I’ve been wondering if microbreweries were as popular in other parts of the country as they are where we live (Indianapolis) and it appears they are! We made a whirlwind stop in St Charles, MO on our way to Kansas City.
In historic St Charles, there are a number of restaurants and breweries. It’s really a nice town to wander around and explore. We highly recommend it if you’re in the area!
Trailhead brewing has been around for a few years. It’s located just off the KATY trail, a wonderful hiking/cycling trail that runs along the Missouri River. Trailhead is a quite large building, and it appears they have several different dining rooms and looks like it would be a great place for a group outing.
We were seated and I saw that they brew their own root beer, a huge bonus for me! I asked about it, and our capable server told us it’s not your typical root beer…it’s not carbonated. That’s something I’ve never heard of before, but I REALLY liked it. It’s got a nice, distinctive vanilla flavor, with a more subtle root beer undertone. If you’re used to more traditional root beer, it’ll be a change, but, again, I liked it, and wouldn’t hesitate to order it again.
I didn’t know there was a tenderloin on the menu until we arrived—it just looked like an inviting place to eat. Their menu shows a “Fried Pork Sandwich”, described as a “Seasoned, beer battered tenderloin served on a wheat hoagie, with a side of bbq sauce”.
I REALLY liked the batter. It was extremely crispy, and reminded me of the batter on KFC extra crispy chicken. The sandwich was a nice size to make a hearty meal without being overwhelming. I’ll make note of the wheat hoagie bun–it was tasty, but, honestly, a bit “dense” for my taste. Although I enjoyed the sandwich, I think I’d enjoy it more with a more typical bun.
Since it’s not a typical tenderloin, I’ll not rate it on my typical 1-5 scale, I’ll just say, yes, I’d order it again, but I’d opt for a more traditional bun.
For her dinner, Holly had the smoked chicken quesadilla appetizer (four pieces) and a side salad. She also tried their seasonal beer – Mango Berliner Weisse.
Trailhead brewing is located at 921 S Riverside, St Charles, MO. You can find them onlin at http://www.trailheadbrewing.com