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A long fly ball from the new Busch Stadium, the new Mike Shannon's Steak and Seafood is, like its namesake, larger than life and in love with baseball. Search among the memorabilia for your favorite hall of famer's jersey while you enjoy a prime (and expensive) steak -- or while you have a beer or two at the bar after the game. The menu is classic steak house, the steaks unadorned but bloody good. For those who prefer more nuanced flavors, consider the daily seafood special or the lamb chops. They aren't the reason you come to a place like Shannon's -- but they, and the buzz of dozens of excited Cardinals fans, are the reason you'll come back.
Chesterfield-native (and Chaminade alum) Pete Kelly spent the better part of the past twenty years working in the global marketing industry, working for firms in St. Louis, New York and Chicago. In 20... More »
At face value December 31 is a day like any other day. Nothing changes at Midnight except for the calendar year, but sentiment and tradition say otherwise. New Year's Eve, the official name of otherwi... More »
Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch and Ligaya Figueras of Sauce both reported yesterday that Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood (620 Market Street; 314-421-1540) will open an "upscale casual" concept in Ed... More »
Yes, when it comes to potent potables, Mike Shannon is best known for extolling the virtues of an ice-cold frosty one, but his namesake restaurant is a steak house first and foremost, and that means a lengthy list of wines. Expensive wines. Shannon's dulls the price-point sting by making it easy to navigate the selection. If you put stock in Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and other publications' scores as measures of a great wine, the Shannon's list arranges these, with their scores, under... More »
You could, of course, buy a steak from the butcher, take it home, toss it on the grill (or into a cast-iron skillet), cook to your desired level of doneness and serve it up with some potatoes and a side of vegetables and a nice red wine, and you'd have as good a meal as you could find at any steak house in the city. And it would be a hell of a lot cheaper. But there are times when you don't require just the steak, the greens and the potatoes, but also the white tablecloths, the heavy silver,... More »
A lot of St. Louisans, especially the kind who like to wash a Cardinals game down with Jäger bombs, think of Mike Shannon's as an after-party. Others, especially the kind who drive all the way from the county to see their beloved Cardinals, think of it for a pregame happy hour. But there's a whole Rolex-and-Brooks Brothers crowd that only sets foot in the place at lunchtime. And this lesser-known but much higher-quality version of Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood is most adept at... More »
Look: Most steak houses are the same at heart. Steaks. Potatoes. Salads. The rest is just atmosphere. And frankly, the stuffy, men's-clubby atmosphere of most steak houses is too much for us. Give us the raucous postgame crowd at Mike Shannon's, the air thick with hatred for the Cubs, a medium-rare steak on our plate. If the Cards are out of town, we'll sit in the bar and watch the game on one of the TV screens while we chow down. And if we happen to be there when the Cards aren't there at... More »
Poor Grandpa. By the time you pick him up from the Retirement Castle or drag him off the golf course, you and the rest of your family have argued your appetites away deciding where to take him for dinner. Of course, he'll accept whatever you pick, but he always mutters about the Place Located Along the Interstate, and the time you took him to that hot new tapas restaurant--well, there's only so many times you can tell the man, "They're called small plates because they aren't big." So... More »
A lot of St. Louisans, especially the kind who like to wash a Cardinals game down with Jäger bombs, think of Mike Shannon's as an after-party. Others, especially the kind who drive all the way from the county to see their beloved Cardinals, think of it for a pregame happy hour. But there's a whole Rolex-and-Brooks Brothers crowd that only sets foot in the place at lunchtime. And this lesser-known but much higher-quality version of Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood is most adept at accommodating the masters of the St. Louis universe. Friendly and efficient, the Mike Shannon's staff can whisk the big guys (and gals) in and out in an hour without making it feel too brisk. The menu, with its beef carpaccio, New England clam chowder, truffled chicken salad and turkey club, has something to offer the executives of both worlds, yuppie and blueblood, flashy and frugal. Finally, the deep, deep wine list cultivated by proprietor Pat Shannon does wonders for greasing the wheels of business. Mike Shannon's is a fine place, indeed, to seal a deal.