Rustic French Still Charms at Kirkwood’s Café Provençal
Kirkwood, MO/July 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Are you craving some international food—perhaps something European? If you are interested in trying some globally appreciated cuisine, but you don’t want to stray too far outside of your comfort zone, then Café Provençal 427 South Kirkwood Road might be just right up your alley. Café Provençal offers a slice of rustic, country-French tucked into an unassuming shopping center in the heart of Kirkwood—but that’s by design. Restaurateur Eddie Neill introduced St. Louis diners to multi-course prix-fixe meals and his authentic, southern French dishes in 1982. Neill was a pioneer in bringing fresh food to table, scratch made dishes, and even making his own paté in house. We’ve been devouring the rustic fare and cozy, romantic atmosphere of his French eatery ever since. If you are interested in French food, and haven’t tried Café Provençal, then you’re missing out.
Café Provençal is a personal favorite of mine and my family; I have very fond memories of my mother and grandmother taking me out for dinner here as a child. This restaurant is a family friendly café which has menu items that people of all ages will enjoy. I was particularly fond of the potato soup and escargot—six little snails absolutely swimming in garlic butter with fennel. Now (as a vegetarian) I would probably be better suited with pomme frites and an omelette—offered on both the lunch and dinner menus. Some of Café Provençal’s other delicious lunch options include Atlantic salmon with mustard sauce, classic Salad Niçoise, warm Quiche, and their Reuben sandwich (once voted best Rueben in St. Louis).
Their dinner menu features options such as a house crafted tapenade with eggplant, caviar, and Montrachet cheese; Mussels steamed in garlic, white wine and fennel; rack of lamb served with a red wine sauce; and of course, their famous steak frites (New York strip steak, béarnaise and crispy, matchstick fries seasoned with black pepper and rosemary.) They also have a dessert menu, which includes their famous crème brûlée, but I recommend the assorted cheese and fruit platter for the full Southern French cuisine experience. Their wine selection offers the perfect accompaniment to their rustic cuisine.
Authentic global cuisine is not all this French café has going for it. They’re also pet-friendly! According to BringFido.com, Café Provençal is one of only 35 restaurants in the St. Louis area that welcomes dogs on their patio. They’ll even bring water for your pup (but you may have to request it). Even without your pup, the Café Provençal patio is a pleasant place for lunch, dinner, or drinks with friends and family.
Café Provençal is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch, and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner. They do take reservations, which can be made up to one day in advanced.
I must say, if you are a fan of French food and you haven’t checked this place out yet, you’re really missing out. Alternatively, if you’re new to the “snails and baguettes” scene, then this little French cafe in Kirkwood is the perfect place give it a try. Café Provençal was my introduction to French cuisine, and it could be yours, too. Once you do, this is one of those restaurants you’ll want to share with friends and family for years to come. Bon appetite!
Owner: Eddie Neill
General Manager: John Schreiner
427 South Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 822-5440
STLRestaurant.News writer: Katie Smith