2 new St. Louis-area restaurants to try this month
With Fleur STL, chef-owner Tim Eagan has set himself the challenge of rejuvenating one of St. Louis’ most iconic restaurant spaces, the former Eat-Rite diner. Fleur’s diner roots are still apparent, but details like dark green wall paneling, a wooden countertop, framed photos and vases of flowers shape a softer, homey vibe. The menu tells a similar story, pitching diner staples like the Slinger and double cheeseburger alongside brunch dishes like eggs Benedict, Brussels sprouts fried with bacon and shallot in a cider reduction, and deviled eggs. The restaurant’s 13 stools all offer a front-row seat to watch Eagan and his small crew prepare your food from scratch. Coffee comes in a French press rather than bottomless, but if it’s brunch o’ clock you might prefer to reach for one of Fleur’s cocktails instead.
622 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, Facebook: Fleur STL
Katsuya is the latest addition to the Loop’s diverse lineup of fast-casual eateries. The menu at this cozy little counter service joint revolves around katsu, Japanese-style cutlets coated in breadcrumbs, fried to super crispy perfection and served with thick, tangy sauce. Choose your protein – pork, chicken, shrimp, tofu, cheese or menchi, a ground meat patty with pork, chicken and onion – and receive a slick black bento box that feels like a present. A wide selection of edible goodies accompany your katsu, like rice, salad, pickled veggies and daily special side dishes including sushi, pot stickers or crab rangoon.
6301 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.296.3368, katsuyastl.com