The 10 Best Brunches in St. Louis


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Home Wine Kitchen | Jennifer Silverberg

Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676)

Be treated like family at this homestyle restaurant where guests are always invited to pull up a stool at the bar and share a story. Customer favorites are the cinnamon bread (made with buttermilk, pecans, brown sugar and butter), the biscuits and jam (shortbread sea-salt biscuits with a red-wine fruit compote), and the shrimp and grits (sautéed in a Cajun barbecue sauce with spicy sausage and bacon over white cheddar grits). Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Vin de Set | Laura Miller

Vin de Set (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989)

Brunch in style at this rooftop bar and bistro located in historic Lafayette Square. The extensive menu includes traditional favorites, such as eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, breakfast potatoes, smoked seafood, peel and eat shrimp, salads, a Belgian waffle station, an omelet station, a carving station and housemade desserts. Each week features a different flavor of stuffed crepes and stuffed French toast. All brunch orders include a complimentary mimosa. Bottomless mimosas are available, and there's an extensive bloody-mary bar with house-pickled vegetables, hot sauces, bacon and shrimp. Brunch is served on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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Nico | Jennifer Silverberg

Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200)

Head to the Loop for brunch with Spanish, French, Italian and Moroccan influences. Nico's specialty is housemade breakfast sausage, such as the Catalonian sausage (pork sausage with cinnamon and white pepper) and the Merguez sausage patties (lamb sausage with African spices). Customer favorites include the chicken salad (grilled chicken, green beans, bacon, croutons and creamy garlic dressing), the lamb burger (Moroccan spice caramelized onions, spinach, tzaziki, fried egg and house fries) and eggs served either French-style, Italian-style or American-style. Brunch is served on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Cafe Osage | Angela Vincent

Café Osage (4605 Olive Street; 314-454-6868)

Located within Bowood Farms, brunch at Café Osage features fresh, organic vegetables and herbs grown onsite. Enjoy the garden view from inside or have brunch directly in the garden. The menu includes specialties like the "Osage Nutty Granola," "Biscuits & Gravy" (cheddar chive biscuits, creamed chicken, mushrooms and leeks), "Moroccan Chicken Salad" (head lettuce, beets, butternut squash, avocado, carrots, dates, Marcona almonds with a honey almond dressing) and cocktails such as the "Central Park" (Knob Creek Bourbon, O Ginger Liqueur and sweet vermouth). Sunday brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Imeon Martro
Imeon Martro

Omg...when are we meeting in St. Louis for breakfast?!?!?

catkirb22
catkirb22

If we are going to talk about best brunches of the past, we must mention Duff's. Big bowl of French onion soup, creole eggs Benedict washed down with a spicy Bloody Mary. Yum!

she_ryl
she_ryl

@catkirb22 Or a Duff's salad loaded with ham and swiss, homemade dressing and pumpernickel toast. Or their Quiche of the day. Two atmospheres, my favorite the dark booth in the bar or window seat in the old dining room. I used to (over)work in the neighborhood and often told Karen and Tim that I occasionally treated myself to a late lunch there complete with a glass of white wine instead of spending money on a shrink. I remained sane, though lost my svelter figure!! And where else did you ever go where the chef occasionally went on the road with the Grateful Dead and faxed in the new menus to the crew? GREAT FOOD and GREAT PEOPLE ... MY #! ALL-TIME FAVORITE ST LOUIS RESTAURANT.

catkirb22
catkirb22

If we are going to talk about best brunches of the past, we need to mention Duff's. Big bowl of French onion soup and creole eggs Benedict, washed down with a spicy Bloody Mary!

Samantha Jane Blessing Klotz
Samantha Jane Blessing Klotz

RFT, the end of your list is like an obituary of brunches gone on to their rewards. Why repost a year-old list?

Jim Gibbons
Jim Gibbons

Circa 2012. Both Home and Nico are now gone...

Lynne Lane
Lynne Lane

Tanya D. Perry herbies. vin deset. or scape sounds great.

Tierney Cronin
Tierney Cronin

Brian we need to go to some of these! \U0001f60a

Alison Accurso
Alison Accurso

But good looking out- Just thinking about the Bloody Mary makes me want to go back now!

Alison Accurso
Alison Accurso

On the list. Best brunch bloody Mary's I've ever had

Sadie Stark
Sadie Stark

Jason Redman Gela Hall I like brunch!!

Joe Luckey
Joe Luckey

lol one of these is closed write a new article

Karen Woodard
Karen Woodard

I'd like to go to each and every one, but I'm a little too far away.

Rachel Shepard
Rachel Shepard

Mark LaPlante after your show we have some brunch to catch up on, baby!

Mary Poletti
Mary Poletti

Didn't Home Wine Kitchen close? And isn't Rooster South Grand already open? This may benefit from an update.

Gabrielle Joy Dodd
Gabrielle Joy Dodd

Roosters has a great gluten free crepe. Makes me so happy to have options because of my allergy.

Stephen Rudmann
Stephen Rudmann

The bloody Mary's were mentioned several times so this place has my vote.

Nat Hammond
Nat Hammond

There are 2 places that I'm surprised didn't show up; Schlafley's bottle works and Cafe Madelane in Tower Grove park

scootersmj
scootersmj

Why isn't there anything not downtown? Chesterfield. St Charles. Any of that count as St. Louis?? I'm disappointed with the narrow scope used in writing this article, as I was really excited to find some good brunch spots within a reasonable drive.

jbhh89
jbhh89

@scootersmj Narrow scope would be including restaurants downtown. This article shows brunch spots ALL OVER the city/county. There are no good brunch spots "downtown" anyway. Hope you can make the reasonable drive to the central west end.

geothermal
geothermal

@scootersmj Rooster is the only one mentioned that is downtown.  10 does seem like a small number for a metro area of almost 3 million.  However, I would say that brunch is a relatively new concept in the suburbs of St. Louis...and even in the city/urban 'burbs when compared to Chicago/DC/NYC.  Can't really think of anywhere in Chesterfield that serves a "true" brunch.  A lot of good places to get breakfast, though.  As for St. Charles, I've never really been out there so I can't comment on that.  I would think that, given this newspaper's scope, and that I'm sure a lot of tourists in town are looking for brunch in the inner ring burbs and the city, this is a sufficient article.  If you know of other good brunch places, I would say go ahead and post them.  There's always people that look at the comments section for recommendations!

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