St. Louis has its share of charming neighborhood cafes, and Benton Park is no exception. Don’t be fooled by outward appearances: the space is Chicago-esque and deceptively large; you think you’ve seen the entire restaurant, and then the hostess leads you through the bowels of the kitchen to the other side of the building and abundant seating. The casual atmosphere is perfect for slow weekend brunches. Everything is made from scratch with the best locally sourced ingredients. Water is always served with a cucumber slice—a small gesture that everyone seems to rave over! The ambiance is warm and inviting, with a generous view of the charming historic neighborhood street outside.