Cafes in Cahokia

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In 1927, thousands of feet above the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was shielded from the elements only by the Spirit of St. Louis' thin linen covering. His eyes, though, boasted much sturdier protection on that historic flight?a custom pair of goggles designed by brothers A.P. and August Erker. More than 80 years and four generations later, the Erker name still stands behind high-quality optics.

Jack Erker Jr., great-grandson of August, presides over the business's two present-day locations, which have also played their part in adorning famous eyes. During Jack's tenure, Will Smith, John Goodman, and Shaquille O'Neal have all stopped in to swap needlepoint tips and grab a pair of stylish frames, which are sourced from Italian and German design houses, as well as his own manufacturing division, Studio Optyx.

28 Maryland Plz
Saint Louis,
MO
US

PuraVegan promotes healthy eating by complementing a wholesome menu with weekly changing culinary classes, in which home chefs can learn techniques for crafting meals from raw ingredients. During two-hour crash courses, the culinary pedagogues spotlight cooking fundamentals with live demonstrations as seasoned hash slingers donate tastings, recipes, and sure-to-impress-dates lingo to student repertoires. Globetrotting courses transport tasters to various parts of the world, such as the Taste of Tuscany, which exposes the diet-friendly alter ego of Italian vittles with fresh mushrooms and heirloom tomato lasagna. Corral the necessary know-how to swiftly prep nutrient-packed meals during the Quick Raw Meals class or learn how to warm patriotic noshes with fireworks by taking a Contemporary American course. PuraVegan recommends all students bring a pen to class and arrive at least five minutes prior to the designated start time.

307 Belt Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Step into 6 North Café and sample a variety of offerings from its plentiful menus. Whipping up palatable grub since 2005, this family-owned eatery percolates with a sizeable selection of coffee, breakfast items, and smoothies. Instead of chewing on an old-timey salted leather bootstrap, nosh on a turkey club sandwich with jalapeño cheese and avocado ($6.30), a honey chicken wrap ($6.50), grilled Reuben ($6.96), or a mixed fruit and walnut salad ($6.96). Although scampering atop busses at the crack of dawn in an adrenaline-pumping chase scene is one way to wake up, healthier alternatives include building a breakfast sandwich buttressed by a croissant, bagel, or toast while sipping on a variety of coffee bean brews and Italian sodas. Escape the doldrums of workaday coffee machines and partake in the café's WiFi hot spottery while munching on tasty grub with today’s Groupon.

701 Market Street
St. Louis,
MO
US

Pint glasses fill with fresh drafts of craft beers from Parma Grill and Tap's microbrewery while cooks prepare platters of Italian fare, such as lasagna and eggplant parmesan, inside the kitchen. A selection of specialty pizzas includes buffalo chicken with blue-cheese or ranch dipping sauce and Elizabeth's Favorite, a vegetable pizza topped with roasted eggplant and fresh tomatoes.

3359 S Jefferson Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

A red brick exterior, spacious sidewalk patio, and delectable café menu highlight the charming European appeal of Rue Lafayette, whose beginnings were documented on a recent episode of Renovation Realities on HGTV. Early-morning strollers, comptrollers, and world-weary street mimes can start their morning of artfully aimless ambling with Rue Lafayette's sweet, flaky croissants imported from France. The chocolate croissant ($2.25) matches particularly well with large cups of the café's drip coffee ($2.25) or frothy cappuccino ($3.55). Lunchers, meanwhile, can feast on the quiche ($6.99) and mix it together in their digestive centrifuge with the sinfully tasty croissant bread pudding ($5.99). Since Rue Lafayette's dishes rotate with the stately dance of the seasons, each polite café employee will cheerfully lay out today's recommendations, tomorrow's libations, and yesterday's neutron radiation gyrations. The café's mad scientists have also combined breakfast and lunch into an unholy (yet delicious) monstrosity known as brunch, which gets unleashed from its chains every Saturday and Sunday.

2026 Lafayette Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Kayak’s Coffee & Provisions greets visitors with the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a widespread menu of quick bites, hearty entrees, and sweet desserts. Quiet loud-mouthed stomachs with a Highlands sandwich––prosciutto, cheddar, and brown-ale mustard packed between grilled farmer’s bread ($5.95). Or teleport to Italy for breakfast without scrambling molecular structures with the Sicilian omelette sandwich, which meshes eggs with parmigiano reggiano, marinara sauce, and basil ($5.95). Caffeine cravers can fill up their cups of joe with Kaldi’s strong brews while snacking on a treat from the café’s rotating assortment of satisfying scones, muffins, chocolate-chip cookies, and other baked beauties. And in the winter, Kayak’s regulars enjoy roasting s’mores at their tables, as the shop provides the flames, skewers, and ingredients necessary to cook this campfire classic ($5.95 for two people).

276 N Skinker Blvd
Saint Louis,
MO
US