Raising the Bar

Anthony's brings class and comfort to the power meal

Another entrée, a thick cod loin pan-seared with a slice of prosciutto underneath, arrived moist and flaky, the mild fish soaking up the ham's saltiness and pungency. Grilled asparagus spears served alongside were topped with crisp bits of shiitake mushrooms and an unexpected but pleasant potato latke well stocked with onion and herbs. A two-inch pork chop encrusted with cornmeal was juicy, but there's only so much flavor in a chop that thick. Combining small, thin green beans with walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese added needed zip on the side, while a grilled risotto cake provided a surprising starch.

"Some people substitute sautéed spinach -- watching their carbs, you know," our server told us after describing the polenta that would underlay a special of braised short ribs. Whoever those people are, they should be banned from this restaurant. Nothing could come close to matching the simplicity of these beef ribs, braised until the meat slides off the bone in flavorful shreds, set atop creamy polenta that soaked up every drop of the meaty juices. It was the only dish that had us fighting for the last bite.

Well, that and a slice of serious-looking three-layer chocolate cake, interspersed with chocolate mousse and topped with ganache. Served with a big scoop of house-made banana ice cream on the side, Tony's signature dessert has earned the honorific. If you're getting in touch with your inner child, go for the soup and sandwich: a cup of warm dark-chocolate dipping sauce and a vanilla ice cream sandwich made with long, thin house-made chocolate cookies. Messy and fun. Rice pudding with dried cherries might tempt you. You might think the molten chocolate cake is just another dessert cliché, a holdover from a few years ago when every restaurant had to have the oozing chocolate lava confectionary. But keep in mind: Everything old is new again.

One part bistro, one part bar, two parts Tony's: Everett 
Lancaster mixes drinks to match Anthony's 
cozy-classy vibe.
Becca Young
One part bistro, one part bar, two parts Tony's: Everett Lancaster mixes drinks to match Anthony's cozy-classy vibe.

Location Info


Anthony's Bar

10 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Downtown


Crab cake with chili-garlic aioli $10.50
Prosciutto-wrapped cod loin $17.50
Pappardelle with Italian sausage and ricotta $14
Polenta-encrusted pork chop $17.50
Chocolate mousse cake $9

314-231-7007. Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

10 S. Broadway

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