2800 Shenandoah Ave
MO63104 St. Louis - Soulard 314-898-0011 www.thepurplemartinstl.com Hours: 5-9 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.- noon and 5-9 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.- noon. Sun. Bar: 5-11 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Closed Mondays.
Price: $; $$
Long-time Fox Park residents Brooke Roseberry and Tony Lagouranis dreamed of creating a neighborhood gathering place. They've finally gotten their wish with the Purple Martin. Located in a rehabbed corner storefront, the restaurant is a quaint, casual bistro with Mediterranean and North African fare. Appetizers such as skordalia, a tangy garlic dip, and zeal, a lima-bean-based Berber specialty, serve as zesty starters, while the lamb shank with roasted tomatoes and potatoes is a satisfying entree. Make sure to save room for dessert. The Napoleon, layers of buttery puff pastry, sweet cream and macerated blackberries is a decadent end to a meal. For those who prefer an adult beverage as a nightcap, the Purple Martin boasts a creative cocktail menu. Its namesake drink, a concoction of Fitz’s grape soda, Malibu rum and lime juice, is a sweet and refreshing treat.