Breaky in St. Louis(y): Half & Half

One St. Louis breakfast favorite, that certainly ranks at the top of my list is Half and Half. Not only does their regular menu boast things like an outrageous Brussels sprout filled veggie hash, and delectable fried chicken livers, but their rotating specials keep every trip back exciting.

Sunday morning, we strolled in around 8:55 a.m. and there was already a 30-40 minutes wait. This is not the norm – I think Mardi Gras the previous evening had them a bit short staffed so bright and early. Normally, getting in anytime before 9 a.m. ensures nothing more than a 10 minute or so wait. Any later and you better not come Hangry.

I always order savory in the morning, but have been known to just get ‘an order of pancakes for the table.’

I took one look at their specials leaflet and knew what I was getting. Kimichi pancakes served with arugula, pickled ginger, bonito flakes, wasabi aioli and two sunny-side-up eggs. 

 The tang and spice of the Kimchi elevated the savory pancake, only to be enhanced by the rich egg yolk, bright ginger, peppery arugula and salty bonito flakes, making the perfect bite. Large pieces of cabbage within the batter gave the pancakes a nice crunch.

While I indulged in my Asian inspired breakfast, Alex dove into one of their classics. Clara Cakes – Inspired by the chef’s daughter, these monstrous fluffy pillows have been named among the best pancakes in the country, and for good reason – tart raspberries, sweet and creamy mascarpone, and crunchy granola – what’s not to love?! 

 Bottom line is their menu offers something for everyone in the morning from sweet, to savory, Asian and Latin inspried to the classics, it’s all great and certainly, worth the occasional wait.

Check out the menu here.

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