Daniel Bauer and Ali Ratcliffe-Bauer, owners of Cherry Street Cellar (formerly The Wine Cellar & Bistro) in Columbia, Missouri, have taken great care to preserve many of the restaurant’s famed traditions, including half-price wines for happy hour.
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But there’s more here to savor beyond the booze: As executive chef, Ali has introduced a seasonally influenced menu that’s making waves. Great Lakes walleye cooked in enriched butternut squash broth with glazed shallots, mushrooms and celery root remoulade and diver scallops in a smoked pecan-brown butter sauce with popcorn grits, honey-roasted delicata squash, parsnips and cardamom-pickled cantaloupe are just the beginning.
She also serves oysters three ways and a few specialties from dry land such as roasted lamb ribs and Patchwork Farms pork schnitzel.
Cherry Street Cellar, 505 Cherry St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.442.7281, cherrystreetcellar.com