Scarlett’s Wine Bar: The Third Time’s Another Charm for Sasha’s Wine Bar Owners

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Along Boyle, the north-south connector that spans from the CWE across the technology district down to Forest Park Southeast, you can find everything from donuts (Tim Horton’s) and coffee (Northwest) to fried chicken (Juniper) and Latin cocktails (Sanctuaria). The street’s a hidden gem, with easy access to highways as well as the sprawling office complexes in the 200-acre Cortex Innovation Community.

The district’s growth has attracted culinary attention over the past few years, and the pace of openings is picking up steam. One of the newest arrivals comes from established restaurateurs—Allan Richman and Rachel Jones of Sasha’s on Shaw in South City and Sasha’s Wine Bar and DeMun Oyster Bar in Clayton.

Photo by Amy De La Hunt

Photo by Amy De La Hunt

Scarlett’s Wine Bar has its own character, from the white marble-topped bar that’s a centerpiece of the main building to the two patios in front and back. But the wine-loving vibe—as well as a good chunk of the menu—will be familiar to anyone who’s eaten at the restaurant’s sister sites.

The favorites
Wine. That’s the big favorite. There are dozens of varieties by the glass and scores by the bottle. Scarlett’s also has a handful of draft beers and a few dozen others by the bottle. On our visit, local microbrewer Perennial’s Suburban Beverage Gose was on tap and 4 Hands‘ Single Speed Session, an American blonde ale, was high on the list of bottles.

Grazing favorites: Cheese and charcuterie. Scarlett’s brings over many of the popular plates and boards from Sasha’s, including those featuring prosciutto, smoked salmon, smoked trout and various cheeses from across Europe. Perhaps most notable for its delicious combinations is the chef’s board, which comes with chicken liver and black truffle pate, Romano sausage, Genoa salami, herbed Boursin and seasonal fruit chutney.

Entree favorites: The grilled tenderloin steak, served here as two four-ounce medallions atop grilled asparagus and mushrooms, is a very welcome carryover from Sasha’s menus. The kitchen tends to cook it a bit beyond the requested doneness, but even so it’s rich and flavorful.


Photo by Amy De La Hunt

Dessert favorites: Hank’s Cheesecakes are a go-to sweet for Sasha’s and Scarlett’s, but it’s the daily specials that will catch your eye—things like triple berry bread pudding at the height of berry seasons.

The ones to watch

Pizza: The housemade Neapolitan-style pizza gets it right. Especially the chewy, airy crust from the 800-degree wood-fired oven. Toppings can be simple meats and cheeses or a unique blend of flavors and textures—and if the latter is what inspires you, check out the salty-sweet pear and prosciutto version with fresh mozzarella and green onions.

Burgers and sandwiches: These aren’t the usual wine bar fare, but then again lunch isn’t your usual wine bar meal. And it’s a whole lot more satisfying to have one of them for lunch without a glass of wine than a cheese board or charcuterie plate. The salami and Capicola with housemate tater tots and garlic aioli is such a winning combination that you might not even miss the wine.

Salads: It’s hard to get past the sweetness of the Caprese salad’s tomatoes and mozzarella, sprinkled with basil and served on a squiggle of balsamic vinegar. There are other options—kale springs immediately to mind, as does the tasty salad with beets.

Brunch: The little touches—like using gin-cured salmon on the bagel with lox or housemade crab cakes on English muffins in the Eggs New Orleans—stand out and keep customers coming back for a Sunday morning fix of bloody Marys.

Scarlett’s attracts a good share of new college graduates who share their young, industrious energy with those around them. I left after chatting with nearby tables about food and wine, feeling better about the world and already looking forward to my next visit.

Inside dish
Tips for a top-notch experience at Scarlett’s

Top dish: Pear and prosciutto pizza from the wood oven.
Popular pour: On warm summer evenings, there’s a rosé on practically every table, and often it’s either the Scarlet Hexflame from the Columbia Valley or the Rondinella from Veneto, Italy.
Best place to perch: For now, it’s the quiet 30-seat streetside patio—but it may be usurped once the back patio opens.
Insider tip: If you want to go beyond the standard recommendations (and drink something you won’t see on any other tables), tell the servers. They’ll be happy to take on the challenge.

 Where to go
Scarlett’s Wine Bar
4253 Laclede Ave.
Entrees $11-23
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am-1am, Sun. 10am-12am

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