Sunday Brunch in Historic, Pond-side Café Madeleine
St. Louis, MO/April 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – What could be better than Sunday brunch in beautiful park setting? How about brunching amid ornamental palms in the oldest standing conservatory west of the Mississippi River? Add that the conservatory spills out onto a lovely patio adjacent to charming lily ponds and surrounded by well-maintained gardens in the heart of the city. Throw in one of the best caterers in town and a well-stocked bar, and you have the Sunday Brunch at Café Madeleine.
The cafe is a Sunday-only affair inside the Piper Palm House at Tower Grove Park. Every Sunday of the year guests can enjoy an upscale brunch in this unique, tranquil setting. Constructed in 1878, the Palm House was designed by famed architect George I. Barnett in the Italianate style and initially used to house Tower Grove Park’s more delicate plants during winter. It’s the most historically significant building in the park, which is itself on the National Register of Historic Places, and a popular venue for private parties the other six days of the week.
Brunch at Café Madeleine is catered by the Butler’s Pantry, one of St. Louis’ premiere catering companies. Founded by Richard Nix, Sr. and his wife Anita in 1966, this award-winning catering company has been helping St. Louis celebrate special moments with special meals for more than 50 years. Now under the direction of Richard Nix, Jr, the Butler’s Pantry offers event catering. In addition to Sunday Brunch at Café Madeleine, they also operate Bixby’s at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and Piccione Pastry, an Italian pastry shop at Skinker and Delmar that’s open late for Loop visitors.
The culinary staff at the Butler’s Pantry has developed a special menu of French-inspired dishes for Café Madeleine. The buffet is created with fresh, seasonal produce and regional products. That means each week brunch patrons will find a unique and fresh culinary experience. The weekly brunch features an omelet station, fruit and cold salads, soup du jour, warm entrees, and a tempting dessert table—of course that includes their namesake dish, the traditional French Madeleine. St. Louis diners rave about Café Madeleine’s attentive service, the beautiful setting, and the nice variety of well prepared foods available. They especially like the Belgian waffles, the biscuits, the perfectly cooked pastas, delicate smoked salmon, and the speedy omelet station. This brunch-only cafe is so popular, we gave them an honorable mention in our article: The Top 10 Brunch Spots Around St. Louis back in December.
Sunday brunch is offered year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made online (http://cafemadeleinestl.com/reservations/) or by phone (314) 575-5658. For adults, brunch is $24.75, for children 4-12 it’s $11.75, and children three and younger are free. That includes the hot buffet, cold buffet, and dessert table. Beverages are not included, but reasonably priced choices include coffee, tea, milk, juice, soda, a selection of specialty coffees like cappuccinos and lattes, as well as cocktails, wine, and champagne. Besides the classic brunch cocktails like Mimosa and Bloody Mary, Cafe Madeleine also offers their version of a Bellini and a refreshing cocktail called the Lazy Maddie. It’s made with cranberry, fresh squeezed orange juice and vodka.
Unfortunately, Café Madeleine’s Mother’s Day brunch has been fully booked for some time. But customers can enjoy the beauty and hospitality of one of St. Louis’ most unique dining venues any other Sunday of the year. And there’s a bonus: when the weather is nice, outside seating is available, offering diners the sumptuous brunch buffet and beautiful views of the lily ponds and surrounding gardens.
Cafe Madeleine at the Piper Palm House
Tower Grove Park
4256 Magnolia Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 575-5658
Owner: Richard Nix, Jr.
Executive Chef Greg Ziegenfuss
1414 Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 664-7680