Goooooood morning (or afternoon…or evening!) and happy Friday to you! I can’t believe it’s May already! 2014 is zipping by, isn’t it? You’re probably going to hear me say that about a dozen more times before the year is through. Friendly warning!
Anyway, enough chatter. Let’s talk food, shall we?
A few weeks ago, I met up with these lovely ladies for brunch:
They’re going to kill me for posting this picture on the blog. Hi Christine and Joselyn!
Café Osage is located in a cute little area of St. Louis – the Central West End. It was a beautiful day when we visited, and I snapped a ton of pictures.
It’s connected to Bowood Farms, which has a lovely garden courtyard.
I can’t wait for the flowers to begin blooming! Come on, spring!
We sat outside and began to peruse the menu. Café Osage has a lot of options to choose from with fresh fruits and veggies; being connected to a farm definitely has its perks!
I started with an Essensia Royal:
Apple Jack Brandy, Essensia Muscat, Adami Prosecco, and ginger melon simple syrup. It was deliciously refreshing, and I loved the flower garnish.
Joselyn and Christine both ordered the Cherub’s Cup:
I tried a sip of it and it was fantastic! This one had St. Germaine, Hendrick’s Gin, Adami prosecco, strawberry simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice.
After quenching my thirst with my delicious beverage – and just between us, I may have ordered a second! – it was time for food.
Café Osage had plenty to choose from.
Everything sounded delicious, but I decided to go with the Greens, Eggs & Ham. The menu described this dish as containing poached eggs, prosciutto, arugula, and whole wheat crostini. Sold!
Joselyn went with the Two Eggs Your Way (with bison sausage!):
And Christine settled with Berry Pancakes.
She wolfed them down in two minutes flat, so it’s pretty safe to say that she enjoyed them.
As far as the other food? It was all pretty tasty! My dish was light, fresh, and filling. I wasn’t particularly blown away – it was a rather simple pairing of ingredients – but I didn’t hate the dish, either. It was satisfying, albeit a little boring. I just wonder if there could have been something added that would have kicked it up a notch.
The service, much like the food, was mediocre. Café Osage is definitely a place to visit if you’re not in a rush. Thankfully, we weren’t in a hurry! After we were seated, it was probably about 20 minutes before our waiter even came over to take our drink orders. After that? It was another 15-20 minutes before we received our drinks. And then another 15 minutes before he was prepared to take our food orders. The place wasn’t crowded at all, so I’m not exactly sure what the hold up was. I guess we weren’t the only ones having a lazy Sunday.
Overall, Café Osage wasn’t terrible, but I’m not itching to go back, either. If you’re in the immediate area and have no other options, this is a decent brunch spot. Otherwise? I suggest skipping it. I can think of a number of other brunch spots that are more worth your time and money.
Speaking of things that are worth your time and money (how’s that for a sloppy segue?), there is an event coming up in a few days that will be time well spent:
When: Thursday, May 8th from 4:30-7:30pm
Where: Heman Community Center @ 975 Pennsylvania
Why: Well…why not? There will be food, drinks, live entertainment, and cooking demonstrations. Plenty of beer and wine? Sold! The sponsors will also be collecting food donations for operation food search.
Hope to see you there!
Have a grrrrreat Friday, and a wonderful weekend. See you next week with another review!