Veg-Friendly Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Sacred Grounds in Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL/August 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you’re in the mood for a hot cup of joe with a side of eclectic atmosphere and maybe a slice of pumpkin bread, or a quick and affordable vegetarian-friendly bite to eat at a cozy study spot with your college buddies, then Sacred Grounds, at 233 North Main Street in downtown Edwardsville might just be right up your alley. As a patron of Sacred Grounds, I’ve got to say that they are my new favorite vegetarian-friendly hang out in the St. Louis area. After an old college friend introduced me to Sacred Grounds a few months back, I have been raving about them to all my friends—and now I’m going to rave about them to you, too!
Sacred Grounds has it all: a menu which caters to vegetarians while also not alienating non-veggie patrons (for example, my mother and grandmother ate a whole meal there and did not realize it was a vegetarian joint until I told them last week!), super friendly and helpful workers, and a cozy and artsy hipster vibe. The exposed brick walls are hung with interesting and fresh local art; patrons sit at vintage, yet chic metal chairs and wooden tables; an old acoustic guitar leans in the corner, presumably for live music nights, but maybe just for decoration? (nobody is really sure of its true purpose, but everyone accepts it as a part of the atmosphere); mason jars, and a stack of classic board games. It’s all a little strange, but in the best way.
Last time I was there, I ordered a slice of the pumpkin bread (moist and delectable) and a kale panini, which comes with melted cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, and perfectly blanched kale. It was delicious—and only five dollars! The DJ (just a girl working in the back with an iPhone hooked up to the speakers) was taking requests for “Diva Night” and I suggested Wannabe by the Spice Girls. Although Sacred Grounds technically closes at 8:00 p.m., the workers told everyone still milling around the dining area that we were more than welcome to stay later. I really can’t stress how polite, accommodating, and friendly the people who work there are.
Sacred Grounds’ owner Jenn Courtney does all the baking. She gets started between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. each morning. Courtney was taught the baking basics by her grandmother, but has been self-taught ever since, honing her skills through experience—from just doing it for more than 15 years. And she’s accomplished some delicious things in that time. Courtney has established numerous connections with local farmers, so that she can source as much produce as she can close to home. The freshness shows in the quality of the small cafe’s offerings. There’s a wide selection of fresh baked goods to choose from, along with paninis and wraps. At breakfast, you’ll also find classic dishes like scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and waffles with real maple syrup.
Although the coffee shop is in the heart of the downtown Edwardsville business district, they are open all day—from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and serve breakfast, lunch, and early dinner every day of the week. But, if you are less of a foodie and more of a caffeine-head, then Sacred Grounds has your back. They are a coffee shop, after all, and what kind of coffee shop wouldn’t serve great coffee? Sacred Grounds sells gourmet coffee drinks (lattes, cappuccinos, iced coffee, etc.), as well as pour overs, (I’ve heard great things about their black coffee), and they have a nice selection of teas.
The cafe is filled with people of all ages, so it is not just a college kid hot spot. This place is great for groups of friends to hang out, but it’s also very family friendly. I have seen people of all ages enjoying everything Sacred Grounds has to offer—maybe I’ll see you there too.
Owner: Jenn Courtney
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: (618) 692-4150