Wednesday, February 23, 2011

#22: The Blueberry Scone at La Dolce Via

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM

A blueberry scone from La Dolce Via - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • A blueberry scone from La Dolce Via
How do you know that you're in the hands of a master baker? When the only sweetness that you can taste in your blueberry scone is the natural sugar of the fruit itself, and it is exactly enough.

La Dolce Via hasn't always had an easy go of it. The Forest Park Southeast bakery and café had a close encounter with closing a couple of years ago, and owner and baker Marcia Sindel has battled health problems.

One taste of the blueberry scone -- or, really, any of the baked goods -- reminds you why this is a place worth not only preserving, but also celebrating. The dough seems suspended in this perfect state, not quite flaky like a croissant, certainly not brick-hard like so many commercial "scones," and it yields easily to the sweet, plump fruit within.

La Dolce Via
4470 Arco Avenue
314-534-1699
$3.50

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.

Previously:

#23: Gang kua ped yang at Addie's Thai House
#24: Bánh xèo at Banh Mi So #1 - Saigon Gourmet
#25: Mojarra dorada at Garduño's Mexican Food
#26: "It" at Mammer Jammer
#27: Two eggs over-easy, bacon and hash browns at the Courtesy Diner
#28: Seafood at Farmhaus
#29: The "Edgar Allan Poe" at Dewey's Pizza
#30: The "Heart Stopping BLT" and a chocolate malt at Crown Candy Kitchen

#31: Smoked half-chicken at PM BBQ
#32: The smoked chicken pizza at Onesto Pizza & Trattoria
#33: The baby-back ribs (or the burger) at the Piccadilly at Manhattan
#34: Albóndigas caseras con patatas at the Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas
#35: The "Sweet Burger" at SweetArt
#36: Buffalo fries at Blueberry Hill
#37: Tom yum gai at Pearl Café
#38: Cassoulet (and Sweetbreads) at Franco
#39: The "Papasan Roll" at Miso on Meramec
#40: Lasagna at Mama Josephine's

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