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Last week, I ventured back to Soup’s Grill. One of my Cardinals ‘net friends, Sandi, was visiting from Jefferson City, MO and it was our first chance to meet in the non-virtual world. We were accompanied by our friend Emma, who writes the excellent blog Crzblue’s Dodger World here on this fine site.
Supp’s off, and Cards break
out the lumber, awak’ning
from a long slumber.
“Anything you can
do I can do better,” says
Suppan to Adam.
Finally, there’s a restaurant for Cardinal fans in Los Angeles! At long last, Jeff Suppan has opened his restaurant/sports bar – Soup’s Grill – in Woodland Hills. A new story on mlb.com describes the long road to this opening, but I can report it was definitely worth the wait.
I work with a good friend of Jeff’s, and he told Jeff I would be coming in. Jeff came up to me as soon as he saw my Cardinal shirt and said hello. He was super-friendly and even gave me and my friends a personal tour of some of the memorabilia. You don’t need a connection to talk to Jeff, as he is spending quite a bit of off-season time at the restaurant and chatted with many of the guests. He buzzed around the restaurant, keeping tabs on the kitchen, the bar area, and even wiping off some tables.
Jeff showed us the displays of the 2006 National Championship and World Series Rings. He said some folks were shocked to see them, thinking he had cut his rings up for the sake of displaying them in the restaurant. No need to worry, he said, as they had all been given these displays along with the rings.
Jeff pointed out the dugout section which he said he wanted to recreate the feeling of actually being in a dugout for fans. The wall of the dugout is lined with autographed photos, many with funny quotes. Scott Rolen wrote, "Your cheesesteaks are better than your curveball."
Cheesesteaks are a specialty at Soup’s Grill, as Jeff’s parents hail from Philly. I tried one and thought it was really tasty and as good as any I’ve tried in Philly. The menu features all the sports bar favorites, lots of choices of sandwiches and salads. We split a piece of dulce de leche cheesecake for dessert which was also yummy.
St. Louisans will be glad to know Bud Light is on draft, along with Harp, Stella, Sierra Nevada and a few others. There’s also a wine list. The baseball wall behind the bar was definitely eye-catching.
The restaurant is packed with memorabilia from Jeff’s career, including lots of Cardinals stuff. Even the back stairway is fully decorated. Here we discovered an autographed picture of Jim Edmonds’ dramatic behind-the-back catch. Jim had inscribed, "Don’t hang this in the back. It’s probably my best ever." Haha, Jimmy, it is in the back, but the stairway should be more trafficked soon as plans call for a roof deck expansion.
Service was friendly and quick, even though the restaurant was at capacity when we arrived. If you have to wait for a table, you can sit on authentic seats from old Busch Stadium in front of the restaurant.
Suppan gets his ring,
then rings up former teammates.
Cards’ comeback falls short.
Jeff Suppan got a nice Christmas present from the Brewers – a 4-year, $42 million contract. To put that in terms Brewers fans can relate to, that would buy 6,461,538 cases of Miller High Life. The Cards didn’t even come close with their 3-year $20 million offer. You can’t blame Supp for going. I’ll miss him, as he was generally reliable and a hero in the playoffs this year, but I wouldn’t have wanted the Cards to spend $40 million on him. I have to hope that money can be spent better down the road, though I am worrying about what the rotation is going to look like. Hopefully, we can hang on to Weaver. I might still venture up to the Valley and review Soup’s Grill sometime, for old time’s sake.
Supp’s on! Trachsel’s off.
Spiezio thrills fans wearing
fake red soul patches.
Supp is fierce, sticks with
Dontrelle. Dunc supplies power
Cards need in a pinch.
Small ball is enough,
At least Cubs won’t sweep.
Another good show
from Suppan, who helps himself