by Ian Froeb
By now you are no doubt aware that Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (900 Spruce Street; 314-932-1456) opened in St. Louis earlier this year. You know that the restaurant serves beer -- a lot of beer. And you might have been aware that only this weekend did a few proud St. Louisans try -- but, alas, fail -- to stop a nefarious Kansas City Royals fan from dedicating the first commemorative saucer for drinking 200 different beers at the Flying Saucer to 1985 World Series nemesis umpire Don Denkinger.
But, um, how's the food? And for that matter do the Flying Saucer's employees know the difference between the
You will likely find choosing a beer far more difficult than choosing your meal. The menu more or less restricts itself to classic American bar grub: burgers, pizza, wings. Not that you can argue with this. Few things pair better with beer than a plump soft pretzel slathered with butter and sprinkled with coarse salt. An order from the "Share Plates" portion of the menu brings two pretzels with your choice of dipping sauces (spicy mustard, a cream cheese-chive spread and queso).
These "Share Plates" offer Flying Saucer's most reliable pleasures. The menu informs you that the "Rocket-Tots" are "really good!" As a general rule, I prefer a menu not to have an opinion of itself, but in this case the bragging is justified. These are a crisp, tasty snack: spicy, cheesy Tater Tots served with a dip of sour cream spiked with habaneros.
Check back tomorrow to read my entire review of Flying Saucer, including the rather disturbing answer to that question about the staff and beer.