Vintage Balaban's

Chef Dan Joyce could rest on Balaban's laurels -- but he'd rather take St. Louis on some delicious adventures

Like me, Joyce is happy with Café Balaban now, but he's not fully satisfied. Though the restaurant is a bit slow on the uptake on this one, he wants to start focusing his energies on changing the menu seasonally, not just every year or two. "Changing our menu is a huge project for us because we actually have more than one: a.m. café, p.m. café, p.m. dining room, Sunday brunch," he notes. (The main distinction between the café and dining-room menus is the option of casual fare on the former, along the lines of burgers and pizza.) "But we've got ideas already going for the springtime, and we're going to be bringing back our morel pastas, which are usually our biggest sellers for the whole year. People call months ahead for that, and we go through about ten pounds of morels a week."

Chef Dan Joyce: Like a fine wine, Café Balaban is aging nicely.
Jennifer Silverberg
Chef Dan Joyce: Like a fine wine, Café Balaban is aging nicely.

Location Info


Cafe Balaban

405 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108-1601

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: St. Louis - Central West End


Café Balaban
405 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-8085. Hours: Lunch Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner 6-10:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 5:30-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5 -10:30 p.m. Sun. Brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun.

Barramundi $23.95
Veal Oscar $26.95
Coriander tuna $10.95
Cucumber bisque $5.95

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Doubtless Café Balaban will hit more rough patches along the line. Right now, though, let's just savor the moment, and eat.

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