I was searching for a new place for my husband and I to explore on a date this past weekend. The mission is to visit the places in St. Louis that we would go to if we had just stepped off a plane for a visit. Find those treasures that we have been missing…with a heavy emphasis both on fried pickles and food that fits his vegan diet. One of the winners so far is Bailey’s Range with their fried pickles and Match meat burgers. I don’t know how that path led me to find Small Batch, but the concept alone had me hooked. A selection of 91 whiskeys and upscale vegetarian food! And when I saw that it was the same family as Bailey’s Range, it was settled that this was the place we would be checking out. We planned on fried pickles somewhere else for dessert.
The place is visually stunning with a black and white color scheme with beautiful details. The food menu was small and varied (which is perfect to me) and the whiskey list was extensive. They have flights pre-selected or you can select your own; we tried the three that originate from Oregon. I also had the Peat Monster (if you like your Scotch with heavy peat you must try this). I could taste the peat before the glass touched my lips. Our dinner came out beautifully plated. I had the Chiles (roasted poblano, chorizo, Spanish rice) and my husband had the Lo Mein. Both were delicious; mine so filling that we skipped our planned fried pickle dessert. My tongue and stomach were very happy and the food is so amazing that I doubt many meat eaters would miss it.
The only negative I can mention is personal preference. The place is loud. Not wild party loud, but acoustics of a loft loud. Much like Bailey’s Range, there is not a single soft surface to absorb sound. And while I feel it fits well with the vibe of Bailey’s Range, Small Batch has a more intimate feel and I felt like it detracted a bit from that. Although, to be totally fair it could have been the group sitting behind us that caused that feeling, but that’s a story for another time.
Small Batch Whiskey & Fare
3001 Locust St
St. Louis, MO 63103
M-F 5pm – 11pm, Sat 5pm -1am, Sunday 11am – 11pm
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