Tuesday, November 2, 2010
#40: Lasagna at Mama Josephine's
By Ian Froeb
on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 3:26 PM
The lasagna is served in a large bowl, as sure a sign of any of its
serious intent. There are eight layers, though you will likely be too
busy digging into the gravy-thick meat sauce -- simmered for eight hours
-- to bother counting. The proportions are key here: The lasagna does
not swim in its own sauce, nor do the noodles overwhelm everything else
with their floppy blandness. There is exactly enough soft, sweet
ricotta, precisely enough melted mozzarella.
(from "Oh, Mama!"
July 22, 2010)Mama Josephine's
4000 Shaw Boulevard
$8.99 (includes garlic bread and salad)I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.
Previously:#41: The "Bucktown" Pizza at Pi Pizzeria#42: Pla song kruang at Basil Spice Thai Cuisine#43: Chori pollo at Mi Ranchito#44: Pizza at La Pizza#45: Fried chicken at Young's Restaurant & Ice Creamery#46: The Philly Cheesesteak at 9th Street Deli#47: Smoked chicken wings at Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill#48: Coffee and a pastry at 222 Artisan Bakery#49: The torta ahogada at Taqueria Durango#50: The "Morganford Mediterranean" Sandwich at Local Harvest Café & Catering#51: Vegetable korma at Gokul Snacks & Sweets#52: Schnitzel & spaetzle at Iron Barley#53: Oxtail stew at De Palm Tree#54: Pho at Pho Long#55: Gyro at Anthonino's Taverna#56: The Lemon Drop Cupcake at the Cup#57: Pupusas at Tres Banderas#58: Gumbo at the Gumbo Shop#59: The burger at Newstead Tower Public House#60: Quesadillas tradicionales at Milagro Modern Mexican
Since opening in March, Mama Josephine's has ascended into the upper echelon of my favorite comfort-food spots. Fried chicken, meatloaf, catfish: It's all good. But nothing is quite as impressive as the lasagna.