At the Seven Gables Inn in Clayton, Missouri, the in-house restaurant, Seven, celebrates St. Louis “lost classics” – iconic popular dishes from now-shuttered restaurants across the city. The newly renovated boutique hotel and upscale-casual American bistro debuted last year and currently offers services including curbside pickup, delivery and courtyard dining.
The concept comes from Amy and Amrit Gill of Restoration St. Louis and Innkeeper Hospitality Services. According to Joseph Cramer, the director of food and beverage at Seven Gables Inn, signatures of the menu include Busch’s Grove Russ Salad. The callback dish features a blend of iceberg and romaine, grilled chicken breast, tiger shrimp, local ham, tomato, American cheese and Bellevue dressing made up of a blend of boiled egg, dill, chives and seasonings.
“We are an American bistro that draws inspiration from classics and does them well,” Cramer says. “I find that folks come in and say ‘Wow, I haven’t had this salad in years.’ It’s fun forming a common bond with guests going down memory lane, if you will.”
Additional “lost classics” on the menu include Ramon’s Chicken Tortilla Soup and The Harvest Strip, a 14-ounce prime hand-cut New York strip served with Riddles Penultimate Magical Potatoes and roasted mushrooms, dressed in truffle oil and fresh herbs.
Popular picks outside of the nostalgic selections include A Salmon In Brussels, a Creole-spiced and seared market salmon over flash-fried Brussels sprouts in a balsamic glaze tossed with salt-cured pork belly, braised carrot, roasted sweet peppers and green onion.
The kitchen also offers weekly specials, often seafood-driven and sourced from Bob’s Seafood in University City. Past specials have included seared sea scallops over a bed of risotto with tomato coulis. A brunch menu is also available on Sundays.
From the bar, guests can choose from 12 primarily local taps and a growing collection of bottles that currently includes 76 bourbons and 26 scotches. Cocktails are also available and can be prepared for curbside orders.
“We’re able to offer a personal touch and get creative, and I think that’s the key here,” Cramer says. “We pride ourselves on being able to offer personal individual attention with every experience.”
Seven at Seven Gables Inn, 26 N. Meramec, Clayton, St. Louis, Missouri, 877.243.8162, sevengablesinn.com