During the tail end of a filling meal at the Kitchen Sink (255 Union Boulevard; 314-454-1551), chef-owner Anthony Ellerson Jr. glides by the table to quickly drop off a surprise plate of light, crisp waffle wedges drizzled with dessert sauce.
"It's the last part of the 'I Don't Know,'" he says with a smile, before retreating to the back of the house.
November 1 the Kitchen Sink reopened in a new location four blocks away from its original space. The "I Don't Know" entree ($10) comes with the descriptor "You don't know what you want? Neither do we, but we will try. No refunds," and is one of several new additions to the menu.
"He loves giving away his waffles," says the evening's server, who was a loyal customer of the restaurant before joining the staff.
The Kitchen Sink, formerly a tiny American diner-style restaurant with big Cajun and Creole flavor, had a stellar first year. It garnered accolades from former RFT food critic Ian Froeb in a review earlier this year and also landed a spot in our Best of St. Louis issue for having the best sweet potato fries in town.
The 7,395-square-foot space on Union Boulevard, previously occupied by the Rhine Haus Eatery & Pub, seats 100 diners. Through the transition, Ellerson, who grew up in the area, says he aims to maintain the same neighborhood-friendly mentality with the addition of table service.
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For the "I Don't Know," Ellerson prepared an item from his all-new appetizer menu, the "Cyn City," a dish featuring blackened shrimp over rice with sauce. Other appetizer options include the "Mary Moe" ($7), a portabella and arugala quesadilla with roasted red pepper sauce; the "Art Hill" ($8), blackened chicken nachos with the works plus fried jalapenos; and the hilariously named "S.O.S. a.k.a. Shit on a Stick" ($8), different marinated meats charbroiled and served on a skewer.
Other additions to the menu include two new kinds of wings (jalapeno-peach and Thai flavored), one new salad, four new sandwiches including a muffuletta, and three new entrees including "Humble Pie" ($13), a baked-to-order version of shephard's pie made up of jalapeno cornbread, sauteed peppers, onions, shrimp, andouille sausage, tasso ham, sweet mashed potatoes with bananas, etouffee sauce and white cheddar.
Off-menu desserts ($6 each) currently include a brownie a la mode and three flavors of cheesecake: Snickers, pumpkin and blueberry creme brulee.
The Kitchen Sink is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. A liquor license is pending. For updates and more information, follow the Kitchen Sink on Facebook.
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