River Run

Whalen's on the Wharf sets its ambitions high and fulfills them admirably

A very good carrot-cake dessert was made even better by the clever frosting decoration, consisting of carrot-shaped frosting tipped with parsley for its greens.

The wine list at Whalen's isn't terribly deep, but it's certainly broad, covering not just the expected Chardonnay (four), cabernet (two) and pinot noir (two) but also vouvray, moscato d'Asti and even an Illinois wine made from the chambourcin grape.

Our servers were all fairly young, and although they were attentive and prompt throughout the meal, they could probably use a few more minutes in the kitchen before dinner hours mastering their knowledge of preparation and ingredients.

Whalen's at the Wharf succeeds in its upscale ambitions while retaining a casual river-retreat ambiance.
Jennifer Silverberg
Whalen's at the Wharf succeeds in its upscale ambitions while retaining a casual river-retreat ambiance.

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Bob's Seafood

8660 Olive Blvd.
University City, MO 63132

Category: Retail

Region: Olive Boulevard

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618-786-9273. Hours: 5-9 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 5-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5-8 p.m. Sun.; lunch available late spring-early fall.

Sweet-potato fries with house spiced catsup $4.50
Snapper Duncan $17.95
Steak Whalen $20.95

220 Main St., Grafton, Ill.

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If you're from Missouri, don't forget the alternative of taking the Golden Eagle Ferry/Brussels Ferry combination to complement your Great River Road scenic drive. And if you're from the Illinois side, be glad to have places like Grafton and restaurants like Whalen's, where you can have a very good meal while enjoying the spectacle and heritage of the river.

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