#54: The Gracey at Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium
Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium (1170 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-932-5414) serves up a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers and hot dogs, offering selections for red-meat-loving carnivores, but also vegetarians. The ingredients are fresh, and many of the herbs and vegetables come from the restaurant's garden. The atmosphere is warm and inviting; and as most of the seating consists of outdoor picnic tables, you'll feel as if you're eating in your own backyard.
One of the best sandwiches on the menu is "The Gracey," a mysteriously named flatbread creation that requires a fork and knife to eat. The flatbread is large, warm and doughy, laying the perfect foundation for the rest of the sandwich. The bread is topped with a creamy, spinach artichoke spread, fresh spinach leaves, slightly browned onions and sweet, juicy roasted red peppers. Three warm, crispy balls of falafel sit atop this veritable mound of ingredients, and add spicy flavor to compliment the greens. You can try using your hands to eat the sandwich- but if you do, make sure you're armed with extra napkins.
Gut Check doesn't know who Fozzie is-or Gracey, for that matter; but no matter who these people are, we know one thing for sure: they know how to make a good sandwich. Fozzie's fresh ingredients, creative combinations, and innovative classics will have us coming back for seconds- and probably thirds.
Beginning last year, RFT restaurant critic Ian Froeb counted down -- in no particular order -- 100 of his favorite dishes in St. Louis. Now Gut Check has taken up where he left off. Check back frequently as we detail our 100 favorites, and don't hesitate to send us yours, too, either via the comments thread or at email@example.com.
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