Behold the Ultimate Garlic Grilled Cheese sandwich: a thick slab of sturdy garlic bread spread with chili cumin aioli, layered with pickles, onions, and tomatoes, then topped with cheddar, mozzarella, blue, and Parmesan cheeses and baked until bubbly. Its garlic punch is tremendous. Imbibe Watermelon Mania – a glass full of the combined juices of watermelon, Granny Smith apples, carrots, and lemons.
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.
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.
C&K is a humble, take-out-only place that has been selling great, classic St. Louis barbecue for over thirty years. In addition to ribs, pork steaks, chicken, and hot links, it offers such smoke-house rarities as pig ears and snoots.
Central Missouri's premier pie shop is conveniently located a short distance off of I-44. While they offer fine soups and quiches, the draw here is the wide variety of outstanding pies, along with cakes and cheesecakes.
Lambert's Cafe, home of the throwed roll (yes, they do throw the rolls to diners) is a big, boisterous place that specializes in big portions of country vittles.
Gates, along with Arthur Bryant's, are the two descendants of Kansas City's founding father of BBQ, Henry Perry. Their slick appearance and comfortable dining rooms belie the fact that they are really cafeterias with sassy, but friendly, service, and real Kansas City barbecue. The burnt ends are luscious and smoky. Ribs? The pork-smoke-rub is a heady combination.