St. Louis area dining options abound, including German-style and romantic atmosphere restaurants. The St. Louis area is renowned for its dining in restaurants. Here’s my review of two St. Louis area restaurants called The Feasting Fox and Gentelin’s on Broadway for your dining pleasure.
The Feasting Fox Is One of St. Louis’ Unique Restaurants
The Feasting Fox was once an inn owned by Anheuser-Busch going back to 1913. It’s now a favorite local German-themed restaurant in the St. Louis area where both lunch and dinner are served. The down to earth dining atmosphere here is certainly aided by the comforting and homey motif, including the plaid-covered seating.
This dining establishment offers several appetizers including Beer-Battered Onion Rings and Chicken Tenders like many restaurants do. But I feasted on the German Sausage Sampler that came with a mild tasting and creamy horseradish sauce. The house-made Phyllo Wellington sausage in the sampler was very very good! Prices for appetizers and soups/salads range from $2.95-$6.95.
As for my main course, I ate one of the Chef’s Specialties called the Pork Loin Normandy that came with some really spicy (not sour though) sauerkraut. The Pork was pretty tender, and its even taste was complemented with a mild Dijon mustard sauce and some brandy-spiced apples, also sweet and mild in taste. My Feasting Fox restaurant entrée came with a choice of a soup or house salad (I chose the salad), but some of the other entrees, like those called Feasts, come with many options, of which one of my dining party quoted in regards to this: “I’m glad I got the Potato Pancakes.” This was $1 more. I even got part of the Feasting Fox’s Stuff Pork Chop (another diner got full), and I gotta tell you this was one of the best pork chops I’ve eaten, as it’s char-broiled and stuffed with fresh herbs, onions, and celery (like a dressing). Prices for the entrée selections basically range from $8.95-$17.95, and also include German Specialties like the Weiner Schnitzel as well as pasta dishes.
As for dessert, German style restaurant specials like the German Chocolate Cake and Apple Strudel are just a couple of choices available at The Feasting Fox of St. Louis and range in price from $2.25-$4.25.
The service is very friendly, but can be a tad slow just like in European countries, where meal courses take longer to come by. As a result, you’ll have the potential for a real across the ocean dining experience. It’s purported that more time between courses is good for digestion.
You just may see the ghost of Anna Busch (daughter of the beer tycoon Adolphus Busch) hanging out in this dining restaurant, for she once lived here when it was an inn in the earlier part of the 20th century. Anna hung herself upstairs, where the Feasting Fox banquet room is located, due to unrequited love.
The Feasting Fox: 4200 S. Grand Blvd., St Louis Missouri 63111. 314-352-3500.
Gentelin’s on Broadway Is One of the Quality Restaurants Outside of Downtown St. Louis
Take a nice little daytrip out of the St. Louis area to one of the most haunted cities in the nation, Alton, Illinois, which is roughly 25 miles north of downtown St. Louis. But first grab a bite to eat at Gentelin’s on Broadway in Alton. I took in some great views of the Mississippi River and the Clark Bridge, which was purportedly modeled after Madonna being on her back (you can tell when you see the bridge lit up at night)! This is one of those restaurants which emanates a festive-romantic kind of atmosphere.
I love the Toasted Wild Mushroom Ravioli, which as an appetizer, was my favorite part of the meal. The mushrooms had a nice mild taste to them and this restaurant appetizer is addictive indeed! Another great tasting appetizer is the Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip that’s served with roasted garlic and parmesan crostinis which smack of cheesy heaven! Gentelin’s appetizers include salads, and range from $6.95-$12.95.
For my entrée, I tried the Aunt Jayne’s Chicken, which came with Yukon gold and sage smashed potatoes and fresh green beans. The accompanying house raspberry vinaigrette dressing was an excellent topping over the greens of my salad. Salads or soup are optional for an extra $1.95 with an entrée with one patron commenting on the Beer cheese soup: “It’s got a great balance between the beer and cheese”. My chicken for dining had an agreeable charbroiled flavor and was lightly spiced yet very tender. Sandwich, pasta, seafood, and meat dishes abound here for dinner in this St. Louis area restaurant like the Peppercorn Seared Ahi Tuna, Mediterranean Rigatoni Pasta, and the House Breaded Pork Tenderloin that’s served up on an onion Kaiser roll. Prices for entrees and sandwiches range from $7.95-$25.95.
As for dessert at Gentelin’s on Broadway, you can’t beat the Caramelized Pineapple Barbados whose orange coconut rum sauce really has got a kick to it! Dessert prices range from $3.95-$6.95.
Wine lovers have a wide variety of selection here at this St. Louis area restaurant in Alton, Illinois called Gentelin’s on Broadway. Red and white wines here hail from all over the world including Italy, Australia, and Sonoma County, California, as well as an Illinois sweet wine called Piasa Winery Illini Red. Those into harder liquors will find plentiful martini, premium spirit, and scotch selections.
The service here is fast and friendly.
Gentelin’s on Broadway is roughly 25 miles north of downtown St. Louis: 122 E. Broadway, Alton, Illinois 62002. 618-465-6080. No website as of this writing.
Note: Dining prices and selections for the menu items at The Feasting Fox and Gentelin’s on Broadway restaurants are subject to change. See The Feasting Fox’s website below/to the side in the “Resources” box.