Missouri Eats: Union Loafers

Union Loafers opened in late September in the Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis, offering patrons plenty of delicious ways to break bread.

The café and bakery uses old-world techniques to create its naturally leavened, hearth-baked loaves, which serve as building blocks for its lunchtime-only selection of specialty sandwiches.

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On ciabatta, try smoked beets with sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, Emmenthaler cheese and a hard-boiled egg, or get the house favorite: roasted pork with country ham, Gruyère, pickles, mustard and garlic mayonnaise. Simpler sandwiches include almond butter and raspberry jam on Union Loafers’ flagship bread, Light and Mild.

The bread is made with a straightforward list of ingredients – organic whole wheat, sifted wheat, water and salt – and the ethereally soft, open crumb gives way to a beautifully crispy crust.

Other meal options include bowls of hearty soup served with slabs of bread as well as the Little Gem salad topped with sourdough breadcrumbs. From the bakery, which stays open for retail into the early evening, visitors can choose from a variety of savory goodies including cheesy bread and beautifully browned pretzels served with grain mustard.

Written and photographed by Mabel Suen. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.

Union Loafers, 1629 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.833.6111, unionloafers.com

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