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Q • Every time I get breakfast at Living Room in Maplewood, I have to have the Benny’s Eggs. I love the faux hollandaise sauce — even more than real hollandaise sauce! Would you be able to see if they will share the recipe? — Emily Knippa, St. Louis

A • Owner and chef Nate Larson readily agreed to reveal the secrets of this special sauce that can be slathered over anything that goes with hollandaise. “Potatoes, roasted vegetables, burritos — it works with everything,” he says. Unlike fussy hollandaise, this sauce works even if it’s made ahead of time. It’s stable and may be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Larson was an ardent home cook, coffee roaster and bread maker before he and his sister Hannah Larson opened their sunny, agreeable breakfast, lunch and coffee shop. “We make our own yogurt for the sauce in house. We use the instant pot on the yogurt setting. It’s remarkably easy, and the results are consistent,” he says. “If you use a good-quality Greek yogurt like Fage you will get good results with this recipe.”

The Living Room opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. six days a week, from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, the shop opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. “Weekend brunch — we’re one of the places people check when it’s time for brunch. We often have waits out the door on weekends. Benny’s Eggs, with poached eggs, great bread, peppered bacon and faux hollandaise used to be a special weekend item on our menu, but it became so popular we run it every day now.”

Other customer favorites include a baked falafel available on a sandwich or a salad. “We make everything in house, including the breads and croissants,” he says. “Our cakes are our most popular dessert. We have a new flavor every few days. Our version of an oatmeal cream pie is really good, too.”

In addition to a full menu of coffees, lattes, pour-overs and espressos, the shop offers select teas and sodas. The house roast coffee is also for sale at the shop.

It’s a comfortable, sunny shop with wide windows, colorful art on the walls and a stunning coffee bar made of repurposed wood with blue paint. “I made the bar,” Larson says. “The wood came from Grant’s Farm, from the horse barns.” The clear bright blue sparks up the room, as do the simple cut flowers on each table.

There’s plenty of free parking in front of the shop. On days when the weather is nice, patrons often fill the outside bistro tables and picnic tables. With the promise of cool mornings in the not-too-distant fall, the Living Room may be just the ticket for a special treat.

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The Living Room 2808 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood 314-899-0173; livingroomstl.com

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To request recipe • Would you like to request a recipe from a restaurant that is still open in the St. Louis area? Send your request along with your full name and the city you live in to reciperequest@post-dispatch.com.