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.)

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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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7 comments
Mike N.
Mike N.

They were out of waffle fries? Does that mean they're using frozen food service fries? If places like Five Guys and Penn Station can actually make their own fries, I don't know why the Crow's Nest can't.

Miranda Danielson
Miranda Danielson

What part of "it's a bar that serves food" do you not understand?

lol
lol

Brasserie uses frozen fries.

Brian
Brian

And Brasserie's fries aren't very good.

Lincoln Douglas
Lincoln Douglas

I heard through the grapevine that the server mentioned in this review has already been fired, so mission accomplished Mr. Froeb: they obviously got the message. Granted, the food and service need to be good (and I fully agree with the review of the pulled pork), but the place is not really a restaurant; it's a bar that serves food, and it's ten times better than the pub fare we were getting at the Red Lion. The denizens of Maplewood are happy the Crow's Nest is here, and I'll continues to support the place. And it's the only bar in Maplewood where you don't have giant televisions everywhere. Hooray for actual conversation with people!

mellotron debs
mellotron debs

This might possibly be the most stupid review I've ever read. It sounds like the reviewer has a personal vendetta against someone at The Crow's Nest.

Badfish562
Badfish562

Not necessarily. I love the Deacon & Mike, the owner, is a super great guy. I really wanted to embrace the Crow's Nest with all my heart...didn't happen. I agree with this review. I've eaten at the Crow's Nest on 3 different occasions and only liked one dish that I ordered (gravy frites). Service was sub-par as well as the food. Maybe my expectations were set a bit high, but the Deacon blew this place out of the water...their food was a force to be reckoned with.

 
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