Owner Mark Hinkle tells Off the Menu that the Clover & the Bee features the “same approach to food as at Olive + Oak, but (it is) designed to order at the counter and be quick and affordable.”
That fast-casual format should offer some relief to diners who have struggled to land a reservation at Olive + Oak, which has been one of St. Louis' most coveted tables since opening at 102 West Lockwood in January of last year.
Among its accolades, Olive + Oak received 3.5 stars from this restaurant critic. I rated it 2016's best new restaurant, and it debuted at No. 11 in the STL 100.
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Olive + Oak executive chef Jesse Mendica, who was a James Beard Award “Best Chef: Midwest” semifinalist this year, oversees the Clover & the Bee menu alongside executive sous chef Mike Risk.
The menu changes daily. Diners can expect such breakfast fare as quiche, stone-ground grits and cold-smoked salmon with chive cream cheese on an everything bagel. Lunch dishes will likely include sandwiches (salami with fontana; burrata with a charred-broccoli pesto), pasta and plated entrees (lamb meatballs, smoked flank steak).
Hinkle expects to add dinner hours as soon as January. For now, the Clover & the Bee is open 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily.