Snagging a table at popular St. Louis staple Russell’s on Macklind is no small feat – which is why locals rejoiced when chef-owner Russell Ping announced he’d be expanding the Southampton restaurant this past summer. Ping worked with SPACE Architecture + Design to renovate the space above the restaurant, formerly an apartment, to include 30 additional seats and room for private events.
The new upper level also features a full bar, allowing Russell’s to expand its wine and beer offerings – look for local options like 4 Hands Brewing Co., The Civil Life Brewing Co. and Schlafly Beer – and introduce a full cocktail menu. Choose from several classic cocktails, including an Old Fashioned, a Negroni, a Sazerac and a Martini, or one of Russell’s signature cocktails, which will rotate seasonally. The latter includes options such as the Cranberry Smash, with bourbon-soaked cranberries, and the Gin-Soaked Sage, featuring ginger-infused simple syrup and sage liqueur. This winter, warm up with The Antidote – a hot toddy-esque cocktail made with scotch, Earl Grey tea, lemon, cloves and local honey.
The food menu, which focuses on approachable farm-to-table fare, hasn’t changed much, but Ping has added a few bar snacks to enjoy alongside the new drinks. Grab a glass of wine or a cocktail and nosh on a few finger-friendly plates like roasted fingerling potatoes, grilled bread or cheese puffs.
Written by Heather Riske. Photography by Jacklyn Meyer.. 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.
Russell’s on Macklind, 5400 Murdoch Ave., Southampton, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.553.9994, russellscafe.com