The DeBaliviere Place neighborhood has a new destination for lunch and dinner that features sandwiches, steaks, seafood and more. West End Bistro opened on May 1, filling the space previously occupied by Pig & Pickle.

The concept comes from husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Marion Green, along with co-owner Gina McCurry. The Greens each have nearly 30 years of experience in hospitality. The couple met 11 years ago while working at Saint Louis Club, where Marion was employed for 28 years, working as a server and restaurant manager.

Kevin’s formal training as a chef comes from Sullivan University in Kentucky as well as the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Since then, he’s led kitchens at a senior living establishment as well as Kreis’ Steakhouse. He also previously cooked at Guido’s on The Hill and Charlie Gitto’s. West End Bistro is their first venture in restaurant ownership.

“It’s a place that is for families and friends from the neighborhood to feel welcomed,” Marion says. “Our food caters to whoever comes in, from casual to fine dining. It’s traditional cuisine with global influences.”

The dining area, which has room for 60 guests, received the Greens’ personal touch, with a contemporary ambiance highlighted by warm tones, vibrant aquarium imagery playing on flat-screen TVs and jazz played over the house speakers to set the tone.

Highlights from the menu include The West End with twin pork rib eyes, mashed sweet potatoes, seasonal vegetables and caramelized apple demi glace. Another popular pick is shrimp and grits with blackened shrimp, white Cheddar grits, bayou gravy and seasonal vegetables.

Additional specialties include pan-seared crab cakes with soubise sauce and crispy leeks; French onion soup with Swiss cheese gratinée; and bouillabaisse with mussels, scallops, shrimp, crab legs, fennel, tomato-saffron broth, baguette and fish du jour.

Sandwiches include a chicken club with grilled chicken, lettuce, jalapeño, tomato, onion and bacon jam on brioche; a turkey croissant with Swiss cheese, cranberry mustard, lettuce, tomato and onions; and a bistro burger with Cheddar cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce and fried onions.

To drink, choose from a wine list as well as the Everyday Bistro, a drink special that features a mix of punch with the bartender’s choice of rum, vodka or gin.

“I tried to cook what I think St. Louis is familiar with, from steaks and sandwiches to pastas,” Kevin says. “My goal was just to be diverse with the food. All the dishes are cooked to order. That way, I can tailor the food to the customer.”

West End Bistro is open Wednesday through Monday from 11am to 10pm.

West End Bistro, 5513 Pershing Ave., DeBaliviere Place, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.354.8436, westendbistrostl.com

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