The Kitchen Sink's Sweet Potato Fries: A Taste of Thanksgiving In Each Bite
Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.
Servers at the Kitchen Sink (255 Union Boulevard; 314-454-1551) will likely forewarn guests who order it: "Have you had our sweet fries before?" The Cajun-themed restaurant's take on the hand-cut fry comes out way different than the traditional plain jane. Coated in a syrupy marshmallow glaze, they encapsulate a Thanksgiving casserole in a convenient finger food that's more suited as a dessert than as a side.
The Kitchen Sink's sweet potato fries. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Named the best sweet potato fries in RFT's best of St. Louis 2013, a basket of the sweet starch that's been on the board since the restaurant opened will set guests back only a few bucks. Like the rest of his menu, chef-owner Anthony Ellerson Jr. came up with the dish based on intuition.
The fries start out on the cutting board, sliced from fresh sweet potatoes. Before a dip in the fryer, it takes a light floury coating that lends crispiness to every corner, even after a generous glaze of melted marshmallow and brown sugar. Some cinnamon and nutmeg spice it up, making this dish an addictive, comforting treat that's reminiscent of the holidays and available year-round.
The Kitchen Sink's logo on the front of the restaurant.
Fans of traditional dessert can find those here, too. The Kitchen Sink also offers bread pudding and turtle cake -- a German-chocolate style cake with caramel, chocolate chips and pecans. And just to keep things adventurous, Ellerson also features "funnel cake fries" with a requisite dusting of powdered sugar, served with house-made strawberry habanero jam.
Previously on Sugar High:
- Giovanni's Kitchen's Panna Cotta Trio
- Crepes Etc.'s Crepe Cake
- Cafe Ventana's Beignets
- Frida's Raspberry-Chocolate Avocado Mousse
- India Palace's Gulab Jamun
- Melt's "Violet Beauregarde" Waffle
- Brevan's Patisserie's "Brendan"
- Winslow's Home's Chocolate Cake with Espresso Meringue
- La Patisserie Chouquette's Eclair
- Black Bear Bakery's Raspberry Oat Bar
- Gelateria's London Fog Gelato
- 4 Seasons Bakery's German Cheesecake
- Libertine's "Candy Bar"
- Cleveland-Heath's Old Fashioned Cherry Pie
- Schlafly Tap Room and Bottleworks' Sticky Toffee Pudding
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