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Best Chain Restaurant St. Louis 2005 - Romano's Macaroni Grill

Romano\'s Macaroni Grill

Romano's Macaroni Grill

8590 Eager Road

Brentwood, MO 63144


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Cars surround the Romano's Macaroni Grill in Brentwood like pigs at a trough. The Macaroni Grill's conceit -- chain restaurants live and die by them -- is northern Italy: aged plaster walls, Mussolini, olive oil, fresh Parmesan cheese. Ignore the externals, though. This is a chain, so a measure of uniformity is understood. The simple truth is, if you pay attention to only the plate, the Macaroni Grill is pretty good. Where other chains deal in overcooked Pasta con Chick-O-Broccoli, Macaroni understands the notion of al dente. Salads (arugula, Bibb lettuce, Caesar, spinach) are fresh and well engineered; the butter melts in the moist bread. Entrées are simple and exhibit at least a modicum of creativity. But best is the "Create Your Own Pasta" option, which turns the reins over to you: Pick your pasta (bowtie, whole wheat penne, linguini, etc.); your protein (chicken, sausage, shrimp, meatballs, etc.); your sauce (roasted garlic cream, Bolognese, olive oil and garlic, tomato basil, pesto and so on); and ingredients (roasted garlic cloves, diced or sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, pine nuts, artichoke hearts, among others). No imagination? Whose problem is that? Consult your favorite cookbook before going. Top it off with the Macaroni Grill's ridiculously decadent smothered chocolate cake and you'll come out feeling not the least bit guilty for contributing to the further decline of Western civilization.
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gordon spicer
gordon spicer

The Macaroni Grill is one of my mothers favorite places to eat. And her and my fathers 50th wedding anniversary is coming up. And seeing as I live in minnesota.. I thought I would treat them to dinner. Do you have gift certificates ? And is it possable to get one thru your web site ? Thanks


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