Tonight, unsurprisingly, that might not be the case.
The Cardinals' dramatic victory last night ensured one more night of baseball, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. -- right in a restaurant's sweet spot.
"Only one thing can kill us," says Chris Nashan
of Sidney Street Café
(2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777), "and it's the Cardinals."
Nashan confirms that the acclaimed Benton Park restaurant has plenty of openings tonight.
Through Open Table, Gut Check searched for a table for two at several St. Louis favorites in the seven o'clock hour, with success: Harvest
, Brasserie by Niche
and Vin de Set
all had multiple openings.
We also have reliable (though unconfirmed) word that a spot at Farmhaus
can be had. Eleven Eleven Mississippi
didn't have any openings at 7 or 7:30, but did have tables at 8 and 8:30. Of our (admittedly unscientific) survey, only Annie Gunn's
struck out, with no openings after 5:30 and before 9.
So if you are that rare St. Louisan who doesn't care for baseball, or if you don't mind missing the first few innings, you're likely to land a prime reservation tonight.
Remember, though, win or lose, the Series ends tonight.
"We're booked tomorrow," advises Nashan.
Want to score last-minute reservations at a popular restaurant on a Friday evening? Usually, barring someone else's last-minute change of plans, you're out of luck.