The Grove will soon have another late-night dining option connected to a beloved neighborhood mainstay. Grace Chicken + Fish opens on Oct. 4, featuring a quick-service walk-up window open during weekends.
As reported by Feast in August, Grace Meat + Three owners Rick and Elisa Lewis will offer their specialty fried fare from a large three-paned walk-up window facing Tower Grove Avenue. A large awning and neon sign will highlight the new menu. Sidewalk seating will be available, with space for 30 to 40 diners.
“We decided to try this out because of The Grove’s great late-night scene that’s already here,” Rick says. “We have some underutilized square footage in the restaurant that’s perfect for test driving a new concept.”
From the menu, choose from five protein options: chicken tenders, wings, cornmeal-crusted catfish, buttermilk fried shrimp and organic tofu. The marinated offerings are dredged in Grace’s flavorful signature dry rub, which contains ingredients such as flour, starch, cayenne, habanero, black pepper and garlic.
“It’s kind of a spin-off of what we already do. We take our flagship proteins like catfish and chicken and then kind of enhance them with different flavor profiles – different sauces and garnishes,” Rick says. “We took some stuff that we really like to enjoy when we’ve had one too many cocktails that night, like Korean food and Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels, and tried to make some different flavors based around them.”
Guests can “Get Sauced” by pairing their protein of choice with 10 different options such as hot sauce with habanero, ghost chile pepper and brown sugar with dill pickles; Put the Lime in the Coconut (a coconut curry sauce with cilantro and lime); and jalapeño ranch. The savory snacks are all also available for groups by the pound.
To pair with these dishes, choose from sides including crinkle-cut Grace fries with garlic, black pepper and salt; mac ’n’ cheese with white Cheddar, Gouda and toasted bread crumbs; creamy slaw; and housemade dill pickles.
Fries are also available with queso, queso and bacon, or loaded with queso, bacon, pickled jalapeño, buttermilk-lime dressing and green onion. For dessert, choose from bourbon-caramel-pecan hand pies and a pie of the day.
To drink, guests can choose from non-alcoholic offerings such as Excel fountain sodas, Topo Chico mineral waters, Kaldi’s cold-brew cans and Queen City Hemp CBD seltzers in flavors such as guava, passionfruit, blood orange and lemon-lavender.
“We’re just super excited to bring a new style of street food to St. Louis,” Rick says. “We’re excited to see where the concept takes us, whether it’s a food truck or more brick-and-mortar locations.”
Grace Chicken + Fish will be open Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 3am.
Grace Chicken + Fish (located inside Grace Meat + Three), 4270 Manchester Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.533.2700, stlgrace.com