“So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.” – Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon
I’m a long time member of Blood and Sand and one of my greatest struggles is the distance between my home, my work, and that restaurant. That same issue kept me from trying Death in the Afternoon, until I scheduled a PTO day for indulgence.
Death in the Afternoon is located in one of my favorite treasures of St. Louis, City Garden. I was ecstatic when the owners of Blood and Sand took took over that location. They are a lunch and brunch spot that takes full advantage of their view. Their menu is ever changing but there are items for most palates. I enjoy the nod given to some of my favorite Asian fare like the steamed buns and ramen.
Death in the Afternoon is located in one of my favorite treasures of St. Louis, City Garden. I was ecstatic when the owners of Blood and Sand took over that location. They are a lunch and brunch spot that takes full advantage of their view. Their menu is ever changing but there are items to satisfy palates. I appreciate the twist on some of my favorite Asian fair, such as steamed buns and ramen.
First up was the hummus. With the addition of the roasted vegetables, this was definitely not your plain Jane hummus. Where was this idea of using zucchini on top while my family’s garden was exploding with extra produce??? As far as hummus goes, this version is a very solid offering.
Next up is one of my guilty pleasures: Japanese steamed buns. Remember my gushing over the pork belly buns that I devoured at Booker and Dax in NY? Although these do not replace those in my heart, they have a lot to offer. I went with two each of the pork belly and mushroom steamed buns. They are served with a side of pickles and daikon carrot slaw. I loved experimenting with the different flavor and texture combinations. While I would order these again, they are on the pricey side at $5.50 a bun.
My last dish was the Cubano sandwich. Who doesn’t like a sandwich that has multiple types of pork!? Personally, I know that I have been craving one since I recently (finally) saw the movie Chef. I know this isn’t a movie blog, but it’s a great watch if you love food. Anyway, this sandwich didn’t disappoint. The bread was crunchy, and you still have the prerequisite yellow mustard and pickles.
Death in the Afternoon is a great lunch spot with a view. If you are lucky enough to work in the area, it’s a must. I can’t wait to try the brunch and their Bloody Mary. I would love to see what they could do with a banh mi as well. Hint hint.
Dive 2 Five Scale: 4. I think all the power suits and business lunches made me go with a 4 on this. It has a trendy vibe in a great location. It’s a little more than your typical lunch but as they say, you get what you pay for.