When I’m ordering from a menu, my mouth waters at the thought of simple carbs like bread, rice, pasta, and fried foods. However, if the food on your plate is all brown, it’s probably unhealthy. That’s why I always endeavor to have something colorful on my plate, especially vegetables. Vegetables happen to be the star of the show at Vicia St. Louis.
When you look at the Vicia menu, you’ll be excited about every vegetable-forward dish, prepared with as much love and attention as proteins are usually given. I was excited to try the summer menu and share my experience at one of the top new restaurants in the country.
Lunch at Vicia St. Louis is a laid back affair. When you enter the spacious and airy eatery, the friendly host or sometimes even co-owner Tara Gallina will greet you. Order your meal at the bar where you have the option to order from their fresh summer menu. The menu changes regularly depending on what’s currently available from farmers, fisherman, and artisans in the Midwest and beyond. There are also botanical beverages that feature locally sourced herbs and fruits.
Sampling the Summer Menu at Vicia St. Louis
We tried the Tartine, featuring marinated baby zucchini, swiss chard, and whipped goat cheese on toasted porridge bread; the Marinated Kale with green beans, cucumbers, sarvecchio cheese, bread crumbs, and spring onion vinaigrette; the Wheat Berry Salad with wheat berries, faro, charred broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, and ricotta cheese; the Soup with chilled asparagus, popcorn powder, and garlic oil; and the Grilled Summer Squash with feta, cherries, sunflower seeds, and garden herbs.
We also couldn’t resist the Chocolate Chip Oat Cookie with Mint Ice Cream. You could taste the fresh mint churned into the ice cream. And we didn’t feel guilty indulging our sweet tooth at all after eating our vegetables.
Each dish utilizes multiple layers of vegetables, herbs, cheeses, and more. So many ingredients could feel overwhelming, but the effect is light and memorable. Because the ingredients are so fresh and exciting, it’s easy to understand why the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described Vicia St. Louis as a “transcendent experience”.
Vicia also has the accolades to back this claim up. Last year it was named one of the best new restaurants by Bon Appetit, Eater, and Esquire. And USA Today listed it as the second best new restaurant in 2017.
With dishes that celebrate fresh seasonal ingredients, Vicia St. Louis offers a memorable new dining experience with each visit. Try the summer Vicia menu at their beautiful space in the Cortex Innovation Community located in the Central West End.