The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but to make it that far, you have to be disguised as baked goods. Today's Groupon offers a healthier route that doesn't involve slithering down esophagi: for $9, you get $18 worth of all-natural sandwiches, cupcakes, and treats at SweetArt in Shaw—the Riverfront Times pick for Best Cupcakes and Best Décor in 2009.
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.
All of SweetArt's cakes (starting at $35) and cupcakes ($2.25 each) are made from scratch, which itself is made with natural ingredients, no preservatives, and a healthy dosage of "love"—making SweetArt's cupped cakery a great source of the FDA's daily recommended dosage of intense emotions (at least 50 mili-feelings). Creative creations such as the Elvis (a moist banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting injected with chocolate buttercream) and the Lucy (a raspberry buttercream-topped lemon cake) will please children and Francophiles alike, while vegan flavors like the Boston cream pie, carrot ginger, and chai spice paint mouths with an idyllic picture of a dairy-free existence. If you like to order things based on their names, just try to resist the Twilight, Strawberry Dreams, Come-Hither Carrot, or Royal Red Velvet.
Bring today's Groupon down to the sweet eatery with a few coworkers who you suspect might be cool in their off-hours and absorb the commingling of good art and natural foods at SweetArt.
- Anyone who thinks that vegetarian cuisine is just bland tofu and boring sprouts has clearly not been to Sweet Art, because the Shaw neighborhood café lets its customers know that there’s a lot more to meatless fare than just soy and mung beans. All items at the café and bakery are vegetarian or vegan, including desserts. – S.C. Truckey, Sauce Magazine
- SweetArt's 'cakes taste every bit as sinful as their less-wholesome counterparts. From the Red Velvet to the Almond-Amaretto, from the Cookies and Cream to the Come-Hither Carrot, every offering leaves the mouth craving more. – Riverfront Times
- This place is everything an urban bakery/eatery should be. Laid back, funky and with lots of cool local art on the walls. The cupcakes were amazing and so I was hooked. – Don W., Yelp
- And for those who don't want to fly through the day solely on a massive sugar rush, they have delicious soups, sandwiches and salads. The vegetarian BLT with avocado always hits the spot for me, and the fresh fruit is always nice. – Ericka H., Yelp
2203 S 39th St.
St. Louis, Missouri 63110Get Directions