Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A Sweet Twist on Chile
I'm in St. Louise, and of course, I made my way to the lovely Sweet Art. I cannot tell you how lovely this place is. The whole energy is delightful, but go for the food! It can't be beat.
I've mused about the cupcakes, which are remarkable. And cupcakes are tricky. I know they're very trendy now, but I've been a cupcake lover for the long-haul (I have the same dedication to Bulls basketball). The main qualms I have with cupcake boutiques are not the creativity of the flavors, but the actual quality of the cake. A cupcake is, by design, a full dessert in a cup. And, it's particularly wonderful for those of us who prefer a high cake to icing ratio. So the cake should be soft, and moist and NOT TOO SWEET!!!! And the bit of icing you have on top should be excellent. Not just ok, but crazy-over-the-top excellent.
They nail everything at Sweet Art, with regard to cupcake quality.
But, let's talk about the nachos: there nachos are well enough for two. I tried to eat more, and they wouldn't fit. The 3-bean chile was absolutely amazing, and included big chunks of unpeeled sweet potatoes. They offered a nice contrast to the very spicy chiles. The whole wonderful mess was covered in a vegan cheese sauce. I have no idea what that sauce is made of, but it doesn't matter. It's so good....Goodness, I want some more right now.
(this is not actually a pic of the nachos I had at Sweet Art, but I wanted to get your juices flowing!) The nachos are served with a side of really fresh salsa. All this goodness for around $6.00! Everything at Sweet Art is really reasonably priced, and ultra fresh. If you're in St. Louis you have to visit this spot. Love it!!!
P.S. The banana cupcake with butterscotch topping is completely over-the-top great.