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Friday, October 31, 2014

Grove East Provisions: Cafe and Corner Store's Pressed Sandwiches on Fresh-Baked Bread

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Welcome to Hidden Gem, Gut Check's short love letter to restaurants, coffee shops and bars that lie off the beaten path. These places soldier on in relative anonymity, beloved by their regulars, but largely overlooked by the greater populace. Hidden Gem will attempt to rectify these terrible oversights. Have a Hidden Gem of your own to share? Tell us in the comments.

Grove East Provisions' turkey club. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • Grove East Provisions' turkey club. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Since June Grove East Provisions (3101 Arsenal Street; 314-802-7090) has occupied a quiet space in Tower Grove East. The European-style corner store offers a selection of fresh produce, snacks and groceries, beer and wine, gelato from the Gelateria and sandwiches made on fresh bread -- the best in St. Louis crafted by resident bakers Red Fox Baking & Catering, at that.

Owner Barry Kinder.
  • Owner Barry Kinder.

As reported by Gut Check last March, owner Barry Kinder sought to recreate a concept he held dear while living in London as a professional musician: a cozy and convenient neighborhood corner store. Patrons can grab some pantry essentials or simply stop in for a drink and a snack -- how about one of Red Fox Baking & Catering's rustic wood-fired tarts?

The selection of sandwiches features local Wenneman meats, Marcoot Jersey Creamery gouda and Red Fox's country white or wheat bread. Choose from options including a meatloaf melt ($8), pulled chicken and cheese ($7.50), or Kinder's personal favorite: the club sandwich ($8) with turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese and aioli. Each comes served with a side of tangy vinaigrette-based coleslaw and pickle -- add chips or a soda for $1.50 or soup for $3.

Located in Tower Grove East.
  • Located in Tower Grove East.

Grove East Provisions often features live music for casual get-togethers. Its current hours are Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, follow Grove East Provisions via Facebook.

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The counter.
  • The counter.
Fresh produce.
  • Fresh produce.
Grilled vegetable sandwich.
  • Grilled vegetable sandwich.
Pulled chicken sandwich.
  • Pulled chicken sandwich.
Wine and Red Fox's bread for sale.
  • Wine and Red Fox's bread for sale.
Drinks for here or to-go.
  • Drinks for here or to-go.
Red Fox offers some baked goods for dessert.
  • Red Fox offers some baked goods for dessert.
Alternatively, opt for gelato.
  • Alternatively, opt for gelato.
Enjoy your sandwich here.
  • Enjoy your sandwich here.

Previously on Hidden Gem: - Sharpshooter Pit & Grill: Barbecue and Shooting Range - Carondelet Diner: Greasy Spoon with Old-Fashioned Favorites - Dojo Pizza: Pizza and Karate in a Century-Old Former Church - Oasis Shisha Lounge: Hookah Restaurant with Afghan Family Recipes - Monte Bello: A Basement Pizza Kitchen That's About to Become St. Louis' Worst-Kept Secret

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