Barbecue parlor, Cajun kitchen, burger shack, and more, Southside Smokehouse is an inventive upcountry grill featuring both classic and creative southern meals.
A hugely popular barbecue with a checked-tablecloth rustic theme, Pappy’s serves a full array of smoke-cooked meats and classic sides.
Three meals a day are served at this friendly coffee shop, but breakfast is star of the show. For local-food devotees, there’s a “Top of the Hill” meal, which is Chris’s version of the outlandish St. Louis slinger.
Freddy’s is a small corner grocery store with an immense menu of sandwiches and hot dishes. Although it is indeed a pizzeria, and the pizzas are good, it’s the pastas, seafood salad, chicken marsala and lemon chicken, stuffed eggplant, etc., etc., that make it a treasured destination in Cicero. There are more wonderful dishes on the menu than could be sampled in a half dozen visits, and the gelato is some of the best anywhere.
Shannon’s Five Star is a large, friendly diner / coffee shop along old Route 66 where blue plate specials star at lunch and supper and hearty breakfast is the big meal of the day. Specialties include a three-meat breakfast skillet suited for lumberjack appetites.
Run by the same family that founded it in 1933, Merichka’s is a big restaurant and banquet hall with an extensive menu of Saturday-night splurge meals. The Roadfood lure is its Poor Boy Steak — an under $10 sandwich that radiates the perfume of house made “butterine,” a potent mix of margarine and garlic.
Park Avenue Coffee is uniquely St. Louis, specializing in the ‘Lou dessert delight, gooey butter cake. The cake repertoire is 76 flavors, from amaretto to white chocolate raspberry. House roasted and expertly brewed coffee is the cake’s good companion.