are looking for a good place to have some good beer and some good food.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Macklind Ave Deli is a Great Restaurant in St. Louis

Macklind Avenue Deli
4271 Macklind Ave
St. Louis, MO 63109

I was driving around South St. Louis City around lunch time and I came across Macklind Avenue Deli. I stopped in to see what they had to offer. The menu consisted of different sandwiches that you would typically find in a deli. They had the turkey, roast beef, ham and salami.

The inside was a small little liquor store as well. It looks like they offer many varieties of beer and wine. I was tempted to get a beer but decided not to.

I ordered the Macklind Ave Roast Beef sandwich. This sandwich was piled high with thin sliced roast beef, topped with red onion and cream cheese. The roast beef was hot and tender and the cream cheese added the perfect touch. I love a roast beef sandwich with cream cheese. I also ordered the macaroni and cheese salad. This was a cold macaroni salad with celery, cheese and mayo. This was also very good.

Prices were decent. I got a roast beef sandwich, a side of macaroni salad and a drink for around $8.50.

I will definitely be going back to this deli next time I am in the area.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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10th Street Italian is a Great Italian Place to Eat in St. Louis

10th Street Italian
504 North 10th Street, Downtown St. Louis
2951 Dougherty Ferry Rd - At the intersection of Big Bend and Dougherty Ferry Rd.

10th Street Italian is a restaurant where you order at the counter and the workers will bring your food to the table. 10th Street Italian has a wide variety of food including sandwiches, salads, and pastas. Prices are reasonable, ranging from 6 to 8 bucks. They also serve a wine and beer.

I ordered the lunch special. This is a salad and pasta dish for $7.25. I ordered the Italian salad and penne with garlic cream sauce. The salad was topped with cheese, croutons and drizzled with a tangy Italian dressing. The penne with garlic sauce was perfectly sauced. I would compare it to an alfredo sauce. It was not drenched with sauce like a lot of Italian places like to do.

10th Street Italian would be a great place to have lunch or a fast dinner if you were driving by.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hodak's is the Place to eat Chicken in St. Louis

Hodak's Restaurant and Bar
2100 Gravois Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

I went to Hodak's for a wedding rehearsal dinner. We had the rehearsal dinner in the upstairs banquet room, which was quite nice. There were about 25 people that attended the event and there was more than enough room for everyone. The room had a bar in it and the drinks were flowing all night. The bartender made a good bloody mary and it included a celery stalk and a pickle.

The food was buffet style with Hodak's famous fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and salad. All of the food was very good. This was my first time having the fried chicken and it was very good. I can see why they are famous for fried chicken in the St. Louis area. The mashed potatoes are also worth recognizing as they were good as well.

If you are looking for some good fried chicken in the St. Louis area then check out Hodak's in South City.

Friday, July 11, 2008

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