Happy FRI-YAY!!! My bestie Amanda is coming into town tomorrow and we plan on really living up her time here. One of the things we are going to be doing is hitting up as many local brunch spots as we possibly can. St. Louis is known for it’s big city atmosphere with a small town feel. I am in love with that type of place. STL is also known for it’s fabulous cuisine from all over the world. Here are my absolute FAVORITE brunch places in the city – MUST-TRIES if you are coming to visit in the near future. Let’s jump into this.
I love this little place! If you are looking for a restaurant that has some of the best smoothie bowls on the market – Rush Bowls is the PLACE! I love how beautifully instagrammable the bowls are, and how packed they are with nutrients and antioxidants. I don’t have to feel bad about eating my entire lunch, so winwinwin.
This sweet little restaurant is right on the 8th floor of the Four Seasons hotel, so you know it’s bougie AF. You get brunch AND a beautiful view of downtown STL. They boast a “relaxed but sophisticated” atmosphere, so you can feel comfortable in a cute sundress and sandals with your girls.
Don’t panic – lest you be concerned: this is not just pizza and pasta. Katie’s weekend brunch menu is JUST as delicious as their pizza and pasta dishes. Some notable dishes are their wood oven eggs and avocado toast (yes, you CAN live our your millennial dreams here). If you like a drink with your brunch, I’ve heard they have a killer cucumber mojito and loaded Bloody Mary.
Located RIGHT in downtown St. Louis, this little restaurant is conveniently easy to find. They are famous for their unique green tea waffle loaded with vanilla bean ice cream (which sounds more like dessert than breakfast…but I’m not complaining) and their Hiro Slinger (a twist on the St. Louis staple with bulgogi beef, spicy cheesy tater tots, Chipotle mayo and an over-easy egg).
While it’s definitely known for it’s nationally acclaimed pasta, Pastaria has a brunch menu that would but the others to shame. Some of their ignature items include a buttermilk farro waffle with whipped butter and candied pecans, breakfast pizza with pork belly and fontina and bucatini rigati a la carbonara. They also make their own granola for a to-die-for parfait and hand dip their delicious donuts.
This is a vegatarian and vegan restaurant for my health-conscious foodies. Some of their most popular brunch items include: vegan donuts of the week, pancakes and out-of-this-world biscuits and gravy. They are also INCREDIBLY instagrammable so grab your phones before you take a bite and boomerang that ish.
I love this place! It is located in Central West End – aka the most quaint part of St. Louis by FAR. It has such a wonderful atmosphere and the outside seating has a beautiful view of this part of the city. Their dishes are French-based (if you couldn’t tell by the name). They service classic eggs Benedict and their French toast is made with brioche. Plus: if you’re looking for something unique, you need to try the grapefruit brûlée.
Don’t stray too far from CWE, because this sweet little spot is located there, too! The back patio is definitely where you want to be seated so be sure to ask for a spot if it’s nice outside. Every table is served with a stuffed beignet to start off, and the fillings change with the seasons. It’s got a bit of a southwestern flair to the menu so be sure to try out their breakfast chorizo chicken burritos!
This little place is very farmhouse-chic. It’s got all your classics all in one spot: eggs, platters, crepes, waffles, and biscuits and gravy. It’s part of the Bailey’s Restaurant family, if you are familiar, so you know the food is amazing. I’m a particular fan of the their BBLT (double bacon BLT).
This is a hipsters dream restaurant (so perfect for the ‘gram). Not only do they roast their own coffee and dry their own tea, they also make their own bread and pride themselves on making everything from scratch in their kitchen. No pre-frozen box meals for this little spot. Their eggs Benedict is fabulous, and so is the Elvis toast if you need some recommendations!
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I hope you take some of these recommendations to heart and visit them when you’re in town. Most of these are completely unique to STL, so you won’t find them anywhere else.
Let me know which one of these spots strikes YOUR fancy in the comments below!