Friday, July 30, 2010

A Real Find!

My husband and I went to a new restaurant today that's a real winner! It's on Manchester in Maplewood next to the hardware store. Yes, there's a lovely, old fashioned hardware store still operating in Maplewood.

The name of the restaurant is NOSH. This is what I have to say about this wonderful find. The food is delicious, beautiful and fresh, fresh fresh. We had a fabulous lunch there.

We started with the Grilled Clams drizzled with a house made organic herb lemon gremolata and topped with feta cheese, toasted pistachio nuts atop toasted sour dough. There were 8 clams to the order; my husband and I shared it and it was hard to stop when the clams were gone. The Market price today was $10. My husband had the Lobster Lollie for lunch. This consisted of a Rock Lobster tail seasoned with fresh herbs and spices then grilled on an open flame and lightly brushed with garlic butter and served with a blueberry, lemon, feta couscous, Market Price $12.
I had lightly seasoned and breaded fried calamari with a spicy Tandoori Sauce for $9. I also had the Watermelon Salad that was absolutely delicious and refreshing. It consisted of cubed watermelon, organic local blackberries macerated in Vom Fass strawberry vinegar( a neighboring oil and vinegar emporium), topped with feta cheese, organic basil and mint, $8. The portions were perfect.

The lunch menu has about 4 appetizers: a hummus platter, the grilled clams, the calamari, and the lobster lollie, 3 different kabobs, chicken, beef and shrimp, four interesting salads and five sandwiches-2 of which are vegetarian. The dinner menu includes the lunch menu and specials such as lamb chops and pork tenderloin, etc. whatever is farm or ranch fresh and available. So the menu will be changing with the produce and meats to be found locally. There is also a full bar and music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Nosh also serves breakfast. That menu looks fantastic! for instance, 3 scrambled farm fresh eggs with smoked pit ham, caramelized onion,heirloom tomatoes, house potates and rustic toast for $9 and Banana Nut Bread French Toast loaded with Missouri pecans, soaked in custard, then grilled and served with local Missouri syrup and fresh fruit $9. That's just a sampling. There's a dozen more selections and they all sound delicious.

Nosh is owned by Paula Anderson, who is the chef. Paula was in the first graduating class of L'Ecole Culinaire. she's studied in France and has a fine resume'. Her executive chef is Angela Komis and her daughter, Carlin Starr ( daughter of Bud Starr ) is the General Manager. Ask Carlin to show you her cupcake tattoo!

The restaurant seats about 50 people. It has chocolate brown walls with gold tablecloths and terra cotta colored napkins-it's most attractive. Unfortunately their website is not quite ready but I will publish it as soon as it's up and running.

For now: Nosh Restaurant
7322 Manchester Road

Tell them that "BOO" sent you. You're in for a treat!


  1. Sounds wonderful! I love that the menu changes based on what is fresh and seasonable. Yum!

  2. Love reading about this new restaurant. It sounds fabulous Boo! Thanks for the tip

  3. We took friends to this restaurant on a Friday night, and I would not recommend going for dinner. The food was fine but a band starts playing at around 8:00 and its far too loud for such a small place. The service was not the best. They got our drink and food order wrong. Moreover the mixed drinks were far too sweet. I'm sure that this is a nice place for lunch, but I would avoid it on a weekend night.

  4. My family of four went there for dinner early on a Wednesday night. It was clear that the place hadn't been open long, but we knew that going in - and how does service get better without practice? My husband had a stellar eggplant parm, and I say that as one who is not a huge fan of eggplant. Our 12 year old had the hit of the table, a simple wrap, but done perfectly. Our very picky 4 year old had a skewer of chicken and a bowl of grapes, and the server convinced him to try squash (which he liked - score!). It's a treat to have such great restaurants in my neighborhood, and I look forward to going to Nosh again. Nice write-up!