Robust Downtown At The MX
Though no longer a newcomer to the Downtown scene, this nearly six-year-old restaurant has the feel of a fresh discovery. Perhaps it’s the clientele: a mix of tourists, residents, officeworkers and passersby. We love the shareables menu, with dishes like wild mushroom bruschetta, crab cakes and sweet pepper hummus.
Just like the original Webster Groves location, there’s an emphasis on finding the right food-and-wine pairing using the “Robust factor,” an eight-category method for sorting out similar tastes and styles of wines. The menu lists dozens of dishes that pair well with each flavor profile, like curried shrimp with light-bodied white wines. But if there are questions—and there might be, with dishes like the chipotle apricot turkey sandwich—there are sommeliers on staff to steer customers in a palate-pleasing direction.
Owners Stanley and Arlene Browne understand deeply the intricacies of both wine and hospitality. While there are strong similarities between the Webster location and this Downtown outpost, they’ve drawn clear distinctions: while one may host live music, the other could be kicking off a chocolate pairing workshop with a dozen local makers.
Robust Downtown at The MX
635 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, Missouri, 63101
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Photograph courtesy of Carmen Troesser.
This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister publication GUIDED: Downtown. Pick up your complimentary copy.