Great Coffee, Food & Ambiance Add Up For This Top 10 Spot – Soulard Coffee Garden Café
St. Louis, MO/January 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The Soulard neighborhood in South St. Louis is known for its parties (Oktoberfest & Mardi Gras), its bars, and restaurants. But one of the best-loved coffee shops in St. Louis has been a Soulard mainstay for some 17 years. It makes sense that folks would seek out a great cup of coffee (and breakfast) after a night of partying. So when Chef Julie West and her family opened the Soulard Coffee Garden Café at 910 Geyer Ave. in December 1999, it was a natural fit. The café’s setting is pure Soulard—a brick row house with a lovely garden out back. The rustic setting and the art gallery on the second floor give the place a bit of a Bohemian vibe, but the food and friendly service make this a comfortable place for everyone.
The café serves breakfast, lunch, and of course, coffee. It does that so well that customers continue to laud praise on Soulard Coffee Garden, giving it high marks and great reviews. It’s been a perennial favorite on “Best of” and “Top 10” lists since opening. Most recently (October 2016) Soulard Coffee Garden was number two on our customer review-based list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in St. Louis. But this little coffee shop does more than a good cup of joe. Soulard Coffee Garden Café is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday – Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
At lunchtime you’ll find a nice selection of salads, soups, and sandwiches. There are weekday lunch specials like Sloppy Joes (Tuesdays) and Fish Tacos (Fridays). It’s worth a special trip on Wednesdays. That’s Napoli Pasta Day! It’s a delicious marriage of chicken, artichoke, sun-dried tomato, and a rich cream sauce with penne pasta. The daily menu includes a strip steak sandwich done two ways. Both start with a half-pound, aged strip steak. The regular is stacked with grilled onion, peppers, portabella mushroom, provolone, and horseradish cream on French baguette. The Tex-Mex is rubbed with Southwestern spice rub, and then topped with melted sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and spicy mayo on five-grain bistro bread. Both are satisfying and delicious.
National Blueberry Pancake Day is this Saturday, January 28th. It’s a great excuse to head to Soulard Coffee Garden and get what you know you already want: Cornmeal-Blueberry Pancakes. These are sweet buttermilk-cornmeal pancake strewn with luscious blueberries. Chef Julie West has said they’re unexpectedly light and fluffy because of the whipped egg whites that are folded into the batter. They’re served with real butter and real maple syrup, making them an excellent way to celebrate
National Blueberry Pancake Day. Also on the breakfast menu, you’ll find biscuits and gravy (large, fluffy biscuits and their homemade sausage gravy), French toast made with their signature maple and vanilla batter, the Fab Fruit Bowl (made with fresh, seasonal fruit and served with vanilla yogurt), the Breakfast Parfait (layers of their homemade granola, fresh fruit, and yogurt, served with a muffin or scone), plus a delicious selection of three-egg omelets (including build your own), several takes on Eggs Benedict, and a number of breakfast sandwiches. There’s sure to be something to go with everyone’s morning coffee!
Soulard Coffee Garden Cafe is also a great place for a smoothie, a snack, or just a cup of coffee (but they have pastries too!). Beside the regular joe, you’ll also find all the espressos, lattes, and specialty drinks you’d expect at a great coffee shop. When the weather is nice, the garden is an inviting place to sip your coffee, enjoy a scone, and drink in the ambiance that is the other side of Soulard.
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