There aren’t many Sundays left when we’ll be able to eat outside, perhaps only through October. We like the fresh-air factor, however, so we pondered our options, and, following our own advice, checked by phone before we left the house. The first four we called no longer serve the meal.
We ended up at Barrister’s in Clayton, amidst the soccer paraphernalia and half a dozen screens showing the Chelsea-Manchester United match. (Fine with us; we once spent a week watching World Cup telecasts in Norwegian.)
The entire large lunch menu is available as well as breakfast items, but we stayed with the latter. French toast is made with cinnamon raisin bread, which doesn’t yield a particularly handsome result, but the bread was mostly well-soaked in the batter and was good enough to make the syrup almost superfluous. We know we’re all about the taste but it certainly would have looked nicer with a little garnish of some sort, perhaps a few fresh berries, even an orange slice.. Bacon alongside tasted good, but all three strips were tattered, the way thinly sliced bacon sometimes gets as it’s peeled off its siblings before cooking.
Corned beef hash with three eggs over easy was the special. Yes, we were assured, it was homemade. Two of the eggs were perfect, the third with a broken yolk, but if the hash was made in-house, someone did his/her darnedest to make sure it was just like the canned stuff. The potatoes were slightly firmer than Armour Brand, and at times we thought perhaps there was a higher percentage of meat-to-potato, but mostly, that’s the impression it left. A single thickish slice of five-grain bread was lightly toasted, extremely tasty.
Good coffee, good service considering the restaurant was short-handed, but we have the feeling that budget considerations (and Barrister’s is very reasonably priced; we had a $20 check before gratuity) may be affecting things here.
15 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton
Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Credit Cards: All major
Wheelchair access: Fair