There is lighter dinner fare: large salads; a chicken stir-fry; and very good ravioli with chicken, spinach and cheese. The expansive menu also includes sandwiches, pizzas from a hearth-fired oven and a rotating nightly special. The dessert menu doesn't brim with creativity, but the dessert I tried, carrot cake with butter-pecan ice cream, was delicious and, in keeping with the entrées, more than enough for two.

Though the bottles are housed in an attractive shelving unit that separates the main dining room from the bar, the wine list doesn't vary much from the standard template, with many varietals represented but no depth to speak of. That said, a few wines are available by the quartino, which offers more for your buck than by-the-glass menus. Service is very good. Indeed, from the front of house to the kitchen, BC's Kitchen is a very well-oiled machine. You might not guess it's only a few months old.

Bill Cardwell heads west with his new venture, BC's Kitchen.
Jennifer Silverberg
Bill Cardwell heads west with his new venture, BC's Kitchen.

Location Info


BC's Kitchen

11 Meadows Circle Drive
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Charles County


BC's Kitchen
Beef short ribs...$17.75
Pork chop...$21.75
11 Meadows Circle Drive #400, Lake St. Louis; 636-542-9090.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.

In the end, how you feel about BC's Kitchen might depend on how far you have to drive to get there. If you live in or near the city, as I do, you might not be willing to drive 90 minutes round-trip (give or take) for a meal much like you can get at several much closer restaurants. On the other hand, if you live in or near Lake St. Louis, BC's Kitchen is a welcome change from the big-box chain mentality seemingly inseparable from exurbs — at least until the economy improves and the alien pod beings can regroup to finish us off once and for all.

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