Brenner has stoked Alumni's menu with a plethora of gluten-free options, no doubt inspired by his work at BOLD but also perpetuating a trend he started at Moxy.

"I think that particular segment of the community is underserved," he says. "If you have a food allergy and you go into a restaurant, you don't necessarily feel comfortable knowing that everything is being done in the back of the house to your specifications. We have an actual separate part of the kitchen that we do all our gluten-free work in. We have a gluten-free fryer. We bake all of our stuff in a completely separate oven."

Over the course of three visits, service was friendly but uneven. Our party was warmly greeted when we arrived for our dinner reservation, and the waitstaff was on the ball, informing diners about specials, describing dishes and offering suggestions — except at our table. We wouldn't have known there were specials had I not already eaten a midweek lunch at Alumni and overheard my server reciting them at another table.

Duck stroganoff with wild mushrooms. Slideshow: Inside Alumni St. Louis Downtown.
Corey Woodruff
Duck stroganoff with wild mushrooms. Slideshow: Inside Alumni St. Louis Downtown.
Alumni St. Louis, 200 North 13th Street. Slideshow: Inside Alumni St. Louis Downtown.
Corey Woodruff
Alumni St. Louis, 200 North 13th Street. Slideshow: Inside Alumni St. Louis Downtown.

With some tweaks and a little more time for the kitchen and waitstaff to work out the kinks, Alumni Saint Louis has the potential to be a downtown-dining staple. The omnipresent Brenner clearly has his hands in all aspects of the business. I saw him at work in the kitchen, greeting tables in the dining room, conducting business meetings in the bar and even giving tours of the restaurant's private dining rooms. Clearly, the local boy intends to do whatever it takes to make his town proud.

Slideshow: Inside Alumni St. Louis Downtown

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jmikestlmo1
jmikestlmo1

I have dined at Alumni now 6 times, and always a fine meal, and love the atmosphere . Great staff, and always a pleasure to be welcomed in a warm way. I think I have tried much of the menu and I am not sure what my Favorite thing would be, but I can tell you it is worth trying each item as you will want to come back to try the items you missed. 

 
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