Will Quirk for Food

Does Wild Flower's loyal clientele come for the food or the atmosphere?

The wine list is reasonably wide-ranging but nothing to write home about, comprising three dozen bottles and dominated by the usual suspects.

Ironically, given the sugariness of so many of the dishes that precede it, dessert options are few. Wild Flower doesn't print up the final course on the menu but relies on a tray to do the talking. And talk up a storm it does, with lots of fanciful syrup doodads decorating the plates. Though I'd thought I'd had enough sweet stuff, it would have been a mistake to miss the apple bread pudding: moist but not soggy, sweet but not saccharine (in contrast to that ill-conceived Golden Chèvre). Cheesecake, both plain and done up chocolate-raspberry, was likewise unimpeachable.

The real delight is the see-and-be-seen-ness Wild Flower offers.
Jennifer Silverberg
The real delight is the see-and-be-seen-ness Wild Flower offers.

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Wild Flower

4590 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Central West End

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Tapenade bruschetta $7
Golden Chèvre salad $10
Best Filet $25
Apple bread pudding $5.50

314-367-9888. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun.

4590 Laclede Avenue

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The real delight about Wild Flower, as any of the restaurant's many fans can tell you, is the see-and-be-seen-ness it offers. Wild Flower regularly receives huzzahs from local media outlets, best-of lists and readers' polls for its Central West End people-watching possibilities -- especially during warm weather, thanks to some prime-location outdoor seating. Perhaps that's why the restaurant's shortcomings so often go overlooked: Customers are too busy looking at the passers-by to pay attention to what's on their plates.

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