Restaurant Review: The Clover and The Bee
This lovely little eatery in the Webster Groves neighborhood of St. Louis, The Clover and The Bee, was highly anticipated as it's next door neighbor and sister restaurant is the very popular Olive + Oak. I was eager to try what would promise to be the same inventive and delicious food with welcoming atmosphere yet this time- fast casual or quick service. My husband, daughter (3 yo), and I went on a Sunday after church around 11:15am. We were greeted to a small line with a friendly employee welcoming and finding a table for us. He invited us to have a seat to browse the menu and then feel free to walk to the counter to order when ready. I liked this approach. It felt less stressful than some busy fast casual places where it's possible that you could be left with food and no table. Everything on the menu sounded so delicious so I was quite content to peruse the menu. Breakfast and lunch were both available at this time so we had to try something from each. All of our food was brought to our table and we dug right into the Carrot Salad ($10): medjool dates, quinoa, herbs, almond, herbs, turmeric-honey labneh (strained yogurt). The turmeric-honey labneh was incredible. The whole dish was amazing, just wish it was a little heartier. Add greens? More quinoa? Or maybe because I was sharing with a hungry husband.
From there we also split The Biscuit Sand ($7): white American cheese, black pepper, egg, pork breakfast sausage. It sounded and looked simple but the taste was spot on. You could tell thought was given to each component of this sandwich. The biscuit was melt in your mouth delicious so pretty much set the tone for your tastebuds.
I'm not saying we saved the best for last but I wouldn't argue it either. Enter The Pearl Sugar Bubble Waffle ($8): butter, spiced blueberry maple syrup. I did some research on pearl sugar after eating this delectable waffle. I'm not sure of all food science behind it but the result was chewy, sweet, and very memorable.
I would also like to shout out to the kids menu where our daughter was immediately drawn to The Frank in a Blanket ($7) which came with a drink and chips, yogurt, grapes, or applesauce.
The cherry on top for me was my delightful almond milk latte. Also, at the large counter on one end you place your order, there is the barista at the other end (where there is a window where you can walk up outside and order a coffee drink), and in between are incredible looking baked goods and other grab and go delights including fresh pressed juice.
*Family Friendliness Rating: 8 out of 10 for offering a decent kids menu with a variety of sides and fast casual/quick service is approachable so a natural win for family's with toddlers in tow.
Open 7:00am - 3:30pm Daily