I had read a review of it in St Louis Magazine in March and filed it away for further reference. That review was really favorable as well, so last Friday for our Friday Lunch Date, that's where we went.
We both chose the same things, not our usual practice, and I will tell you that they were both so good that I can't wait to go back and try the entire menu.
Sam's dad seated us at a nice table in the window. It was a day in the 60's and there were so hearty folks having lunch outside, but I need the mid-70's for that kind of dining.
We had the SEAFOOD GUMBO which is served on Fridays only, and I am sure glad we did. It was scrumptious. We each had a cup instead of a bowl because we wanted to try the COCHON DE LAIT PO-BOY that had been described in the STLMagazine. All I can say is that I was disappointed when I had finished the gumbo because I wanted it to go on and on!
But then we had the COCHON (pork) de LAIT (milk) PO-BOY, which we split, because it's a big sandwich served on a hot and crusty bread made especially for them by Vitale Bakery. YUM!
It was layered with amazingly tender and flavorful pork slices, mayonnaise, tomatoes, lettuce and pickles. Positively scrumptious. What a treat.
We were both full, but we couldn't leave without trying the desserts. I had the HOUSE MADE BREAD PUDDING WITH WHISKEY SAUCE and Chuck had the TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE. Pat Kogos makes the bread pudding and it is unlike any bread pudding I've had in St Louis. It's custardy, with golden raisins and an incredible sauce. It is served hot. The chocolate cake is also served hot! Yes, hot. It has chocolate chunks and a chocolate sauce and is moist and transportable. This cake is made by a lady in Clayton.
We were told that in the summer menu, which is about to appear, there will be a PRALINE CHEESECAKE made by Little Taste of Heaven Bakery from Edwardsville, and a CRAWFISH CORN BISQUE. You can't beat it.
As you can tell we were blown away by this meal. We will be back. And we encourage all of you to go there. It is truly a FIND!
Riverbend Restaurant and Bar
701 Utah Street
St Louis MO 63118