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Snack on small plates. Polish off a large plate. Share a charcuterie board while sipping on a beverage from our full bar, including a thoughtful list of wine, beer and locally made soda. Savor our edibles here or take them on the go. Guests from St. Louis and beyond regularly say how impressed they are with our freshly made gourmet food. Menu items change each month but will have an American, Mediterranean or Asian flair. 



Treat yourself or a friend to culinary must-haves such as vinegars, oils, olives, sauces, our signature rib rub, jams, chocolate, wine spirits and more. Purchase charcuterie meats, fine cheeses or our natural, house-cured, smoked-on-site bacon by the pound. Take a delicious salad to go. You’ll find gourmet foods from around the globe but more and more of our meats, cheeses, produce and market items are regionally or locally sourced. 


Relish the ambiance

Feel at home while your family enjoys house-made food in our charming café or on our all-season patio. Share laughs or listen to live music over cocktails with your friends or significant other. Order gourmet food at the counter and relax until it’s delivered to your table. Expect Matt to stop and say hi during your visit. We hope you become one of the many guests who tell us what an amazing experience you’ve had at Edibles & Essentials. 


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Count on our signature fried ribs or banh mi tacos to be mainstays. Otherwise, the menu at Edibles & Essentials changes monthly and features gourmet foods that fit the season. We take tremendous pride in offering the finest foods in satisfying portions and at affordable prices. We source many meats, cheeses and produce from farmers or vendors in the St. Louis area. We use only real butter, sugar and honey – no artificial sweeteners. And we offer a thoughtful list of wine and beer along with a full bar. 

We love kids, too. Please ask about our kid’s menu items. 

You will always find vegetarian and gluten-free options on Edibles & Essentials’ menu. Just let us know about other dietary needs and we will do our best to accommodate them.  


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Host a house party, reception, corporate event, luncheon or other special event, catered by Edibles & Essentials, and you are sure to impress.

Easier yet, host your private event in our café or patio space and leave the cleanup for us. Click below for a PDF with pricing or contact us to discuss the countless possibilities for catering St. Louis events.  


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A small artisan café and market, Edibles & Essentials aims to inspire and equip the chef within us all. 

It’s a place where you can enjoy mouth-watering, house-made comfort food or more eclectic cuisine over engaging conversation and laughter – inside or on our beautiful all-season patio in back. During summer months, also enjoy the live music. Think winery experience, city style!

Consider it your quick stop for a healthier option while on the go. 

It’s a delightful market where you can shop for culinary must-haves. 

And it’s an experience that will make you feel right at home.  

First-time guests often say how charming the café is and are shocked at the quality of food they get at such reasonable prices. We don’t accept tips, but the owner welcomes your comments and smiles!

At Edibles & Essentials, we source some of the finest foods through local vendors and farmers. We use only real butter, sugar and honey – and no artificial sweeteners. And we take a tremendous amount of pride in limiting our carbon footprint by being as sustainable as possible. 

Edibles & Essentials is located in St. Louis Hills on Hampton Avenue, halfway between Eichelberger Street and Holly Hills Avenue. With our subtle storefront set back from the road, it’s easy to drive past, or to think the parking lot is full.

But rest assured. In addition to the spots in front, you may also park along the street anytime or in the neighboring lot during evening hours. 

So come in, shop, lounge, linger, enjoy! We look forward to your visits.

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I am crazy about food! Cooking has been a way of life for me since I was a middle school kid. I rode my bike to and from a small diner in southwestern Connecticut to sweep and mop the floors everyday. It didn’t matter what I was getting paid. It just mattered that I got to watch the hamburgers sizzle on the flattop and the joy in the guests’ eyes as they devoured their meals. 

I always wanted to be that guy, the guy who made people smile before, during and after their meals.

My family moved around a lot. But no matter where we were, good food and laughter kept our family close. Most of my childhood memories involve sitting around my grandmother’s dining room table eating a huge spread of food. Or sitting out back and eating a sweet, cold watermelon while the adults drank their adult beverages.

And whether in Connecticut, Chicago or back in my hometown of St. Louis – Lindenwood Park to be exact – I have loved working in the restaurant industry. 

All of these experiences have led me to open up a place where I can make people smile before, during and after they visit.

So come on in to Edibles & Essentials and enjoy! My wife, staff and I are excited to be here. We look forward to serving you and this community for years to come.

Matt and Mary Beth Borchardt

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