$15 for $30 Worth of Upscale Comfort Food, Wine, and Craft Beer at Ernesto's Winebar

Benton Park

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Being wined and dined is often a precursor to big requests, such as Can you finish this jug of wine for me? or Would you sign my petition to install a municipal wine fountain? Compromise just the right amount of judgment with this Groupon.

$15 for $30 Worth of Upscale Comfort Food, Wine, and Craft Beer

The menu includes small plates such as a grilled cheese with mushrooms and truffle oil ($9); tuna tartar ($14); Ernesto's flatbreads with figs, prosciutto, and goat cheese ($9); and entrees such as gorgonzola strip steak with caramelized onions and demi-glace ($17). Drinks range from Avery New World porter ($6) to D'Tango malbec by the glass ($8).

Ernesto's Winebar

In his 2010 review, Riverfront Times reporter Ian Froeb revealed the origin of Ernesto's Winebar’s distinctive name. Instead of honoring a chef or long-lost relative, the name pays homage to the owners' love for Ernest Hemingway's simplistic style. Chef Stephanie Hay has risen to the challenge, translating the clean complexity of The Sun Also Rises or the masculine energy of Green Hills of Africa into a menu of tapas and hearty entrees. Diverse flavor profiles mimic Papa Hemingway’s wanderlust, corralling global flavors including chili lime, wasabi tobiko, and even red pepper sauce to create festive tapas such as the truffle-infused grilled cheese, which was named the best grilled cheese of 2010 by Riverfront Times.

The cheese-and-charcuterie menu details hearty repasts from all corners of the globe, with plates of smoky blue cheese from Oregon and salchichón white pork from Spain joining notes of green peppercorn, tomatillo, and even brown sugar for nods to Latin America and the Mediterranean. Ernesto's has also gone to great lengths to locate wine varietals from France, Germany, and Spain for pairing with large steaks and seafood entrees delicately sautéed in a wide array of wine sauces.

Ernesto's butter-hued walls appear to melt in the light from wall sconces and flickering red candles. Above lush hardwood paneling, several framed photographs offer a glimpse of Hemingway at his most virile––aggressively writing at his desk, and using a large steak as a body pillow. For a touch of warmth during fall weather, patrons can also retreat outdoors, where a mammoth brick fireplace casts rich glow on Ernesto's sleek cobblestone patio.

Reviews

Quaint and Quality are two words I can use to describe this little gem.

Briana S., Yelp, 7/1/12

It was delightful. Service was spectacular, and the patio was most enjoyable!

Patt C., Yelp, 8/27/12

Tips from Groupon Customers

  • “nice indoor & outdoor areas. owner run and very welcoming. great food and good time”

  • “Outdoor seating was pleasant, food was excellent, server was friendly and efficient.”

  • “Food outstanding - chef wonderful - service and manager, great service”


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    Benton Park

    2730 McNair Ave.

    St. Louis, Missouri 63118

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In a Nutshell

Homage to Ernest Hemingway with subtly complex small plates, craft beers, and seafood sautéed in wine sauce

The Fine Print

Expires May 16th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid for Wednesday wine night. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid 2/14/13, 4/4/13, or 4/25/13. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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