What You'll Get
Brunch—like twilight, sporks, skorts, friends with benefits, and so many other things that make life worth living—is not quite one thing and not quite another. Celebrate everyone's favorite mutant mealtime with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $27 worth of gourmet brunch buffet and drinks at the recently remodeled and renovated Bevo Mill. Call ahead for reservations.
Last year, new owners took on the massive redesign project and opened the historic St. Louis landmark to the public for a gourmet buffet. The all-you-can-munch brunch ($20.99 for adults, $12.99 for children 6–12, children under 5 eat free) includes peel-and-eat shrimp, whole smoked salmon with assorted side condiments, and heaping helpings of crispy home-fried potatoes. For a breakfastier version, try the eggs benedict, a thick meaty slab of Canadian bacon, or building your own omelette. On a sweeter note, scones, donuts, and assorted breakfast breads abound. The menu also includes lunchy plates like prime rib, fried chicken, and vegetarian pasta. The price of brunch includes water, tea, coffee, milk, and juice. Throw back bottomless Bloody Marys ($5.50) or add a bit of bubbly to the beginning of your day with bottomless mimosas ($3.50).
A historic, architecturally distinct windmill and stone-finished exterior make the Bevo Mill a spot for celebrations and special engagements. A slew of Groupon-friendly Friday-night events, such as live jazz and dinner and a movie, are in the works for the summer months. Check the website as it is updated for more information.
Blackout dates are November 28, December 26, January 2, April 24, and May 8.
The Bevo Mill's Sunday brunch has gotten positive notice from Sauce magazine and St. Louis Eats and Drinks with Joe and Ann Pollack. Seventy-four percent of Urbanspooners recommend the Bevo Mill, eight Yelpers give four stars, and four Insider Pagers give five.
- …the lavish spread featured not only brunch staples like shrimp cocktail, carved prime rib and tilapia, but also slightly peppery schnitzel and bratwurst with sauerkraut. The bratwurst? A knockout. The garlicky sections of grilled beef-pork sausage tasted ineffably robust, and the kraut had a blissful bite – not for the meek. – Bryan A. Hollerbach, Sauce
- Truth be told, Ann is deeply skeptical about the scrambled egg mixtures often displayed on buffet tables. She inevitably mutters and glares when she looks at them. At the Bevo, though, something near-miraculous happened. The eggs were good, carefully done and not overcooked at all, with spinach, onion and tomato that seemed to be fresh; some ham also was diced into the eggs…all in all, very tasty. One for the record books. – Joe and Ann Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 19, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may purchase 3 additional as gifts. Not valid 11/28/10, 12/26/10, 1/2/11, 4/24/11, or 5/8/11. Gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Bevo Mill
As you approach the ornate 1916 building now known as Bevo Mill, you may notice two storks on the chimney. They aren't pausing en route to deliver twins—the stone birds were added as a good luck symbol in the German and Dutch tradition. When August A. Busch Sr. of Anheuser-Busch commissioned the structure in the years leading up to World War I, he sought to bring Europe's Flemish architecture and culture back to his native St. Louis. The historical building eventually closed its doors to the public, but in 2009, it reopened as Bevo Mill, an elegant events center that welcomes weddings, corporate gatherings, and other large-scale happenings.
Visitors can still watch the 60-foot-wide aluminum blades of the original windmill spin, and admire the exterior stucco walls’ multicolored stones, each hand-picked by Mr. Busch from his home farm. Brass chandeliers illuminate the main dining area, where vaulted cathedral ceilings curve down into arches whose bases are guarded by stone-carved gnomes. Local artisans restored the Mill Room's painted tile murals and ornate wooden beams, and the Oak Room's artisan glass and art deco light fixtures were meticulously repaired or stolen from Jay Gatsby's mansion.
In the kitchen, chefs prepare refined event menus and samplings of hors d'oeuvres such as flaky feuilletes, glazed pot stickers, quiches, and quesadillas. Buffets feature dishes as diverse as grilled Norwegian salmon, chicken roulades, and seasonal vegetable medleys. On Sundays, chefs prepare a brunch buffet that features dozens of internationally inspired recipes such as hardwood smoked bacon, belgian waffles, potato pancakes, and Hungarian-style sausage. Once a month, Bevo Mill holds an authentic German night, complete with live music and a German buffet.