Among ways to start the morning, eating a balanced breakfast is second only to jogging with the sheep you counted the night before. Get your stomach off on the right foot with today's Groupon: for $15, you get Sunday brunch and bottomless mimosas at Bevo Mill (a $29.49 value).
An historic St. Louis landmark, Bevo Mill has been enchanting guests under the sprawling archways of its European-style architecture since 1917, and its gourmet brunch buffet has been marinated in praise by Sauce Magazine. Peruse the rotating menu while sipping bottomless mimosas made from fresh-squeezed sunbeams, and curate your own foldable feast by picking ingredients at the customizable omelet station, where one of the chefs alchemizes them into a satisfyingly savory plate-topper. Culinary cartographers drizzle a maple syrup map to cover belgian waffles and Texas-style french toast, while Southern-style grits and whole hog pork sausage links sate meat seekers. The carving station's prime rib, beef tenderloin, and green-apple-and-sauerkraut-strewn bratwurst complement a spread of cobblers, pies, and pastries that grace forks and lengthy mustaches with delicious finales.
Bevo Mill's windmill overlooks a kaleidoscopic garden as it powers brunch-goers' spoons, and a one-of-a-kind mélange of hand-selected stones assembles the former Anheuser Busch building's façade. Inside, white light-wrapped branches illuminate exposed stone walls, ornately carved trim, and painted gnomes and murals.
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.