The Back Burner

Restaurant August is a super-fancy bummer

August's wine list, mostly California-based, sports admirably modest markups in the lower- and mid-price ranges. While there are plenty of reasonable whites to choose from, the selection of reds isn't as balanced: Not including by-the-glass options, roughly three-fourths of these are priced above $50.

It turns out that Restaurant August was christened after chef and co-owner August Mrozowski (first name pronounced like the month, last name pronounced moe-zow-ski), owner of Augie's Front Burner in downtown Springfield, Illinois. That moniker rings less stuffy, comfier, denim as opposed to diamonds. According to a manager who's worked at both places, the seven-year-old Springfield establishment, a red-awninged storefront eatery, offers a more casual ambiance and service than the new spot in Clayton. Yet the menus at both places are strikingly similar -- aside from an uptick in prices at the newer, frillier location.

August in springtime: Downtown Clayton's fanciest restaurant has room to grow.
Jennifer Silverberg
August in springtime: Downtown Clayton's fanciest restaurant has room to grow.

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Augusta Winery

5601 High St.
Augusta, MO 63332

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: St. Charles County

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Black bean cakes $9
Salad nicoise $10
Potato-crusted grouper $19
White chocolate tower $9

314-862-5454. Hours: lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

12 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton

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It sounds like Mrozowski developed a recipe for success in Springfield. If he wants his latest venture to live up to the "venerable" sense of its name, he's going to have to do some tweaking.

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