It can be tough on a lazy (and possibly hungover) Sunday morning to decide where to head to brunch. Not to worry. Gut Check has winnowed down the bevy of local options to our absolute top ten favorite spots. Whether you're looking for a pile of stuffed French toast or just tagging along for the bottomless mimosas, here's where to find the very best of what St. Louis has to offer.
Scape American Bistro (48 Maryland Plaza; 314-361-7227)
Brunch begins with a complimentary beignet filled with fresh pastry crème to enjoy while perusing the menu. A long-standing brunch favorite is the "Green Mole Chicken & Chorizo Chilaquiles," a baked tortilla casserole finished with crema, queso fresco and two fried eggs. Just added to the spring brunch menu is an apple-pie pancake, BLT eggs benedict and a smoked-salmon omelet. Dine inside, on the front patio overlooking the iconic Maryland Plaza fountain, or on the gorgeous European-style back patio. A fully stocked bloody-mary bar is available and includes an assortment of pickled vegetables, sauces and accompaniments. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Crepes Etc. (48 Maryland Plaza; 314-367-2200)
Located just next door to Scape, Crepes Etc. offers breakfast and lunch favorites all day. Savory brunch favorites include the croque madame and the smoked beef-brisket hash with two eggs and tortillas. For those with a sweet tooth, the chocolate-covered-strawberry crepe and buttermilk-pecan crepe cannot be beat. Crepes Etc. sources free-range and hormone-free poultry, grass-fed beef, sustainably harvested fish and locally grown produce. Open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rooster (1104 Locust Street; 314-241-8118)
A breakfast and brunch go-to, Rooster's downtown location evokes a European-style, urban café. The entire menu is sourced locally. The most popular dish is the "Rooster Slinger" -- Andouille sausage, two eggs, sausage gravy and potatoes over thick toast. The sausage is from Geisert Farms and is butchered, ground and seasoned at the restaurant, and the potatoes have a secret house spice rub. Add a bloody mary or mimosa to any menu item and do brunch up right. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Stay tuned for Rooster South Grand, opening in late summer.)
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