Breakfast/Brunch

City Coffeehouse and Creperie

36 N. Brentwood Blvd.
Price: $-$$

There’s just something so perfect, so right about the food at City Coffee House and Creperie. Whether you’re a connoisseur of mushrooms (try the Mont Blanc), artichokes (grab our eponymous St. Louis), or you’re looking for a spicy kick (there’s the Santa Fe for you), you’re assured a hearty meal and a full belly. But there are also plenty of options to satisfy your sweet tooth (berries, nutella, etc.) I have to put in a personal plug for the strawberry banana crepe; you can thank me later. So if you’re ever looking for something to do, grab a bite at the Creperie, stroll around downtown Clayton, and have yourself a grand old day!

— William C., M1

Half & Half

Half-&-Half

Appropriately excited for the most important meal of the day.

8135 Maryland Ave.
Price: $$$

Next time you’re in Clayton in the morning, mosey on over to Half & Half for some breakfast or brunch. I guarantee that once you put some of their tasty eggs into your mouth, you’ll soon be physically incapable of moseying back. You can get all kinds of good stuff in your eggs at Half & Half; chorizo and chicken liver are some interesting options. For those who would prefer not to be reminded of embryology lectures when looking down at their plates, Half & Half also makes great pancakes and salads. Of course, this place also has an impressive menu of exotic coffee. It’s a bit more expensive than your average breakfast, so I recommend going if you have parents visiting.

— Kevin C., M1

Rooster

1104 Locust St.
Price: $-$$

Rooster, part of the Bailey’s Triumvirate chain of restaurants, is an amazing brunch place, and they have a habit of doing classic brunch items really, really well. My personal favorite item is the French toast with bananas and nuts. Oh. My. Gosh. The ingredients themselves are rich and filling, yet Rooster still gives you a larger portion than anyone could reasonably expect to finish. Those who are into morning cocktails will be pleased to hear that they have a healthy list of Bloody Marys and Mimosas to help you kick-start your day. Another PSA: their orange juice is extremely expensive at around $6 a glass. However, I’m pretty sure they fertilize the orange trees with angel tears because it is good stuff, so it’s up to you whether it’s worth that cost.

— William C., M1