Few of us like to do serious thinking early in the morning. Perhaps that's why it's often hard to think of new restaurants you want to try for breakfast or brunch. Here's a list of some of the best places in town to get a great breakfast or to get the family together for a weekend brunch. Now the only thinking you have to do is whether to visit the omelet bar, the waffle bar or both.
It's hard to argue with the folks at Food Network Magazine. They picked the Rooster Slinger as the best breakfast in Missouri. The slinger is described on the menu as "andouille sausage, breakfast potatoes, fried eggs and sausage gravy over thick-cut toast." Rooster also has crepes, french toast and a variety of egg dishes. Rooster is located at 1104 Locust Street in downtown St. Louis. The cafe is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Located in downtown Clayton, the City Coffee House & Creperie offers a unique alternative to the traditional bacon & eggs type breakfast. Most of its menu consists of, naturally, crepes, although they also have delicious Belgian waffles. Crepe varieties are nearly endless, with sweet options offering everything from fruit to chocolate as potential filler. You can also go wild on the not sweet category, with fillers such as salmon, veggies and a variety of cheeses. Of course, if you still want bacon & eggs, don't let that stop you from visiting. The egg, bacon and havarti cheese crepe is absolutely delicious. The Creperie is located at 36 N. Brentwood and is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Nadoz Cafe offers great food at good prices in a comfortable euro-style setting. The waffles, crepes and paninis are popular choices, or try one of the delicious pastries like the pain au chocolat. Nadoz also has a full coffee and smoothie bar and a wide selection of breads and desserts. Nadoz Cafe has two locations: 12 The Boulevard in Richmond Heights (across from the Galleria Mall) and in the lobby of the Coronado Ballroom at 3701 Lindell. The Boulevard location is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Coronado location is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The atmosphere alone at the Bevo Mill would earn it a place on many top restaurant lists. This was, after all, August Busch's private dining room until 1917. Even for a private dining room it's massive, and the architecture is truly historic. But breakfast at this St. Louis landmark is just as easy on the palete as it is the eyes. The Bevo Mill offers a full buffet complete with omlets, waffles, smoked salmon, prime rib and more. The restaurant is only open to the public on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bevo Mill is located at 4749 Gravois in south St. Louis.
There's no debate the Boathouse offers one of the best views for brunch. But further descriptions of the atmosphere to would-be-guests can be a bit complicated. The boathouse is very serene, but it's also quite vibrant and busy. Often you'll find yourself gazing dreamily out upon Post-Dispatch Lake, only to be brought back to reality by kids laughing loudly as they feed a family of ducks. Perhaps the best description of the boathouse is that it's a beautiful facility, in an idyllic setting, that's also quite popular with singles, young couples, families and senior citizens. Pretty much everyone comes for the outdoor seating, but the breakfast casseroles, buttermilk pancakes and breakfast pizzas ensure a crowd regardless of the weather. The Boathouse is located at 6101 Government Drive in the heart of Forest Park.
Somehow Stratton's has become the must-visit restaurant for new parents. Perhaps its menus are mailed out with every new birth certificate. Bottom line, Stratton's is very family-friendly. The atmosphere is casual, and families know the staff will happily sweep up the crumbs that gather around highchairs. Prices are easy on families too, with most breakfast entrees priced around $5. Specialties include the cafe's egg wraps, which can be as simple as ham and cheese or as exotic as the oriental wrap made with eggs, carrots, water chestnuts and other ingredients. There are also basic breakfast platters, pancakes and a large selection of scones and muffins. The coffee is also very popular, no doubt helping all those new parents face the morning. Stratton's is located at 8103 Big Bend in Webster Groves and 176 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton.
When you want organic and locally grown food, Cafe Osage is the breakfast spot to choose. The cafe uses vegetables and herbs from its own garden and makes its sausage from bison raised in Clarksville, Missouri. The menu features hearty dishes like corned beef hash, breakfast wraps and pancakes, but there are also lighter options including granola, muffins and scones. If you get inspired by the locally produced food, you can stop by the Bowood Farms nursery next door and pick up a few plants for your own garden. Cafe Osage is located at 4605 Olive Street in St. Louis. It's open for breakfast Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You can find First Watch restaurants in a number of states, including seven in the St. Louis area. However, this chain is creative enough with its menu, and focused enough on service to earn a spot on our top picks list. The menu is almost overwhelming, with many entrees listing six to seven ingredients. First Watch has no qualms using avocado, chorizo sausage and various dressings in its signature omelets and crepes. But even the more bizarre groupings of ingredients prove to work well together and you still feel like you're eating breakfast. The atmosphere of each restaurant varies by location. The Kirkwood location looks like an upscale version of Denny's, while the Clayton location has a warmer and hipper look.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Duff's CLOSED in June 2013.
Duff's is a popular brunch spot in the heart of the Central West End. Try one of their giant omlets, turkey-apple sausage or Creole Eggs Benedict.There's plenty of room inside the restaurant, but on a nice day, the outdoor patio is the place to be. Duff's is located at 392 North Euclid.
Schneithorst's is a full service restaurant offering lunch and dinner, but it's also a good place to get a casual breakfast. Top picks on the breakfast menu include country ham, omlets, pancakes and waffles. There's even one dish called "German Utopia" for anyone who feels like having bratwurst to start the day. Schneithorst's is located at intersection of Clayton and Lindbergh in Ladue.