Can’t decide what you want for dinner? Check out The Kitchen Sink, where everything you could want, including the kitchen sink, is on the menu. This restaurant is located on Union Blvd., just a short walk from Forest Park and the Central West End. This unconventional diner has been serving up St. Louis Style creole along with burgers, salads, and sandwiches, since they opened in 2012. Breakfast is served all day and a live band plays into the night on Fridays and Saturdays.
A good size patio provides outdoor seating but I chose to sit inside where we could listen to the live band. We were greeted by our waitress, Vanessa, who ended up being one of the best parts of our meal. She was enthusiastic from the moment she learned that it was our first time in the restaurant. From the way she went over each section of the menu, pointing out her favorite items, you could really tell that she loved her job.
Based on her spot-on recommendation, we started with sweet potato fries topped with a maple glaze and marshmallow. While these fries were so sweet they could have been served as dessert, they were so yummy that I would eat them at any time of the day. I chose the crawfish etouffee as my entrée which was served in a bowl over white rice with two corn fritters on the side. The huge portion of etouffee had no shortage of crawfish or flavor. If you are leery of spice, this dish may not be for you but it was right up my alley. My husband ordered the Kitchen Sink for his main course. Sautéed shrimp and Andouille sausage came served over a bed of cheesy grits and were topped with tasso and crab gravy. Although the dish was a little light on the shrimp and sausage, the grits were so rich that it would have been difficult to finish any more food. A side of corn fritters were served alongside this dish as well which ended up being my favorite part of the meal. These bite-sized fritters were filled with a sweet creamed corn and then fried. Our waitress warned us that one bite of these fritters would have us coming back for more and I think she may be right.
The Kitchen Sink is located at 255 Union Blvd St. Louis, MO 63108
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