St. Charles Place Offers Fine Dining in Classic Steak House Form

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Overview: St. Charles Place is known for steaks and chops, but their menu features many favorite recipes from the bygone supper club era, and generous seafood selections. The food is topnotch and the service goes hand in hand with their reputation for upscale dining. The new Good Things For Less menu, makes St. Charles place an affordable restaurant option any night of the week.

Decor: The restaurant has a dark, romantic atmosphere, created by vaulted ceilings and wooden beams throughout the bar and dining room areas. A deep color palate of red and black is used against the crystal chandeliers and eclectic artwork, making the space warm and inviting.

The Drinks: A full bar is available for mixed drinks and cocktails without the frills. The bartenders make a fabulous classic martini, which is accompanied by hand stuffed blue cheese olives. They also carry a small line of domestic and imported bottled beers.

Appetizers: Seafood starters are always a good choice here. The Oysters Rockefeller ($13.99) are a generational throwback made with fresh oysters and topped with a spinach hollandaise sauce. The Coconut Shrimp ($9.99) are impressively large and come with a raspberry horseradish dipping sauce. For a non-seafood option, try the Flaming Saganaki ($7.99), which is  a warm cheese fired up in the classic Greek tradition.

Entrees: First and foremost, St. Charles Place is a prime steak house. The Steak Au Poivre is made with your choice of fillet mignon medallions ($29.99), or Manhattan cut strip steak ($32.99). The meat is encrusted with black pepper and served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Prime Rib Au Jus is available in 16 ($28.99) or 22 ounces ($28.99),  it is slow roasted and seasoned, making it a classic favorite on the menu. All steak entrees can be served with an accent topping ($2.99), such as a horseradish crust or French Bernaise sauce. The Grecian style rack of lamb ($33.99), is succulent, expertly prepared, and comes accompanied with your choice of potato or vegetable. All entrees include fresh bread and butter and a choice of salad; traditional garden, tomato onion, or Caesar. For the burger enthusiast, the steak burgers ($9.99) are made with a half pound of ground tenderloin steak and served with french fries. The burgers can be made in different styles; try the Bistro Burger for a gourmet twist. It comes served on french bread with the restaurant’s signature Cognac sauce, and topped with Caesar salad.

Sides: Make any steak entree a surf and turf with a side of shrimp ($9.99), Alaskan King Crab Legs (market price), lobster (market price), giant diver sea scallops ($11.99), or an east coast crab cake ($8.99).

Desserts: The New York style cheese cake ($7.00) is creamy without an overpowering sweetness. The key lime pie ($7.00) has a tart taste and a velvety smooth consistency.  

Service: When wait times are long in the dining room, it is usually easy to find a table or seat at the bar, but reservations are accepted. The servers are friendly and always happy to assist with menu choices.

Signature Dish: Steak au Poive with mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Address: 2550 E. Main St.
Cost: $$$


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