For the past ten years, La Dolce Via has been one of the best-kept secrets on the St. Louis restaurant scene. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Forest Park Southeast, a few blocks from the Grove's main drag, it isn't the sort of place you stumble across. But for those lucky enough to have found it, La Dolce Via has become a destination: a place to take out-of-town guests, a place to celebrate surviving a really terrible Saturday night, a place to go when you feel like eating really good food. In August owner and baker Marcia Sindel announced she'd be closing up shop for good on New Year's Day 2013. To those of us who know what we'll be missing, the news makes us sad. For the rest of you, the news means you have three months to learn what you'll be missing: the pancakes, the biscuits with housemade gravy, the tortas (the quiche's Italian cousin) and the ever-changing variety of omelets and egg scrambles, made with whatever ingredients Sindel has left over from the previous night's dinner. Maybe you'll hit the jackpot and there'll be waffles. Just go. Sindel has expanded the café's hours, so there's no excuse to miss out on the best breakfast you'll ever have.
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