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Special Request: Three Families' Reuben Soup moves sandwich to the bowl
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Special Request: Three Families' Reuben Soup moves sandwich to the bowl

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Recipe request: Reuben soup at Three Families

Reuben Soup at The Three Families Restaurant includes corned beef, sauerkraut, onions, celery and smoked gouda cheese. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

Q • My husband and I had the most delicious Reuben Soup at the Three Families in St. Peters. — Janet Blair, Wildwood

A • When retired firefighter Wayne Sanders opened a restaurant in 2012, he kept it in the family: all three families, to be exact. “There are six of us here,” he says of the family members who run the bright, open casual restaurant near St. Peters’ City Centre Park. “My wife, Sara, and I plus our twin daughters and their husbands. Those are the three families.”

Sanders says that the restaurant is especially known for hospitality, often expressed in fun restaurant experiences. There’s a monthly “chef’s challenge” (vote for your favorite of two versions of the same dish), a monthly “passport” dinner (featuring authentic dishes from around the world; this month: Bosnia), even themed Sunday brunches (think Santa and the Easter bunny, also hit movies like “Frozen”; next up is a super hero brunch with Spider-Man and Wonder Woman).

Still, best-sellers include meaty crab cakes with dabs of spicy Mississippi Comeback Sauce and seared scallops as surf ’n’ turf or over pasta tossed in alfredo sauce.

Sara Sanders and the Sanders daughters create the dessert tray, a tempting collection of cake, cobbler, crème brulee and more. Last year, they baked 43 different desserts for the restaurant and special orders. “We make sure there’s something chocolate, something fruit, something citrus and something cream,” Sara Sanders says.

Each day, the Three Families menu includes a different soup, plus Italian Wedding Soup. There’s no set soup rotation, but this week only, Reuben Soup will be the soup of the day through Saturday. Son-in-law and head chef Michael Hollander says that to re-create the restaurant’s Reuben Soup, gently sauté the onion and celery. “Leave a little crunch,” he recommends.


The Three Families Restaurant

4899 Mexico Road, St. Peters

636-244-4326

thethreefamiliesrestaurant.com


Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column KitchenParade.com and “veggie evangelist” at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture.

Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column KitchenParade.com and “veggie evangelist” at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture.  

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