Fiddlehead Fern Café: A Unique Shaw Neighborhood Eatery

It’s safe to say there isn’t another café quite like this one in the entire metro area. Sure, others offer locally sourced ingredients, have brightly minimalist spaces and offer live music on weekends. But owner Darcy Heine has concocted something uniquely her own that matches her perspective on the Shaw neighborhood.

Customers start arriving early in the morning for coffee from local roasters PERC and Coma or tea from Nashville-based Firepot Nomadic Teas. Or, on weekends, they might choose instead to go with a mimosa or bloody mary. Gradually, groups of friends and work colleagues begin to gather, sipping glasses of wine or experimenting with cocktails featuring natural syrups from nearby Heirloom Bottling Co. There are a few breakfast options—eggs, yogurt parfait, house-made granola with fruit—and a few soups and salads, but loaded toasts make up the heart of the menu. Conveniently, these are perfect brunch food: hearty enough to stave off hunger for hours, and flavorful enough to satisfy mid-day cravings with toppings like apples and brie with seasonal jam, avocado with tomatoes, chickpeas with radishes or a BLT with peppered bacon. For baked goods, the kitchen focuses on croissants and scones while outsourcing cookies and other sweets to Whisk bakeshop. They’re just the thing to perk up a solitary work session or treat a hungry neighborhood child out and about in a stroller.

Fiddlehead Fern Café
4066 Russell Blvd.
314.300.8111

Fiddlehead Fern Café: A Unique Shaw Neighborhood Eatery

While you’re in the neighborhood …

Nixta
Portions are sized to share, giving everyone a chance to sample contemporary Mexican dishes from a menu that changes weekly.

1621 Tower Grove Ave.
314.899.9000

Sasha’s on Shaw
The wine list is impressively deep, and the menu is a perfect match—from pâté to hummus to cheese to crêpes to grilled tenderloin steak.

4069 Shaw Blvd.
314.771.7274

Union Loafers
Prepare to indulge in a carnival of carbs at this restaurant and artisan bakery. On weekends, ask about the rotating seasonal breads.

1629 Tower Grove Ave.
314.833.6111

All images courtesy of Carmen Troesser.

This story initially appeared in GUIDED: Shaw + Botanical Heights, available at these locations now and in a digital edition.

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