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Another foray into Dim Sum!

by Stephanie on February 10, 2012

in Asian, Chinese, Lunch

Goooooood morning! Another Friday, another food review. Don’t you just love Fridays? I know I do! Smile

Remember last time I had Dim Sum? It was a while ago – I went to Mandarin House with friends! It was an interesting experience for sure. I tried chicken feet for the first time! They were very…interesting, to say the least. Winking smile

Well, I’m back at it. Dim Sum is so intriguing to me. I love the concept: an endless number of carts flying by your table, brimming with lots of dishes to choose from! Foodie heaven.

This time, I met some friends at Wei Hong.

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This restaurant is located in the heart of University City in St. Louis, Missouri.

I wish I would have thought to take some pictures of the interior; it’s actually an old theater! The stage was still intact and everything. It was pretty awesome. I suppose that means I’ll have to go back soon, right?

Let’s hop right in! If you remember my review of Mandarin House, you’ll know that I didn’t know the official names of any of the dishes.

Well, let’s just say that I haven’t gotten any better with that. But I’ll describe them as best as I can! Pictures are the only thing that matter anyway, right?

I didn’t take pictures of everything I tried. The food was coming so fast that I was more focused on shoveling it into my mouth! Whoops! But I took pictures of some of the highlights.

First up? An egg tart.

 

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This was one of my favorite things. It was creamy and somewhat sweet. I loved this!

I also tried a few different pork and shrimp filled dumplings.

 

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Amazing! Put anything into a dumpling and I’ll eat it, I promise. Smile

Now it’s time for the really interesting dishes. First up? Duck Tongue!

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First of all, can I just take a minute to mention how cool the presentation is? Yes, that’s actually the duck tongue, still attached to the duck bill! You call it creepy. I call it awesome. To eat it, we snapped it out of the bill and gnawed on it like a chicken wing. So primal. So delicious.

If you think that’s crazy, I saved the best for last: Chitlins! Also known as Chitterlings (but no one – NO ONE – calls them that!).

What are chitlins, you ask? Well, to put it simply: they’re pig intestines. Want more detail? This piece by the Riverfront Times does a pretty good job of explaining what they are!

But you want pictures, right? Ask and you shall receive.

 

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Now, I’m not chitlin amateur. My family makes chitlins just about every Thanksgiving. And honestly, they’re not my favorite. They smell really bad, and the taste (even when smothered in hot sauce!) is not my favorite. They’re traditionally boiled for 3 to 4 hours, and then served piping hot. But I’m not crazy about them. It’s a texture thing. And a smell thing.

But these? Instead of boiled, they were breaded and deep fried. And while the smell still lingered (you know what goes through the intestines, right?), it was way more subdued. And the crunchiness of the breading, paired with the softness of the intestines…well…it worked! I liked them! Oh, and they were served with a side of pickled cabbage, which was tasty.

So there you have it. My second foray into Dim Sum. It certainly won’t be my last. What can I say? I like “weird” food. Andrew Zimmern, call me!

See you next week. Smile

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The Shaved Duck

by Stephanie on August 24, 2010

in American, Bread Pudding, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Pubs

So Andy and I went to The Shaved Duck the other day…and yes, that’s actually the name of the restaurant! It located in the Tower Grove neighborhood in St. Louis, MO.

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As you may (or may not) imagine, The Shaved Duck is mostly a BBQ joint, but on the upscale side? That’s not to say that anything was expensive – actually, it was quite reasonable! But the atmosphere is a lot different than what you might be used to at a barbecue place. It was nice, chic, warm, and inviting.

When we arrived, our server was SO nice! Sweet and bubbly, but not annoyingly so. It was very refreshing. She quickly went over the specials of the day: two orders of chicken wings for the price of one, $3 draft beers, and half off smothered fries.

She had me with ‘smothered fries’. It sounded like a pretty good appetizer – pulled rib meat over crispy, hand cut fries, smothered in cheese sauce. MMM!

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The fries were just as good as they looked. The rib meat was juicy and tender, the fries were hot and crispy, and the sauce was rich and creamy! I’m drooling just thinking about it.

After we snapped out of our post-french fry food coma, it was time to order our entrees. I went with the duck and blue cheese flatbread. House made flatbread topped with tomato, spinach, a sweet bourbon drizzle, and duck (of course!).

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It. Was. Perfect.

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The flatbread was thin, buttery, and crispy. The duck meat was tender and flavorful. The bleu cheese was creamy and light. And the sweet bourbon drizzle was PERFECT! It brought everything together in the most wonderful way. I inhaled every single piece.

Andy ordered the beef brisket sandwich with a side of macaroni and cheese. I was too busy enjoying my flatbread to take a picture of his food, but I really wish I would have! I’m not a huge brisket fan, but this was AMAAAAZING. Tender and juicy (that seems to be the theme of the night here!) meat hugged by the softest croissant roll EVER. Topped with sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, this absolutely knocked my SOCKS off.

The mac and cheese he ordered as a side was good, too. Thick gooey cheese wrapped around little shells of HEAVEN. Yes, I’m being overly dramatic, but this was SO. GOOD. Why didn’t I take pictures?!?! I’m kicking myself now.

After our meal, we were so stuffed that we could have rolled home. But when the waitress mentioned that bread pudding was on the dessert menu, I HAD to order some! And I’m so glad I did…

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There’s no description of the dessert on the site’s menu, so I’m going from memory here. I think it was an almond brioche bread pudding with an amaretto sauce. It tasted a little like a cinnamon roll and a LOT like heaven. Oh, it just melted in my mouth, it was so good.

Time for scores!

Food: 5 stars (out of five)

Ambiance: 4 stars

Service: 5 stars

Value: 5 stars

Needless to say, I’ll definitely make a return visit to the Duck. I want to explore more of their menu! Please, if you’re in St. Louis, don’t pass up this little gem. It’s absolutely AMAZING!

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Milagro Modern Mexican

by Stephanie on May 27, 2010

in Cake, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Mexican

So ever since Milagro Modern Mexican (in Webster Groves, MO) opened a few weeks ago, I’ve been DYING to go. After all, it’s not too far from where I live! I could WALK there, for crying out loud! I was finally able to drag my boyfriend there tonight. Well, he came along pretty willingly. No dragging was necessary. :)

For those who haven’t been to Webster Groves, it’s a very cute little area. It’s very nice, but sort of a wasteland when it comes to really good restaurants. Until now, of course! Milagro didn’t disappoint at all. Let me tell you why…

First of all, the atmosphere was super nice! It was spacious and inviting. There was a definitely a Mexican theme, but it wasn’t in your face or overly kitschy. It was subtle.

We started out with the obligatory chips and dip. These were wonderful. The chips were nice, warm, thick, and crunchy, and the salsa was delicious! It had a bit of a kick to it. Yum!

Oh, and of course since I was at a Mexican restaurant, I had to have a margarita! This one was super yummy and refreshing!

For our appetizer, we went with the Tostadas de Pato. The menu described it as ‘pulled duck in blood orange habanero sauce piled high on crisp corn tortillas with black bean puree, lime cabbage, and a side of tomatillo avocado salsa’. Mmm mmm MMM! It was VERY good. It had a kick to it, but it was followed by a smoky sweetness that I loved. The duck was tender and juicy. It was perfection.

For the entree, I had the Enchiladas Verdes de Puerco: Pork Enchiladas. The menu described it as ‘slow roasted pork rolled in corn tortillas with jack cheese and baked in a spicy tomatillo sauce, topped with pickled onion and queso fresco’. It was good, but the tomatillo sauce was a little bit overpowering. Once I scraped most of it off, it was decent and very flavorful.

The entree came with the rice and beans; I had the charro beans (pinto beans simmered with chorizo, bacon, tomato, and chiles) and mexican rice (traditional mexican rice cooked in tomato broth). Both sides were tasty.

I should have been stuffed after all of that food (and believe me, I was!), but I can’t resist a good dessert! We ordered a chocolate crepe stuffed with rum-soaked plantains and topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. It was BEAUTIFUL. Just amazing. It was like nothing I’ve ever had before!

Of course I had to have an after dinner martini. A chocolate espresso martini, to be exact! I’m usually not a HUGE fan of chocolate martinis, but this one hit the spot.

The service at Milagro was great. Very attentive servers, but not overbearing. The owner even came over and chatted with us for a bit! Nice touch.

Let’s see some scores…

Food: 5 stars (out of five)

Ambiance: 5 stars

Service: 5 stars

Value: 5 stars

I can’t wait to come back to Milagro! It’s so close to home that it just wouldn’t make sense NOT to come back. And the food was amazing. One of my favorite Mexican places in St. Louis for sure!

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