The beer list features several local craft brews on draft, though the pleasure of drinking Urban Chestnut's Zwickel out of a heavy tankard was slightly dampened by the fact that the bar keeps said tankards chilled. The wine list won't wow you, but it contains a number of decent everyday selections.

Again, the servers don't make a big deal about the Block's in-house butchering. In fact, if you didn't know about it already and somehow failed to notice the meat case when you walked in, you might toddle home none the wiser. Along similar lines, don't go expecting to see an all-in, nose-to-tail approach to meat cutting. The butcher shop is neat, but it isn't essential.

The "Family Style Platter" features house-cured meats, potted pig, apple and raisin chutney, and country bread. See more of Jennifer Silverberg's photos from the block here.
Jennifer Silverberg
The "Family Style Platter" features house-cured meats, potted pig, apple and raisin chutney, and country bread. See more of Jennifer Silverberg's photos from the block here.

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The Block

146 W. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Webster Groves

Details

The Block
"Potted Pig"...$8
Braised pork...$14
T-bone steak...$18
146 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-918-7900.
Hours: 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (Closed Sun.)

More than anything else, the Block distinguishes itself as a neighborhood restaurant that isn't yet another joint turning out fried apps, burgers and pizzas. Marc Del Pietro's not reinventing the wheel here, but he is making the most of a prime location — that rare hybrid of suburbia and walkable commerce. It's enough to make me wish there were something like it where I live.

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