Killer B.

One chef makes the jump from country club to Clayton, with delicious results

The wine list is relatively short, with most stuff in the $25-$35 range by the bottle and $5-$7 by the glass. Service was downright enthusiastic, with our waiters on each night behaving as if they were truly proud and excited to be part of a new adventure.

On both of our visits, Menzel himself was actively cruising the dining room, sometimes actually helping to serve and others showing up a few bites in to inquire about satisfaction. He's physically imposing -- well above 6 feet and probably somewhere around 250 -- but he definitely comes across as the gentle giant, looking a bit like Fred Gwynne in chef's whites. He seemed honestly eager to expound on his cooking approaches, and he reappeared at the very end of the meal to drop off a small plate of cookies and biscotti that he again proudly attributed to his mother-in-law.

B. Tomas
Jennifer Silverberg
B. Tomas

Location Info

Map

B. Tomas

7814 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105-3308

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Clayton

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Details

314-721-3311 Hours: lunch, 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner, 5-10 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 5-11 p.m. Fri & Sat.
Pastas: $11.95-$14.95. Entrées: $16.25-$24.
7814 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton

My only real knock on B. Tomas would be the prices, which struck me as a couple of bucks too high (entrées averaging $20) for a place that seems to be shooting for a more casual, café-style feel. That's going to put him out of reach for some segment of the dining population, and that will, in truth, be a loss both for him and for them. Perhaps a few more selections in the middle teens would go a long way to getting his name (and great food) onto many more lips.

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