Thursday, September 30, 2010

eleven eleven mississippi, st louis mo
1111 mississippi, st louis mo
thursday, september 30, 2010, 5:30-6:40

taking its name from its street address, eleven eleven mississippi features cuisine inspired by both tuscan and northern californian cooking. the restaurant is located in historic layfayette square, which is one of st louis oldest neighborhoods. we arrived around 5:30 on this thursday, and were seated immediately without a reservation.
the restaurant was originally a brick warehouse, and although it has been completely renovated, you can still tell its origins. restaurant is a loft style, with three tiers set up for dining. we were seated on the second tier with a great view of the open kitchen.
menus were delivered, water was poured, and our pleasant server gave us a few minutes to look things over. it turns out a three course menu with wine pairings is offered on thursday nights. if we were not on our way to a show at the pageant, we would have most definitely gone that route.
my wife, in need of caffeine, opted for a pepsi as her beverage. my beer choice for the evening was stella artois, a belgian lager style beer that i am very familiar with.

we kicked things off with an incredible assortment of regional cheeses and cured meats. the board featured 3 types of cheese, a white cheddar bathed in port wine, a fontina, and a cheese infused with sun dried tomatoes and basil. for the meats, salami and prosciutto were offered. also on the board was fresh bread, almonds, walnuts, strawberries, grapes, raisins, and a delicious mustard based spread. everything on the board was great, but the white cheddar soaked in port was the standout for me.  the board was easily big enough for four people, but we finished with no problems.
after the meat and cheese board, a warm bread topped with caramelized onions was brought to the table. the bread was served with olive oil and parmesan cheese for dipping. the bread was delicious on its own, as well as dipped. as usual, i consumed more of it than was necessary.
my entree for the evening was the shellfish fettuccine. the dish was comprised of mussels, scallops, shrimp, clams, tomatoes, and eggplant. it was covered in a spicy cream sauce. as you can see, there was no shortage of seafood, and the sauce had just the right amount of spice so as not to overpower the seafood's delicate flavors. overall, the dish was great. as far as spicy seafood pastas go, i would rate this amongst the best i have had.
my wife's entree for the evening was the potato encrusted alaskan halibut. the dish was served in a lobster buerre blanc, and was accompanied by roasted spaghetti squash and snow pea pods. the dish was a hit with the wife, and i was only allowed a small bite, which was good.

being that we had a show at the pageant to attend, we skipped dessert and settled the bill. this was our second visit to eleven eleven, and it definitely lived up to our memories of our first meal.

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