Herbie's Vintage 72
Have you ever seen the movie 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore? Barrymore’s character suffered a head injury leaving her with short-term memory loss, so every day is October 13th of the previous year for her. Returning to Herbie’s Vintage 72 after 3 years, I felt sort of like Barrymore in 50 First Dates. Going to Herbie’s today is not very different than going to Herbie’s when it opened in 2009. By that, I mean that the menu is nearly identical to what it was when it opened. It bewilders me that they wouldn’t change things around. As a returning customer, it’s boring. I would imagine being one of the chefs would be even more boring.
I started with the Smoked Missouri Trout Salad ($10) with 3 mini corn pancakes and a drizzle of horseradish creme fraiche. The fish was drier than I would have imagined and preferred, but still had a nice smokey taste. I probably would choose their Firecracker Shrimp($11) if I could do it over again (I know they’re good because I’ve had them a number of times over the last 5 years).
For my entree, I got the Peppercorn & Coriander Encrusted Yellowfin Tuna ($29) with sauteed bok choy, crunchy edamame, green pea miso & soy wasabi. There are a lot of strong flavors in the description, but I barely tasted any of them. I actually had no idea wasabi was anywhere in that dish until re-reading the menu just now. I liked it so much that I didn’t finish it (/sarcasm).
St. Louis has a rapidly improving food scene helmed by some incredibly talented and creative chefs. Tripel, The Libertine and anything by Gerard Craft continue to blow my mind by continuously innovating and keeping things fresh. Until Herbie’s does the same, I’ll choose to eat elsewhere.
Return: Maybe when there's a new menu.
405 N Euclid Ave
St Louis, MO