We’re in St. Louis! part three: Paul Manno’s Cafe and more

new Creve Coeur intersection St. Louis MO

new Creve Coeur intersection St. Louis MO

This is the new beautiful intersection at Creve Coeur in St. Louis MO.  When we left in
2003, work had just begun.  Now it’s lovely with floral plantings –in fact, many of the
streets in St. Louis have nice garden features in the center strips and at the corners.
The whole city is clean and nice—streets swept, flower gardens at most houses . . .

We spent part of one morning at Creve Coeur Memorial Park.  We used to visit the park
a lot when we lived here.

Creve Coeur Memorial Park St. Louis MO

Creve Coeur Memorial Park St. Louis MO

And even though it was a warm morning, there was a nice breeze and plenty of time to
people-watch—-joggers, walkers, fishermen, wind surfers . . .  This photo doesn’t tell
the true atmosphere, because there were lots of people using the park—-the folks in
St. Louis really take advantage of their parks.

Last night we ate in Creve Coeur at Paul Manno’s Café.  It’s located in a small strip mall
but it’s very “classy” inside—white tablecloths, little lamps on the tables.  Don’t you just
love little lamps on the tables?  We shared cannelloni for an appetizer and I am telling you
it was just wonderful!!  Then we each ordered rack of lamb and the server sliced it by
our table—click, click! and presented us with six delicious lamb chops.  Great.  All of
this with Sinatra crooning over the speaker: “Lady Is a Tramp”, “It’s a Lonesome Old
Town”, “The Very Thought of You”, etc.  Nice evening.

Today we’re planning to go to another suburb of St. Louis: St. Charles.

charming street in St. Charles MO

charming street in St. Charles MO

This is a nice area to spend a day walking around to the many, many
little shops on Main Street.  We passed by the Mother in Law restaurant:

Mother in Law restaurant in St. Charles MO

Mother in Law restaurant in St. Charles MO

because we were on our way to an old favorite—remember this whole
trip is a restaurant journey of old favorites!

restaurant in St. Charles MO--Winery of the Little Hills

restaurant in St. Charles MO–Winery of the Little Hills

The Winery of the Little Hills became a favorite of ours because of
interesting outdoor terraced seating, going up four or five levels.  We
arrived early to find a shady table under an umbrella . . .

Winery of the Little Hills St. Charles MO

Winery of the Little Hills St. Charles MO

But even the shady spot proved to be too warm for a comfortable lunch.
Have I mentioned that the temperature has reached over 100 degrees every
single day we’ve been in St. Louis?  We decided we’d eat inside after all, and
sat in a cute room with corky walls:

cork walls at Winery of the Little Hills St. Charles MO

cork walls at Winery of the Little Hills St. Charles MO

I had a BLT and O’Half had a steak sandwich.  Not as much fun when
you can’t watch terraces full of people.
Afterwards we found our way to an antique mall and I bought three
button cards and a nifty early copy of Nancy Drew—The Bungalow
Mystery.  Nice and early and TWO illustrations inside instead of just
one at the frontispiece.  Here’s a good one:  (click to enlarge)

"As quietly as possible she climbed the trellis." The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew)

“As quietly as possible she climbed the trellis.”
The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew)

Someone received it in “Xmas 1934”–written inside.

Came back to Creve Coeur and went to the Antiques Arcade on Fee Fee
Road—-found lots of goodies to show you in another post.

So the restaurant tour continues–forgot to tell you that the little “mint”
that is offered by some restaurants as you leave turns out to be a real
Peppermint Patty at Paul Manno’s Café.  Yum!
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