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Friday, February 28, 2014

First Look: Athlete Eats' Guilt-Free Gourmet Health Food on Cherokee Street

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Athlete Eats' bibimbap with shaved beef, "caulirice," edamame, pickled carrot, shitake mushroom, egg and cilantro. - PHOTOS BY MABEL SUEN
  • Photos by Mabel Suen
  • Athlete Eats' bibimbap with shaved beef, "caulirice," edamame, pickled carrot, shitake mushroom, egg and cilantro.

Athlete Eats (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566) co-owners, husband-and-wife Simon and Angelica Lusky, boast pro food and pro attitudes. Simon Lusky got his start in St. Louis preparing meals as a chef and nutritionist for the Cardinals around two years ago, and the demand grew so much that the couple decided to lease their own kitchen out of a Cherokee Street storefront. On January 31, their business expanded into a restaurant featuring healthy gourmet foods -- key words here include paleo-friendly, natural and gluten-free -- made with organic and local ingredients.

The pair both studied at Johnson & Wales University, racking up collective degrees in nutrition, culinary arts, and hospitality and restaurant management. Simon Lusky followed an internship straight out of college to cook for the Cardinals and has developed meal plans for major players including pitcher Trevor Rosenthal since.

The Luskys work with executive chef and partner Bob Brazell to develop a rotating menu of hot food, prepared takeout options, snacks, juices and smoothies. With the opening of their brand new storefront, anyone can now eat like an athlete or at least feel like a champ by chowing on a nutrient-packed meal.

A half pint of "Hugo's Jugo" juice with pineapple, watermelon, apple and orange.
  • A half pint of "Hugo's Jugo" juice with pineapple, watermelon, apple and orange.

"We like to do whatever's fresh -- a little bit of everything," says Angelica Lusky. "It's all healthy and guilt-free."

Athlete Eats' small, casual storefront features a long bar along with window seating. In total, it houses around sixteen stools for guests to dine-in or simply grab a quick cup of coffee or tea.

The menu consists of a soup, salad, bowl, entree and special. Options currently include a cheeseburger on a gluten-free bun and a pulled pork platter with baked beans and slaw. A particularly inventive rendition of bibimbap features nontraditional elements like edamame and raw, chopped and seasoned cauliflower in place of grains. Proteins for each dish, except for the chili, can be subbed for locally-produced MOFU.

Besides these dishes, plenty of drinks including house-brewed kombucha and wheatgrass shots await alongside grab-and-go items such as dips, beef jerky, and chocolate hazelnut or Meyer lemon pie "Athlete Bars." Athlete Eats also offers a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday with items including a gluten-free waffle with a sunny side up farm fresh egg, bison chili, sweet tater crumble and Sriracha goat cheese.

Athlete Eats' current hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information as well as a description of its delivery meal plan service, check out the Athlete Eats website and follow it on Facebook.

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