Big Sky Cafe

by Amanda

Thank you for your well wishes and words of encouragement on my post-grad plans post! I’m very excited about the years ahead of me, and I can’t wait to rejoin the residents of St. Louis. Perhaps now is a good time to finally post one of the meals I had when I was recently in St. Louis prepping for my transition.

Most nights, my job in the family is to pick out what we’re going to eat for dinner. I’m not complaining. This also puts me in charge of finding restaurants when we’re in the mood to eat out. I’m still not complaining.

I have a long list of places I still want to try in St. Louis, but my parents’ tastes are very particular. They love classic meat and potatoes food done well, and that list of restaurants is a little bit shorter. When I found Big Sky Cafe, I knew I had a winner. I ignored the many Yelpers that declared this a great place to take a date.

I was excited to see an outdoor patio, even though the weather wasn’t going to let us eat outside that night. Dining outside may be one of my favorite things to do.

I was also excited to find Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing Company on their menu, a beer that I have been trying to track down for months. It was quite smooth with a strong caramel and nuttiness taste to it.

Big Sky’s menu offers “revitalized American favorites.” It’s basically upscale comfort food in an unassuming environment.

I ordered the Rosemary & Red Wine Braised Pot Roast–naturally raised Angel Acres grass-fed chuck roast slowly braised with red wine, rosemary, carrots, onions and celery, served on garlic mashed potatoes.

Sign you know it was too cold to eat outside: I ordered pot roast. Winter comfort food at its finest. Don’t you love when restaurants have longer descriptions of their menu items? I’m a huge fan of local food and whatnot, but now when I’m dining out, I can’t help but think of the hilarious clip from Portlandia where a couple asks where the restaurant got their chicken.

My dad and mom both ordered burgers. My dad’s choice was a blue cheese burger while my mom went for one of their specials, a Bloody Mary burger.

They both like their meals. All in all, I’m happy to have found Big Sky Cafe, and I’m sure I will be visiting it again. There are many things on the menu I want to try, and I need to come back and dine on that patio…instead of at the table next to the window closest to it.

So close, but so far away…

What do you think about dining out? Is it fun and does it make you feel French (ignore the fact that I’ve never been to France) or do you hate dealing with the sun making you sweat, wind blowing your napkins or bugs buzzing in your ear? I know, I make it sound really appealing, don’t I? 

9 Comments to “Big Sky Cafe”

  1. StL is full of great places to eat. I feel like my year there didn’t really allow me to explore all of them because of the internship (let’s face it…paying for school and working full time without getting paid doesn’t leave much room for eating out), so I definitely want to go back and try some of these places!

    I think dining out can be lots of fun when it’s nice out. But when the temps starting climbing toward the 80’s, I’ll take the air conditioning!

    • Oh, I totally understand! I didn’t eat out that much in Chicago when I was here these past four years. There are just too many good restaurants, and I can’t afford the meals all that often!

  2. We’re visiting in August.. I might have to add this place to my list.. looks so yummy! :)

  3. I always end up loving “american” food that is a little upscale! I think this place would be no different! I love eating outside, too! Speaking from someone who has been to France they do eat outside a lot! Although I didn’t on my very brief visit:( South Beach Miami and L.A.’s outdoor eateries reminded me a lot of Paris as odd as that might sound…

  4. What a cute little place. Eating outside is one of my favorite things in the summer (except for when the bugs are out and it’s super hot). Those burgers look amazing – I would definitely stop by that place more than once if it were nearby ;)

  5. everything looks SO good! i love fancy burgers- there’s a cafe near my school that serves one called the local burger and it is fantasticcccc

  6. hey! I just found your blog on

    I am born and raised in st louis too! Can’t wait to follow your blog on your move and life after grad school!

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