The character of this place changes with the clock..
Visit during the day and it's a bustling market and bistro, serving a varied menu of starters, salads, pastas, pizzas and sandwiches. The market's most notable offering is a broad selection of imported beers, including brews from Belgium, Brazil, Russia, Japan and Scotland. There's also a modest wine selection. Specialty foods on the shelves include ethnic ingredients such as Thai peanut sauce, tea-time goodies such as roasted pistachio butter and key lime white chocolate cookies and staple items such as milk and beans.
During the evening, sales at the market drop off and diners begin to crowd the small indoor tables and the sidewalk seating. The best entrees are the most unusual ones on the menu. Try, for example, mee goreng, a spicy noodle dish that mingles the flavors of Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Don't overlook the house specialties, such as tender Missouri trout encrusted in a crunchy coating of walnuts, almonds, and pine nuts.
As evening fades to night, the cafe morphs into a mellow spot for live performances of jazz, blues, pop, folk, rock and classical music.
My favorite. This has got to be my favorite St. Louis restaurant. It's got the best spot for "people watching" anywhere and the food is always great! Whenever I have out of town guests this is the place I take them. I know we'll get great service (and nice servers too!) and it's one of the few places around that has live jazz every night.
Gotta love it!. I haven't visited this former favorite haunt of mine for a number of months, but after my visit tonight I think I'll be going back often. I forgot how much I loved this place...laid back, great jazz and a dinner that rocked. My waitress recommended the grilled monkfish special and it was fabulous, all the way down to the vegetables. I give it a 10 and recommend this place to anyone that loves great food. Oh yeah...and a big beer list too!
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