For the most part, the food I indulged in during Andy and I's stay in St. Louis consisted of home cooking- cookies, turkeys, prime rib, french toast, cake...and of course a couple of stops at our all-time favorite St. Louis stops- Schlafly Bottleworks.
But, we did manage to squeeze in a fantastic dinner at Kemoll's with Andy's parents. Kemoll's is a St. Louis tradition, and Andy's Dad has been going to the restaurant for years. Even better, from 5-6:30, most evenings, you can get a three-course dinner with garlic cheese bread (unlimited!) for $19.95.
In addition to our three-courses, we ordered two appetizers. First, the Toasted Ravioli filled with meat sauce:
This was my first time having the popular St. Louis dish, which is essentially breaded and fried ravioli, and it is heavenly. The ravioli's aren't over-fried, and only have a thin coating of breadcrumbs to create a nice crunch. When you bite through the crust, the ravioli burst in your mouth and fill it with a hearty, traditional meat sauce. This is an appetizer worth trying to re-create at home, since it isn't found very many places outside of St. Louis.
The other must-have appetizer (according to Andy's family who swear they can't go to Kemoll's without ordering it) is the Carciofi Fritti, or fresh fried artichoke hearts:
These are so addicting! Once you dip a couple of these into the garlic mayonnaise and try a bite- you're hooked! I can understand why Andy's family consider this appetizer essential to have.
After this, came the dinner salad with garlic cheese bread:
The garlic cheese bread is almost as addicting as the Carciofi Fritti- especially when it comes out piping hot with the cheese still bubbling on the top.
Andy and I decided to split our entree, because we knew we wouldn't be able to finish one on our own. The grilled catch of the day was salmon and you can choose your sauce. We had the olive oil and oregano:
It was a beautiful presentation and a nice piece of fish- a nice, light compliment to all of the other indulgences of the night. It also left us with some room for the dessert:
We all really loved this chocolate cake because it was light, fluffy, and made with bittersweet chocolate so it wasn't too sweet. Even the frosting wasn't overpowered by sugar. It's amazing that we were all able to finish our entire slices, but it was worth it!