Excellent | Worth a Detour
Review by: Audrey Stocker
Offering everything from homemade pastries to a scrambled egg and avocado sandwich, Winslow’s Home can satisfy anyone’s weekly craving for a classic brunch. And who doesn’t love brunch?
Entering the streetside cafe and restaurant, I smile as soon as I see the cute decorations in the homey general store setup and begin to feel the lively atmosphere. I know immediately that this is the right place to be; and I can see myself coming back many times over. Communal seating sets a friendly room tone and the buzz of people all around makes for a happy morning feel. This is a fun place to be.
Kitchen goods and cookbooks are sold alongside fresh scone mixes and local ice cream pints at various stations around the store. As if the self control necessary to resist these temptations is not hard enough, the setup of the restaurant is such that to order food you must wait in line right next to the bakery counter. If you have ever successfully resisted the urge to buy a giant lemon bar or a deliciously weird goat cheese cookie, I applaud you. I was not so strong and ended up buying both. For the record, I do not regret this decision and have been craving the creamy goat cheese cookie ever since I finished the last bite. The lemon bar bursts with lemon flavor, and is just-right sweet – not overly so the way many lemon bars tend to be. Now, on to brunch.
Just when I am about to expire from hunger, the meal arrives with raspberry buttermilk pancakes smiling up at me from the plate. I dig in, enjoying the perfection that is maple syrup soaked cakes of fluffy batter and raspberries. I am usually not a pancake person, preferring waffles, but these pancakes make me reconsider my priorities.
An item listed on the menu as Basic Breakfast includes eggs any style, fruit, herbed potato wedges, and a biscuit with jam. The potato wedges are a nice surprise – my favorite part of the meal — admirably cooked with a finishing spice that leaves you wanting more. The biscuit and jam are a delicious pair, the sweetness of homemade jam being one of my favorite things in the world. It is available for sale in take-home containers.
Egg sandwiches are an expected brunch item, but the addition of harissa – a red pepper, slightly spicy sauce — raises Winslow’s Home’s version to the next level. The mixture of creamy, smushy avocado, scrambled egg, and sharp cheddar cheese checks off all the boxes required for a delectable egg sandwich. Roasted potatoes are included on the side.
Winslow’s Home is open Tuesday through Sunday and has a menu that rotates to reflect in-season fruits and vegetables. Most of the produce comes from Winslow’s farm, which is located in Augusta, Missouri, about 35 miles west of St. Louis. Even if you are not able to make it to brunch at Winslow’s Home, don’t worry; it is also open for lunch and dinner. The menus include fried chicken, rustic soups, and grilled cheese. Sounds like a delicious outing to me.
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|