Café Ventana

SLU Appreciation Brunch! Welcome Back!

Enjoy New-Orleans Style Brunch, Live music, and special FREE perks for SLU students & faculty!   Starting 9/3/16, EVERY 1st Saturday of the month is SLU Appreciation Brunch!  

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Join us on Mother’s Day for the launch of our new brunch menu! We’ll be debuting our new brunch menu, a delicious selection of New Orleans inspired brunch entrees and specialty cocktails, as well as our signature beignets and fresh baked pastries! – New Orleans-Style Apple Pecan French Toast – Bananas Foster Crepes – Creole Biscuits and Gravy – Bayou Benedict – Grillades and Grits (featuring Hendricks BBQ meats!) – Omelets – Fresh Fruit Plate – Sides: side of fruit, cheese grits, Old Bay spiced home fries Plus, Valencia and Friends will be playing outside on the patio (weather permitting) from

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Kitchen Q&A: Christopher Lee

In a time when restaurants are closing faster than a screen door in a windstorm, Christopher Lee is opening two in the same year. What does he know that the rest of the cognoscenti don’t? How will he avoid becoming another ugly restaurant statistic? Is he a pie-eyed sophomore restaurateur with crazy dreams or a talented young chef with visionary ideas and a good investor? One look at the ultra-cozy side patio at his just opened New Orleans–themed Café Ventana suggests the latter. SLM sat down with him just to make sure. Read full story here.

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St. Louis Eats and Drinks With Joe and Ann Pollack

Café Ventana’s web site talks about it as having a French Quarter style. And that’s not just because beignets are available — oh yes, and excellent, too. Located on the first floor of an old house (although happily wheelchair accessible) just west of the St. Louis U. campus, it has an easy-going feel that fits well with its architectural charm. On the outside, in front, alongside and behind, there are separate seating areas. The warm, friendly dining room has tables and chairs, but also counters and arm chairs and a fireplace that offer relaxing options for the frantic and the

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The Food of Iron Fork

The Cuban wrap, with Cobb smoked ham and carnitas, grilled in a tomato wrap with gruyere cheese, dill pickle and dijon, from Café Ventana.

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Primary Colorful: Ian blisses out on beignets and other well-executed simple fare at Cafe Ventana

God knows Mondays don’t need any help in order to be a pain in the rear end, but on this particular Monday afternoon, my 401(k) is following the Dow down the drain, there are still four interminable, talking point-filled weeks till the election and I just forgot my debit card inside an ATM. Am I sitting in a dive bar, chasing my blues with whiskey, neat? In fact, I’m at Café Ventana, enjoying a few minutes of bliss — however fleeting — with a cup of strong black coffee and a plate of beignets. Read the full story here.

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Cafe Ventana voted Best Coffeehouse – 2011

RFT BEST OF ST. LOUIS 2011 FOOD & DRINK Best Coffeehouse Café Ventana Since the dawn of time, a successful coffeehouse has required two things: the ability to manage the pre-office morning rush, and beaucoup electrical outlets for layabouts to keep their laptops humming while they sip and loiter. Café Ventana succeeds on both counts and oh, so many more. Situated on the border where midtown gives way to the Central West End, the café adds a touch of artsy French style to an otherwise industrial stretch. Thanks to the patio and spacious annex, you’re guaranteed to have your pick of

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Cuban Wrap

Cobb smoked ham and carnitas grilled in a tomato wrap with gruyere cheese, dill pickle and dijon.

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Portabella Mushroom

A grilled Panini with fresh portabella mushrooms on rosemary olive bread, topped with spinach, havarti cheese, and a thin layer of pesto aioli.

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Muffaleta

New Orleans style sandwich served on split Italian bread with marinated olive salad, capicola, Genoa salami, mortadella, gruyere and provolone.

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