Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Brunch at Benton Park Cafe: Breakfast Pizzas, Burritos and More Served All Day

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Benton Park Cafe's classic breakfast pizza with egg, mushroom, onion, tomato, bacon and Provel cheese. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • Benton Park Cafe's classic breakfast pizza with egg, mushroom, onion, tomato, bacon and Provel cheese. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Where: Benton Park Cafe (1900 Arsenal Street; 314-771-7200)

When: Anytime during regular business hours: Sunday through Monday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday through Saturday for 24 hours.

We Tried: The classic breakfast pizza ($12.49) and the "South of the Border" burrito ($8.49).

In addition to bloody marys and mimosas, choose from a cafe menu that includes items such as this iced chai latte.
  • In addition to bloody marys and mimosas, choose from a cafe menu that includes items such as this iced chai latte.

Since 2007, Benton Park Cafe has cooked up an egg-centric menu alongside a full roster of coffee drinks and cocktails in one of the best restaurant neighborhoods in St. Louis. The all-day selection includes plenty of standards as well as the restaurant's unique specialty: breakfast pizzas.

Former chef John Caton shared the recipe for his classic breakfast pizza with Gut Check back in 2011. The original iteration of the dish featured a hand-tossed dough with a Provel cheese-stuffed crust topped with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, diced tomato and onion, crumbled bacon and a light sprinkling of more Provel on top, for good measure. Baked on a delicate crust until golden brown and lightly crisp, the pie packs a savory punch with a creamy consistency that's good any time of the day.

"South of the Border" breakfast burrito with egg, American cheese, chorizo sausage and jalapenos with fiesta sour cream and salsa. Served with potatoes.
  • "South of the Border" breakfast burrito with egg, American cheese, chorizo sausage and jalapenos with fiesta sour cream and salsa. Served with potatoes.

Variations on the breakfast pizza include a meat pizza with egg, ham, chorizo sausage, bacon and Provel; a veggie pizza with egg, tomatoes, onion, mushroom, spinach, avocado and Provel; and a build-your-own option. Additional breakfast dishes include burritos and omelets, a breakfast sandwich, french toast, pancakes, beer biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict, a Monte Cristo sandwich and more.

On the flip side of the menu, choose from salads, soups and sandwiches including chili, a shrimp po'boy and a pork-belly BLT on sourdough toast. Drinks include all manner of espresso, hot tea, iced-coffee options, frappés, juice and smoothies. The dining room gets fairly busy during typical brunch hours, so keep in mind that it's all available all the time.

Located in Benton Park, of course.
  • Located in Benton Park, of course.

Previously on Brunch Bucket List: - Mangia Italiano - Magnolia Café - Melt

E-mail the author at mabel.suen@riverfronttimes.com.


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