Herbie’s: Timeless Fine Dining in Clayton’s Central Business District
Balancing nostalgia with modern tastes and trends is a tall order, but Herbie’s executes it well. In fact, owner Aaron Teitelbaum has assembled a team that makes it look easy. The iconic Clayton restaurant feels like home, whether you’ve been a regular for decades or dropped by for the very first time during happy hour for the live music (every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).
The menu is the perfect bridge between tradition and transition. Some dishes, like the beef Wellington and the escargot, are reminiscent of dining at Balaban’s—Herbie’s predecessor at its former location in the Central West End—but there are also bursts of fresh energy, like the house-cured ora king salmon or the tofu and grits. Its weekend brunch is a case in point: There are steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, buttermilk pancakes and a classic eggs Benedict but also sous vide eggs with fried chicken cutlets and almond pain perdu, a decadent dish of custard-dipped baguettes adorned with berries and salted caramel.
Service is routinely exceptional. From a quick bite at the bar to standing-room-only special events to private parties, business gatherings or wine dinners, customers feel connected to each other—and to the kitchen. This dedication to hospitality is Teitelbaum’s “secret sauce,” and it flavors everything at Herbie’s.
8100 Maryland Ave.
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Images courtesy of Carmen Troesser.