The St. Louis Art Museum is a peaceful and inspiring place to nourish the soul on a wintry day. I spent some time this week viewing the exhibit: St. Louis Modern and snapping photos in front of a 1956 Corvette—the only part of the exhibit your can photograph.
Feeling a bit peckish by mid-afternoon, my friend and I stopped by Panorama, the museum’s fine dining restaurant. It was 2:30 and the place was about to close for the day. We pleaded for just a dessert and the kitchen happily complied.
In addition to a pleasing brunch and lunch menu, Panorama has a comprehensive dessert offering. My friend and I each selected the Handmade Apple-Pear Pie with Pecan-Nutmeg Crust and Pecan Ice Cream ($9). It was a work of art—warm from the oven, not too sweet, and flavored to perfection.
The Forest Park restaurant has a location like none other in the City. There’s a floor to ceiling window-wall overlooking Art Hill, beautifully appointed tables with floral centerpieces, and an appealing menu modestly priced. I also had the opportunity to meet Executive Chef Ivy Magruder, much admired about town for his culinary skills.
Panorama is a great place to take friends and family visiting our City, as well as a fine treat for yourself anytime. Indeed, an artistic dining experience. The hours are a little quirky, but worth committing to memory.
Panorama, St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park. Open: Tue-Thu 11a-2p; Fri 11a-2p & 5p-8:30p; Sat-Sun 10a-3p.