The hand-drawn lady in the logo for Annie Moons Bakery and Café (4001 Utah Street; 314-296-3300) -- a Cartoon Network-esque chick who resembles someone's ridiculously boisterous aunt -- boasts an extraordinarily large behind. Contrastingly, the portions at the recently opened Tower Grove South restaurant come in fairly petite sizes, albeit in an eccentric enough manner to merit the peculiar mascot.
"Annie Moons is an imaginary world traveler we came up with while throwing [around] the idea of making storybooks," says co-owner Roxanne Cypret.
"We were trying to come up with something whimsical along the lines of 'never trust a skinny chef,'" adds co-owner Mike Dudley.
Annie Moons, which takes over the space once occupied by St. Louis Tea Room, opened on Easter Sunday with weekend service and recently expanded its hours to seven days a week. It is co-owned and operated by Cypret and Dudley along with mutual friend Eric Hall.
Baskets of cute little from-scratch muffins and scones line the countertop, varying daily depending on whatever baker Cypret decides to whip up that day with the ingredients she has on hand. Staff favorites include raisin date oatmeal muffins and strawberry cheesecake muffins ($1.50 each).
Beside them are Excel sodas, Chauvin coffee blends and an assortment of from-scratch dog treats in what she likes to refer to as Annie Moons' "barkery." Pet owners might recognize the dog-bone and heart-shaped cookies from Pets in the City, where they are also sold.