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.
If you type the name "George Potsos" into the search bar on YouTube, you'll find one of two things: videos of his band, Honeytribe, or short cooking lessons. The bassist and chef at Vinnie's (3208 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-664-7007) starred as "Rock'n'Roll Chef" years ago for a friend's project, whipping up some of his favorite dishes and family recipes. The how-to on his mother's baklava video only got a few hundred views, but now anyone can see the authentic Greek sweet up close just by stopping by Vinnie's for lunch or dinner.
The warm and crispy baklava at Vinnie's. | Mabel Suen
"My mom's the best Greek chef that I know, and it's not just because she's my mom," says Potsos. "She grew up in Rhodes, Greece, and is pretty much self-taught -- she's just got the touch."More »