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Brunch at The Tavern

Brunch at The Tavern

I was in St. Louis this past weekend so I had to do brunch. My friends suggested The Tavern in Central West End, and after a quick browse through the menu, I immediately agreed. It was a beautiful but sweltering summer day so we chose outdoor seating, which is shaded by the establishment until around 12:30 pm, making it more bearable in the morning than the afternoon.

Huevos rancheros - house made chorizo, Mexican rice, Chipotle black beans, cilantro-lime crema with tortilla chips

Huevos rancheros - house made chorizo, Mexican rice, Chipotle black beans, cilantro-lime crema with tortilla chips

Their boozy section certainly looked enticing, but knowing that we were heading to City Museum right after, it was probably a better idea to stay sober. After much debate I ended up ordering the huevos rancheros, which was a pricey platter of freshly fried tortilla chips, semi-spicy chorizo made in house, rice and beans all topped with sunny side up eggs. By themselves, the rice and beans were a bit lacking a flavor, but after mixing that spice-packed chorizo with all the fresh ingredients, this dish is worth every cent!

Duck hash - duck confit, shiitake mushrooms, roasted red peppers, pesto home fries, topped with sunny side eggs and hollandaise

Duck hash - duck confit, shiitake mushrooms, roasted red peppers, pesto home fries, topped with sunny side eggs and hollandaise

If you are looking for something without that kick from the chorizo, another savory dish to go for is the duck confit hash. The duck is very tender and pulls apart at the touch of the fork.

Blueberry ricotta pancakes - blueberry pancakes topped with blueberry compote, sweet lemon whipped cream and caramel butter

Blueberry ricotta pancakes - blueberry pancakes topped with blueberry compote, sweet lemon whipped cream and caramel butter

For something more on the sweet side, I highly suggest going with some pancakes. My friend Alison ordered the blueberry ricotta pancakes, and they were some of the fluffiest pancakes I had ever had! I loved how the ricotta and the lemon whipped cream balanced out the sweetness from the blueberry compote. The portion size is also perfectly filling!

Tips:

  1. Try to make it to brunch before 12:30 pm in the summer and snag a seat outside in the shade!
  2. They take reservations, but because the restaurant is large, it is not absolutely necessary.

The Tavern Kitchen and Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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