September 24, 2009


By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

You can get steak, pasta or pizza on the first floor of the Mark Twain Hotel.
Eric Shangraw is having lunch at Two–25 in this week's You Gotta Eat.

Two–25 manages to be fortuitous and fancy all at the same time.
It has taken over the spot that housed Pizzeria Uno.

"We came in for pizza with our kids and found it was not pizza anymore but it was this nice fine–dining in a casual atmosphere restaurant," said customer Amy Kinsinger.

"I had the pear salad. It was very good. Light dressing. –Very nice. And then the broccoli cheese soup. It is very affordable. Very light," said customer Kathy Bruch.

–Two–25 has a contemporary feel. Lots of modern art work and exposed brick.

"I worked in Chicago and Las Vegas for top restaurants and the chef's here definitely can compete up there with them and the pricing is definitely affordable down here," said manager Jill DeBeau.

I started with a French onion soup. Nicely balanced flavors of cheese and onion.

Photographer Larry Faulk had the steak sandwich. They cut their own slabs of grade–A meat. He also had some fresh cut fries, which reminded him of Mr. G's, a fast food comparison that should be taken as a compliment.

I had the pasta of the day. It featured a spicy Italian sausage with Tiger shrimp, penne pasta and a light tomato basil sauce. It was not extraordinary. But it was still good. Next time I'm getting a steak

"They had the perfect saying. It is polished casual dining. And I think that is the best way to describe this place. Very moderately priced," said customer Vin Glover.

Our bill with drinks; $34.40 plus tip.
Two–25 serves lunch from 11 until 2 Monday through Friday.
Dinner starts at 4:30 six days a week.

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