Café Ventana

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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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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Apple Brie

A delectable grilled panini suitable as an entrée or a dessert: Fresh walnut bread smothered with honey walnut spread and stuffed with sautéed apples and brie.

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Caesar

Hearts of Romaine, Caesar Dressing, Croutons and Pecorino.

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Belle Bella

Greens, Roasted Portabella, Red Onions, Tomatoes, Capicola Ham and Fresh Mozzarella.

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