Off the Eaten Path

Exploring St. Louis, one meal at a time…

The science of CHEESE!

So ever since Cheese-ology opened up in the Delmar Loop (in St. Louis, MO…of course!) I’ve been DYING to try it. A restaurant entirely devoted to macaroni and cheese?!?! Count me in!

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Me and my boyfriend stopped by around 8:30pm on a Saturday night. It wasn’t too crowded, but there was a nice amount of people in there.

I heard a few things about flights (3 smaller portions) from some people, so we asked the cashier if we could order a flight. Sadly, they no longer offer that option — they said it wasn’t cost effective on their end and led to a lot of waste.

Oh well — on to the food!

I ordered the ‘Bacon, Bacon’ — according to the menu, it contained "Mozzarella and Gruyere cheeses, and a generous amount of thick cut Bacon."

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Wow. This was by far my favorite. The salty chewy bacon complimented the gooey creamy cheese PERFECTLY.

Andy had the ‘Shrimp Scampi’ – "a mixture of Mozzarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheeses, paired with strong flavors of lemon and garlic".

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This one was just okay. It was decent, but not my favorite. Nothing about it really stood out to me. It looks pretty though, right? 🙂

We were enchanted by the menu, and being the mac and cheese fiends we are, we really just had to have more, so we ordered two flavors to go: ‘Black and Bleu’ and ‘Buffalo Chicken’ (the special of the day).

The next day we tore into the leftovers!

The Black and Bleu had American and Bleu cheeses, Steak, and cajun spices. This was tasty, but it reminded me of hamburger helper. Really tasty hamburger helper, but still….hamburger helper.

The Buffalo Chicken was much better. It was spicy, creamy, cheesy…it was just an explosion of flavors in my mouth! SO. GOOD. If they have this one on special, ORDER IT.

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It was nice to know that even the leftovers held up really well. They were just as delicious as the stuff we had in the restaurant!

Even though the food was fantastic, the atmosphere of Cheese-ology left a lot to be desired. I feel like they could have put a lot more care into the place. It really looked thrown together — concrete floors, white walls, hard uncomfortable chairs — get this place a designer, stat!
But I didn’t come to be wowed by the decor. I came for the food — and Cheese-ology definitely delivered on that!

Time for scores!

Food: 5 stars (out of five)

Ambiance: 2 stars

Service: 3 stars

Value: 3 stars

I can’t wait to come back and try more of the menu! This place gets two (cheese-stained) thumbs up!

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August 18, 2010 Posted by | food | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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