Good morning and welcome to 2012! How did you ring in the new year? I was surrounded by friends and lots and lots of food. Oh, and maybe a drink or two.
Anyway, let’s hop to it – I’ve got a lot of ground to cover for this special Wednesday blog post! Keep reading until the end for a fun announcement!
The Block is Webster Groves’ newest eatery. This neighborhood establishment doubles as a butcher; they have a full-service meat counter in house! They also feature a menu that’s locally inspired. Lots of local ingredients = happy Stephanie.
The menu features lots of soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. But first, I checked out the drink menu.
Care to guess which drink caught my eye? I have a thing for bacon, folks. It may or may not border on obsession.
The Bacon & Eggnog cocktail featured Buffalo Trace bourbon, Myer’s Rum, nutmeg, and house-made bacon infused eggnog. How could I pass this up?
It was garnished with a small slice of candied bacon. Delish! The drink was creamy and rich, without being too overpowering. The taste of bacon was extremely subtle, but it worked! I loved this.
On to the food! I went with the Grilled Cheese & Smoked Ham sandwich.
This sammy contained grain mustard, house-made bacon jam, and was served with a side of fries and pickled vegetables.
Oh my. This was perfection. The sandwich was perfectly toasted, and the cheese was deliciously melty. I loved the hot and juicy ham in this sandwich, and the bacon jam? The bacon jam was a little salty, a little bacon-y, and super amazing. I adored this sandwich. The fries were decent, but could have been a little hotter. The pickled veggies? Meh. I’ve had better!
Even though I was stuffed after my sandwich and fries, I had to have dessert. Want to know why?
Look at that! Just look at it. Would you be able to say no to that? Banana Walnut Bread Pudding. It was served with a delicious, not-too-sweet caramel sauce, and was topped with creamy vanilla ice cream. The bread pudding itself was perfect, texture-wise. It was like a super moist hunk of banana nut bread. Mmm.
The Block was fabulous, and I highly recommend it. The food was great, service was fantastic, and prices were reasonable. Oh, and the bread pudding? Amazing.
Speaking of bread pudding, you’re probably wondering what my big announcement is, right? Well, the reason why I met up with Jess from Show Me the Sugar was because over the next 10 weeks, we’ll be eating (and reviewing) bread pudding from all over St. Louis! I’ll be announcing which places we’re planning on visiting on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow me to stay in the loop.
After we try 10 (or so) different bread puddings, me and Jess will narrow it down to the Top 3. This is where you come in – you’ll help us choose the best bread pudding in St. Louis. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, right? We’ll interview the winner and they’ll be featured on both of our blogs. Eating lots of dessert and giving some much-deserved spotlight to a local business? Sounds like a winner to me!
What does this mean for Off the Eaten Path? Don’t worry – I understand that not everyone shares my crazy love for bread pudding, and this will not turn into a bread pudding blog! I’ll still have my regular restaurant reviews every Friday. The bread pudding reviews will be on Wednesdays. Two blog posts a week? Things are going to be busy around here in 2012!
The Bread Pudding Challenge will start on January 11th, and will continue every Wednesday for 10 (or so) weeks. I hope you’re just as excited as we are! Where is your favorite bread pudding in St. Louis? Let me know, and it may make it onto our list of places to visit!
See you in a few days with another local restaurant review.