Q • A friend and I had lunch at Magpie’s Restaurant in St. Charles, and we both ordered the asparagus soup. Is a recipe available for this very flavorful soup? — Susan Smith
A • Magpie’s opened 29 years ago in historic downtown St. Charles. Owner Rhonda Crane named the restaurant for her then 2-year old daughter Maggie Crane, now 31 and press secretary for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. “She talked at 4 1/2 months,” says the proud mother. “We called her Maggie the Magpie.”
Over the years, Magpie’s became famous for its baked potato soup and homemade quiches and desserts. During the cold-weather months, the restaurant features a daily “comfort food” in addition to the regular menu. When the weather turns warm, the restaurant’s patio opens and its “outdoor grill” menu features steaks, fresh fish and other grilled dishes. A popular spring dish is a seasonal spinach salad with strawberries, mango, toasted almonds and homemade poppy seed dressing. “People are wild for that dressing,” Crane says. Dessert crepes follow the seasons, too: strawberries in the spring, peaches in the summer.
Magpie’s rich, creamy Asparagus Soup makes the menu every day during the asparagus growing season, that means at least through May 15, according to Crane. “We buy as much local asparagus as we can.”
Find the recipe here.