A newcomer to Midtown, Plush offers up tasty meals and live shows in a space that's all its own.
Decorated in a shabby-chic sort of way, the vibe is comfortable and kitschy. It's the kind of place that feels a little like grandma's kitchen plus your best friend's first apartment. Things are a little mismatched but perfectly balanced.
The menu, filled with homemade goodness and comfort classics, evokes those same feelings. The shepherd's pie potato skins put a new twist on the usual potato-skin starter. Big, meaty potatoes are hollowed out and stuffed with ground lamb, carrots and peas. The skins are served on top of brown gravy, which I recommend spooning over the top.
For a little green goodness, give the spinach salad a go. The simple, clean spinach is complemented with tomatoes, cranberries and almond slivers. A light, bright honey tarragon vinaigrette brings the fresh flavors together.
The main event is the braised short rib sloppy Joe, generously spooned between house-baked challah and topped with crispy, delicate fried onions.
The beauty of Plush is that it doubles as an entertainment venue, so you can make an entire evening out of a trip there. Drop by for dinner on Saturday night, and stick around after your meal to take in the pop-rock rhythms of St. Louis' own Javier Mendoza.
THE DINNER & SHOW
Plush, 3224 Locust Street, Midtown, 314.535.2686, plushstl.com
Javier Mendoza at Plush, Sat., Feb. 11, 10pm
Amy 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.