Sauce Magazine – 10 Reasons We Love Union Loafers Café and Bread Bakery


10 Reasons We Love Union Loafers Café and Bread Bakery

Union Loafers Café and Bread Bakery is the Swiss army knife of bakeries, the rare kind of place that does a lot of things, and does them all perfectly. Loafers (as its most dedicated followers call it) opened in 2015 as a bakery and cafe, but quickly grew into much more than that, adding pizza, an impressive low-intervention wine list and a host of amazing snacks and bites. You voted it your favorite place to get bread, and it also earned honorable mentions in the Sauce Readers’ Choice sandwiches and pizza categories. Here’s why we love it.

1. The pizza program is flawless. From spicy and savory marinara pizza to earthy mushroom za and simple yet elegant cheese and pepperoni pies, the Loafers pizza game is more than solid.

smoked beet sandwich from cafe and bakery // photo by izaiah johnson

2. The beetroot sandwich. Featuring smoked beets, Emmentaler cheese, Thousand Island dressing, hard-boiled eggs and sauerkraut, this lunch is essentially the vegetarian Reuben of your dreams.

3. The wine list is full of pizza-friendly bottles as well as delicious options on their own, from low-touch Californian wines to spectacular Alsatian, Italian and French offerings. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed to get something that’s certified cool (and tasty).

4. The service mirrors the East Coast edge of Loafers’ pizza and wine: not necessarily upbeat and bubbly, but friendly and thorough enough to make you feel very comfortable. You might even relax a bit.

semolina and light and soft breads // photo by izaiah johnson

5. The online ordering facility, which began during the pandemic, has made it easy to rate the items you want. Hit that “Add” button at 11 o’clock sharp to ensure you get your coveted semolina loaf. We can’t lie and say we don’t miss the experience of rushing to stand in the Loafers bread line at 10:45am, but as long as we get the loaves we want, we’re happy.

6. On that note, the bread game is unparalleled. Literally, that’s why it won first place in this year’s Readers’ Choice. Highlights from co-owner Ted Wilson’s collection of masterpieces include light, sweet and sour bread, deliciously intimate marbled rye, and beautifully crisp semolina loaded with sesame.

7. The pizza rossa is unreal. It’s spicy, tomato, crunchy-sweet, oily, aromatic, dripping, funky and, of course, absolutely delicious.

pizza rossa // photo by izaiah johnson

8. Union Loafers’ location is perfect. Located at the main intersection of Botanical Heights Culinary Center, it is one block from AO&Co, Olio, Nixta, Indo and La Patisserie Chouquette. It is part of a district of legends.

9. The Italian salad is one of the best in town. With marinated bell pepper, sliced ​​fennel, olives, fresh mozzarella and Grana Padano and a perfect Italian dressing, this is a salad you’ll regret sleeping on.

10. The team is killer. From Ted Wilson and beloved industry vet Bernardo “Cowboy” Lopez in the back to Beverage Manager and Co-Owner Sean Netzer and General Manager Steve Russell up front, everyone at Loafers is amazing in this that they make.

Union Loafers Café and Bread Bakery, 1629 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.6111,


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