To Your Health
A handful of new eateries are sprouting up across the area, with a focus on fresh and vegan foods. Those who think vegetarian equals bland, think again.
UPDATE: STL Vegans now meet every Monday. The print story in the July 2012 issue of ALIVE noted Sunday meetings.
New to University City, Frida’s Deli is a vegetarian, vegan and raw deli serving up sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies and fresh juices. Owner Natasha Kwan has crafted a menu featuring such mouthwatering fare as raw tomato bisque, house-made seitan steak and roasted onion and white cheddar sandwiches. Daily specials include items like glutenfree Margherita pizza drizzled with red pepper oil. Eat in or grab and go—either way, it’s a surefire spot for a healthful and delicious lunch. 622 North & South Road, University City, fridasdeli.com.
The Harvest Grows
Local Harvest Grocery and Café opens two new locations this summer, to the delight of STL locavores and health nuts—who are likely already well acquainted with its original Tower Grove spots. The first, located Downtown in the Old Post Office building, is set to open this month, featuring a 100-seat café open for breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on weekends. It will also serve as home base for a catering operation offering everything from full dinners to box lunches, and an event space for functions like meetings, parties and rehearsal dinners. The Kirkwood location, slated to open August 1, will be an expanded grocery store featuring a homesteading section with canning, brewing and winemaking supplies—not to mention non-GMO chicken feed. It will also host a cozy 40-seat café serving breakfast, lunch, a simple dinner menu and brunch on weekends. 815 Olive St., Downtown, 12309 Old Big Bend Road, Kirkwood, localharvestcafe.com.
The new HotPot Smoothie Shop in Kirkwood blends organic, vegan and vegetarian foods into a menu to suit any taste. Owner Gregory Owens strives to use local and organic ingredients as much as possible, from the smoothies made with real fruit and artisan coffees and teas to flavorful dishes inspired by Asian street food. 11215 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, 314.629.7015.
Eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean skipping dessert—not when it’s Tutti Frutti’s soy frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruit and nuts. Co-owners Hany Georgy and Sherif Labib recently opened a University City location of the international franchise, offering smoothies and locally made pastries along with the title treat. 7708 Delmar Blvd., tuttifruttistl.com, (314) 863-5311.
Call it a support group for those with unconventional dietary practices. STL Vegans is a new organization committed to nurturing a strong vegan presence in St. Louis through street-level outreach and education. The group meets every Monday at different locations and hosts events, outreach, discussions, outings, demos and potlucks for anyone practicing or curious about the vegan lifestyle. For more information, visit facebook.com/stlvegans.
Local Harvest Cafe
Local Harvest Cafe
Photo credit: Jules Brown