Sometimes I’ll read about a restaurant and get an instinctual feeling that I need to go there. There’s what happened with Milque Toast.
When I got back to St. Louis last month, I started reading local food news to see what had opened recently. Milque Toast immediately caught my eye because it has two of my favorite things: toast and bread pudding.
The café is partly owned by Colleen Clawson, a well-known St. Louis chef whom I met years ago when I was writing food reviews for a local newspaper. When I went into Milque Toast for the first time yesterday, I wasn’t sure if she’d remember me. But she did. We reminisced about the trout that she cooked me in 2011. I still remember how good it was–it was so tender that it fell off the bone.
You won’t find whole trout at Milque Toast, but you will find the toast of your dreams. The slices are thick, crisp and topped with a variety of things: peanut butter, apples, cheddar, gravlax. I wanted the gravlax but they were out, so I got the apple cheddar melt with apple butter. My sister got the peanut butter and honey, and I also got the “milquetoast” for dessert.
The apple cheddar melt was warm, comforting and delicious, but it was only a prelude to the next two dishes. The peanut butter toast blew my mind. The peanut butter was crunchy and slightly salty, and the honeycomb on top was unreal.
I realized that I had never tried honeycomb before, and it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The outside shell broke as soon as I placed it in my mouth and let out a rush of sweetness. My eyes went wide and I looked at my sister, who started laughing. She knows how I get about food.
When I tried the milquetoast, I started weeping. The dish is essentially bread pudding that’s cooked in a crockpot and served warm with a hearty dollop of fresh cream, maple syrup and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. The first bite dissolved on my tongue. I forced my sister, who doesn’t even like dessert, to try a bite. It would have been a crime not to.
I also like the interiors at Milque Toast. They make you feel like you’re in a different world where people only eat toast, play games and drink Japanese coffee. I don’t know about you, but that’s a world that I need to visit these days. I love the exposed brick, knickknacks and wall art. It gives the space a whimsical feel.
Milque Toast is far from where I’m living now, but I’ll be back soon. Once you’ve found something good, you can’t stay away for long. Plus, I’m still holding out for that gravlax.