Juniper

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What’s up, friends? Long time no see! I’ve been a busy little bumblebee lately – I went to Vegas for four days over the Halloween weekend, I’ve been working my little tail off at the good old 9-5, and of course, I’ve been eating a lot of food. A lot. Speaking of which, did you know that Cool Ranch Doritos dipped in Jalapeno Cheddar dip is really freaking fantastic?! Don’t ask, just do it. It will change your life.

Oh, wait…this is a restaurant blog, where I’m supposed to review restaurants. Silly me! Hmm…let’s try this again: Did you know that there’s an amazing restaurant by the name of Juniper in the Central West End?

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Don’t ask, just go there. It will change your life. Better?

I came to this lovely place not too long ago with these amazing ladies:

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Hi Christine and Joselyn! I love these gals more than bacon.

None of us had visited this southern-inspired restaurant before, so we decided to hit it up on a busy Friday night.

Our friendly waiter gave us some food and drink menus, and you should know me well enough by now to know which one I went for first.

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Yeah, baby, yeah.

I loved the way Juniper had their drink menu set up; it was almost like a little guide to help you pick the best drink for you. Bitter, herbal, sour, or sweet? The choice is yours.

When it came to my drink, The Presbyterian jumped out at me:

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It contains bourbon, lemon, and ginger. Simple, and with all of the ingredients that I love? Sold!

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It was absolutely delicious. Tart with just a little kick from the ginger, and we all know what bourbon tastes like, right? ….right?

On to the food! Before we ordered our entrees, we wanted something to nibble on, and the breadbasket was calling our name.

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It was a good choice. Scottish Baps, Angel Biscuits, Cornbread, Sally Lunn, and a Gullah Biscuit? Give me allllll of the carbs! I was a little sad that I had to share.

I guess that was a blessing in disguise, because I needed room for the main course! It was hard for me to order, because everything sounded so good! Smothered Frog Legs, Chicken and Dumplings, Fried Oysters, Chicken and Waffles…I wanted one of everything. Give it all to me!

But I decided to be a good girl and just go with one dish: Pork Belly!

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It was served with sea island red peas, collard greens, rice grits, and maple syrup.

You guyssssss. You guys. This was so stinkin good I can’t even contain myself right now. The pork belly was tender and flavorful, and when you paired it with the collards and grits – and yes, I tried to include a little of each in every bite – it was darn near perfect. It may not look like a whole lot on the plate, but it was very filling.

Overall, I would say that Juniper was very good. I definitely want to go back – I realllly need to try their chicken and waffles – and I highly recommend it to you all. I wouldn’t steer you wrong! Not on purpose, anyway.

See you next week!

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  • Thanks for sharing. I’ve been thinking of trying Juniper but it seems a bit on the pricy side for me…I usually try to keep the tab a little lower than the Juniper price point. And the menu seemed pretty limited so the couple of times I almost went I wasn’t sure my dinner companion would find enough to choose from.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      I agree that it is a little pricey. But the drink menu alone makes it worth it! 🙂

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