The restaurant is owned and operated by Robbie Montgomery since 1997, a former backup singer for Ike and Tina Turner’s Famous Musical Revue and featured “Mississippi-style” down home soul food. The specials vary by day and feature soul food classics like fried chicken, catfish, ribs, and pork chops along with sides like okra and mashed and sweet potatoes, all “made with love.”
The first half of the dining experience is all classic cafeteria. You stand in line, grab a drink from the case and order up your entree and sides, which you pile on a tray. But as soon as you pay at the register the experience transforms. A waiter grabbed my tray for me and found the table, brought me a glass of ice and some butter and checked in to make sure everything was OK. It was warm and comforting service with a smile.
I ordered their smothered pork, which was absolutely delicious: tender chunks of bone-on meat that collapsed under the fork and under thick creamy gravy. I had a tough time deciding though, because everything looked so good. My friend had their fried chicken which was crispy and juicy. YUM.
(And yes, I totally realize that I totally failed and didn’t even order the mac and cheese that they are famed for…guess I have to go back?)
Sweetie Pies at the Mangrove
4270 Manchester Ave
St Louis, MO 63110