A visit to Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café was not planned during our most recent trip to St. Louis as it had been on two previous occasions. The restaurant just happens to be situated at the Delmar Boulevard exit of I-170, which just happens to be the exit we needed to return to my son’s dormitory after taking my daughter to the airport. Furthermore, we would be passing by at the same time I was supposed to meet my mother and sister for lunch on Saturday.
I had a nice salad and the others had sandwiches for lunch. For dessert, my wife and son split a cupcake with me. We narrowed our choice down to two of this month’s specials: Chicken & Waffles (vanilla corn cake topped with maple buttercream, oven-fried chicken, home-made waffle and maple drizzle) and Fitz’s Root Beer Float (root-beer cake stuffed with malted-vanilla whipped-cream, topped with root beer buttercream, vanilla bean buttercream, Fitz’s Root Beer drizzle, sprinkles and a chocolate straw).
The cold chicken nugget on top of the Chicken & Waffles cupcake reminded me of the crazy ingredients mandated in the first round of “Cupcake Wars.” We decided on the Fitz’s Root Beer Float cupcake, since Fitz’s is another of our favorite places to eat in the Lou. When my wife asked about the root beer flavor that was so real she could taste the fizz, one of the servers pointed to the “Cupcake Wars” sign in the window and said, “Apparently we are on the cutting-edge of cupcake technology.”