Vin de Set, St. Louis, July 11, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Jackie and I drove to St. Louis after work Saturday to see Sheryl Crow play a concert at the arch for the MLB All Star weekend and to celebrate our 16th anniversary. The town was totally decked out in signs and banners and the streets were filled with more vendors than I have ever seen. All Star everywhere!! We found out about Vin de Set at the St. Louis Brewer's Heritage Festival. It's a rooftop restaurant that overlooks downtown and the Arch in the distance. We took an $8 cab to the restaurant and were promptly seated on the roof under the awning. There had been a down pour an hour earlier and all the tables were covered up, the waitstaff quickly got things dry and in working shape. We were pleasantly seated in the shade and loved our little nook on the patio.

Jennifer was our fabulous waitress and so knowledgeable. First off, I needed that appetizer I shame all my friends and family about because I had a low blood sugar. So I quickly asked if the Roasted Eggplant Flatbread had any carbs. It was highly recommended by her and it was out of that kitchen before our cocktails. It was topped with arugula, olive oil and kalamata tapenade, very light and full of flavor. Jackie ordered the French 75, a combination of gin, champagne, lemon juice and lemon mariner. He was a little embarrassed when it came out in a champagne glass. It did look a little girly with its lemon rind. I ordered the house Cabernet, it was dry and oaky. The view from this rooftop restaurant was from the west side of the city overlooking downtown and the arch. It was beautiful.

For dinner I ordered one of the specials, Grouper served with fiddle head fern, which was described as a super green food. It looked like a long pea curled up like a real fern. It was really tasteless but had a crunchy, meaty feel to it. I ate most of them! The grouper was perfectly cooked and topped with sauteed beets and red peppers. Very good and the perfect size.

Jackie ordered the tomato bisque which was a hot, creamy soup that Jackie said was really a winter soup. He was right, it was hot outside but the soup was thick and flavorful. He ordered the Grilled Versailles, MO Trout served with asparagus, coconut milk, buerre blanc and mango relish. He likes trout and this did not disappoint.

For our anniversary celebration we ordered the Marscapone cheesecake with an apple and caramel topping. It was really creamy and sweet. I loved the apple and caramel twist to it. We both really enjoyed our easy evening on the roof at Vin de Set.

The photo is of Sheryl Crow under the arch. It was a wonderful concert that featured songs from her debut album and recent hits. My Favorite Mistake, Soak Up The Sun, Gasoline, Angels, Winding Road, Home and Love is Free to name a few of the songs she played. Her guest was Elvis Costello, who I had never heard before, he was good too.

Vin de Set, 2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 314-241-8989

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