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From the owner of the late and much missed Bleeding Deacon Public House comes the Crow’s Nest. This laidback Maplewood hangout spot tries to balance the Bleeding Deacon’s rakish, dive-bar charm with a more ambitious menu — and a more adventurous one at that. Start simple with waffle fries smothed with dill truffle gravy and bacon, and peruse a seasonal menu that often includes pub staple burgers, fish and chips and an upped-ante rendition of the BLT. Craft beers abound and bacon infused whiskey awaits adventurous drinkers in a maple syrup tinged rendition of a Manhattan, but you can have Stag if you prefer. Come for the grub and stay for entertainment in the form of live DJs and trivia. Happy hour happens Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
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The Crow's Nest (7336 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-781-0989) The Hours: Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with late-night specials Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sund... More »
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I can't go without ordering the truffle and dill frites. They're salty, rich, and earthy. Creative bar food without going over the top to show they can be different. Another favorite of mine is the gorgonzola pear bread pudding, with basil chiffonade. The bread is moist, the blue is subtle, and it all works really well together. And most of the time, the server can tell you which of the rotating beers you need to try, based either on what you're ordering or what you've said you like.
Disappointing experience. The frog legs were very disappointing, we were served four very, very small frog legs for $9. The apple and wild mushroom sandwich was most disappointing...lots of bread, lots of apple and two very thin slices of mushroom on each half; essentially it was an apple sandwich. We politely informed the waitress of our disappointment and she said she informed the manager; however, the manager did not bother to acknowledge our complaint. We left hungry.
"Sorry, we're out of Stag," says Crow's Nest bartender Kenny Snarzyk, immediately upon our arrival. The words cut like knives; truly they are five of the most heinous in the English language. Reeling and in shock, we seek solace at the jukebox. This particular 'box has pedigree: It was the same that won the now bygone Bleeding Deacon its "Best Jukebox" RFT award in 2009. Morrissey will do fine for now; it matches the mood. The Smiths, the Cure, Joy Division -- their sadness is shared in... More »
On This American Life's Episode 245, "Allure of the Mean Friend," Ira Glass conducts a sly experiment to see if niceness pays, literally: Two waitresses are bugged with microphones and encouraged to be sweet, attentive and friendly to a few tables while practicing neglectful and impatient service with others. The result? The overlooked tables left significantly larger gratuities than the spoiled ones, which in turn generally tipped closer to the standard 15 percent. You might conclude that... More »
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