THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Dierdorf & Hart's Steakhouse
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Dierdorf & Hart's Steakhouse Restaurant Review: After football's Cardinals lurched out of St. Louis for warmer climes, some of its retirees remained in the Gateway City. Among them were Dan Dierdorf, a hugely talented offensive tackle now in the Hall of Fame, and Jim Hart, a smart, underrated quarterback. The former ended up as a sportscaster, the latter as athletic director at a nearby university. Then, sort of like Mickey and Judy putting on a show, they opened a restaurant, then another. Steak, natch, guy stuff, and like most steakhouses, the clientele is mostly male, mostly business types. The beef is of the quality and preparation you expect in such a place; veal and lamb are mostly standard, shrimp cocktail, escargot in a lake of garlic butter, oysters on the half shell, all of erratic quality. Skip them and do justice to the steaks and the first-class wine list, and to the first-rate potato variations and desserts, which come from one or another of the city's better purveyors. Like most celebrity restaurants, the principals aren't often around. Also located at 323 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, 314-878-1801.