The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to proselytize about greening up your diet. Our only motive is to spread the word about places where you can order good grub that ain't got no meat. To enhance your reading experience, we've settled on a handful of criteria we'll use to suss out a restaurant's vegetarian friendliness.
Destination: The Kitchen Sink (280 DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-261-4455)
Neighborhood: DeBaliviere Place
Cuisine: Cajun and Creole
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Overview: The Kitchen Sink is a typical St. Louis hole in the wall with inexpensive, delicious food. The diner itself is a sight to see: bright red tables and benches line the dining room, with two big screen TVs for entertainment (both of which were playing Training Day on Gut Check's recent visit). Although there aren't too many vegetarian options at the Kitchen Sink, there is a falafel sandwich and a slew of sides sure to satisfy the meat-free minded -- and they're darn tasty options, too.
Highlights: The Kitchen Sink's sweet-potato fries ($1 for a small order and $2.50 for a large) could act as a side dish or dessert, with sweet-potato fries slathered with marshmallow and syrup. And OK, we know marshmallow isn't actually vegetarian, but you might want to forgo any purist vegetarian notions and try these fries. But if not, these fries impress sans marshmallow and syrup -- we recommend Sriracha for a vegan-friendly kick of spice to balance the sweetness of the fries.
Falafel ($6) isn't a traditional Cajun or Creole dish, but the Kitchen Sink's version didn't leave us wanting: Four falafel balls with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onions and a vegetarian-friendly yogurt sauce sit atop baked pita. Eat this dish with a fork and knife, or pick that falafel sandwich up and dig right in.