Rooster, 1104 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri
Karisa: After a week of delicious breakfasts prepared by my mom, we went out on the town to see what kind of brunch St. Louis has to offer. I diligently searched the internet, and quickly found a spot with everything I like in a brunch spot: locally sourced ingredients with an emphasis on sustainability, lots of vegetarian options on the menu, and an extensive brunch drink menu. Plus, the logo simultaneously looks like an egg and the St. Louis arch... consider me officially charmed.
We were quickly seated and greeted by a very friendly server with a kind smile. He explained all mimosa options with detail and quickly brought our chosen drinks and coffee. I had one with pomegranate juice/pulp at the bottom of the glass, which I probably should have stirred, since I ended up drinking a regular mimosa with some pomegranate goodness at the end. I ordered a second (regular) mimosa, justifying that I can't accurately judge the mimosa factor of a brunch based on a specialty drink. I drink for you, dear reader.
Our server came back at least three times to take our order, and we had to keep sending him away; I just couldn't decide. There were too many delicious sounding vegetarian options! I poured over this decision, and finally settled on an appetizer of Biscuits and Vegetarian Gravy and the Goat Cheese #1 Crepe, consisting of basil, mushrooms, and oven roasted tomatoes for my entree. The biscuits and gravy were amazing, with a strong sage flavor that made my mom happy to eat veggie sausage. The crepe was out of this world, and a week later my mouth is watering thinking about the flavors. The creamy goat cheese didn't overpower the meaty mushrooms and slightly acidic tomatoes, thanks to the spicy sauce that came with the crepe. After the biscuit appetizer, I didn't think I'd be able to eat much, but it was so good I couldn't stop myself from devouring the majority of the crepe. I will definitely make a point to revisit Rooster on future trips to St. Louis; I have so many menu items to try!
Magretta, aka Maggie Rae, aka Karisa's mom: It was really special to go out for brunch with my daughter in SAINT LOUIS, of all places. Since I own, run, and make breakfast at Forget-me-not Bed and Breakfast, it isn't often that I get to go to brunch in my own hometown.
It was great to have Karisa look up places to go and the actually try it out. Rooster was a great place to get to go. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable. The server was really friendly, and actually had suggestions when we asked for them, and gave us plenty of time to make up our mind. There were so many things to choose from that it was really a hard choice.
We started with mimosas that were really yummy. I had one with raspberry and orange juice with the champagne. It was so good I almost ordered another one, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. Karisa saw that they had a vegetarian biscuit and gravy item and we had that for an appetizer. I think our server said it was vegan. In any event it was really good. I could definitely have made that my main course!
I was really surprised to see Finnish Pancakes on the menu, because that is my house specialty. The waiter dissuaded me from that and suggested I order the regular pancakes if I wanted pancakes. But I broke with my personal preference for something sweet for breakfast and ordered the Rooster Slinger. St. Louisians love their slingers.
According to Wikipedia:
"The Slinger is a Midwestern diner specialty typically consisting of two eggs, hash browns, and a hamburger patty (or any other meat) all covered in chili con carne stew (with or without beans) and generously topped with cheese (cheddar or American) and onions. The eggs can be any style. The Slinger is considered to be a St. Louis late-night culinary original. It is described as "a hometown culinary invention: a mishmash of meat, hash-fried potatoes, eggs, and chili, sided with your choice of ham, sausage, bacon, hamburger patties, or an entire T-bone steak."
I had never ordered one before, so I thought this might be a good time to try one. This one had toast, eggs, thick sausage links and was covered with sausage gravy. It would probably have been good if you like this sort of thing, but I have to be honest, as my husband says, I like dessert for breakfast. This certainly was not a dessert! The sausage links were a bit too spicy for my taste, and I didn't like this sausage gravy as well as I had the vegetarian option. I ordered a side of toast so I could have some jelly and had some more coffee and that had that made me a lot happier!
I hope I get a chance to return to Rooster. I need to plan a day when I don't have guests to go try it out again. The next time I will go for a sweet entree. They had lots of crepe options that would have been fun to try.
Food - Very good. The menu is so extensive of delicious looking items that it took us an unreasonably long time to decide what to order. The vegetarian biscuits and gravy was amazing, and Karisa cannot stop thinking about that crepe.
Service - Very good. Our server was incredibly friendly with a nice smile. He was patient with us when he had to return at least three times for us to place our orders. Most importantly, he gave us real opinions on the menu and backed them up other recommendations.
Atmosphere - Good. A little loud and kitschy for Mom's taste, but Karisa loved it, which makes sense as it seems to appeal to a younger crowd. Rooster is big into local sourcing and sustainability, which Karisa is huge sucker for.
Coffee - Good. Mom would have liked it a bit stronger, but Karisa was happy. Apparently they roast their own coffee, and we were both happy to drink it black.
Mimosa - Very good. There are a lot of varieties with fruit additions, but we think we should have stirred first. The mimosas were served in pretty champagne glasses that didn't make Karisa miss Richmond style and would have made Kathy ecstatic.
Bloody Mary - Not rated. However, looking a few tables over, the bloody mary looked like it was right up Michele's alley... rimmed in salt and pepper with several olives, peperoncini, and lemon.