Note to self: riding 30 miles in between two leg workouts at Sweat is a bad idea. Although it is difficult to walk today, the long journey to The Wolf Public House in Ballwin (Clayton Rd. & Kehrs Mill) was worth every pedal. Luckily the heat wave has eased up, so it wasn’t too bad out at 8:30 Tuesday morning. The route couldn’t have been easier, since I basically live off Clayton Rd. and it winds all the way through Frontenac, Town & Country, and eventually the northern part of Ballwin, right past Meadowbrook Golf Club. I discovered this cafe on Yelp as one of the most favored in all of St. Louis, so it was on the list from day one. After checking out its website, which I encourage you to do here, I knew I was in for a good experience.
After frustrating a few drivers along the way, I arrived to the lodge-themed establishment around 9:30 and parked my bike in the cool handmade rack out front. Once again, I felt safe not locking it up since the two women sipping mochas on the patio didn’t strike me as bike thieves. This photo I took of the interior really says it all – guide post in the middle of the floor, cycling jerseys and outdoor photos blanketing the walls, and a canoe suspended from the ceiling.
The staff was great, very friendly and hard working from the second I walked in (must have been the bike shorts) and as much as I wanted one of their creative lattes I went with the benchmark Americano. The pastry selection didn’t disappoint either, and I jumped at the chance to order the warm bread pudding, which may be my favorite dessert of all time. The coffee was smooth and flavorful, though that’s about all I can say for an Americano. My coffee palette is not yet refined enough to pick up on the hints of this and subtle undertones of that. As you can see in the photo the bread pudding was served in muffin form and I could immediately taste the rich, creamy custard that soaked into the bread. The texture and moisture was perfect, though I didn’t quite get that hint of rum I was looking for. Maybe that was their virgin bread pudding… Overall, The Wolf Public House is someplace I would go all the time if it was closer, but for now it will remain the carrot at the end of a 15 mile stick.
Here’s my a little hard to make out but that’s the same view as the photo abwatercolor, which I tried to make more impressionistic than previous sketches. It’s the same view as the photo above, with a woman working on a table in the distance, a chair below the platform and the guide post as the focal point. Next time I’ll choose a seat on the other side of the counter, since my view was constantly interrupted by customers ordering. Apparently they didn’t see the artist at work 🙂