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The Place: The Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407), South City's ever evolving, upscale barbecue restaurant, open for lunch Tuesday through Friday.
The Deal: A beef brisket sandwich with a side of caramelized-onion mashed potatoes for $8.50
The sandwich is sizable, though not overwhelming, with several large slabs of slow-smoked, tender brisket. Next to it sits a small -- a little too small, maybe? -- pile a of tangy, crisp coleslaw that complements the brisket perfectly. To top it off, pick your choice of three tasty barbecue sauces: Carolina mustard, jalapeño and sweet barbecue. The full effect is hearty yet delicate all at once.
Unlike the sandwich, the caramelized-onion mashed potatoes were a bit underwhelming. The potatoes were creamy, but the promised onions were hardly detectable, leaving the dish tasting rather ordinary for its price tag. A better option might have been the gourmet mac 'n' cheese.
The Verdict: In the competitive world of St. Louis barbecue, this is certainly no Pappy's. But if you're looking to skip the lines and have a more traditional-upscale lunch, it's certainly a decent deal that will leave you satisfied.