St. Louis, MO 63110
Riverfront Times' Description
Owner Ben Poremba has transformed a circa-1920s Standard Oil gas station in the city's up-and-coming Botanical Heights neighborhood into a beautiful wine bar and casual restaurant. The menu features small plates meant to be shared: cheeses; salume from the acclaimed south-city salumeria Salume Beddu (in which Poremba is a partner); hummus and other spreads; salads and straightforward, flavorful vegetable and seafood dishes. Each night a different special is available from the rotisserie oven (e.g., roast lamb every Saturday). The wine list ranges across the old and new world, including Romania, Slovenia, Greece and other lesser-known regions. The cocktail and beer menus are also excellent. Diners seeking a more sophisticated experience can visit the adjoining restaurant, Elaia.
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