I also liked the sweet-and-sour cabbage soup, a daily special. This was definitely more tart than sweet, with added heft from chunks of beef brisket. (Vegetarians take note: The beef isn't included in the menu description.) Indeed, the soup offered the very one-two punch of sour and savory that was sorely missing from the reuben.

What impresses me more than any single dish at Café Osage is the restaurant's overall vibe: a very friendly staff in a unique and inviting location striving to elevate what is, at heart, a neighborhood café, to something slightly more. Like several other restaurants that I've visited over the past few years, it's an example of the bottom-up approach to the St. Louis food scene, trying to improve the everyday dining experience as opposed to opening a four-star, grand-slam restaurant.

Café Osage shines the light on local produce.
Jennifer Silverberg
Café Osage shines the light on local produce.

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Cafe Osage

4605 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: St. Louis - Central West End

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Café Osage
Soup (cup)...$4.50
"Greens, Eggs & Ham"...$8
Pulled pork sandwich...$8.50
"Brie, L, T"...$9
4605 Olive Street; 314-454-6868. Hours: Breakfast 7-10:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Serving a BLT with Brie and arugula isn't pretentious or elitist. It's just different. And good. It's a change (wait for it) that we can believe in.

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