rbbq by robust bistro & wine photo by jennifer silverberg

11 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 11 tasty treats perfect for this - or any - season.

Robust Bistro & Wine Bar, in partnership with Vito Racanelli of Big V’s Craft Barbecue, is launching RBBQ ghost kitchen on Oct. 19 with preorders beginning Oct. 3. Initial offerings will include brisket, pulled pork, and ribs with sides like potato salad, coleslaw, beans, and mac and cheese.
RBBQ by Robust Bistro & Wine Bar, 227 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, robustwinebar.com

bacon-wrapped meatloaf from cyrano's café // photo courtesy of cyrano's café

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf
Cyrano's bacon-wrapped meatloaf was a special with so many requests, they had to add it to the menu. Each loaf is fully wrapped in bacon before cooking to ensure that all that delicious bacon flavor infuses every bite. It's served with a rich, velvety bordelaise sauce, creamy garlic mashed potatoes and oven-roasted broccoli.
Cyrano's Café, 603 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, cyranos.com

breakfast loaf from serendipity homemade ice cream // photo courtesy of homemade ice cream

Breakfast Loaf
Serendipity's new location now open in The Grove is excited to be featuring an assortment of coffees from Kaldi's and pastries from La Bonne Bouchée. This Breakfast Loaf features cranberry, orange, and espresso swirl. Available everyday at 7 a.m.
Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream, 4400 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, serendipity-icecream.com

not ya mama's gumbo from 4 hens creole kitchen // photo courtesy of 4 hens creole kitchen

Not Ya Mama's Gumbo
4 Hens Succotash Soup made with okra, corn, tomatoes and lima beans slow simmered with Creole spices, topped with pan seared chicken, shrimp andouille sausage and crawfish tails. This is not a traditional roux based soup and does not have rice which makes it not ya mama's!
4 Hens Creole Kitchen, City Foundry STL, 3730 Foundry Way, St. Louis, 4henscreolekitchen.com

blueberry pancakes at silver pancake house // photo courtesy of silver pancake house

Blueberry Pancakes
Warm, fluffy pancakes are made with fresh blueberries that burst with flavor. Melted butter and syrup drizzled on top makes for a top tier comforting breakfast. Pairs well with a side of crispy bacon and a cup of fresh ground coffee.
Silver Pancake House, 9983 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, facebook.com/silverpancakehouse
Golden Oak Pancake House, multiple locations, facebook.com/GoldenOakPancakeHouse

aguacate relleno at asador del sur // photo courtesy of asador del sur

Aguacate Relleno
This mildly spicy dish features avocado, shrimp, serrano pepper, yucca chips and mango yuzu cilantro dressing. Try it at brunch on Saturday and Sunday in addition to many more amazing Latin cuisine options.
Asador Del Sur, 7322 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, asadordelsur.com

chicken fried chicken from grace meat + three // photo courtesy of grace meat + three

Chicken Fried Chicken
This comfort food classic is a recent addition to Grace Meat + Three's specials menu. Enjoy famous fried chicken, pan gravy, and chives served on toasted white bread.
Grace Meat + Three, 4270 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, stlgrace.com

pasta con broccoli at 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, pastahouse.com

austin’s horseshoe at gourmet soul // photo courtesy of gourmet soul

Austin’s Horseshoe
Open-face fried boneless chicken breast tossed in house sweet and spicy sauce placed on a toasted bun, topped with french fries and drizzled with house-made queso.
Gourmet Soul, 1620 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, gourmetsoul.com

shakshuka at simply delicious // photo courtesy of simply delicious

This traditional Lebanese breakfast dish features stewed Roma tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, garlic and other spices blended together to make a hearty sauce. Topped with an egg that is poached to perfection while slowly simmering in the sauce. Finished with feta cheese and cilantro and served in a cast iron skillet with pita for dipping.
Simply Delicious, 1115 Pine St, St. Louis, simplydeliciousllc.com

southern fried chicken at southern // photo courtesy of southern

Southern Fried Chicken
Everyone loves comfort food, and the catering team at Southern will put the “comfort” in your special event menu. Perfect for holiday celebrations, family gatherings, corporate events and more. Choose from favorites like fried chicken (white and dark meat), catfish and tofu available with a variety of heat levels. Add some classic comfort sides like mashed potatoes, mac ‘n cheese, southern greens and house-made biscuits and your guests will be all smiles. Learn more at stlsouthern.com/catering.
Southern, 3108 Olive St, St. Louis, stlsouthern.com