It’s winter in St. Louis. There’s nothing funny about that. It’s tax season. Nope, there’s nothing funny about that, either. Cardinals’ pitcher Chris Carpenter won’t be playing baseball this season. Now that’s just straight-up tragic. It seems like we all could use a reason to laugh; thank goodness for comedian Brian Regan. Of course, when you plan your evening to include one of the following dining destinations, you’ll be feeling good all night long.
Be prepared to see the humor in just about everything mundane when you go see Brian Regan on Sat., March 2, at the Peabody Opera House. From his classic bit about air travel – you know what’s left for the folks in the back of the plane to eat – to new material that is sure to have you rolling in the aisles, he says the things that most of us think. You’ll be left wondering why you hadn’t written it yourself.
Before the show, however, make time to have a delicious dinner. Both of this week’s selections will leave you happier than Regan when he’s in the back row of an airplane.
Located on Washington Avenue, Mango Peruvian Cuisine offers St. Louis a taste of Peru. Start your dinner with the Cevice Mixto, tilapia, mussels, shrimp and octopus cold-cured in freshly squeezed citrus juices with Peruvian peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro. Carry on the seafood theme with the Pescado A Lo Macho. The dish features a fresh fillet of fish topped with a variety of seafood in a spicy aji rocoto sauce served with white rice and golden potato.
Or, if you’re coming Downtown from Chesterfield, grab dinner first at Oceano Bistro. The Pan-Roasted Freshwater Prawns, dressed with Provencal saffron-vegetable relish, shellfish butter and garlic aioli, are a great beginning. Follow it up with the Grilled Jumbo Sea Scallops, served with a white truffle beurre fondue.
Either way, you’ll enjoy meals that make you feel like you’re sitting in first class.
Mango Peruvian Cuisine, 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993, mangoperu.com
Oceano Bistro, 6125 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.536.9404, oceanobistro.com
Brian Regan, Sat., March 2, 8pm, Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market St., peabodyoperahouse.com
Every Thursday, Amy Burdge recommends a restaurant to attend before a local cultural event for a great night out. Missed one of her Dinner & A Show columns? Get them all here. Outside of FEAST, Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.
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