The Black Duck- St. Louis
Mr. T was in St. Louis for work last week so I decided to join him for a quick 24 hour trip. On the agenda- hanging out Side Project Brewery and getting some delicious regional eats starting at The Blue Duck.
This sprawling tavern in Maplewood specializes in American comfort food with hearty starters like the delicious crock of roaster cauliflower with butter, cheese and fried sage alongside a plate of homemade cornbread served with smoked apple butter sauce and whipped honey butter.
I honestly love anything with the word "honey butter" attached but this cornbread was especially wonderful. The top outer shell was crisp and buttery while the insides stayed light and almost creamy in texture. Since comfort food seemed to be the name of this game I went all out with some Macaroni & Cheese and the Grilled Chicken Club sandwich.
This sandwich was far beyond an ordinary chicken club with thick cut Swiss Cheese, extra crispy bacon, avocado and honey chipotle mayo on a green chili brioche. It had all the satisfying elements of a club sandwich but was elevated to super sandwich levels by the sweet and spicy flavor of the mayo working with the fluffy green chili bun.
The only small disappointment in the meal was the Duck Fried Rice. Being that this was a "duck" restaurant expectations were high and while the meat was tender and juicy enough, the flavor was completely overwhelmed by too many green onions in the rice and a heavy handed drizzle of ginger lime mayo on top.
After dinner we headed back to Side Project to share a few bottles and then off to bed; eight hours down, sixteen to go, all pretty fantastic so far.
2661 Sutton Boulevard
Maplewood, Missouri 63143