TIDBITS:Andrew White is now the executive chef at Provençal-themed Café Campagnard, in the Lafayette Center at Manchester and Baxter in Manchester. One of his first duties was to create a new summer menu, featuring lighter items like crispy duck confit, seafood-mousse terrine and a chilled soup of the day. Summer entrees include trout dusted in pistachio flour and mushroom ravioli with truffle oil. Call 636-256-3949.... Paul's in Clayton, 7814 Forsyth, will host one of its popular New England Seafood Steamer dinners on Sunday, Aug. 8, with seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. For $37.95, you get a pound-and-a-quarter lobstah; steamed crab legs, mussels, clams and shrimp; roasted new potatoes, corn on the cob; and Key lime pie. Call 721-3311.... Tomatillo's fast-food Mexican is now available at a fourth location, this one at 7931 Forsyth in Clayton (726-6688), adding to its existing spots in University City, Olivette and Maryland Heights. Recent chatter on the Internet indicates that they may also be looking to open a city location sometime soon.... Yemanja Brasil (2900 Missouri at Pestalozzi in the Benton Park neighborhood, 771-7457) now makes its Brazilian specialties available on an outside patio.
TASTE OF ST. LOUIS: A recent press release from an out-of-town PR schlepper representing a St. Louis hotel restaurant singed my sensibilities somewhat, for several reasons. To be fair and because the historic hotel itself has endured the repeated delays in the expansion of St. Louis convention capacity and will continue to have to put on a brave face as a massive construction project starts up outside its front door I note in passing that the charming Alpine-decor restaurant space in the Mayfair Hotel (birthplace of Mayfair dressing) has switched its theme to "authentic Midwest steakhouse."
That said, I have to gently chide the Mayfair and owner Wyndham Grand Heritage Hotels first for not recognizing that downtown is already supersaturated with "authentic Midwest steakhouses" (Dierdorf & Hart's, St. Louis Steakhouse, Al's, J.T.'s) and then for sending the work of promoting a St. Louis institution to a Nashville agency, but probably most of all for not ensuring the local accuracy of the agency's work. Check out this interesting new nickname for St. Louis, from the press release: "The Mayfair Grill ... is the Archway City's answer for people who love steaks and other tried-and-true Midwestern favorites." Uh-huh. Remind me to visit the "Grand Old Opera" next time I get to Nashville.