When chef Ivy Magruder took over the kitchen at Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-655-5490), the restaurant was -- to put it kindly -- not doing so well. Plagued by a series of bad reviews, financial troubles and guest complaints, the Saint Louis Art Museum knew it had to completely reinvent its less than year-old restaurant if it was to become the dining destination it was intended to be.
Magruder was up to the challenge, overhauling Panorama's menu to include approachable soups, salads and sandwiches -- the type of food one expects from a museum restaurant (and what was missing during its first incarnation). His croque-madame is a prime example of Panorama at its best. The classic French ham and Gruyere sandwich is dressed up with apples and sage, pressed between two slices of Companion bread, smothered in bechamel sauce and topped with a sunny-side-up egg. This knife-and-fork treat gives patrons something to savor besides that incredible view.
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