On the east side of the Mississippi River – fewer than 20 minutes away from the St. Louis Gateway Arch – executive chef Eric Brenner is cooking up comfort food with a twist at Lascelles. The restaurant opened in February in Granite City, Illinois, an industrious town seeking to revitalize the epicenter of its blue-collar roots.

The building itself, located kitty-corner from Granite City City Hall, was erected in the 1920s and formerly housed the Guardian Bank. Its original granite floors and ornate tin ceiling have been fully restored and are accented by subtle art deco interior design.

On the dinner menu, starters include deviled eggs garnished with maple-glazed pork belly bits and entrées like chicken and dumplings made with half of a house-smoked chicken with potato gnocchi and mushrooms, peas and carrots in jus.

Choose from more than a dozen local craft beers offered at the sleek bar or opt for a classic cocktail to pair with your meal. For dessert, try the cookies and milk – warm chocolate-chip cookies still gooey from the oven served with a miniature vanilla-bean milkshake.

Lascelles, 1324 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City, Illinois, 618.709.7375, lascellesgc.com


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