Last Thursday my husband and I had to make a trip to St. Louis. After we had finished with our business we were hungry and my husband wanted to try a restaurant he had seen on TV called Sweetie Pies. I plugged it into my handy dandy GPS and voila…I had the address of both locations and we were only about a mile and half away from one of them.
I learned from my husband on the way to the restaurant that the owner, Robbie Montgomery was a back-up singer for Ike and Tina Turner and other various people for almost 20 years and after she had a lung collapse, she couldn’t sing anymore so she moved back to her home town of St. Louis and opened up her first restaurant in 1996 She now has two restaurants in St. Louis. Miss Robbie also provides job training to formerly incarcerated men and women and gives food to those in need. My husband learned all of this from her new reality TV show that he has seen on cable. The restaurant serves southern cooking, so I was really excited about it.
We found the restaurant, Sweetie Pies at the Mangrove. It was in a part of town where there weren’t very many businesses opened anymore. But when we walked inside the restaurant, it was booming! There were pictures of Robbie back in the day when she sang for Tina Turner, several pictures of her and Tina Turner were hung on the walls, as well as a picture of Robbie and her family. Everyone was very welcoming and the food smelled so good! You get in line to order your food in a cafeteria style. They had oxtails, smothered pork chops, meat loaf, boiled cabbage, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, homemade macaroni and cheese, corn, cornbread, banana pudding and peach cobbler. I got tickled at two ladies that were in front of us in line. The one lady looked at the other lady and said “what is an oxtail is it really from an ox?” The special of the day was half a fried chicken which consisted of a breast, a thigh, a leg and a wing with two sides of your choice and cornbread. I have never ordered a half of a chicken before in my life at one sitting, that’s a lot of chicken, but my husband and I ordered the special each and figured we could always take it home. Let me tell you, it was a big ole plate of chicken but it was so good! I had macaroni and cheese and boiled cabbage as my sides and sweet tea that was so good, it could rival my mama’s! We also got banana pudding, my favorite, but I was so full after the meal that I only had a taste.
If you like southern cooking, Sweetie Pies is a great place to eat. I also spotted an old time soda fountain on the way out. I would like to visit her other location one day, it was opened in 2012, so it’s newer and was built from the ground up. I had three pieces of chicken left over as well as some macaroni and cheese and cabbage, so I got to enjoy it again the next day!
If you are in St. Louis and want to try a new place, look up Sweetie Pies, the staff was very nice and the food is great, you won’t be disappointed!