The much-anticipated Little Country Gentleman, the Midwestern tasting-menu dinner concept that will replace Medianoche in the evenings at Half and Half in Clayton, opens tonight at 6pm.
Owner Mike Randolph says fans of Medianoche will be "astonished" at the wholesale changes that have taken place in the space itself, and in true restaurant industry fashion, workers are still putting finishing touches on the space this afternoon.
Cuisine-wise, Randolph says there will be three-, six- and 12-course grand tasting menus available.
"The grand tasting will be more of a whimsical thing. We'll utilize products from the other menus to get a chance to spontaneously create," he says.
Some of the highlights of the six-course menu include what Randolph describes as a "cheeky take on a Reuben, "with corned beef cheek, rib eye and braised cabbage served with a pumpernickel cracker, and Fish In A Bag, which features Missouri trout cooked and served in a brown paper bag, a bit of a tweak of French table-side fish service.
"Hopefully we'll get a laugh out of it," Randolph says. "But at the end of the day it's really good food." The dish is topped off with a broth made out of grapefruit juice and Schlafly American IPA.
Randolph says there are still a few reservations available for opening night.
Little Country Gentleman (at Half & Half), 8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton