I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty refreshing to get back into a big city after a long stretch on the road, through tiny towns and their inherently limited choices. Through a stroke of luck, our crew ended up in a Hilton in downtown St. Louis, right across the street from Busch Stadium and two blocks from the giant arch. We decided it was time for some more, shall we say, refined dining than the gut-busting three-meat plates we’d been wolfing down through the durrty South. I checked online and we found Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar not far from the hotel.
Elegant decor, great service, and a very appealing menu that specializes in small plates and charcuterie, which pair with an extensive beer and wine list. Very reasonably priced to boot. Yes, urban luxury.
The table started with some wasabi and ginger popcorn, and a roasted beet and goat cheese gratin, served with house-baked focaccia and crisps. The popcorn was great, and it made me slap my forehead as to why more places haven’t thought of it; we chose Wasabi out of a half-dozen choices, all simple to prepare and completely delicious as a starter. The goat cheese dish was perfectly savoury and paired nicely with our bottle of Chilean Carmenere.
Mike’s salad, it was arugula tossed in a jalapeno vinagrette, with chicken and an unpronounceable cheese.
Scott’s salad, the “Not Quite Caprese,” subbing out roasted red pepper for the traditional tomatoes.
My meat charcuterie board. Smoked tenderloin on toasts with a roast tomato jam and lovely, lovely gorgonzola. Exquisite. I had to choose between this board and a smoked duck breast platter; I hope to make it back to St. Louis some time soon to try the other.