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St. Charles is often maligned as a suburban, yuppie paradise full of chain stores and low-quality eats.  Prasino shatters that mold with its all-star menu and first-class drinks.  This is no Applebee’s.

Mussels

Mussels

A coworker turned us on to this place, chiding us that we never visit anywhere is St. Charles.  I was skeptical at first, but  Prasino is truly a great place, albeit a little noisy and crowded.  The first thing we noticed was how massive and loud the place was.  The food more than made up for it, though.

Diego's Dream

Diego’s Dream

The drinks are very simple but include top-shelf ingredients that work very well with each other.  Diego’s Dream and the Urban were my favorites.

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Pesto Salmon

There is a wide variety of things on the menu, and I heard no complaints from anyone about what they ordered.  The Pesto Salmon was perfectly cooked and flavored.  The mussels were some of the best we’d ever had.

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

But the real star of the show was the beet and goat cheese salad.  It was simply wonderful, full of creamy goat cheese and fruity, earthy beets.  I wish we had a better picture of this dish, but it got dark and Prasino is dimly lit (I need to buy a prime lens for dark, moody shots).

Green Tea Creme Brulee with Ginger Caviar

Green Tea Creme Brulee with Ginger Caviar

The desserts are delightful as well.  We had the green tea creme brulee with ginger “caviar” and thought it was great.  The flavors really worked well together and it was creamy and delicious like a good creme brulee should be.

Urban

Urban

 

  • Pros: Brilliant food and drinks. A surprising find in the middle of suburbia.
  • Cons: Huge crowds, long waits, very, very loud dining area.
  • Charlie’ Favorites:  Mussels, Urban, Pesto Salmon
  • Christine’s Favorites: Diego’s Dream, Beet Salad, Mussels

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