If the menu is a step up from the Bleeding Deacon's (in theory if not always in practice), the service feels unsuitably rough around the edges. The staff is friendly enough, but scattered. On multiple occasions our server forgot to tell us that dishes weren't available or involved some substitution until after we'd placed our orders.

And then there was the veggie burger, which reeked unpleasantly of smoke. Apprised of the situation, our server informed us that the kitchen smokes meats in-house and that the chef was, in fact, doing so right then. This, despite the fact that we had made it clear that this was not the smell of in-house smoke. It wasn't wood smoke or charcoal smoke or even Liquid Smoke — nor any imaginable grill-imparted aroma of the smoky sort. It was the smell of smoke you wake up to after a long night's partying, which you didn't notice at the time but the next morning — whoa.

Of course, her theory might have been right. I wouldn't know, though. She didn't offer to ask the chef to come out and, well, clear the air, nor did she offer to substitute another dish, nor did she deduct the veggie burger from our check.

Get comfort-food cozy with a grilled-cheese sandwich at the Crow's Nest. See a slideshow of photos from the Crow's Nest.
Jennifer Silverberg
Get comfort-food cozy with a grilled-cheese sandwich at the Crow's Nest. See a slideshow of photos from the Crow's Nest.

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The Crow's Nest

7336 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Maplewood

7336 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-781-0989.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (Bar open till 1:30 a.m. daily.)

It's the sort of experience that can turn a person off a place for good, and that's unfortunate, whether it's a bistro or a gastro, a pub or a dive.

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