4 Quick Notes

Glenn’s Cafe: After cutting down our Christmas tree a couple of weekends ago we headed up Hwy. 87 for an (unfortunately rare) visit to Glenn’s, which offers a family-style, meat-and-three menu on Sundays. Lucky us. The fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy were grandma-esque. Bravo.

Saigon Bistro, Town Grill and El Maguey after the jump.

Saigon Bistro: I’d continued to hear good things but hadn’t made it it until last week. We had the egg rolls (A1), banh mi (A6), bun bo Hue (B2) and bun bo Xao (N2). While you don’t need to cancel your date with Chinese Wok Express, I was encouraged. Mrs. SMEs, perhaps suffering from Spoiled in Thailand Syndrome more acutely than I, was less somewhat less charitable. But no amount of holiday cheer could render us charitable with the tacky, exhausting interior. Yikes.

Town Grill: Home to charming, just-this-side-of-trashy servers and decent diner food, this Jefferson City stalwart produced an “open face roast beef sandwich” this week that consisted of a pile of grocery store deli slices topped with canned gravy. A piece of white bread lay somewhere beneath this mess. I tried in vain to conjure an adjective for the mashed potatoes. They were nothing. No flavor, no texture, a white void on the plate. I’ll stick to burgers and pork tenderloin.

El Maguey: None of these lowest common denominator Tex-Mex places are going to blow you away, but the West Broadway location is the best of the bunch. Stick with the basics – tacos de carne asada, chili verde, fajitas – and you’ll be fine. Plus, the service is friendly and they’re great with kids.


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

3 thoughts

  1. I felt the same way about Saigon. The food was promising, and I think will even get better over time, but the interior is so strange it makes you uncomfortable. Additionally, the staff seems inexperienced and a little crude…

  2. Hey, did you hear the rumored story (hopefully true) that Chinese Wok Express is now serving banh mi? May have to check it out this weekend.

  3. Absolutely agree that the West broadway location of El Mauguey is the best. When they’re “on”, it’s the best Mexican food in town. I just wish there was a formula to figure out when those days are.

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