Off the Eaten Path

Exploring St. Louis, one meal at a time…

It’s been a long time…

…I shouldn’t have left you!

Sorry to all three of you everyone who reads this blog and has been wondering where the HECK I’ve been. I’m still here! *waves* I’m just on a semi-healthy eating kick, and eating out 4 times a week just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

Anywoo, I’m jumping right back in with a fresh post! This time I went to Dressel’s with some friends. It’s a Welsh pub located in the Central West End (in St. Louis, MO…of course!)

I was hoping for some yummy Welsh eats, but I was a little let down. Ooops! There I go, spoiling the outcome again. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves this time!

Since I wasn’t terribly hungry, I started out with some Welsh nachos: it included house-made Bavarian chips, Welsh rarebit (cheese and ale dipping sauce), tomatoes, bacon, lettuce, and sour cream.

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I ordered it without lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream...obviously!

Looks pretty good, right? Well…it was just okay. The whole thing came out lukewarm, which was the first strike. The chips were soggy. Strike two! The third and final strike? The bacon! The bacon was sad and pathetic. Sad, pathetic bacon??! I know…I’ve never heard of such a thing, either. But I suppose there’s a first time for everything, right?

I skipped ordering an entree (unless the delicious, unpictured Hard Cider I guzzled counts!) and went straight for dessert. I noticed that they served bread pudding, so the choice was easy.

The dessert came out ridiculously fast. Too bad it was a huge failure!

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It was a lot denser than most bread puddings I’ve tried. The flavor profile was nice: I could taste hints of cinnamon and rum – YUMMY! But like the chips, this came out lukewarm (almost cold!) which ruined the dish.

I think my friends had better luck. One ordered the ‘bangers and cake’:

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It was two house-made sausages served atop a bacon-scallion potato pancake with cherry ginger chutney. Now THIS was delicious! The sausage was juicy and so flavorful, the potato pancake was creamy and rich, and the cherry chutney was sweet and balanced out the entire thing! I wanted to gobble it all down, but I was polite and just had a bite. MMM!

Our server was cold and distant, which was a bummer. The place was empty (especially for a Friday night!) so I don’t know why he was so absent. Bad night? Don’t take it out on us!

Ah well…time for scores!

Food: 2 stars (out of five)

Ambiance: 3 stars

Service: 2 stars

Value: 3 stars

I feel like I should give this place another try. I wasn’t impressed by what I ordered, but the bangers and cake were delicious, so I must see if the other entrees are just as good!

July 31, 2010 Posted by | food | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You win some, you lose some…

Fitz’s, I’m sorry, but this time around you were a LOOOOOSER!

I was in the Loop on a warm summer night with some friends, and we decided to hit up this spot. I had been to Fitz’s a handful of times, and I was always satisfied with their food (and their CREAM SODA!!! *drooool*) so I was expecting good eats. Not anything MINDBLOWING, but good.

But I was sorely disappointed. Let me tell you why…

We started off with the sample platter.  Fried pickles, toasted ravioli, sweet potato fries, chicken wings…you can’t go wrong with that, right?

Everything was pretty good, don’t get me wrong — my problem is that everything was LUKEWARM. Yuck.

I thought that maybe I’d have better luck with the entree: The Buffalo Chicken wrap. The menu described it as “Fried chicken tenders tossed in Fitz’s wing sauce and wrapped in a jalapeno tortilla with cream cheese, Pico de Gallo, and Colby Jack cheese.  Served with spring mix topped with Southwest dressing.”

It also came with sweet potato fries.

Once again, the food wasn’t TERRIBLE, but it wasn’t great, either. Served lukewarm again. It’s amazing how much of a difference HOT food would have made.

I don’t like to run negative reviews into the ground, so I’ll leave it at that. Let’s just move to scores, shall we?

Food: 1 star (out of five)

Ambiance: 3 stars

Service: 2 stars

Value: 4 stars

I probably won’t come back, because I feel like I could get better food at Applebee’s (and those who know me know how much I DESPISE Applebee’s!).

Sorry, Fitz’s.

July 10, 2010 Posted by | food | , , , | 2 Comments