union loafers

​It has been almost a month or so since I’ve seen anyone from my previous life. So when it came time to get together with a friend from that era, I knew that I had to make a pitch for Union Loafers.

Union Loafers is a great little bread bakery in Tower Grove. It’s across the street from La Patisserie Chouquette and across the other street from Olio. That is, it’s sits on the corner of Tower Grove and McRee. The vaguely Victorian, almost dreamsicle orange exterior belies the gorgeous clean design of the inside. As is the current style, an aesthetic that I am particularly fond of, there is subway tile (with black grout, a detail I love), pipe shelving, exposed brick, and clean wood all over the place.

We showed up at the beginnings of lunch service (opens at 11a), and good thing too. In very short order, the place was filled to the brim and there was a standing wait line near the counter. When full, the place is raucous and cheerful, but tends towards the very loud side (a consequence of the exposed everything aesthetic), making it a little bit of a challenge to hear your server or your dining partner seated across from you. But hey, there’s always a price to pay for delicious food.

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I like a menu that gets to the point.

The little gem salad was the high point for me. It was beautiful and beautifully dressed, tangy buttermilk dressing delicately coating each bite. Bright and green and crunchy, scattered with dill and tender cilantro, and then covered with a generous sprinkling of crispy shallot bits. I had mine with bacon, which ended up being even better than what I expected – intermixed throughout were thick crisp lardons (more cubes almost). A hint of salt, chew, and then melty fat in the best way.

Paired with this was a turkey and swiss sandwich with generous thick slices of turkey layered very precisely with cheese and lettuce on their famous bread. It comes with “famous sauce” per their menu which tasted like a creamy Dijon (maybe mixed with mayo?) that had a little horseradish-y bite.

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Look at the bacon!

​The little gem salad was the high point for me. It was beautiful and beautifully dressed, tangy buttermilk dressing delicately coating each bite. Bright and green and crunchy, scattered with dill and tender cilantro, and then covered with a generous sprinkling of crispy shallot bits. I had mine with bacon, which ended up being even better than what I expected – intermixed throughout were thick crisp lardons (more cubes almost). A hint of salt, chew, and then melty fat in the best way.

Paired with this was a turkey and swiss sandwich with generous thick slices of turkey layered very precisely with cheese and lettuce on their famous bread. It comes with “famous sauce” per their menu which tasted like a creamy Dijon (maybe mixed with mayo?) that had a little horseradish-y bite.

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And the bread. THE BREAD, YOU GUYS. Crackly crust giving way to soft, airy crumb, with a nice little sourdough finish on your tongue. I mean, if you’re going to do simple food, then every bit has to be perfect, and I’m telling you, this basically was.

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Union Loafers is open 11-3 Weds-Sun for lunch and definitely worth a trip. And their menu changes periodically, so maybe several trips.

Union Loafers1629 Tower Grove, 63110​