Elmwood: Coal-Fired Modern American Dining in Maplewood
Elmwood’s opening in early 2019 was highly anticipated, and the Maplewood restaurant has not disappointed its foodie followers. The promise of live-fire cooking from a noteworthy young chef has lured diners from across the St. Louis region—but visitors who are simply looking for a good dinner out and haven’t heard about the made-to-order, all-charcoal grill and oven are in for a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. (Seats at the bar offer the best view of the glassed-in kitchen.)
Chef Adam Altnether cleverly combines simple and complex dishes throughout the menu. Crudités with house-made ranch on the one hand—spice-roasted young chicken with muhammara (a Syrian walnut and roasted red pepper spread), Aleppo pepper flakes, cumin and coriander on the other. There are also intriguing ingredient swaps. The grilled pork steaks, a nod to the local favorite cut, comes with salsa instead of barbecue sauce. Baba ghanoush is based on sweet potato instead of eggplant.
Manager Chris Kelling’s experience in Napa Valley ensures a strong wine list full of robust, full-bodied flavors that tempt even the most experienced wine connoisseurs to swirl and sniff. If wine is not your thing, allow yourself to be captivated by the array of beers and cocktails assembled for your drinking pleasure.
2704 Sutton Blvd.
While you’re in the neighborhood …
Foundation Grounds Coffeehouse
Breakfast all day, abundant pastries, vegetarian dishes, quality coffees and plenty of space to enjoy it—no wonder regulars flock here.
7298 Manchester Road
Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios
This eclectic 11-year-old eatery, a favorite spot for clubs and affinity groups, proudly supports local food producers, artists, writers and musicians.
2500 Sutton Blvd.
Fuel up with house-roasted coffee plus hearty, healthy breakfast and lunch options in a relaxing setting.
2808 Sutton Blvd.
Images courtesy of Carmen Troesser.