Station No. 3 is now open in Benton Park, offering a flexitarian comfort food menu. The neighborhood gastropub debuted on May 10 and features a variety of vegan specialties as well as options for omnivores.
The vegan eats, plus limited chicken and fish items, will satisfy your cravings for comfort food in St. Louis.
As reported by Feast last August, the concept comes from Natasha Kwan and Rick Roloff, the duo behind Frida’s and Diego’s. Frida’s opened in 2012, featuring a plant-based, health-forward menu in University City, while Diego’s debuted next door in 2020, offering Mexican-inspired small plates. Bonito Bar will also soon roll out as an addition to Frida’s, serving a menu of seafood. With Station No. 3, the couple hopes to offer casual, everyday fare in South City, incorporating indulgent fried food for the first time at one of their eateries.
“It’s your classic comfort foods made vegan – mozzarella sticks, potato skins, nachos, frito pies, macaroni and cheese,” Kwan says. “It’s definitely been a great way for me to play around and challenge myself in the kitchen.”
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For Kwan, whose grandparents owned a gas station in the Philippines, the restaurant’s location inside a former 1937 filling station was the perfect fit for her latest venture. Garage doors open up to a spacious pet-friendly patio, where Roloff constructed picnic tables for guests to sit among lush wildflowers that surround the property. A firepit that wraps around the side of the building is available for cooler evenings.
Inside, guests will find a blend of textures, from Carrera marble tabletops and custom metalworking to ornate tiling and exposed brick embellished with whimsical pieces from Kwan and Roloff’s personal art collection. A couple of TVs invite guests to belly up to the bar, while a separate seating area by the kitchen enables easy takeout service.
All menu items, other than flex offerings including a turkey burger and smoked turkey sandwich with brie, are 100% vegan. Choose from highlights such as The Signature Station Burger, a housemade quarter-pound veggie burger with Cheddar, pickles, jalapeño, lettuce, tomato, onion and pub sauce. Another popular item is an appetizer sampler platter featuring hand-rolled mozzarella sticks, pickle fries, soy-based popcorn chicken and potato skins topped with cashew Cheddar.
Frida’s new bar addition will cater to a pescatarian diet and allow its kitchen to expand.
Additional offerings include salads, personal flatbreads and sides, including Kwan’s trademarked Skinny Fries, which are hand-cut, blanched and fried. To drink, choose from a selection of canned and bottled beer, wine and cocktails such as a Pimm’s Cup, which Kwan describes as a little bitter and a little sweet, with cucumber, lemon and herbs. Boozy soft serve is also on-hand for dessert.
“We’re really excited to be part of the community and offer a place where people can hang out, bring their families and dogs and enjoy great food,” Kwan says. “There’s no ego or pretense here. We’re very fluid and it’s important for us to serve what the neighborhood wants.”
Station No. 3 is currently open Tuesday through Wednesday from 4 to 9pm, Thursday from 12 to 9pm, and Friday through Saturday from noon to 10pm.
Station No. 3, 1956 Utah St., Benton Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.925.8883, station3stl.com