On an evening last November just before Thanksgiving, Laurie and I took her niece Sarah out for dinner in Kirkwood Missouri. Sarah was celebrating the purchase of her first home which is located close to the downtown area.
When Laurie and I lived in the St. Louis area back in the late 70s and early 80s, downtown Kirkwood didn’t have much to offer. These days, in addition a street lined with specialty stores and restaurants, there is a busy railway depot right across the street to the right of this photo. This is definitely one of the “in spots” in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
After having a look at Sarah’s new home, she chose Billy G’s in the old town area of Kirkwood for dinner. It was too cold for outdoor dining but the setting for it was very appealing.
Billy G’s is a bright and inviting restaurant with a warm ‘vibe’. This restaurant is one of nine operated by the Gianino family in the St. Louis area. Billy G’s just opened in Kirkwood in August of 2013.
St. Louis has an abundance of very good to excellent Italian restaurants. This certainly isn’t true where we live in East Tennessee. But in addition to Italian fare, Billy G’s also offers some American classics, such as Meat Loaf or Shrimp and Grits. It has something for everyone…
We started out with a couple of adult beverages accompanied by this order of Garlic Shrimp. ($12.99) Lots of garlic to sop up with that bread... It was a nice start for our meals.
This was Sarah’s Margherita Pizza. ($15.99) She has eaten here many times and she really likes the food and the ambiance. There was plenty of pizza leftover for her to take home too!
Laurie loves square cut pizza…vs. the big triangular slices. This Build Your Own Pizza with mozzarella and provel cheese enhanced by bacon, Italian sausage and pepperoni was a winner for sure! ($18.84) Even though I had a piece of pizza…just so I could ‘taste’ it…Sarah ended up with more leftovers!
Provel cheese is definitely a “St. Louis” affectation and since we’ve moved away, it doesn’t work as well for us as it did when we lived there. What we have discovered is that if you blend the provel with mozzarella on a pizza, it’s the perfect cheesy combination!
For my entrée, I went with one of the aforementioned American classic entrees…the Chicken Fried Steak with green beans and mashed potatoes. ($15.99) Loved the green beans as well as the chicken fried steak… The gravy and the breading were very nice and the cut of meat was larger than I’d expected.
Billy G’s was a very nice dining spot. The food was better than average, the restaurant itself was comfortable and appealing and the service was friendly and competent. Billy G’s is located at 131 West Argonne Drive in Kirkwood Missouri. Phone: 314-984-8000. Their website can be found at http://billygskirkwood.com/.
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Thanks for stopping by for dinner!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave