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Cafe Ventana’s Beignets Featured on RFT “Sugar High” Blog

Sugar High – Cafe Ventana’s Beignets, an Airy Sugar-Dusted Fritter to Go with a Cup of Joe By Mabel Suen Tue., May 6 2014 at 10:00 AM Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We’ll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. An order of Cafe Ventana’s beignets. | Photos by Mabel Suen Cafe Ventana (3919 West Pine Boulevard; 314-531-7500), a self-proclaimed “bohemian bistro with a French Quarter feel,” offers the

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The Food of Iron Fork

The Cuban wrap, with Cobb smoked ham and carnitas, grilled in a tomato wrap with gruyere cheese, dill pickle and dijon, from Café Ventana.

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Primary Colorful: Ian blisses out on beignets and other well-executed simple fare at Cafe Ventana

God knows Mondays don’t need any help in order to be a pain in the rear end, but on this particular Monday afternoon, my 401(k) is following the Dow down the drain, there are still four interminable, talking point-filled weeks till the election and I just forgot my debit card inside an ATM. Am I sitting in a dive bar, chasing my blues with whiskey, neat? In fact, I’m at Café Ventana, enjoying a few minutes of bliss — however fleeting — with a cup of strong black coffee and a plate of beignets. Read the full story here.

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Cafe Ventana voted Best Coffeehouse – 2011

RFT BEST OF ST. LOUIS 2011 FOOD & DRINK Best Coffeehouse Café Ventana Since the dawn of time, a successful coffeehouse has required two things: the ability to manage the pre-office morning rush, and beaucoup electrical outlets for layabouts to keep their laptops humming while they sip and loiter. Café Ventana succeeds on both counts and oh, so many more. Situated on the border where midtown gives way to the Central West End, the café adds a touch of artsy French style to an otherwise industrial stretch. Thanks to the patio and spacious annex, you’re guaranteed to have your pick of

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RFT: Best of St. Louis 2009 – Best Coffeehouse

BEST OF ST. LOUIS 2009 FOOD & DRINK Best Coffeehouse Café Ventana A coffeehouse should percolate more than just good coffee: Creativity, community and peace of mind are also essential ingredients in a winning brew. Café Ventana succeeds thanks to a beautiful space that feels just right whether you’re chatting with friends over cappuccino or wine, studying for final exams, reading the daily fishwrap or writing the latest revision of your Great American Novel. Add a menu that draws from the traditions of both Paris and New Orleans, and you could linger here all day, from a breakfast of coffee

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