Maybe this place was called Mother In Law House earlier.
New American, Vegetarian options
ClosedOpens at 10:00
$$$$ Price range per person $15-120
500 S Main St, Saint Charles
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Saint Charles, Missouri, USA

After a long walk around 519 on S. Main, visit this restaurant and have a rest here. The cooks here prepare tasty steaks. Tompkins by The Rack House is rated on Google 4.5 by its clients.

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Portions are on the smaller side... but the attention to detail is HUGE!  My wife and I have worked our way through everything on their previous menu that wanted and are now working on their new menu.  I have never liked duck before... but the duck with cherry was fabulous.  Butter churned in house... if you are getting ice cream... also in house.  Whether you get the duck on the dinner menu or the Wagu burger on the lunch menu, you should be pretty impressed.
My wife and my self stopped in for lunch a few weeks ago and and a wonderful time, we were not sure what to get because everything sounded amazing but after talking to our server Jessica I decided to get the Koji Cured Roast Beef Horseshoe and it was wonderful! A horseshoe is not something I would normally order but I'm very glad for the recommendation because I tried something new and was not disappointed. The service was fantastic,our drinks were always full and plates cleared without feeling like we were being hovered over. We were taken care of and had all of our questions answered and we had a few since it was our first time, she even recommended shops for us to visit. We will definitely be back and try the knuckle sandwich next time and ask for Jessica again.
Our group of 13 visited Tompkins by the Rack House on a Saturday evening.  A mixture of positives and negatives, but more negatives.  However, the management seems to be actively looking for ways to improve.  Based on this impression, I'll make it a point to return in a year and hopefully update this review. After looking at the menu, 5 of our group decided there was nothing on the menu that sounded appealing, so they left.  This is a personal decision and can't be held against the restaurant, but it does point out that the menu of this restaurant is not like other restaurants in the area and more needs to be done to highlight this. A number of the group that stayed ordered the roasted pumpkin soup.  Everyone said it was DELICIOUS!!   Another friend ordered the Autumn Chopped Salad.  She enjoyed the salad, except it didn't have any apples in it as described on the menu. A friend and I had coffee.  It was extremely good!  Except she had to ask for a refill 3 different times.  I asked at the same time each time, but never got a refill.  $2.50 for one cup of coffee, no matter how good, is outrageous. Another friend ordered the Wagyu Meatballs.  He said there wasn't anything wrong with them, but in his opinion, they weren't any better than any others he'd had.  $12 for 3 average meatballs.  He didn't feel the meatballs he ate were worth $4 each. We received sourdough bread and butter.  The friend who had the meatballs said it was the best bread he'd ever had!!   Then we were on to the main course.  Two friends had the butter basted scallops.  They both loved it.  One described it as a "party in her mouth." I had the Roasted Buttonwood Farms Chicken.  The menu described it as a smoked chicken leg.  It was 2 small chicken breasts.  The menu described it as having chicken jus.  None of that.  I don't normally eat white meat because it's too dry for me.  However, this chicken was very moist.  Unfortunately, that's the only positive I can say.  There was NO taste unless I ate the skin.  And, after spending $25 for the meal, I was hungry again several hours later. I got 2 to-go orders of their dessert Death by Chocolate.  I love anything chocolate, so I didn't read the entire description.  Never had anything chocolate that I disliked.  It was boxed up and brought out to me neatly in a bag.  I noticed there were 2 small containers in the bag.  Didn't think anything of it.  Thought it was probably some kind of sauce.  After waiting another 10 minutes or so for the checks, I mingled with the parts of my group that I hadn't sat with at dinner.  About 15 minutes later I left. After the 10 minute drive home, I opened the to-go bag to put my take-home in the refrigerator.  Do you know what was in those 2 small containers????  Ice cream.  That of course is now completely melted.  The cake portion was AWESOME!!!!  As I said, never had anything chocolate that I didn't like. Probably would have really enjoyed their house-made chocolate ice cream, too.  But of course I wasn't given that opportunity.  I just paid for it. All in all:  Tompkins by the Rack House wants to bill themselves as fine dining.  I enjoy fine dining experiences from time to time.  But I have certain expectations.  And those expectations are much more than high prices, fancy dishes, small servings, and unique cooking techniques. All these can be found at TbtRH, but that doesn't make it a fine dining establishment. No matter where I eat out, I expect value.  In a fine dining establishment, that value isn't usually in portion size.  That value is found elsewhere.  One place that value is found is in the taste of the food.  It's not good enough to use unusual cooking methods or use only farm-to-table food (or high quality products) if it still just tastes average at best.  A major part of the fine dining experience is getting food that is so good, tastes so unique from anything you could find anywhere else, that it's unforgettable.  Like the scallops my friends talked about.  But NOT like forgetting to put a major ingredient in the salad and NOT like chicken with no taste. The other place I expect to get value in a fine dining establishment is service.  At a casual restaurant, I expect to sometimes have to ask for things multiple times.  I expect that the server might sometimes be too busy to get everything I need.  At a fine dining establishment though, I expect the server to anticipate my every need.  I not only shouldn't have to ask for anything multiple times, I shouldn't even have to ask.  The server should anticipate that water glasses will need to be refilled.  That other drinks will need to be refilled.  Not just once during dinner.  Without being obtrusive, the server should be by the table every 10-15 minutes.  The server MOST DEFINITELY should consider what will happen when someone takes home ice cream as part of a to-go order. Either drop your prices and be like everyone else or significantly up your game.
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500 S Main St, Saint Charles, Missouri, USA
Features
Outdoor seating Takeaway Booking Сredit cards accepted Wi-Fi Parking No TV Not wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun 10:00-16:00
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 11:00-21:00
WednesdayWed 11:00-21:00
ThursdayThu 11:00-21:00
FridayFri 11:00-22:00
SaturdaySat 11:00-22:00

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