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Al Smith's Feasting Fox Restaurant & Pub
Ranked #788 of 2,971 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Price range: $20 - $20
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 12, 2014

Great restaurant, great value for your money, and the place is pretty cute. The owners are so sweet, and the staff is great, attentive and caring. The sausage sampler, cheese puffs and ravioli as appetizers are just awesome. As for the entrees, any one will do but the sweet and sour pork was fantastic. They have a great brunch on Sundays with some more home style food for only 10 bucks. Make sure you try this place out.

Thank Hiram N
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

This is a local German place that is just what you expect . . . good food, some historic touches to the restaurant, and a relaxed but respectable atmosphere.
As an added bonus, the owner is a historic car aficionado and he has hung photographs around the restaurant (including the rest rooms) without detracting from the historic touches of the building.
Food is good to very good and service, for the most part, is more than satisfactory.
Try the house dressing on the salad - it has horseradish in it and is fantastic.

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Thank iamabum4ever
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

the atmosphere is fun, especially for locals. The food was very tasty. Save room for the German Chocolate cake, made in house and excellent. Hopefully the wait staff has warmed up to public, but don't let that deter your visit.

1  Thank disappointed60958
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Authentic German Cuisine, Homey Atmosphere, Wonderfully Hospitable Host, Talented Chef and at a reasonable price.....

My Group of Four Powell Hall St. Louis Symphony Season Ticket Holders spent a delightful evening at Feasting Fox.

We are an older group and we KNOW good German Cuisine. This is the best we have found in St. Louis and environs.

We tried the Feasting Fox because we had a Coupon from an Entertainment book web offer and decided to travel the 15 minutes from Powell Hall. A little out of the way, but well worth it.....we were there for 2.5 fantastic hours.

Our Review-

a) Feasting Fox is straight shot down Grand. Private, off the street parking behind the restaurant immediately adjacent to the entrance.

b) A wonderful old building. Really historic and cozy. This is not a slick, packaged, market researched interior designers' crowd pleasing site. It has a warm, homey, and a bit eccentric feel to it. AND it has a terrific back story- founded as a show place for Anheuser-Busch beers to prove that drinking beer was something decent people did. It has survived a fire, multiple owners, a period of abandonment and a downturn in the fortunes of its neighborhood (which now seems to be reviving).

c) It was quiet (although we were told it was an usually quiet Sunday night) and we got a BIG table - something people our age really like.

d) Great Beer and Wine (imported and local) at reasonable prices. Properly chilled- not cold. Served in proper glassware. Two of us tried a local wheat based beer, another tried an amber import and the fourth in our group had a Rhineland white wine. Perfect.

e) A word about our host/waiter- Pete. He grew up in the neighborhood, and has moved back in as an adult. He is young (compared to us at least) and clearly loves the neighborhood. He knows its history and has a vision for its future. That's fitting since the restaurant was saved from the bulldozer by a neighborhood association effort that culminated in a local couple taking it under their wing. Pete was pleasant, knowledgeable, funny and NOT a bother....he was there when we needed him and appropriately absent when we did not.

f) The food.

For an appetizer we shared the German Sausage Sampler: Assorted sausages including their homemade Sausage Wellington with horseradish cream sauce. Just enough and of the highest quality.

Three of us started with German Black Bean Soup served with German breads, a slowly simmered fusion of black beans, smoked ham hocks and fresh vegetables. All three of us agreed it was among the very best we ever had. A second bowl would have been very welcome. The fourth member of our group had the Soup of the Day, French Onion. I take it from his comments that it was good, but not great. The only item of the night to get less than superlative reviews.

Two of us had Wiener Schnitzel. First rate veal. Fresh. Properly coated with a dusted crust and seasoned just right. Tender and tasty. A mushroom and caper cream sauce lightly coated it- strong flavor but in no way overpowering. It came with Mashed Potatoes and a Vegetable Medley. Both excellent (nothing packaged here). I chose to get a Potato Pancake with homemade applesause in place of the Mashed Potatoes (for a slight surcharge)- the best I have had since Munich.

Another in our group chose the Sauerbraten. Marinated top round beef with red potatoes and carrots accompanied by sweet and sour red cabbage and homemade apple sauce. He raved about it. Saubraten can easily be overly sharp in flavor or too bland....there is a narrow band in which both the marinade and the beef have to coexist....Feasting Fox knows what it is doing with this classic.

The fourth member of our group had Black Forest Sweet and Sour Pork. I had never heard of this dish but my friend who grew up in a German family in a German town in Wisconsin assured me it was. Sauteed pork loin, apples and sun dried cherries in a sweetened apple cider vinegar sauce served over sauteed spaetzle. Very tasty and everything he expected.

All of the servings were ample and we finished every bit.

For desert, three of us had their homemade Apple Strudel (fresh cut apples, perfect phyllo pastry and high quality ice cream). An ample serving. The fourth of our group had German Chocolate Cake which he declared to be really wonderful. A large slice and beautifully presented. Each of us had coffee or tea.

g) The Bill pre-coupon was $130.60 for four of us. 3 premium beers, 1 wine. An appetizer plate. 4 soups and bread. 4 entrees with three sides each. 4 Desserts. Coffee and Tea. With the discount it came to $104.49. We tipped at a well deserved 20 percent level.

The chef that evening, Ron, was clearly the unseen star of the show and we asked our host, Pete, to give him our compliments.

We have four more concerts in our series and I suspect that we have now found our "spot" for feasting....at the Fox.

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

This historic restaurant and pub is located in St. Louis at 4200 South Grand at Meramec and features fine German dining in a delightful alpine setting. The service is efficient and the food is very tasty. Prices are moderate and the experience is worth the trip to this out of the way location. Free parking is available in the rear and there is a beer garden out back.

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Thank Harry W
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