Well friends and loyal followers, after taking a long break to get my groove back, I’m back. And I’m bringing my new titanium hip and healthy appetite with me. Tonight I find myself spending the evening at the Marriott Grand in lovely downtown St Louie..

While I’ve been doing a lot of walking lately I thought I’d stay put and try the hotel’s slick looking lobby restaurant bar, Zenia. 

In the spirit of trying to keep up with a meatless Greek Lent, I went with the tuna and avocado tartar. It was fantastic. Larger than I expected with a perfect ratio of light dipping chips to tuna. The last chip hosted the last chunk of fresh red tuna and creamy avocado. We all know the sad feeling of finishing the appetizer with half the chips still left. Not tonight in downtown St Louis. 

The Caesar salad was fresh and flavorful, with crunchy croutons and a half dozen anchovies packing a zesty but not overpowering punch. 

Zenia Bar and Grille, Marriott Grand Hotel, 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63101.  314-621-9600