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[STL] Brunch

ulterior epicure Jan 18, 2009 08:11 PM

Looking for a good (Sunday) brunch in St. Louis. Any local favorites?

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    jardin32 RE: ulterior epicure Jan 19, 2009 04:33 AM

    I love the brunch at Eau at the Chase Park Plaza. It is extensive, with a seafood bar, omlette station, breakfast pastries, lunch entrees, and desserts. It includes mimosas and bloody marys in the price, $40, which considering I usually have a few mimosas, it is a steal.

    They are also really good at the display of the food, which I think is a part of what makes a brunch special.

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      nosh RE: jardin32 Jan 19, 2009 02:27 PM

      For a hotel that is trying to reestablish itself as a classy destination, and a restaurant serving an expensive brunch, it is insane that the Eau permits smoking. Unless and until they change the policy, I would spend my money and time elsewhere.

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        rozz01 RE: nosh Jan 27, 2009 01:02 PM

        Next you'll fault them for transfats...

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      BeckyAndTheBeanstock RE: ulterior epicure Jan 19, 2009 05:40 AM

      I like Cafe Osage, which is attached to Bowood Farms, a local garden nursery. The menu is not extensive but it's not small either --- several choices of things like scones, waffles, eggs, salmon, etc. The ingredients are obtained locally when possible, and the service is friendly and prompt. The ambianc is nice too -- how could it not be nice to be eating in a garden shop? Even in the winter they have lots of plants - just a nice place to be, a nice way to support the local economy on many levels, and nice food and coffee (Northwest, a local roaster).

      1. alan RE: ulterior epicure Jan 19, 2009 02:44 PM

        People who have been say that Nadoz in the Coronado Hotel (mid-town) is very good.

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          ulterior epicure RE: alan Jan 19, 2009 04:16 PM

          Thanks, alan, you're not the first to recommend Nadoz. I will have to see if they have a website.

        2. DetectDave RE: ulterior epicure Jan 19, 2009 04:51 PM

          I've heard some pretty good reports abt 3 Monkeys on Morganford... just haven't made it there myself yet.

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            ddfry3 RE: DetectDave Jan 20, 2009 04:42 PM

            I also highly recommend Nadoz...about $22, no booze included as I recall, but wonderful entrees,sides, and desserts, and more interesting than the usual brunch fare!


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              ulterior epicure RE: ddfry3 Jan 21, 2009 05:20 AM

              So, I take it they only have one menu (i.e. no difference between lunch/brunch etc.)?

              I was wondering why "Bittersweet Chocolate Waffles" were under the "Shared Plates" (at the bottom of the menu) until I read the description:

              "Bittersweet Chocolate Waffle
              With chocolate almond brittle and tri-dippers: nutella chocolate sauce, vanilla bean creme anglaise, and apple caramel 6.99

              WOOF! Sounds gut-busting.

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                ddfry3 RE: ulterior epicure Jan 21, 2009 10:28 AM

                It appears that way, menu-wise. Only gone for Sunday brunch, which is (or was when I was there last) a buffet. You can order a la carte, too.

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            LindaR RE: ulterior epicure Jan 20, 2009 05:20 PM

            I would suggest the brunch at the Ritz Carlton. Large assortment including excellent desserts and champagne. Pricey at 49 pp but a nice splurge.

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              FriendOfTheDevil RE: LindaR Jan 21, 2009 07:40 AM

              If you DO want to splurge. I second this one.



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                ulterior epicure RE: FriendOfTheDevil Jan 21, 2009 05:36 PM

                Given your moniker, I'm not sure why I should believe you. *wink*

                Seriously, the Ritz does sound great, but I'm looking for something a bit more low-key.

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                  FriendOfTheDevil RE: ulterior epicure Jan 22, 2009 07:03 AM


                  Alot of folks like Ya Ya's out in the Chesterfield area. It is like 25 or 6 a person I think. Pretty good.


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                    ulterior epicure RE: FriendOfTheDevil Jan 22, 2009 07:11 AM

                    We have a Yia Yia's (I think that's what you mean) here in Kansas City.

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                      FriendOfTheDevil RE: ulterior epicure Jan 22, 2009 09:03 AM

                      Yes, that is it sorry. I wasn't sure if that was right or not.


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              wildchild RE: ulterior epicure Jan 27, 2009 11:19 AM

              In my experience, there is limited variety in the way of brunch. The biggest variation is the quality of the restaurant of choice. Which likely will have some effect on food quality (as well as price.) That aside, most places offer essentially the same choices, the difference is the atmosphere. There are a few exceptions if you truly want something different, but not many. I am sorry to say, more than likely brunch in St Louis will not differ much from brunch in Kansas City.

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                Doug RE: ulterior epicure Jan 28, 2009 04:55 AM

                I second Cafe Osage. A very nice experience: food, service, atmosphere. Plus it connects to Bowood Farms where you can browse...

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