by Ian Froeb
Only a week remains until Josh Galliano opens his one-night-only pop-up restaurant All-Star Fried Chicken & Fish. All-Star will run Monday, August 13, from 5 p.m. until either 10 p.m. or, more likely, the food runs out inside Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719).
Galliano is offering a full board of "snacks," appetizers, entrées, sides and desserts -- 32 dishes in all, if you count each of the "Preserved Bites" (a selection of such pickles and preserves, one of the snacks) and sides.
The snacks include fried Great Lakes smelt and deviled eggs with pimento cheese and fried chicken livers. Among the appetizers are the classic New Orleans noodle soup (and, as the menu points out, "hangover cure") yaka mein as well as sorghum-glazed pork belly and rabbit and oyster boudin.
Fried chicken is available plain or tossed in hot sauce and is priced by the piece: two for $9, three for $12, four for $15 or five for $18. Other entrées include roasted duck legs with ricotta gnudi, grouper cheeks with grits and a fried oyster po'boy. Among the sides are sliced heirloom tomatoes, pan-roasted zucchini, horseradish beets and stewed cabbage with bacon. The menu warns that the sides "probably aren't as healthy as you'd hope them to be."
Finally, dessert -- or, to be more specific pies: pecan with Four Roses bourbon; upside-down peach; shoofly; sweet potato; black bottom.
StewedSTL also has details on how to place carryout orders. If you're planning to dine in, Gut Check suggest an early arrival -- and patience.