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Monday, August 19, 2013

First Look: Tripel Brasserie Serves Belgian Beer and Fare in Lafayette Square

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Tomato stuffed with laughing bird shrimp | Mabel Suen
  • Tomato stuffed with laughing bird shrimp | Mabel Suen

Escargots, waterzooi and stoofvlees might sound a bit out there to most of us, but that's because Tripel Brasserie (1801 Park Avenue; 314-678-7787) introduces a style of food that, until now, hasn't been fully addressed in St. Louis: Belgian cuisine, requisite with all the glorious beer.

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Tripel Karmeliet | Mabel Suen
  • Tripel Karmeliet | Mabel Suen

Tripel, named after one of the oldest styles of Belgian ale, opened in Lafayette Square on June 26 in the space previously occupied by Lafayette Fire Company No. 1. Developed by Max Crask, Jim Darst and Terry Oliver, Tripel attempts to channel an old-world European vibe with the low-key sheen of a modern brasserie. The design of ornate, antique glasses and woodwork hails from the '20s and '30s.

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