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Dinner at Olive + Oak

It finally happened. I finally had a chance to be home and eat at Olive + Oak and get a reservation! The night before I left for New York, my mother and I headed to Old Webster for a nice dinner (and to celebrate an early Mother’s Day). I have to admit, my hopes were high. And I was 100% prepared to be let down, at least a little. But honestly, all this meal did was raise my expectations for future dining there more.

The menu changes every day. But, chances are, you will find something  that you like and that you can eat. The staff knows what’s happening and can tell you where a lot of their items come from, and not just the meat and the wines.

My mother and I started with lemon gnocchi. I love gnocchi but have made the mistake of ordering whole dishes of it before. The portion for this starter was perfect. There were just enough flavors for an appetizer. Gnocchi and bread from Union Loafers kept us ready for our meals, but still hungry.

I had the beef tenderloin and it was perfectly cooked and delicious, and my mother had oysters which she enjoyed as well. We decided to go for it and also have dessert which was also delectable.

Honestly, I’m so happy I had the chance to go to Olive + Oak before I left for the summer. I can’t wait to go back and hope I find a place just as great in NYC.

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Bread from Union Loafers
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Lemon Gnocchi
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Oysters
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Beef tenderloin

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Our delicious desserts

 

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Bowood Farms’ Café Osage

Don’t miss this St. Louis gem.

For over 10 years, Bowood Farms has been a destination for city-dwellers looking for plants, tools, and gifts. Located in a rehabilitated warehouse in St. Louis’ CWE (Central West End), Bowood Farms’ addition of Café Osage has made this an even more popular location.

Café Osage is immediately to the right of the Bowood Farms shop, and is a perfect location for a weekend brunch. When I went there a few weeks ago with my family, we had about a 30 minute wait on a Saturday mid-morning with no reservations. That gave us plenty of time to look around, shop, and grow hungry.

Café Osage
hanging plants for sale
Café Osage
beautifully designed paper for sale
Café Osage
pottery for sale
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the house cat

Upon sitting down, the menu was a good size, with more than enough options to suffice even the pickiest of eaters.

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drink side of the menu
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decor that even I – who’d rather die than see a snake/spider – can appreciate

The first thing I ordered was a cappuccino, which came out with plenty of foam, but still a nice, strong espresso flavor coming through.

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cappuccino

When we finally decided on our orders, we had to wait a bit for them to cook the items, but it was so worth it. The food was delicious and just unique enough to give interest without being overwhelming.

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pancakes with fresh blueberry compote and lemon curd
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huevos
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BLT with Billy Goat Chips

Personally, I can’t wait to go back to Café Osage again. It’s definitely been added to my list of places to take out-of-towners to show off what amazing places StL has to offer.

 

Smorgasburg

new brunch spot: yolklore

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mary b.e.a.r. + classic breakfast at yolklore in st. louis

don’t worry – you read that right. “yolklore.” a new breakfast joint off Watson Rod in St. Louis which offers a small menu, filled with delicious items.

according to their website, “yolklore is a chef-inspired fast casual breakfast and brunch restaurant located in Crestwood, MO…”

i was able to stop by there a few weeks ago due to the fact i was home for a short 36 hours. one of the three owners recognized my dad as someone who had stopped by before, which of course made my dad feel good…great business strategy!

the owners are kind, and hardworking, and their food definitely shows that. personally i suggest their classic breakfast. the detail of their orange marmalade is certainly one not to miss.

next time you’re in the area – or not – make sure to give yolklore a chance! try and go early if you want to a nice conversation, though, because it gets busy and loud quite quickly.

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la patisserie chouquette

french macaroons

anyone who’s talked to me but at all knows that i love la patisserie chouquette. a french bakery situated between the st. louis neighborhood the grove and the st. louis botanical gardens, this place is truly a treasure. with, in my opinion, the very best french macrons on the planet, and amazing cappuccinos, that’s just the start of their offerings.

la patisserie chouquette also offers beautiful special event cakes. in fact, in 2014 they were branded as one of Martha Stewart Weddings Top Pasty Pros! what an amazing feat. somehow, the beauty that they put into each item they make is truly inspiring, and it’s even more incredible that each thing tastes 100x better than it looks.

with a simple, open atmosphere, la patisserie chouquette was one of my favorite places to go after a long day in high school. now, i will go with a book and just sit for hours, talking to the staff, and getting lost in my book and the experience of just being there.

not only is this one of the greatest places to go with a book, it’s great for friends. every saturday they have tea time. but, if that sounds like something you want, you’d better make reservations! it gets really busy. don’t hesitate to drive on over there and check it out. it’s a great place to go, and everyone who works there is incredible, say i sent you!