St. Louisans have been sitting on the edges of their seats for months, and the gates to Baseball Heaven are about swing open. Yes, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Opening Day is upon us.
On Mon., April 8, local baseball lovers will collectively emerge from their winter nests and congregate in the festive atmosphere of Kiener Plaza to welcome back our boys of summer. The pep rally, which begins at 11am, will bring Cardinal Nation together to get pumped up for a season's worth of action, drama, tears and cheers.
Whether you'll be rooting on the Cards from inside or outside Busch Stadium, sandwiches make for the perfect al fresco fare. If you want to grab something Downtown, we suggest heading to Local Harvest Café & Catering Downtown. The Khazaeli Club is a big, meaty sandwich that marries thin-sliced Missouri ham, organic turkey, local bacon, provolone, field greens and a smear of horseradish aioli on crunchy, toasted sourdough bread. If you like your sandwich to be a little more elegant, give the Fleur de Lys a try. This lovely lunchtime favorite includes roasted, pasture raised chicken breast, dried cherry compote, spinach and brie. Of course, it’s served on a roll from Companion Bakery and all sandwiches include St. Louis’ own Billy Goat chips.
Should you be swinging in from St. Louis County and cutting it close on time, Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium is great lunch-to-go option. The Big Bend Mafia – Italian beef, salsiccia, giardiniera and provolone on a garlic hoagie – is a big hit. For a lighter option, order the Club Veg. This fresh vegetarian option features grilled zucchini and squash, spinach, roasted peppers, baba ganoush, veggie bacon and goat cheese on flatbread.
Local Harvest Café & Catering, 815 Olive, Downtown, and 3137 Morgan Ford Road, 314.772.8815, localharvestcafe.com
Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium, 1170 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.932.5414, foodatfozzies.com
St. Louis Cardinals’ Opening Day Pep Rally, Kiener Plaza, 7th and Chestnut streets, Downtown. The festivities begin at 11am and continue until the first pitch is thrown out at Busch Stadium at 3:15pm.
Every Thursday, Amy Burdge recommends a restaurant to attend before a local cultural event for a great night out. Missed one of her Dinner & A Show columns? Get them all here. Outside of FEAST, Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.
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