caramel brioche bread pudding with cherry bourbon sauce photo courtesy of cyrano's

10 comfort food dishes to try in St. Louis this fall

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When the temperatures begin to drop and the holidays start to loom, our cravings for rich, delicious comforts go through the roof. Here are 10 tasty treats perfect for this - or any - season.

Caramel Brioche Bread Pudding with Cherry Bourbon Sauce
With a gooey, chewy middle and crispy, browned edges, this dessert gives you the best of both worlds. Served with a sweet, buttery, syrupy caramel sauce with a hint of bourbon flavor. Paired with light, fluffy whipped cream and it's a dessert you'll find yourself craving in every season.
Cyrano's Café, 603 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves,

creole chicken and andouille sausage gumbo from the parkmoor drive-in // photo courtesy of parkmoor drive-in

Creole Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

This isn’t the gumbo you’ll find in fancy New Orleans restaurants, this is the gumbo you’ll fill up on in the smoky bar room past the video poker machines next to the illegal card game. Made with Chef Eric Tirone’s heart and soul and a few tricks he picked up living in New Orleans, one taste and you’ll feel the warm embrace of the Crescent City.
The Parkmoor Drive-In, 220 W Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves,

southern firebird chicken sandwich from southern // photo by sw photo

Southern Firebird Chicken Sandwich

Southern delivers all the comforts of home with classics like fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, greens and mac ‘n cheese. Choose from a variety of sandwiches like the signature Firebird chicken sandwich or catfish po’boy. Finish off your selection with the heat level of your choice.
Southern, 3108 Olive St, St. Louis,

pink squirrel spirited shake from serendipity // photo courtesy of serendipity homemade ice cream

Pink Squirrel Spirited Shake
Made with Creme de Noyaux (pink almond liqueur), Creme de Cacao, and Serendipity’s vanilla ice cream.
Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream, 8130 Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis,

red chile and chicken posole from taco buddha // photo courtesy of taco buddha

Red Chile and Chicken Posole
A hearty Southwest soup with chicken, red chile, hominy, and spices. Topped with radish, cilantro, and Monterey Jack cheese. Served with flour tortillas.
Taco Buddha, 7405 Pershing Ave, University City,

shrimp and grits from turn // photo courtesy of turn

Shrimp and Grits
Andouille sausage, peppers, onions, okra, hominy and smoked paprika cheddar grits. Turn features this dish every fall when okra is plentiful from Urban Harvest.
Turn, 3224 Locust St, St. Louis,

pasta con broccoli from pasta house // photo courtesy of pasta house

Rich and Creamy Pasta con Broccoli
Cavatelli tossed in garlic cream sauce with fresh broccoli, sliced mushrooms, a touch of marinara and Parmigiano cheese.
Pasta House, multiple locations,

chicken and dumplings from 909 public house // photo courtesy of 909 public house

Chicken and Dumplings
Hearty roasted chicken with savory broth and hand-rolled dumplings.
909 Public House, 909 Main Plaza Dr, Wentzville,

angry bird at kingside diner // photo courtesy of kingside diner

Angry Bird
Kingside Diner makes a move beyond brunch! Kingside After Dark features creative evening menus with customer favorites such as the Angry Bird (French-cut chicken wings, Belgian waffle, maple-sriracha syrup & green onion) and an extensive beverage menu. Available at the Central West End location, from 4 to 10pm, Wednesday through Saturday.
Kingside Diner, 236 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis,

lasagna from anthonino's // photo courtesy of anthonino's

Anthonino's signature lasagna is cooked to order with fresh pasta, ricotta, aged parmigiana, Volpi sausage, mozzarella and housemade bolognese with veal and pork. Served piping hot in a individual pan with crispy edges and a nice crust all the way around.
Anthonino’s Taverna, 2225 Macklind St. Louis,