Christine and I love living in St. Louis, especially in our neighborhood in South City. Every evening there are people walking their dogs, people tending to their yards, and plenty of nice places to eat and drink with a lot of variety. One of our first visits after our move from West County was Russell’s on Macklind.
We thought maybe it was just a coffee cafe at first, and it does serve Kaldi’s coffee, but it is also part gastro pub, part wine bar, and part something else entirely.
Russell’s looks small and cramped upon first entering, the free area filled with tables and the bar area filled with pastries and coffee, but they have a huge back patio area that can seat many people and their four-legged friends.
Behind the counters and the sneeze guards they have turnovers, muffins, gooey butter cake, chocolate cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and about anything you could imagine a coffee cafe would have, plus more. They even have pot de crème and other rich ganache-based treats.
We haven’t tried everything behind the counter, which would take a while, but all that we have tried is well made, well priced, and delicious. The gooey butter cakes are AMAZING.
As good as they are, pastries and sweet stuff isn’t all they have at Russell’s on Macklind. They also have a brunch menu with some of our new favorites.
Russell’s has a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches, quiches of the day, oatmeal, and some other dishes which take a little more time, like one of our favorite dishes for brunch: the Breakfast Flatbread. It’s a crispy, filling flatbread topped with cheese, Bechemel sauce, bacon, spinach, tomatoes, and sunny-side eggs. A perfect way to start a morning, especially if you have someone to share it with. It’s a very popular item so it can take time to prepare sometimes, but it is well worth the wait.
Their Grilled French Toast is another favorite of ours and others. Perfectly prepared and with a delightful lemon curd that complements the fresh fruit and whip cream nicely.
But for those looking for more than just brunch, there is so much more to try. I am very partial to their Pork Belly. Crisp, flavorful, and well plated.
Another dinner favorite are the Crab Cakes. These are seriously good and seriously filling. We generally end up taking some home with us, which makes for a nice lunch the next day.
But as far as our absolute favorite it is this incredible simple dish, which they say is a family recipe. It’s home-spun comfort food at its best. These soft, pillowy puffs and the spicy, sweet house ketchup make for the perfect dish to make you feel better in any circumstance.
The best thing of all about this place is that it serves booze as well! Local beers and fine wines, plus breakfast cocktails in the morning.
So, anything bad to say about the place? It can get crowded at times and sometimes the wait gets extreme when they get a major rush, but that has only happened a few times to us. It is also a place where you can expect a few screaming babies or toddlers as a lot of families come here to celebrate or just spend a fine evening together.
When Christine and I finally adopt a dog we will most definitely bring our fur-child here as well and enjoy many a fine morning and evening at Russell’s.
- Pros: Incredible brunch, and dinner. Friendly open atmosphere. Dog friendly patio.
- Cons: Can get crushed by rushes, expect a wait at certain hours.
- Charlie’ Favorites: Pork Belly, Cheese Puffs, Breakfast Flatbread
- Christine’s Favorites: Crab Cakes, Cheese Puffs, Breakfast Flatbread