Food Photo Essay: The Block Restaurant Butcher and Bar in the Central West End

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Editor's note: Sometimes food renders Gut Check speechless. That's why God invented the DSLR. In our continuing effort to cause your mouth to water onto your keyboard, we bring you our weekly Food Photo Essay...

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

This week's edible pixels combine to form the recently opened Central West End location of The Block Restaurant Butcher and Bar (33 North Sarah Street; 314-535-5100). The restaurant is open for dinner Mon.-Thu. 5-10 p.m., and Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m. Weekday lunch and Sunday hours are said to be coming soon.

All photos by Crystal Rolfe. Bone appétit!

See also: - RFT's review of the Block Restaurant Butcher and Bar's original location in Webster Groves

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

The meat at The Block is butchered in-house. Here chef Marc Del Pietro cuts the grass-fed New York strip steaks.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

New York strips are seasoned with a house-made pepper mix before grilling.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

The evening's "Butcher's Special": A petite tender served with garlic herb fries.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

The "Meat Special": A grilled New York strip steak served over creamed spinach with smoked bacon and blue cheese butter, garnished with crisped potato.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

Grilled Missouri trout with a cornmeal crust, served with roasted cauliflower, green beans, crisped onions and herb butter.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

Double Star Farms Amish chicken, grilled and served over Yukon gold potatoes, butternut squash, mushrooms, arugula and a honey-balsamic reduction.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

Oven-baked apple crisp with ice cream.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

Chocolate pudding with toasted marshmallows.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

Steaks on the grill at the Block.

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