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Sweetie Pie's

Great as it is, the original Sweetie Pie's has always suffered from three things: location, location and location. The trip out to the original shop on West Florissant Avenue in Dellwood can take longer than the meal itself. Owner Robbie Montgomery's collard greens are worth the trip, but what's a city kid to do when she's got a hankering for Sweetie Pie's fried catfish but can't spare the half-hour in transit? Montgomery must have heard the city's stomach growling, because earlier this year she opened a second Sweetie Pie's in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. With high ceilings, great big windows and live music at lunch, the new Sweetie Pie's is every bit the equal of the original. The specials change daily, the cooking is down-home and delicious, and the employees still call you "baby." But best of all, the new Sweetie Pie's is so close that you can not only get your cake, but you can have time to eat it, too.

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