Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I love Schlafly's
Schlafly's Taproom is one of the hidden mini breweries in St. Louis that no one thinks about until its too late. When people think of getting a bite to eat with great food and fresh brewed beer, they still think of anywhere in St. Louis which serves But Schlafly brews their own beer. You may have seen their bottles in a store near you and what makes them even more different is that they have a restaurant where you can eat some food while enjoying their beer.
Their restaurant is inside of the same location where they brew their beer, just on the side with the restaurant. One cold day just last month in February, I stopped in for dinner and some drinks and this is what happened.
I wanted to order the beer bread which was all out and ordered the french fries instead. The fries came right out with a dipping selection of a creamy ranch style sauce and something that tasted like ketchup mixed with hot sauce, providing a nice kick to the normally tasty potatoes cooked up. Nothing too fancy and nothing too salty as it was just a simple dish and an easy 2 & 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Next came a main course dish: bangers and mash. Here you can see the mound of red skin mashed potatoes surrounded by two large brats, a tower of super crispy onion rings on top and a wonderfully delicious red onion gravy. The potatoes were wonderfully chunky and flavorful, the brats were tasty and meaty, without any bone chips or gristle, the onion rings were light, flaky, crunchy and not at all greasy and the gravy reminded me of a "brown sauce" or a reduced veal stock sauce. This dish, a good 4 out of 5 stars.
This accompanied with a nice glass of cold Irish stout beer was an awesome use of a cold weather day. So, go to Shlafly's and enjoy their food. Their location is below.
2100 Locust Street (at 21st)
St. Louis, MO 63103