Field Trip: St. Louis is Awesome & Russell’s On Macklind’s Post-Race Biscuits From Heaven

St. Louis sure gives its residents a lot of things to do. No matter what your interests are, if you’re motivated enough to leave the house you can find something fabulous within a 20-mile radius of the city to fill your day or weekend.  Case in point: I had the chance to race the Eads Bridge Duathlon last weekend, a run/bike/run spanning the iconic Eads Bridge to Illinois, then back to Missouri and up into the oft-ignored Old North City, all before lunch. What a cool thing to be able to wake up and do within the boundaries of my beloved city. Not bad, St. Louis, not bad at all.

eads bridgebarney

Dave was feeling under the weather that day so he didn’t race (he’s feeling better now —>), but he did accompany me to Russell’s Cafe on Macklind Avenue for a casual post-race lunch. I needed lots of good food and a 4 Hands Divided Sky Rye IPA; Russell’s had both of those things and is within walking distance for us, so trekking there was an easy decision. In lieu of posting a Russell’s restaurant review because I love the place and that’s my review, I’ll instead wax poetic about their breathtaking biscuits.

Breathtaking. Buttery. Crumbly. Layered. Fluffy, hot, and square. Served with house-made blackberry preserves, a small pot of good butter, and luscious local honey. We ordered the biscuits, available Saturdays and Sundays during brunch, on a whim. I’m sure glad we did. Russell’s does many things well (grilled sandwiches, kitchen sink salads, phenomenal baked goods); these biscuits were a revelation. You may be thinking that my amped-up appetite swayed me into loving them, but I can say with conviction and a clear mind that these were the best biscuits I’ve ever had. There. I said it. RUSSELL’S ON MACKLIND MAKES THE BEST BISCUITS I’VE EVER HAD.

Until lunch, I thought I’d had a good day because the race was so fun and I got to hang out with my honey. The day was actually made by these biscuits. Outside of the St. Louis area? Try your hand at my Kitchenaid buttermilk biscuits. If you’re around St. Louis and have a chance to swing by Russell’s on a weekend- the Macklind Mile is coming up, after all, another terrific St. Louis race- do yourself a solid and order a board of these biscuits. Slather them with butter and drizzle them with honey. They will not disappoint.

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