The Crossing in Clayton

The Crossing in Clayton
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Farm to Table Elevated to Exceptional

Clayton, MO/March 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When the finest traditions of France and Italy come together with new American cuisine and a farm to table philosophy, the results are nothing short of exceptional.  Add in one of the best wine lists in town; the elegant ambiance of a well-planned dining room replete with fine linens, crystal, and china; and a gracious, efficient staff; and you have The Crossing at 7823 Forsyth Blvd. in Clayton.  This restaurant is a cut above the rest and they have the accolades to prove it.  Both and Urban Spoon rate The Crossing as the very best restaurant in Clayton.  They were named to OpenTable’s 2016 list of “100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America.”  And customers consistently give them high ratings, calling The Crossing “the absolute best in fine dining.”

Chef Jim Fiala opened The Crossing in 1998 as his homecoming after working in some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco, Chicago, Puerto Rico, and New York—including the renowned Restaurant Daniel.  A Parkway West High School alumnus, he was inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame in 2014.  Fiala’s wife is a St. Louis native as well.  So is his pick to lead The Crossing culinary team, Executive Chef Brad Watts.  Chef Watts has been a key component in several of Chef Fiala’s ventures including The Crossing, Liluma, Acero and The Terrace View.

Chef Fiala’s culinary philosophy guides all of his restaurant endeavors: find ways to incorporate this with farm fresh ingredients into simple, beautifully-prepared food.  The Crossing features local “farm to table” food using a breadth of farmer in the Missouri and Illinois communities.  Fiala has said that he “buys locally whenever possible and cooks as any French and/or Italian chef would, given the ingredients sourced.”  The Crossing’s delivers on that promise with a series of tastings menus and ala carte options that are expertly prepared and artfully presented.

Customers are especially fond of the tastings menus which are offered for dinner at several price points.  Each has options for a meal of four to eight courses, and expert wine pairings are also available.  Tastings menus include delectable starters like the Roasted Beet Salad with creamy goat cheese, pine nuts, and pesto; The Crossing’s Crudo of Yellowfin tuna, swordfish, extra virgin olive oil, micro greens, and caviar; or the Blue Cheese Soufflé.  Popular second courses include the Egg Raviolo with applewood smoked bacon and Parmigiano-Reggiano (possibly their signature dish); Tagliolini with black trumpet mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano; or The Crossing’s Crab Cake. Customers speak highly of entree choices like the Roasted Sea Scallops with Yukon gold potatoes, romaine, baby shiitake mushrooms, lemon-truffle, and Parmigiano-Reggiano; and the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with pomme purée, green beans, and bordelaise sauce.  All of these choices are also available ala carte.

The Crossing’s desserts are simple, playful creations designed to delight the senses.  Everything from ultra creamy vanilla ice cream, to the Caramel Pot de Crème, and the warm chocolate torte is fresh and simply delicious.  Customers rave about the Apple Cobbler with Oatmeal Cookie Gelato, and the Orange Cheesecake.

Even lunch at The Crossing is a first class culinary experience, albeit at a more budget-friendly price.  The lunch entree menu offers another nod to local sourcing too.  In addition to the Gulf Shrimp Scampi, Maryland Blue Crab Cakes, and Wild Yellowfin Tuna, you’ll find Missouri Trout.  You’ll also find grass-fed beef in the Cheddar Burgers, and Blueprint coffee and espresso on the menu.

Fiala and his staff have spent years gathering a unique and extensive collection of wines selected to compliment their food.  As such, they have one of the best wine lists in town, with vintages from the world’s best small, medium and large wineries.  The list changes weekly, making each visit a unique experience.

The Crossing’s beer offerings include a little something for everyone.  There are top sellers from AB/InBev including Budweiser and Stella Artois, and German labels like Radeberger.  The menu includes local favorites from Schlafly, Excel, Four Hands, and Urban Chestnut, as well as other American craft beers.

The Crossing is named for the combined French and Italian influence in its menu, and the focus is on creating distinctive dishes using locally-sourced ingredients.  The result is a menu of simple, delicious, and thoughtfully crafted dishes that elevate the dining experience.  That’s exceptional. Reservations are accepted for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner Monday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

The Crossing
Owner: Chef Jim Fiala
7823 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 721-7375


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