South City diners now have a new late-night option on the weekends. Gooseberries, which has cooked up wholesome comfort food ever since its Dutchtown South debut in 2014, started serving a special night-owl version of its menu last month.
“We mostly serve food-industry people, so that’s how we ended up with these hours. People need some nutritious, comforting food and good vibes late at night,” co-owner Kim Bond says. “Here, we have a mix of comfort food and food that’s good for you, too.”
Over the years, the eclectic room’s decor has shifted subtly at the whims of Bond and her partner and co-owner, Ross Lessor. Exposed brick walls feature family artifacts, found objects and even a TV displaying gems from an in-house VHS collection. A mix of vintage dinettes come topped with rotating colorful tapestries and a collection of toy dinosaurs. At night, the glowing space feels a lot like a cozy living room.
In the kitchen, Bond and Lessor prepare more than a dozen sweet and savory options for their nocturnal board of fare, including favorites from the daytime menu such as waffles, vegan donuts and grilled cheese. Choices from the chalkboard include some larger portions than their lunchtime counterparts.
Bond says the best-seller so far is Gooseberries' take on the St. Paul sandwich – a former special that got added to the menu at the request of many customers. The sizable veggie egg patty comes filled with bean sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and onions, served on housemade butter bread with mayonnaise, lettuce, pickles and onion.
Another popular option is housemade the 12-inch pizza with around 20 choices of toppings. The crust lands somewhere between a thin and thickpie, with fresh hand-rolled dough and house tomato sauce. Choose from traditional toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms or try more unusual options such as wasabi peas and fried noodles.
For meat-eaters, a chicken basket is available with bacon-wrapped chicken legs, chicken wings and toast. Quintessential slingers come with fried potatoes, chili, meat or tofu, Cheddar, onions and toast. Biscuits and gravy is another popular pick with two housemade biscuits, two eggs and either meat or veggie gravy – the latter with kale, garlic and carrot.
One unique offering to the evening menu is a chili mac, which combines two lunchtime menu dishes. The plate features black-and-blue mac, chili, Cheddar, onion and garlic toast. In addition to these items, specials such as tofu tacos will also be available. To drink, choose from canned sodas and WellBeing Brewing Co.’s non-alcoholic craft beer by the bottle.
Gooseberries’ late night menu is available Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 3am. Customers can place orders in advance for pick up via phone. Call-in orders must be placed by 2:15am. Gooseberries’ other hours of operation are Thursday from 11am to 4pm as well as Friday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm. It is also open Monday nights from 6 to 9pm with a pizza and salad buffet.
Gooseberries, 2754 Chippewa St., Dutchtown South, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.577.6363, facebook.com/gooseberrieseatsandtreats