Urban Eats Café Warms Body and Soul – Urban Eats Café
St. Louis, MO/December 10, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) Urban Eats Café – A chill in the air is appropriate for December in St. Louis. It rings in the holiday season with frosted window panes and glistening treetops. It’s beautiful, and it’s cold. A turn in the weather is the perfect excuse to indulge in a creamy, hot cocoa! One of the best in town can be found at Urban Eats Café at 3301 Meramec Street in South St. Louis’ Dutchtown neighborhood.
Urban Eats Café is the kind of place that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, and not just because they make a great cup of cocoa. UE is a casual, comfortable, neighborhood café that focuses on simple, healthy fare made to order, and customized to your individual tastes. They’re also a self-defined “social enterprise dedicated to urban revitalization, healthy living, and community.” As part of that mission, they’ve recently expanded, doubling their size, while creating a space offering a free showcase for local artists. It’s called the Urban Arts Collective Project.
Urban Eats Café is so dedicated to being the neighborhood gathering place, that they offer gathering space for free. Seriously. Because they want to help build a vital, urban community, they invite groups to host Happy Hour between 4 and 7 pm, and special public or private events after 6 pm, free of charge. They’ll even open up a conference room so your breakfast, lunch or dinner group can have a little private space. (Call ahead, to make sure it’s available.)
It was UE’s mission to be good citizens of the City of St. Louis that led them to partner with the St. Louis Public Library, creating the first ever public library cafe at the Central Library Headquarters downtown. As Urban Eats Parkside, they operate concessions at the outdoor waterpark at the Carondelet Park Rec Complex from Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend. They are frequent sponsors of local community festivals and fundraiser, supporting the arts whenever they can.
But for now, a warm cup of cocoa will do. Or if you prefer, have one of their expertly prepared espresso drinks. They have the lattes, cappuccinos, caffè Amercianos, and mochas we’ve all come to know and love. They also offer local Micro-Roasted Chauvin Coffee, hot teas—including chai, and a slew of fresh fruit smoothies. They can even make you a caffè corretto, the Italian beverage made with a shot of espresso and a small amount of liquor. That’s because Urban Eats also has a full bar, making them an excellent choice for a casual dinner with friends.
While you’re there have a warm stuffed muffin. That’s right, Any of their warm muffins can be stuffed with UE’s special vanilla cream cheese filling. Just ask.
If you’re hungry for more than a warm drink or sweet treat, then try one of their paninis, wraps, flatbread pizzas, or rice bowls. They’re made to order right in front of you, using the ingredients you choose. First, select your main ingredient: marinated Alaskan salmon; marinated, baked chicken breast; smoked, sliced turkey breast; bacon and pepperoni (with mushrooms); or the vegetarian Eggplant Caponata with ‘shrooms. Then choose your flavor: Mediterranean, Asian, Southwestern, or American. Baby spinach, red onions, and basil tomatoes are included with each. UE also offers a variety of sides, including Roasted Sweet Taters, several salads, chips, and soups.
You can get some of that warm soup for free this Saturday, December 10th, at the Dutchtown Shop Hop. UE will be one of more than 20 local businesses offering beautiful artworks, artisan crafts, delicious food, and various other sundry items for sale at this neighborhood-wide event. There will be carolers, photo ops with Santa, and a $50 cash Shop Hop prize! During the event, UE customers can watch artist David McBeth at his potter’s wheel making beautiful “Empty Bowls” right in the café. For a $15 donation, you’ll get one of his finished, handcrafted bowls along with a soup voucher for one of UE’s delicious seasonal soups. The artisan bowls make terrific presents or keep yours for yourself! All of the “Empty Bowl” money raised will go to St. Anthony’s Food Pantry.
If you can’t make it to the Dutchtown Shop Hop Saturday, you can reserve bowls online and pick them up at the café instead. They’re also planning an Empty Bowls Finale Party on Wednesday, December 21st. Information about all of UE’s upcoming Empty Bowls events can be found on their Empty Bowls page: http://emptybowls.urbaneatscafe.com/
Urban Eats Café in Dutchtown is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and for Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’re closed on Mondays. They also do catering, and can even deliver box lunches. When it warms up, they offer outdoor seating too. And they’ve been recognized as one of the most bicycle-friendly restaurants in town. But while it’s cold, it’s a great place to get a warm, cozy drink and catch up on email/social media with their free WiFi.
Urban Eats Café
Owners: John Chen and Caya Aufiero
3301 Meramec Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
Picture courtesy of Green Dining Alliance