Say what you will about the French, they invented one incredible donut, and Cafe Ventana has mastered its creation. Tuesday morning I set off around 9 am and began my 5 mile journey to the New Orleans-themed coffee shop near St. Louis University. After slicing my way through Forest Park and sitting at every stop light on Lindell, I arrived at my destination and locked up to a funky bike rack in front.
“Peaceful” and “cozy” are the two adjectives I think best describe the cafe as a whole. There’s an outdoor patio in front and back, and nestled inside are leather lounge chairs situated around a fireplace (not burning at the moment, thankfully).
The place welcomed a varied clientele, from business professionals to fellow creatives and law school students, all quietly taking care of their respective business. I was happy to blend right in.
I ordered the classic New Orleans specialties – French press chickory coffee and two beignets, one regular and one filled with 70% dark chocolate. The large coffee (maybe 20 ounces?) was rich and blacker than night (I haven’t slept since Tuesday…) It’s pretty strong in my opinion, so not something I’d drink on a frequent basis, but very good nonetheless.
The beignets were perfectly prepared. Dense, but light, with the mandatory blanket of powdered sugar. They were perfectly warm, and the only flaw was that there weren’t more of them! If you have taste buds, you’re doing them an injustice if you don’t try the chocolate filled beignet. That’s the best compliment I can give, so I’ll leave it at that. Trust me.
Below is my one-hour watercolor and a reference photo showing my perspective of the counter.
Next Tuesday I’ll probably head to Park Avenue Coffee in Lafayette Square for its famous gooey butter cake. I expect to make record time getting there since I’m so excited. Let me know if you’d like to join!