The product of an artistically inclined married couple with a passion for all-natural foods, SweetArt boasts a menu of organic and homemade cookies, cupcakes, cakes, sandwiches, and wraps, with an all-vegetarian lunch menu that features a bounty of vegan options. Co-founder Cbabi's colorful paintings cover the neighborhood bakeshop and art studio's sun-kissed, bright walls, making it a lovely locale to bust out your idea journal over a vegan Sweet burger ($7.25) paired with a spicy cup of flad ($3.95), Sweet Art's house-made, vegan, three-bean chili loaded with chunky sweet potatoes. The grilled Klemm ($5.95) is served stuffed with cheese, fresh broccoli, and roasted garlic, while the vegan Botanical ($6.85) swaddles baked tofu, black sesame seeds, cilantro, spicy peanut sauce, and veggies.
Beneath the soaring ceilings of the 130-year-old Palm House, chefs roll out an award-winning buffet peppered with seasonal produce and local artisanal ingredients. A coveted destination for weddings and unloved cacti, the brick greenhouse throws open its doors to the brunch-going public each Sunday, inspiring the Riverfront Times to name it "a temple to the brunch-ian cause". Verdant palm fronds drape the historic busts that stand sentinel around the sunny, 3,800-square-foot dining room, which the Butler’s Pantry design team outfits with elegant food spreads. In the warmer months, staff usher patrons onto the patio, a prime vantage point for idyllic lily ponds and horse-drawn carriages.
Chef Thom Chantharasy has formed a bridge from the southern US to Japan?and it's edible. At Sekisui Sushi Bistro, the culinary artist packs Cajun and Delta flavors into nearly 70 specialty rolls. The result is spicy crawfish combined with avocado and po'boy-inspired combos of fried oyster and katsu sauce. He doesn't skimp on the presentation either. Rolls with names such as Godzilla, Firebird, Elvis, and X-Men come plated so gorgeously that they've won awards and tempted art curators to consider refrigerating their galleries. Rounding out the menu, Thom's team whips up plenty of other Japanese specialties: everything from beef tenderloin kebabs to pork-flavored ramen chock full of black mussels.
A veteran of the restaurant industry for 25 years, chef and owner Eric Erhard has brought the globe’s expansive palate to his very first kitchen at Mojo Tapas Restaurant & Bar, where he cooks what he describes in a video interview as “contemporary eclectic cuisine.” Sauce magazine warned its readers that Mojo “may just put a spell on you,” noting its hard-cider-steamed mussels as a don’t-miss dish. With similar praise, Alive magazine marked as an editor’s pick the basil, lemon, and white rum that intoxicate Mojo’s signature mojito, which might be enjoyed along South Grand Boulevard on the sidewalk patio, regarded as Alive’s “best place to perch.” Both publications praised the lamb slider that Erhard dollops with apricot mustard patiently shucked from a Fig Newton. The diverse food menu and drink selections mixed with housemade simple syrups fuel a lively, modern atmosphere under ornate ceiling tiles or over them on a rooftop patio.
Even before he owned a restaurant, Peter Spoto was used to feeding 200 people at a time. He spent three years as a cook for a pipeline crew in Alaska, whipping up dinners for the hungry crowd and displaying a knack for hospitality that he inherited from his Sicilian mother. When he moved back to St. Louis, opening a diner only seemed natural.
Peter's vision for City Diner was one of comfort food and family values. The restaurant upholds this mission today with a daily menu highlighted by meatloaf and hand-dipped milkshakes as well as an annual Thanksgiving feast, which invites guests to come together and eat until their bodies are 75% cranberry. For breakfast, the kitchen flips pancakes, omelets, and other morning favorites, and popular lunch and dinner entrees include the Cuban sandwich, seafood pasta, and eggplant parmesan?just one of many vegetarian dishes offered.