Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe

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You Are Invited To:

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WHO:

Ashley & Michelle

WHERE:

U City

WHEN:

Brunch and Lunch….and (of course) Dessert

 THE EXPERIENCE:

Bold colors decorate this modern eatery. It exudes the creativity of it owners. At certain times you can watch the creativity unfold behind the big viewing window. You should watch ’cause these people won the Cupcake Wars and they know how to decorate some mean cupcakes.

Brunch:  Being that it is only served on Sunday, we highly recommend you make reservations. Brunch buffet is reserved by 90 minute cycles, so there are plenty of seats and food to go around.  It has been voted the best buffet in St. Louis, by the way.

Lunch:  Step right up to the cupcake only line or the lunch line, pay at the register, and then grab a seat for your quickly served lunch.

WHAT YOU GET:

Brunch:  Some items are available every Sunday and some new dishes appear.  Choose from an array of hot and cold options of pasta salads, veggies, casseroles, dips, as well as your typical breakfast fare, but not done typically.  Be sure to leave room for the dessert table including the DIY mini cupcakes.

Lunch:  Gourmet sandwiches and salads as well as a couple of soup options. 

Cupcakes:  Daily rotating specialty flavors accompany the good ‘ole standards. Be prepared…..the puppies are huge!

Brunch Buffet

Ashley’s Rating:

Fabulous – One of the very first places we went to for brunch after moving to St. Louis and one of our favorites. This is where we discovered that our little liked humus; actually, he loved it. The salads are great, full of quality ingredients and flavorful. That was my favorite part. I loved the breakfast items as well, but they paled in comparison to the salad section. I think there is something on this brunch table for everyone!

Michelle’s Rating:

Awesome – Overall, it was really good. It did irk me that some of the dishes seemed like they would be hot, but were served cold. That’s a shock to your mental palette. A little overwhelming with so many choices and every dish is uniquely flavored. Expect your taste buds to be overloaded. I liked the breakfast portion better over the lunch portion of the buffet and the dessert table was delectable!

Frenchie’s Sandwich and Sunshine Salad – brisket, French onion shmeer, and bacon bits

Ashley’s Rating:

Fine – I liked it but it’s not as memorable as I would have liked. But extra bonus points are awarded for tasty schmeer and bacon.

Michelle’s Rating:

Awesome – The salad was very delicious and a good combination of toppings.  The brisket was a little dry and I lost the shmeer and onions among the bread and meat. Overall, it’s good, but not extraordinary to live up to the hype in my opinion. I do have to admit, the second time I had the brisket it was a little better.

Egg Salad Sandwich and Famous Barr’s French Onion Soup

Ashley’s Rating:

Fabulous – A home-style classic on white bread topped with tons of crispy bacon and healthy lettuce leaves, of course this was a winner. The soup was the first french onion I had in a while and it did not disappoint. I left a happy camper.

Michelle’s Rating:

Amazing! – I love that there is bacon on it! The thick sliced bread and a healthy portion of the egg salad also make this sandwich wonderful.  The French onion soup is as I remember it from Famous Barr’s restaurant. Yummy!

 These cupcakes are super moist and the attention to detail is extraordinary. You don’t just get cake with icing.  No sir! They come complete with a cream or mousse filling and mile high buttercream icing (sometimes two flavors) that is piled high with many-a-toppings including, but not limited to ganache, sprinkles, chocolate drizzle, chocolate bark, candy pieces, nuts, caramel, etc.  The possibilities are endless and no request is impossible.

Ashley’s Favorite:

Pink Lemonoretto – so perfectly moist and tangy, love, love, love

Michelle’s Favorite:

Toffee Coffee, which is one of the specialty varieties,  is one of my new favorites. My very  favorite of the everyday delights is the Reese’s Chunkage.  I’m a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter. I like these cupcakes best after they have been in the fridge for a while.

Meal Quotes:

“bacon makes everything taste better…it’s the gateway meat”

“that’s pretty spot-on, if I do say so myself”

 COME HUNGRY….LEAVE WITH A $6 CUPCAKE OR TWO

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