Visited St. Louis, where I grew up and family still resides, this week. Knew it would be hot, but didn't expect records and 105+.
Had two excellent cheeseburgers, better than those I can get here in L.A. and half the price. The first was at O'Connell's. I couldn't go there for decades -- way too smoky. But I've been back a few times the last couple years, and business is booming -- there was a wait for tables this past Saturday afternoon. We split a cheeseburger and a roast beef sandwich. Burger, ordered medium medium-rare, was perfect. Charred exterior, pink throughout the interior, delicious. The RB sandwich was hefty and tasty, but the relatively thick-sliced beef -- also medium-rare -- was so thick that the pink/red middle parts were difficult to chew through. Wonderfully satisfying meal, great value. The smoking ban has helped their business.
The other burger was at the Fatted Calf in Clayton. An early lunch after a hot 9 holes with my dad on Tuesday. A cheddarburger, medium-rare with a char. This burger was as good, maybe even better, than the previous. It dripped more juice. The scoop of soft cheddar beat the pants off the sliced cheese -- soft, unctuous, delicious. A tasty, drippy, satisfying burger. Fatted Calf, do yourself a favor to survive -- paint things lighter, get more light in from the windows -- you are too dark and old/depressing. Your burger is delicious, so make your place happier.