I recently spent about 48 hours in St Louis and had time to hit a few local favorites. I broke no new ground whatsoever but was very impressed at how many great old places are still chuggin along.
Carls Drive In
9033 Manchester Rd
Cool little divey burger spot. Really good griddled burger with crisp, almost lacey edges. Foot long chili dog was decent. IBC root beer in huge glass mugs really hit the spot. Anyone tried the pork steak?
6726 Chippewa St
Long lines even on a chilly evening. Concrete with praline pieces and butterscotch (Southern Delight) was my favorite. I liked the tart cherries in the Cardinal Sin. Too many good choices!
2100 Gravois Rd
Nice old bar famous for their fried chicken. Very good, very crispy, not greasy. Appetizer of toasted ravioli was a good start. Be sure to sit in the older half of the restaurant.
Great old place. Every city should have something like this. If you live in St Louis and dont frequent the market you should be ashamed. I love that miniature donut machine!
1401 St Louis Av
Banana malt was the standout for me but chocolate malt and black cherry cone were no slouches. Sandwiches etc (chili dog, BLT) looked good but there simply wasnt room.
3659 S Grand Blvd
Divey 60s diner with breakfast served 24 hours a day. Very respectable eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns smothered in sausage gravy. Endearingly bad coffee. A perfect stop after a night of drinking (yes, they serve Slingers).
7260 Southwest Av
I couldnt make it to the original Schlaflys so this had to do. Fun, low-key brewery tour (though our guide was misinformed on a number of points) and very pleasant tasting afterwards. I especially enjoyed the Lewis & Clark Ale. Interesting food menu, heavy on veggie options, but didnt have time to try.
4030 Woodson Rd
Needed somewhere near the airport and this had been recommended. Pretty standard Gringo-Mex, not terrible but certainly nothing to write home about.
Here are a few questions for next trip. Thanks in advance.
I passed by a Hodge Chile Parlor but it was closed (permanently it seemed). Cant remember the street. Do any remain and where are they? If so, any best one?
I didnt have time for any barbecue but am curious about any must-trys. I didnt like the corporate looks of the Super Smokers I passed (am I wrong?). How about Phils?
I have to give credit to a wonderful source for the "real" St Louis: The Lowlife Guide to St Louis. A great website if you happen to have a taste for such places, have a look if you havent seen it before.
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