384 Crestwood Plz, Saint Louis, MO | Directions 6312638.560024 -90.378660
Kansas-based restaurant started in 1972 entices 30-somethings and families with a flashy menu, inventive drinks and chic, but accessible, decor. – In Short
Considered a founding father of American casual dining, Houlihan's transformed its once-kitschy decor and meat-and-potatoes menu into a contemporary restaurant serving eclectic cuisine. Geared toward a slightly more upscale crowd, warmer colors and modern art adorn the walls, while Indie rock tunes and a patio leading to a walk-around bar remind you that you're not in Kansas anymore. The globetrotting menu juxtaposes classic burgers and wings with innovative selections like tuna wontons and herb-cheese stuffed mushrooms.
Handy location and good food – I love the mall where the restaurant is located. It's a favorite place to go with my son, as it is rarely crowded. I've always had prompt seating at this location, usually with a party of 2 or 3 (I think larger parties might have a hard time here), and typically get the booth which i request. The children's menu is populated with my toddler's favorites. The servers *usually* bring out his carrot appetizer right after ordering to keep him happy. On more than one occasion they've forgotten that it comes with the meal. The restaurant is hip without being over the top about it. I miss the old appetizer sampler, but, the new one is still quite good. Since trying to work more seafood and less fried foods into my diet, I've fallen in love with the Ahi Tuna Salad. The dressing is light and slightly sweet and tangy. The tuna just MELTS in your mouth, and the bananas add a great flavour. There is a fantastic selection of drinks and I like the sampling sizes (eg, 3 mini martinis or 3 mini guinesses?), as well as the sample deserts. It's great to try more things. Burgers are good. If you get any potatos or roast, be sure to ask for 2 cups of the marsala gravy because it is AWESOME!
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