08/03/2014612 Kitchen and Cocktails
I went to 612 last night with a group of friends and was truly impressed with the experience. The restaurant itself is very pleasing on the eyes, it has a level of class that I wasn't expecting when I stepped in that immediately let me know that I was in for a treat. The atmosphere felt very inviting and cozy even while the decor reflected a finer dining experience. I started off with a glass of their award-winning sangria, which was incredible. It was served in a little mason jar which reflected the Prohibition era theme that was subtle, yet apparent throughout the evening. For my appetizer, I had the pork nachos and they were without exaggerating, the best nachos I've ever had, mostly due to the smoked pork. I can't say enough about those nachos, my whole table devoured them. Next I had the Bugsy Malone, an original drink created by the owner with cucumber lemonade and gin I believe. That was unlike anything I'd ever tried before! The taste of the cucumber was strong with very light citrusy undertones that made for a really special drink. For my meal, I ordered the slider trio (beef, pork, veggie) while my friend ordered the taco trio (beef, pork, veggie). We both split our meals so that we could share everything. That's one really great thing about the menu: everything is designed to be very easily shared so you get to try a little of everything. There are also a decent selection of vegetarian options as well! The food was excellent, especially the veggie taco and pork slider. What really made them special was the sauces, which are all made in-house. The beef slider is topped with a bacon-tomato sauce while the veggie burger had this really great avocado aioli. You can also order any of their sauces separate if you want to dip your fries or something. My last drink was the signature 612 made with grapefruit juice and jalapeños. I will warn you, the grapefruit juice is pretty strong at first, but if you mix it up, the jalapeños give it that spicy kick I was looking for, what's especially cool is that the more you stir it, the spicier it gets, so you actually get to tailor the drink to your taste buds! I don't know that I could drink more than one in an evening, but it's a nice alternative to a Bloody Mary in that it has that spice and tastes almost like a meal in a glass. I was really glad I saved room for desert because the bread pudding was really good. What really sets it over the top is the scoop of fresh in-house made vanilla ice cream, it's optional, though honestly if you get it without, you're doing it wrong. I ended up spending about $50, which I thought was completely reasonable for a 3-course meal with three fine cocktails and an unpretentious classy dining experience. At several points the owner/manager came up to my table and chatted with us about our food and the restaurant. Another really special feature of the menu that I thought was awesome was that they had custom-made mocktails made without alcohol. I love this because it allowed for our designated driver to enjoy the full experience with us. At one point, the mixologist came up to our table and after asking my friend what kind of flavors she enjoys came back with a custom-made nonalcoholic beverage. That level of care and attention is rare to find nowadays and will certainly have me coming back! Five stars! Keep up the excellent work!
I looked up Booster's Cafe after reading about it in St Louis Magazine. As I entered the door I felt like I was back in 1985 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Why? The owner/managers first opened an American style restaurant there where one could get a real hamburger and fries, pancakes and other food that reminded an American of home. I was elated to find them in St Louis after so many years and the food lived up to my expectations. Gone are the hamburgers and in their place is a breakfast that is out of this world as well as sandwiches, soups and other delights. The carrot-ginger soup was smooth and tangy, although I would have liked a stronger ginger taste, it was devine. I am going back today and taking some of my family because this is a place that deserves lots of business for what it meant to so many Americans abroad and the delightful food they have brought St. Louis! Check it out!
$15 is around the max for an entree, non-pasta dishes come with a side of pasta (red, white, or olive/butter sauce), and a loaf of bread is free for each table. A nice little atmosphere, but it can be a bit loud if it's crowded. Parking is a bit tough right in front, and the restaurant doesnt seem to be handicap accessible, but there is easy parking within a very short walk. Portions are huge, service is brisk, and the food is simply heavenly. Absolutely superior meals and variety (no pizza though)!