Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tangerine Is a Veritable Peach Downtown Spot Boasts Top-Notch Martinis and Meatloaf

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tangerine Is a Veritable Peach Downtown Spot Boasts Top-Notch Martinis and Meatloaf

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An evening at Tangerine is like a trip to the moon on the cheap. It's an ultra-lounge hot-shot straight to the pinnacle of cocktails and conversation, at least as far as St. Louis is concerned. Owner Blake Brokaw (formerly of Downtown's Traffic), also managed to include a kitchen that cooks until 1 a.m., serving quality grub that even today's young swinger can afford.

The deep liquid-orange motif of the shotgun building conjours images of black and white `50s cop dramas, hand colorized by Dennis Hopper. The bubbly exterior of the club is visible from a couple of blocks away but the interior is altogether different. Low ambient lighting, undulating oil-light shows and more-than-comfortable noise levels make this a great place for dining and discussion.

We decided to begin our dinner with what else a few cocktails. In Tangerine, we felt somewhat compelled to order from the "Rat Pack" martini selection. Favorites were the "Joey Bishop," an Absolut Citron martini zapped with blue curacao, and the oddly refreshing "Davis Jr.," a mixture of Stolichnaya, espresso and Kahlua. Gin-drinkers in the group found the "Sinatra" more to their liking. At $5 a pop for a "Deano-o-sized" serving, we were looking for a microphone to lean on in no time. Happy hour (9-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) brings the price of house (well) martinis down to $1.25 and domestic beers and all other well drinks to a buck.

Our palettes whetted, we approached the appetizer menu. Nary a toasted ravioli in sight. In its place, hearty grilled chicken quesadillas with fresh diced tomatoes ($4.75), blue corn tortilla chips and green chili salsa ($3.00) and a few not-so-familiar treats. Our unanimous favorite was the delectable flash-fried salmon cakes in dill cream sauce. They were rich and flavorful, speckled with scallions and red peppers, and three decent-sized cakes set us back a reasonable $5. …

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