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About Milque Toast

"M.F.K. Fisher, the great American food writer, described milk toast as "a warm, mild, soothing thing, full of innocent strength."

Milque Toast Bar grew out of the cultural soil of McKinley Heights—from its rich history to its current resurgence. We have created this inclusive and nurturing space to learn and play while breaking bread together. Though our digs are tiny, we’re dreaming big. We want to be your breakfast nook, your long lunch, your brunch spot, and your neighborhood clubhouse. We will delight your senses, relax your mind, and open your heart. Slow down, take a breath, and experience the good life in our corner of St. Louis.

About Rachel, Colleen, & Amanda

Rachel

Rachel began cooking at her home in Lafayette Square in St. Louis at the age of five. By 15 she was washing dishes in an Austin, Texas fine dining establishment, where she got her first taste of international foods and started learning her way around a working kitchen. While earning her BFA in Studio Arts at UT–Austin, Rachel continued moving up through the ranks as a cook. During breaks from school she learned more about international foods by traveling through Mexico, Central America, and Europe. Rachel continued cooking while attending the Western Culinary Institute in Portland. After graduation, she worked under James Beard award winning chef Stephan Pyles at Star Canyon in Dallas. In 1995 she moved to Chicago and went on to become the pastry supervisor at Spiaggia Private Dining Rooms, and Executive Pastry Chef at Coco Pazzo, where she won the 2001 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Pastry Competition. Rachel returned to St. Louis in 2005, and was hired at Remy’s Kitchen and Wine Bar and soon promoted to Executive Sous Chef. In 2013, she launched Healthy at Home Culinary Services, a personal chef service specializing in meals and menu planning for clients with food allergies. Milque Toast Bar synthesizes Rachel’s over 30 years of culinary expertise, giving her the opportunity to draw on vast experience while allowing her to contribute to St. Louis’ revitalization.

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Colleen

Colleen's vision for MTB was born of backyard fires, porch daydreaming, and walks around the block with her son Xavier. She imagined bringing cuisine to the mix of arts in the neighborhood, which is also her home. Building on her years as a fine dining chef in some of St. Louis' most beloved restaurants, Colleen created this novel dining experience. She has worked actively to promote locally sourced foods, cultivated relationships with farmers, and believes in the importance of where our food comes from. As a community and political activist, Colleen envisions Milque Toast Bar as an inclusive place where everyone can enjoy and afford to eat, where artists and families can come together, and where all can share a good meal.

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Amanda

Amanda officially traded the cubicle for the kitchen in 2007, but her earliest memories are the smells of pasta and chocolate chip cookies wafting from her parent's kitchen. When she took the leap off the cliff of career change, she was lucky to be embraced and guided by incredibly talented people in the industry. Colleen and Rachel were two of the very first chefs she had the privilege of learning from. Working from the line, to catering gigs, to supper clubs, she was able take in much of the culinary spectrum. Throughout these experiences, she honed her skills and her palate and continues to do so while using as seasonal and as local of ingredients as she can get her hands on. In 2010, she met and married her farmer and became one herself. In 2011, she took a hiatus from the professional kitchen to grow wheat, tomatoes, and tiny humans. And now she is beyond grateful to have this opportunity at Milque Toast Bar to once again show her love for the world through cooking (and growing) tasty things and bring a family up with roots in the city kitchen and the country farm.

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About Our Community

As residents of McKinley Heights, we celebrate its history and revel in its reawakening. The past several years have been a renaissance for this part of the city. Residential restoration has been booming while artists’ studios transformed former storefronts, injecting vitality and new ideas. We want to be part of the next wave of thoughtful growth and renewal in McKinley Heights by creating dining options and public space where the whole community can meet and grow together.

In 1984, McKinley Heights was added to the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of the uniqueness of its 100- to 150-year-old brick architecture, honoring the dedication of many to preserve history and traditions here. For instance, the SouthSide Early Childhood Center has continuously served children in south St. Louis for almost 130 years, and we love that their new location is right across the street. We will always strive to reach the high bar set by neighborhood champions like SouthSide, the McKinley Meadows community gardens, and others who call McKinley Heights home.


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Hours
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 10am - 6pm
Sat & Sun: 10am - 4pm
Wed: Closed
Address
2212 South Jefferson
St. Louis, MO 63104
Call Us
(314) 833-0085
Call us to learn more about catering & private events.
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