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!

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

Are you in or are you out?

Well, the In Spot Dessert Lounge is…oh wait. You have to read to the end to find out!

I went with my mom and sister for our monthly girls night out event. This time around, it was my turn to pick the place, and I remembered a while ago when Natalie @ The Sweets Life recommended the In Spot! So I thought I’d give it a try.

The place itself was very chic and intimate. Totally lounge-y. Ready for picture overload?

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Nice place, right? Okay, now that you’ve seen the digs, let’s get down to business!

None of us were especially hungry, so we decided to split an appetizer, drink, and dessert between the three of us. This falls right in with my new healthier eating initiative, so I was game!

We started with the Brown Sugar Chicken Wings:

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I wasn’t a fan – at all. The flavor was decent (not very brown sugary, though!), but the chicken itself was terrible. The texture was just sickening. Very fatty and not at all appetizing. I could only take one bite of the chicken before I called it quits.

Next was the drink! The sweet pineapple martini caught my mom’s eye, and my sister and I agreed that it sounded tasty. We ordered it with high hopes.

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This was okay. The pineapple taste was definitely there, but the drink itself was just too strong for me. I feel this way about ALL martinis though, regardless of location…so perhaps I’m just not a martini fan. If you love martinis, though, you’d probably love this! I could only down a few sips.

Finally was dessert. I thought the fried cheesecake sounded good, so we rolled with that.

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Look at that strawberry drizzle! Delish. This was my favorite part of the meal. I don’t think my mom or sister cared for it too much (they didn’t think it was sweet enough), but I really enjoyed it – and I ate the entire thing! Oink. The dough was flaky and buttery, and the warm cheesecake filling with creamy and rich. MMM. The strawberry drizzle was perfect for this treat.

How was the service? Well, our waitress was nice, but seemed overwhelmed. Why is there only ONE waitress (but FOUR bartenders) at this place? Weird. When we asked her about a particular wine (and requested to see the bottle), she snapped that she was ‘too busy’ to show us. She eventually did show us the bottle of wine, but her curtness was a HUGE turnoff. Hmm. Maybe she wasn’t nice after all!

There was a band playing, and they were good (very smooth and jazzy), but WAY too loud. If they would have turned it down a couple notches, I could have stayed here all night to listen to them. But by the end of dessert, my head was ringing so badly that I just wanted to LEAVE.

On top of being not so tasty, the food was sort of expensive! 7 bucks for 5 mini chicken wings, 7 bucks for 2 bites of cheesecake?!? It was like tapas. Stephanie is not a huge fan of small plates!

Score time!

Food: 2 stars (out of five)

Ambiance: 5 stars

Service: 2 stars

Value: 3 stars

Part of me really wants this little place to succeed. It definitely has potential. But it’s not there yet.

August 6, 2010 Posted by | food | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment