Is This St. Louis’ Best Burger?

Is This St. Louis’ Best Burger?

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Schlafly Tap Room’s burger is the only one from St. Louis in our compilation of 101 Best Burgers of America

The Tap Room burger at Schlafly Tap Room.

The Daily Meal recently published our 101 Best Burgers in America for 2014, and in order to compile our ranking, we assembled a list of nearly 200 burgers from all across the country, from Spruce Pine, North Carolina to Hillsboro, Oregon. We then divided these burgers by region, and compiled a survey that was taken by a panel of 50 noted food writers, journalists, bloggers, and culinary authorities from across the country, asking them to vote for their favorites; limited, of course, to the ones that they’d tried. We tallied the results, and published the 101 stellar American burgers with the most votes.

Sitting in a sprawling, fully refurbished turn of the century printing building, St. LouisSchlafly Tap Room’s name implies the star of the show here is beer — of which there is plenty — but the real menu gem is the ground sirloin Tap Room burger, featuring burger slaw, white Cheddar, and an English muffin bun. Burger adventurers can also order the equally delicious Mediterranean-style lamb burger with feta and cucumber sauce, served on a ciabatta bun, although it did not make our list. The Tap Room burger scored the #93 spot, and is the only one from the Gateway to the West.

Kate Kolenda is the Restaurant/City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @BeefWerky and @theconversant.

St. Louis Barbecue Sauce

St. Louis barbecue sauce is thinner and a bit more tangy in flavor than its Kansas City cousin. Being at the crossroads, St. Louis style barbecue has many influences, so there are a number of ways of making this style of sauce. Give this version a try next time you grill, smoke, or bake some pork ribs.

The history of this style of barbecue sauce hails back to grocer Louis Maull of St. Louis. He started out selling groceries from a horse-drawn wagon in 1897. He began making condiments and debuted Maull's Barbecue Sauce in 1926, 22 years before H.J. Heinz would bottle his first barbecue sauce. This St. Louis style has none of the liquid smoke you will find in many Kansas City-style barbecue sauces. Maull's boasts 20 ingredients in its sauce. This recipe keeps the number far lower.

The St. Louis style of barbecue usually is done by grilling and saucing rather than "low and slow." Because this sauce contains sugar (although less than Kansas City styles), it can burn at higher temperatures. It should be used only when the meat is over low heat or put on at the end of cooking.

The Best Burger in St. Louis, MO

Looking for the best burger in St. Louis, MO? It is hard to beat a mouthwatering, melt in your mouth burger. One that has been seasoned and grilled to perfection and topped with flavorful cheese and dressed with your all time favorite fixings. Whether those are crisp lettuce and juicy tomato slices or crunchy pickles and onions, we usually each have our idea of the perfect burger.

Here, we have struggled through our differences of opinion to bring you the most regionally acclaimed burgers we could find in St. Louis, MO. To make our top burger list, these burgers had to consistently receive top marks taste test after taste test! This was research we didn’t mind doing, these burgers also were liked by the widest palette of tastes. So give our burger list for St. Louis, MO a try. If you find a better burger in St. Louis, MO let us know and we will make sure to try it out and weigh it against the competitors.

Also, we would love to hear what you think the best burger is to you, what qualities do you think are most essential? Or do you know of a burger joint that is the best kept secret in St. Louis, MO and you want to share your love with the nation? We want to hear it, what you have to say is important to us!

Rooftop patios with a view

One of the region’s few public rooftops with an unobstructed view of the sunset, it boasts what may be the world’s largest manmade moon. 6177 Delmar.

Look down into Busch Stadium, over to the Arch, and beyond. It’s not uncommon to witness an engagement—and a bachelorette party—at the ultimate rooftop bar. 1 S. Broadway.

The Budweiser Brew House Deck also offers Wrigley Field–like views of the ballpark—except without those pesky Cubs fans at most games. 601 Clark.

The bistro’s sprawling rooftop was popular even before owners Paul and Wendy Hamilton turned it into practically a four-season dining spot. 2017 Chouteau.

11 St. Louis Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives That Have Been or Should Be on the Show

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From prime St. Louis barbecue (a sticking point with the locals) to authentic Cajun-American food, this list of STL diners, drive-ins and dives is finger-lickin’ good.

If you’re looking for a new way to experience the restaurant scene in St. Louis, beyond the Clayton and Central West End usuals, look no further: these restaurants are serving up delicious original recipes in all types of dishes, perfect for a Guy Fieri-sized bite. While the first six STL restaurants have been featured on the show, we think there are five more with major DDD potential, so we included those, too.

Featured on the show:

1. The Shaved Duck

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Boasting the ideal combo of “good folk, fresh bbq and honest, soulful food,” the Shaved Duck is home to a variety of meats smoked all day long in wild cherry and hickory woods, sourced right from Perryville, Missouri. The meats are served up along with creative homemade sides, flatbreads and desserts for a hearty American meal.

Average plate: $13
Dishes to try: Slow Smoked Duck Breast, Chili Mac, Smothered Fries

2. Sweetie Pie’s Kitchen

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A family establishment run by Mississippi natives Miss Robbie Montgomery and her son, Tim Norman, Sweetie Pie’s Kitchen dishes out made-from-scratch soul food. If you’re ever craving a real taste of the South in St. Louis, this is your place: true comfort food like fried chicken and meatloaf, always served up with a friendly smile.

Average plate: $11
Dishes to try: Fried Fish Dinner, Meatloaf, Peach Cobbler

3. Iron Barley

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Known for delicious BBQ and from-scratch cast iron cooking, Iron Barley serves up traditional American food in a homey, family-friendly environment. To complement the wide variety of comfort food classics, Iron Barley offers a full menu of locally handcrafted brews.

Average plate: $13
Dishes to try: Oak Roasted Prime Rib, Pulled Pork Ravioli

4. Highway 61 Roadhouse

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The Highway 61 Roadhouse celebrates both the food and the music of the famous highway running from New Orleans to Memphis to St. Louis. Offering dishes from all three cities’ cuisines including shrimp and crawfish etoufeé from Louisiana, BBQ pulled pork spaghetti from Memphis and peppery spare ribs from St. Louis, the Roadhouse is American at its core.

Average plate: $16
Dish to try: “Cajasian” Potstickers, BBQ Spaghetti, Louisiana BBQ Shrimp

5. Dressel’s Public House

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A “locavore” take on the traditional pub, Dressel’s serves up farm-to-table pub fare as beautiful as it is mouthwatering. Known for a perfectly seasoned burger topped with aged cheddar and tomato-onion jam, Dressel’s has definitely elevated its food over the past few years to hold up to its selection of local beers.

Average plate: $20
Dishes to try: Burger, Fish and Chips, Truffled Grilled Cheese, Root Beer Glazed Rib Tips

6. Anthonino’s Taverna

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Located in the heart of the Italian-American neighborhood of St. Louis, The Hill, Anthonino’s is an authentic neighborhood eatery serving a combination of unique and traditional pizzas, as well as indulgent pasta dishes. A few Greek items also made their way onto Anthonino’s menu including traditional Dolmathes and tzaziki sauce.

Average plate: $17
Dishes to try: Toasted Ravioli, Goat Cheese Pizza, Pasta Carbonara

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7. The Kitchen Sink

The best place for authentic Creole, New Orleans style cooking in St. Louis, the Kitchen Sink also prides itself on its unique sandwiches, including the Special Ed (BBQ Brisket, red cabbage slaw, white cheddar cheese and Russian dressing) and the Cajun Gyro (blackened Gyro meat, sauteed peppers and onions, pepper jack and bleu cheese crumbles, tzatziki sauce). Check it out for a menu packed with delicious homemade Cajun-American food.

Average plate: $12
Dishes to try: The Special Ed (brisket sandwich), Seafood Gumbo, Sweet Fries

8. Pappy’s Smokehouse

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Pappy’s does BBQ the old-fashioned way: slow-smoked meats (for 14 hours!) over sweet apple or cherry wood. Top them off with one of Pappy’s homemade barbecue sauces for sweet and juicy perfection, including Pappy’s original, Jane’s sweet sauce, Holly’s hot sauce and a special “Hoodoo” sauce.

Average plate: $13
Dishes to try: Pulled Pork Sandwich (or any smoked meat by the pound)

9. The Shack

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Perfect for a hearty breakfast like an omelette or biscuits and gravy, the Shack is a family friendly restaurant with a Southern twist. While the Shack does offer dinner on certain days of the week in the Frontenac location, the place is generally known for its stellar breakfast and lunch options – especially the overstuffed sandwiches.

Average plate: $10
Dishes to try: Big Crunch (french toast), Chicken in a Waffle, Cubano

10. The Fountain on Locust

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With a hand-painted art deco interior surrounding the entire dining area, the Fountain on Locust is quite the sight to behold. Besides the retro vibes enhanced by the restaurant’s radio comedy serial, Soap Hospital, the menu makes the place a true diner: everything from salads to soups to sandwiches to entrees. But when you go, you really have to try one of the 25 different signature ice cream martinis, freshly blended and garnished to order.

Average plate: $9
Dishes to try: Signature Polish Dill Pickle Soup (trust us on this one), The Fountain Cuban Sandwich, Ice Cream Martini (any of the delicious flavors)

11. Donut Drive-In

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Although newer, fancier donut shops are all the rage in St. Louis, the Donut Drive-In is home to old-fashioned fried dough deliciousness. For soft, fresh donuts in traditional flavors, for half the price of some of the craftier donut shops in the area, the Donut Drive-In is your place.

Self proclaimed "sandwichkingz," the Gramophone is the casual dive bar + excellent grub bar you always wanted. The sandwiches are funky, creative, and worth a try. What makes the Mississippi Nights Club so special? A layer of smashed St. Louis produced Billy Goat Kicker chips — basically a time travel back to cafeteria table days except 100% better than lunch meat on Wonder Bread.

Southwest Diner: where brunch dreams come true. The fiery scramble isn't necessarily too hot to handle, but if heat frightens you check out the cornmeal pancakes. Or split the pancakes with your brunch partner. Either way, order the pancakes too.

Today’s owners pride themselves in making their burgers and chili just like Gordon, the original owner did when he opened the Stoplight in 1948 at the corner of Bailey Road and Truman Boulevard in Crystal City. In keeping with that era, they still take cash only. If you’re really hungry check out the Quadzilla, their four-patty burger.

The Concert Hall and Barrel

Built in 1878, the Concert Hall & Barrel was the center for artistic performances and social life in early Hermann. The first floor housed a fine saloon while the upper floor was the site for plays, lectures, dances and concerts. The Concert Hall & Barrel holds the distinction of being the oldest continually operating tavern west of the Mississippi River.


The 9th Street pool hall has been serving sliders and chili amid rows of pool tables since 1884. When I lived in Columbia in the late 50s, it was still “male only,” but today you find students, families and football fans from around the country. USA Today has repeatedly included the Booche Burger in their listing of the Top Ten Burgers in America.

White Rose Cafe

White Rose Cafe in Union has been around for more than 80 years. The cafe serves breakfast all day and is a frequent location for antique auto shows.

J. Huston Tavern

J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock, the oldest operating restaurant in Missouri, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It once provided food and board to immigrants traveling West in the 1800s and is still noted for its great fried chicken. The Main Street tavern also holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously serving restaurant west of the Mississippi River.

Iron Horse

The Iron Horse, a small town, hotel restaurant in Blackwater near Columbia promises a “taste of life from days gone by.” The old hotel is a showcase of period furnishings and includes an inviting parlor, dining area, elegant staircase and courtyard gardens.

The Fred Restaurant & Lounge

The Hotel Frederick, built in 1905, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and includes its own restaurant and lounge, known as, “The Fred.” The building, considered the best example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the region, underwent a $4M restoration in 1994. Today its decorated with 19th century antiques and maps giving it a feel of its original elegance.

Lambert’s Cafe

This south Missouri icon, or home of the “throwed roll,” opened in Sikeston in 1942 and now has locations in Ozark, MO and Foley, AL. Ample amounts of down home cooking are served up at Lambert’s along with an occasional roll tossed to playful customers. No credit cards and no reservations accepted.

Baby Backs: Memphis Style

The process of rubbing and saucing ribs is the same for any type of rib. The cooking time is also the same and depends entirely on the meat volume. This recipe for Baby Back Ribs uses a dry rub, but also a liquid combination of red wine vinegar, olive oil, and apple juice.

1. Mix all the liquids together. Use ¼ cup of each. It will be used to keep the ribs from drying out.

2. Use your dry rub to massage your ribs. Remember to knead through the meat for the rub to penetrate.

3. Stick the ribs in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before smoking/grilling.

4. When you take them out, let them out at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes.

5. Set the smoker to 250 degrees. Set up the ribs and moisten with the oil/vinegar mix.

6. Close the lid to let the ribs smoke, rubbing the oil/vinegar mix every half hour.

7. Do the same bone check method to test if they are ready by either cutting up a bone, or tugging at it. The ribs will also be ready when the bone becomes more visible.

The 10 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in St. Louis

The next time you get a taste for flavors reminiscent of the turquoise waters and sun-bathed beaches of the Mediterranean, you don't have to travel very far. St. Louis has a wealth of restaurants that feature the cuisines of Greece, Morocco, Italy, Turkey, France and Spain, offering seafood, lamb, beef and chicken and a bounty of vegetables all flavored by olive oil and native herbs and spices. Continue on for our top ten favorites.

Chef and co-owner Mehmet Yildiz heads the kitchen of St. Louis' only Turkish restaurant. Yildiz built his menu of familiar Middle Eastern dishes and specialty Turkish recipes based on the traditional flavors of garlic, olive oil, lemon and mint. The kilic baligi kebap is a simple yet perfect pairing of grilled and skewered swordfish and lemon. A little spicier, the adana kebap presents grilled ground lamb on a Turkish sword. And a regional specialty, the imam bayildi, is a vegetarian dish of eggplant baked with onions, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil and tomato sauce.

Baida is St. Louis' first Moroccan restaurant, open just over a year. An entire section of the menu is devoted to tagine, dishes cooked and served in a traditional lidded clay tagine pot. The tangier, or chicken tajine, is a slowly braised half-chicken with onions, potatoes, preserved lemon, green olives, ginger, saffron and cardamom. A distinctive dish, the chicken bastille is spiced pulled chicken pie cooked with eggs, onions, almonds, cinnamon and honey, dusted with powdered sugar and topped with a plum and apricot sauce. And a customer favorite, the mash'wee, is oven-roasted lamb shoulder, rubbed in sea salt, cumin, coriander, garlic, vegetables and saffron.

Owners Behshid and Hamishe Bahrami have been providing St. Louis with authentic and revamped Persian/Iranian cuisine for more than 30 years. The restaurant's maxim, "We will not offer anything unless it's wonderful," reflects the owners' passion for creating a delicious, authentic dining experience for guests they treat like family. The gormeh sabzie, or lamb stew, is replete with classic Persian flavors of parsley, cilantro and saffron. The smoke-grilled salmon fillet also features the decidedly Persian taste of pomegranate sauce. The walnut olive feta cheese spread represents some of the menu's original recipes. Check out their newly opened Gin Room, headed by the owners' daughter and restaurant namesake, Natasha.

Joyia Tapas offers a variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. A great place to start your meal might be with the one of spreads -- hummus, htipiti, blue cheese, tzatziki or red lentil -- all served with warm pita bread, Lebanese flatbread or focaccia bread. A seasonal soup and salad give a nod to locally available produce, like roasted butternut squash soup and Fuji apple salad with strawberries. Then dive into the diverse tapas menu with contemporary choices such as bacon-wrapped dates, grilled octopus, steamed mussels in a coconut-cashew broth and shrimp and grits. If you're still hungry after that, a full menu of Italian pasta and grilled pizzas, Middle Eastern gyros and kabobs and entrees of chicken, duck, seafood and beef will surely do the trick.

Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue 314-553-9252)

Layla offers an unexpected twist on traditional Middle Eastern fare. From the decor to the menu, old- and new-world style and Middle Eastern and American cuisine have been combined to create a unique dining experience in the Grove. Where else can you find falafel fries, nacho pita, a chicken shawarma flatbread or a beef and sliced leg of lamb burger? There are plenty of familiar dishes, but each includes a novel surprise, such as apricot ketchup, lemon-garlic mayo, pomegranate molasses, preserved lemon guacamole, chartreuse pickles and sumac flavoring anything from wings to onions to roasted apples. Layla's cocktail list is just as inventive.

Momos (630 North and South Road 314-863-3511)

Momos offers traditional Greek dishes in the tapas, or small plate, style. Hummus, tzatziki, roasted eggplant, roasted pepper and fava bean spreads top the menu, all served with warm pita bread. The restaurant's three soups feature the Greek staple vegetables: zucchini, eggplant and red peppers. All of your favorite classic Greek dishes are here -- dolmades, Greek salad, Kalamata olives, baked feta and baked goat cheese, spanikopita, breaded calamari, garlic shrimp and Greek meatballs. The menu also includes gyros, kabob, pasta, seafood, beef, and traditional Greek desserts. A customer favorite is the saganaki, a cheese flambé that arrives at the table engulfed in blue flame.

Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue 314-932-1088)

Olio is a one-of-a-kind treasure, housed in a renovated Standard Oil gas station with a rustically elegant, upscale décor. Its small tasting menu is inspired by the cuisines of the Middle East, southern Europe and North Africa and created by renowned chef and owner Ben Poremba, who was recently named a James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest semifinalist and a Food and Wine Best New Chef semifinalist. The menu leans heavily towards vegetable and fish dishes an Argentine grill selection is available daily and a rotisserie game hen is available "occasionally after 5:30 p.m." Here's just a sample of Olio's unique menu: burrata with Hugo's "Chef I can't get enough of it" salsa verde and toasted ciabatta a baby artichoke, lemon, oregano, ricotta and provolone sandwich and an entire section devoted simply to eggplant.

Pan D'Olive offers "a bite of Mediterranean" cuisine with contemporary, Californian-style preparation. Italy is well-represented on the menu with several pasta dishes like baked cannelloni, lobster ravioli and seafood linguine, three flatbreads, including a Napoletana and appetizers such as carpaccio, calamari and arancini. Entrees include salmon, shrimp, trout, chicken beef and pork. Chef Sam Kacar also offers several Turkish specialty entrees: lamb kabob, lamb shank, sirloin and branzini. An extensive wine list rounds out the experience.

Ranoush (6501 Delmar Boulevard 314-726-6874 and 200 North Kirkwood 314-984-8899)

The menu at Ranoush is based on owner and chef Aboud Alhamid's family recipes from his home country of Syria. A hefty offering of mezza (Syrian appetizers) include hummus, baba ganoush, labneh, stuffed grape leaves, tabbouleh, falafel, kibbeh and plenty more. Our favorites are the fatoush salad tossed with toasted pita bread pieces in sumac dressing and the cucumber and yogurt salad with garlic and mint. For those unable to choose, the mezza for two platter is a great option. Entree selections are just as plentiful and include traditional favorites of beef and lamb kebob and chicken and beef shawarma. If you still have room for dessert, you can't pass up the house-made baklava.

The Vine (3171 South Grand Boulevard 314-776-0991)

Lebanese cuisine is the specialty at the Vine's restaurant, bakery and market. Food is plentiful here and it's pretty much guaranteed that no one will leave hungry. Family recipes are the foundation of the traditional menu. A full page of appetizers include hummus, falafel, fava beans, lebnah, kibbeh, tabouli, fatoush, yogurt salad and lentil soup. Beef and chicken shawarma, beef and chicken kafta and beef kabob and lamb chops are solid favorites, along with newer dishes such as zatar and garlic-flavored wings and a Lebanese-style burger. All breads and desserts are made in-house and tempt you from the moment you walk in the door.The adjacent market offers Lebanese staples and hard-to-find spices.

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9 Classic St. Louis Foods — And Where to Eat Them

If you're visiting St. Louis for the first time, you may be surprised to learn that not only does the Gateway City have its own style of pizza, but it also has a host of other foodstuffs that you just won't find outside the metro area. Toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, even the St. Paul sandwich are all pretty much exclusively St. Louis things &mdash and they're all delicious.

Here are nine quintessential St. Louis foods, as well as the best place in town to enjoy each one. Happy eating!

Legend has it that gooey butter cake came about because a baker made the mistake of accidentally doubling the butter in a yellow cake recipe. It may have been unintentional, but the gooey result has become the defining dessert of St. Louis. Enjoy either the classic version or one of several different varieties (including chocolate chip and raspberry) at St. Louis' temple to butter cake at Gooey Louie (6483 Chippewa Street 314-352-2253).

It's hard to understand why such a perfect finger food has failed to make a splash outside the Gateway City, but for now, toasted ravioli remains a St. Louis-centric dish. For the best version of the golden-fried, meat-filled pillows, head to a place where they make them from scratch, like Lombardo's Trattoria (201 S. 20th Street 314-621-0266). At this classic St. Louis spot, the t-ravs are shaped like half-moons they're also among the best in town.

Unless you're a native St. Louisan, you're likely to greet the city's beloved thin pizza with a raised eyebrow. Suspend your closed-minded certainty about what pizza should be and surrender to this molten, thin-crust beauty at a classic mom-and-pop joint like Frank & Helen's Pizzeria (8111 Olive Street Road, University City 314-997-0666). At Frank & Helen's, if you're not ready to try it with the signature stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth processed cheese called Provel, you can get the training-wheels version with good old mozzarella.

A hamburger smothered with eggs, hash browns, chili and cheese may sound like a bad decision, but it's tailor-made for the morning after. Head to the city's quintessential greasy spoon Eat-Rite Diner (622 Chouteau Avenue 314-621-9621) at 3 a.m., and you won't be the only bleary-eyed patron trying to soak up the booze with this hearty local favorite after a night of imbibing.

No, this delicacy has nothing to do with pavement. The frozen custard dessert gets its name from a texture that is so thick, you can turn it upside-down after it's served, and not a drop will drip out &mdash that is, if it's done right. For that, visit the city's very favorite ice cream spot, the iconic Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (6726 Chippewa Street 314-481-2652). Yes, there will be a line. But you'll be amazed by just how fast it moves.

A staple of south-city barbecues, this marbled cut of pork shoulder is the definition of St. Louis-style barbecue. The pork is smothered in tangy, tomato-based sauce that's usually both beer-spiked and paired with a Bud Heavy. If you're inclined to venture 30 minutes east of the city, check out Belleville's top-notch smokehouse Beast Craft BBQ (20 S Belt W, Belleville, Illinois 618-257-9000). Or stay this side of the river to home and stuff yourself with the massive "Joe's Backyard Pork Steak" at Gamlin Whiskey House (236 N. Euclid Avenue, 314-875-9500) &mdash that is, unless you can score an invite to a game of washers in someone's backyard.

Don't be fooled by the name: This simple egg sandwich is a St. Louis original, not one from the Twin Cities. Duck into one of the city's hole-in-the-wall chop suey joints to try the simple sandwich: an egg foo young patty topped with pickles, white onion, iceberg lettuce and mayonnaise. If they serve it to you on anything fancier than white bread, you're not having the original, though the Rice House (8438 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant 314-837-0711) makes a good case for more haute versions.

Downtown's famous Mayfair Hotel may have come and gone, but the salad dressing concocted at its five-star restaurant remains a St. Louis tradition. Enjoy this rich, anchovy-laden cousin to Caesar at the St. Louis food-themed Circa STL (1090 Old Des Peres Road, Des Peres 314-394-1196).

What's better than cheesy garlic bread? Cheesy garlic bread topped with ham, of course. This open-faced sandwich is a molten mess of buttery garlic bread, Provel cheese, ham and a paprika garnish. Pair it with a local craft beer at the Gramophone (4243 Manchester Avenue, 314-531-5700) for a true taste of the Gateway City.

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