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Despite a new name and location, the sights are largely the same at Route 66 Brewery and Restaurant

On the other hand (give me a one-handed critic!), the Missouri trout was excellent, its pure flavor serving as a perfect foundation for a subtle lemon-pepper sauce.

I remembered the apple pie from our previous visits, and my memory wasn't disappointed -- still crisp but very thin slices, stacked several layers high, with a smooth caramel sauce at the base. The bread pudding, too, was a fine dessert, rich and thick but not overwhelmingly heavy.

Ten house-brewed beers are listed on the menu, and a seasonal feature rotates, but only six were available on the evening that we visited, and these were predominantly lighter. A Bohemian pilsner was the seasonal specialty, and although refreshing, it was somewhat innocuous, lacking the aromatics of something like a Pilsner Urquell. The darkest of the available choices, the American Brown Ale, was full-bodied without being overpowering and had a smooth, toasty finish. The beers are available in small sampler portions (six at a time) or by the regular glass. Especially in warmer weather, however, I found that the sampler sizes warmed up too quickly and didn't permit sufficient enjoyment of the various bouquets.

Despite a change of location and name, things are largely the same at Route 66 Brewery & Restaurant.
Jennifer Silverberg
Despite a change of location and name, things are largely the same at Route 66 Brewery & Restaurant.

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Route 66 Brewery & Restaurant

1820 Market St.
St Louis, MO 63103-2274

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Summit Brewing Group

50 Crestwood Executive Center
Crestwood, MO 63126

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Crestwood/ Sunset Hills/ Sappington/ South Lindbergh

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Hours: lunch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; dinner, 4 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 4-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; pizzas, salads and appetizers at the bar, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Entrées: $11.95-$14.95
Phone: 314-231-4677
1820 Market St. (Union Station)

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The Route 66 theme is captured in any number of ways throughout the restaurant, with one wall decorated with a map outlining the Chicago-to-LA path and reproductions of classic postcards of the '30s and '40s; another featuring the pressed-metal road signs that marked the route; and still another sporting a WPA-style mural of a truck traversing the desert. Although you'll probably intrude on people sitting at their tables, history buffs and Route 66 fans will certainly want to wander around for closeup views of photographs of the various tourist attractions, distinctive hotel and restaurant architectures and other points of interest that marked America's most famous highway.

Although Route 66 offers Sunday hours of operation, be forewarned that you'll find only salads, appetizers and pizza during those hours. The Palamands did this to balance a corporate custom of having at least one day a week off with the tourist reality of Union Station as a seven-day attraction.

Meanwhile, now that I've again recognized that even one or two regression analyses can lead me back on the road to ruin, and that velocity definitely kills, I'm definitely on the bandwagon again and working toward becoming a sober and constructive member of society again -- because, as one of many punch lines to an old joke goes, if you laid all the economists in the world end to end ... it would be a good thing.

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