Review: Local Chef Brings Brilliant, Affordable Farm-to-Table Cuisine to Ballwin

Shiitake-roasted chicken with bourbon-pepper cream, zucchini-tomato salad and fall squash mac'n'cheese.
Shiitake-roasted chicken with bourbon-pepper cream, zucchini-tomato salad and fall squash mac'n'cheese. PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN

Local Chef Kitchen

15270 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-220-3212. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Closed Sundays.)

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click to enlarge A selection of dishes from Local Chef, including shiitake-roasted chicken, slow-cooked pork sandwich, fall squash soup, house salad and crispy fried shrimp. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
A selection of dishes from Local Chef, including shiitake-roasted chicken, slow-cooked pork sandwich, fall squash soup, house salad and crispy fried shrimp.
click to enlarge The slow-cooked pork sandwich, with sides. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
The slow-cooked pork sandwich, with sides.
click to enlarge House salad with elderberry-agave vinaigrette. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
House salad with elderberry-agave vinaigrette.
click to enlarge Slow-cooked pork sandwich with wilted greens and nduja mayonnaise on housemade bread. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
Slow-cooked pork sandwich with wilted greens and nduja mayonnaise on housemade bread.
click to enlarge Crispy fried shrimp and market vegetables with mayfair-kale salad, potato debris and late-season heirloom tomatoes. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
Crispy fried shrimp and market vegetables with mayfair-kale salad, potato debris and late-season heirloom tomatoes.
click to enlarge Apple pie a la mode. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
Apple pie a la mode.
click to enlarge CSA boxes include a bounty of the harvest. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
CSA boxes include a bounty of the harvest.
click to enlarge Chef-owner Robert Uyemura preparing CSA boxes. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
Chef-owner Robert Uyemura preparing CSA boxes.
click to enlarge The dining room is simple, and the service is fast-casual. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
The dining room is simple, and the service is fast-casual.
click to enlarge The restaurant is located in Ballwin. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
The restaurant is located in Ballwin.

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