Eleven Eleven Mississippi opened right around the time my brother and I were developing a taste for “fine food”. Our early visits always started the same way: the Oak Oven Roasted Mussels ($12.99), cooked in a cilantro pesto with bacon and garlic. How many delicious buzzwords can you fit into one dish? That dish, combined with the pillowy, buttery bread that comes with your meal, is heavenly. Gluttonous, but worth it.
In an effort to switch things up, we picked the Cinnamon Smoked Lamb Meatballs ($9.99) served in a robust marinara sauce and topped with fontina cheese to start. Solid choice. The dish came with three hefty meatballs. Racquetball sized meatballs. They were pretty darn tasty, too. I imagined that they would taste like something you might find in a Turkish restaurant, and that wasn’t too far off. The cinnamon flavor was fairly light. Imagine you were planning to make Italian meatballs at home and when it came time to season them you realized you didn’t have oregano…but you did have cinnamon.
I feel like I should note that this was my first time taking my big ol’ camera with me to dinner in the US. It felt pretty ridiculous trying to get “sexy” shots of my dinner, especially with the other diners and waitstaff watching my every move. In actuality, they probably just thought I was some weird lonely guy out to dinner with his parents, taking pictures of his food to show to his internet friends. Not far so far off…but I digress. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, but it was extremely dark in the restaurant and my camera & I just couldn’t focus.
My entree was the Crispy Idaho Red Ruby Trout ($22.99) on a bed of toasted orzo and broccoli, topped with flash fried spinach leaves and a ginger agrodolce. I would give this dish a B. The fish portion was surprisingly large and quite tasty on its own, but the ginger agrodolce let me down. I spent the whole time I was eating the sauce debating on whether it was good or whether it tasted like something you’d get at your typical American Chinese restaurant. The extreme sweetness combined with the ginger just rub me the wrong way. However, my dad got the same thing and loved it. To each his own.
While I would have loved to try one of their desserts, I was totally stuffed.
Return: I’ll be back.
I Recommend: Cinnamon Smoked Lamb Meatballs
St. Louis, MO 63104