Uptown Café

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Happiest of Fridays to you all! It’s a very happy Friday for me; I leave for California tomorrow! I’ll be there for a week, and I absolutely cannot wait. Bring on the sun and sand! Smile

This week’s review takes us to Uptown Café, in the lovely suburb of Clayton.

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I met up with my friend Holly for a quick lunch. Fun fact: we met up here just a few days after I came back to St. Louis (after almost 2 years of living in Virginia). It was a super happy reunion with one of my best friends in the world. Smile

And you know what? In searching through the pictures on my camera, I realize I didn’t take any pictures of us during this outing. That’s completely unlike me, as I love embarrassing my friends by including pictures of them on the blog. What kind of friend am I? The worst kind. Winking smile

Anyway, I dug through my old photos on my computer and found a few:

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2007 vs. 2014. We really haven’t changed too much in 7 years!

Enough of that. Let’s talk food!

Uptown Café has a pretty decent menu, with a large variety of pastas, pizza, and sandwiches to choose from. Their Thai Pizza sounded amazing; this New York style pizza included grilled teriyaki chicken, green onion, sweet peppers, chili peppers, and spicy Thai-peanut sauce.

The Mostaccioli also sounded amazing, and I have to admit, I almost ordered this classic dish, just because it is SO St. Louis. Mostaccioli itself is pretty simple: it’s basically just noodles mixed with marinara sauce, topped with cheese, and baked. But go to any wedding, barbeque, or work potluck, and it is always there. Someone always brings Mostaccioli. Just don’t ask anyone from St. Louis to pronounce it. Spoiler alert: we completely butcher the pronunciation.

However, I decided to go with the Seasoned Beef: this sandwich consists of roast beef topped with melted provel (another St. Louis thing), green peppers, and onions, and served on toasted garlic bread with a side of au jus.

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Speaking of provel cheese, remember when I used to hate the stuff? That reminds me – I should probably write another review of Imo’s. My tastes have changed a lot since 2010. Winking smile

Anyway, the seasoned beef sandwich. It was super tasty! The beef was flavorful and juicy, and I loved the added flavor that the garlic bread added to the sandwich. I will admit, the bread was a little hard (I should have asked for it untoasted!), but the delicious au jus definitely fixed that problem.

Service at Uptown Café was quick, efficient, and friendly. The prices were more than reasonable, and the atmosphere of the restaurant was nice, even though the size of the place is pretty small.

Uptown Café is nothing to squeal about – I save my squealing for very special occasions – but it’s a good place to visit if you’re in the Clayton area and need a quick bite to eat.

See ya next time!

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