Just as their name suggests, Sacred Grounds in Downtown Edwardsville takes their coffee seriously by offering an extensive menu of espresso-based drinks and fresh roasted coffees. The café offers an all vegetarian menu of sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads – all made from scratch with local ingredients. Top off your visit with a fresh baked treat, such as the pumpkin bread lightly dusted with powdered sugar, sweet potato cake with maple glaze, or a magic bar – a graham cracker crust topped with magical layers of coconut, chocolate and nuts. While you enjoy your coffeehouse treats, slide a board game off the bookcase near the counter and engage in some family fun.
Sacred Grounds Café is located at 233 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL, 62025. Call 618-692-4150 for more information.
Hartford Coffee Company
The cat will be out of the bag when you take dad to this favorite coffee shop for mommies meeting up in the heart of Tower Grove. The coffee is air roasted on-site, providing an exceptionally fresh full-flavored cup o’ joe. The menu includes breakfast items, soups, salads, wraps, loaded baked potatoes and desserts – all homemade with local ingredients. The kids’ menu is a dream with a variety of sandwiches served with carrot sticks or chips and a drink all for under $4.50. So, what’s the big secret? Grab your drink of choice and head off to the kids’ play area complete with push toys, pull toys, puzzles and more. Enjoy your coffee in peace while the kids play within reach.
Hartford Coffee Company is located at 3974 Hartford St., St. Louis, MO, 63116. Call 314-771-JAVA (5282) for more information.
New to the Illinois side of the river, Kool Beanz Café perked up a year ago in a revitalized section of Downtown Granite City. The clientele is an eclectic mix of students, business people, book clubs, senior groups and morning mom and me playdates. Family and community comes first at Kool Beanz, right after a good cup of coffee, of course! The drink menu includes a variety of hot and cold espresso and tea-based drinks and smoothies. You can’t go wrong visiting during mealtime with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert options. The kids will love grabbing a chess board from the shelves, taking part in a weekend Connect Four tournament, or strutting their stuff at the Thursday Open Mic Night where all ages are welcome.
Kool Beanz Café is located at 1316 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City, IL, 62040. Call 618-877-5730 for more information.
Help dad feel young again with a visit to Café Ventana, a hip bohemian bistro with the look and feel of the French Quarter, located on the edge of the St. Louis University campus. The beignets are irresistible, and the coffee is locally roasted twice a week for the freshest cup possible. Try one of the featured house lattes with unique homemade syrups, like the Wisehopper – a combination of mint, mocha, and sage. The dining menu features a variety of made-to-order beignets, soups, salads, sandwiches, and breakfast items (even a few Paleo options) all created by award-winning Chef Christopher Lee. The coffee shop is popular with the college kids, but it’s a great place for all ages to stop before or after seeing a stage performance in Grand Center.
Café Ventana is located 3919 W. Pine Blvd. in St. Louis, MO, 63108. For more information, call 314-531-7500.
The Wolf Café
The Wolf Café isn’t your typical coffee shop. They think of themselves as the community gathering place in West County for sustainable coffee, food and great music. They believe in keeping it real by serving locally sourced produce, meat from sustainable farms and made-from-scratch baked treats. The coffee is served with pride from beans roasted by Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters in Soulard, and the food is real – locally sourced from sustainable farms. You’ll feel right at home in their comfy lodge-like surroundings with abundant indoor and outdoor seating. Stop in for a quick coffee or enjoy a sit-down meal together.
The Wolf Café is located at 15480 Clayton Rd., Ballwin, MO, 63011. For more information, call 636-527-7027.
Park Avenue Coffee
It all started with a superb cup of coffee served beside a piece of mom’s family recipe gooey butter cake. Featured on the Food Network’s “Food Feud,” Park Avenue Coffee in Lafayette Square may be known for having the best gooey butter cakes – all 76 varieties and counting, but coffee has always been their first passion. The coffee is carefully air roasted to bring out the brightest, cleanest flavors in each bean. They’re focused on what they do best and keep it simple with a menu of coffee and espresso-based drinks accompanied by sweet treats, all served in a relaxed atmosphere that’s fun. Dad will love it, and the kids will, too!
Park Avenue Coffee in Lafayette Square is located at 1919 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63104. Additional locations can be found downtown and in The Hill neighborhood. Visit the website for more details.
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