Downtown Clayton is not known for its lack of nice lunch spots. Perhaps because if the many area options or because Mad Tomato is tucked between a pedestrian zone and government buildings, I had missed this gem until just this year. Don't make my mistake -- check it out now!
Mad Tomato is an energetic but professional environment. The lunch menu offered an array of options which made two St. Louis locals and an east coast guest quite happy. The menu included a heavy emphasis on local, fresh ingredients and a balance of lighter and more substantial options. All three of our meals -- entree salad, toasted ravioli, and a sandwich -- were thoughtfully prepared and plated. Even the pickle accompanying the sandwich was memorable.
The wait staff are also quite with mentioning. This is not the location for a highly confidential conversation -- largely because the Mad Tomato staff are so frequently by to ensure you have everything you need, are loving your meal, and to top off your beverage. They are upbeat and well-informed on the menu.
The only downside to this place is finding it then securing parking. If you go for lunch, head over a little before noon to ensure you get a nearby parking spot. And bring your change so you can make use of one of Clayton's many metered parking spot.
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