Friday, May 29, 2015

Brunch at Local Harvest Cafe: Locavore-Driven Dishes For the Weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Stuffed berry french toast. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • Stuffed berry french toast. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Where: Local Harvest Cafe (3137 Morganford Road; 314-772-8815)

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We Tried: Vegan polenta and chorizo ($8.50); a half order of biscuits and gravy ($6); stuffed french toast ($9.50); house-made pineapple probiotic soda ($3.99).

The dining room.
  • The dining room.

Last year, Local Harvest Cafe eliminated its regular breakfast, lunch and dinner service, but still continues to offer weekend brunch and catering from its flagship storefront in Tower Grove South. The purveyors of locavore cuisine also regularly supply prepared foods down the street at its sister shop, Local Harvest Grocery. Though previous iterations of its brand (including two separate storefronts in Kirkwood and downtown St. Louis) are now long gone, the company's commitment to community-driven food lives on at the family-friendly restaurant on Morgan Ford Road each weekend.

Vegan polenta and chorizo.
  • Vegan polenta and chorizo.

Brunch is served on a walk-in basis. Back-of-house brunch manager Charlie Hall cooks up a little something for everyone, with a large selection of sweet and savory dishes to choose from. Local Harvest has always had a knack for pleasing all kinds of palates, with plenty of wholesome options for vegetarian and vegan diets -- look for these dishes interspersed throughout the menu.

From the drink list, choose from two cocktails: a bloody mary ($7) or fresh-squeezed screwdriver ($8). Alternatively, opt for a locally procured beer, fruity mimosas ($7 to $8), iced lattes ($3.49), smoothies ($5-$6), orange juice ($4 to $6) and house-made lemonade ($4) with optional alcoholic add-ins. Of particular note is the section of house-fermented drinks ($3.99), which includes coffee kombucha, black-tea kombucha, mixed-berry kefir and refreshing housemade probiotic sodas -- try them with vodka or gin for a bubbly cocktail.

A brunch spread.
  • A brunch spread.

One best-selling plate, according to Hall, is the stuffed french toast ($9.50), in which rich pillows of brioche get layered with cream cheese and seasonal ingredients such as colorful mixed berries. The heaping portions get baked, then topped with butter and organic maple syrup. A vegan alternative, featuring similarly thick cuts of bread, is also available.

Additional go-tos include a breakfast burrito ($9) stuffed with farm-fresh eggs, organic potatoes, house refried black beans and mozzarella; the housemade quiche of the day ($8) over greens dressed in balsamic vinaigrette; vegan roasted garlic polenta cakes and chorizo ($8.50); and a Cuban sandwich ($10) with thick-sliced Patchwork Farms ham, pulled Geisert Farms pork, swiss, pickles and dijon. Choose wisely -- a meal this fulfilling only comes along once a week.

Open exclusively for brunch on the weekends.
  • Open exclusively for brunch on the weekends.

Previously on Brunch Bucket List: - Yaqui's on Cherokee - Grove East Provisions - Gooseberries - Three Flags Tavern - Tree House - Benton Park Cafe - Mangia Italiano - Magnolia Café - Melt

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