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The 11 Best Things I Ate During My Cross-Country Road Trip

J. Kenji López-Alt 63 comments

Man, did we eat some good things while driving from New York to San Francisco. Here are the delicious highlights from a 10 day trip from that took us through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. More

A Sandwich a Day: Smoked Beet Reuben at The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Kansas City

A Sandwich a Day Jonathan Bender Post a comment

The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange's smoked beet reuben ($10) shows what might happen if the soul of a Jewish Deli was reincarnated in Kansas City. And it's vegetarian. More

On the Beer Trail: Boulevard Chocolate Ale in Missouri

Drinks Ethan Fixell 8 comments

The legend of Boulevard Brewing's Chocolate Ale haunts Kansas City like that of Nessie or Bigfoot: Nearly everyone I spoke to had either tasted the beer months ago or at least knew someone who tried it, yet every bar was out of it or never carried it in the first place. Bartenders and barflies alike seemed to speak of this "holy grail" in hushed, reverent tones—as if the beer's existence could be shattered by the mere utterance of its name. More

St. Louis Beer History: Underground Beginnings

Drinks Lisa Grimm 2 comments

While brewing history in St. Louis is inextricably linked with Anheuser-Busch and lager, that's not how things started off. One of the city's founders, Auguste Chouteau, was making whiskey there by the 1790s, and John Coons was brewing and selling beer on a small scale by 1809. More

Chain Reaction: Penny's Diner's Monster Burger

A Hamburger Today Kat Robinson 3 comments

This classic streamline-style diner serves up diner favorites including griddle-smashed burgers and shakes at Oak Tree Inns nationwide. Their featured burger: the 2/3-pound Build-Your-Own Monster Burger, which you can customize with as many toppings as you want for no extra charge. More

St. Louis: Carl's Drive In

A Hamburger Today An AHT Field Agent 2 comments

Today's AHT reader recommendation comes from self-described burger addict Melissa Graham about her favorite burger joint, Carl's Drive In. We got a reader review for Carl's in 2007 as well, and a shout-out in one of our roundups of readers' favorite burgers. Thanks, Melissa! If anyone else wants to share some burger intel, email us at burger@seriouseats.com or check out our review submission form. —The Mgmt. More

Farotto's, St. Louis: Thin, Sweet, and Provel'd

Slice Kevin Hayes 12 comments

Since Imo's, the most popular chain of pizzerias in the St. Louis, has been covered not once, but twice by Slice contributors, I decided to branch out on a recent visit to St. Louis and check out another local institution, Farotto's. More

Branson, MO: Get Stuffed (Burgers) at Chester's

A Hamburger Today Kat Robinson 5 comments

Chester's offers its burgers two ways: a traditional half-pound, char-grilled burger with toppings, or a Stuffy, where the ingredients are packed inside the burger before it's cooked. More

Back Yard Burgers: Not In My Backyard

A Hamburger Today Nick Solares 18 comments

There's a drawing of a barn on the wall of the Backyard Burger on Marler Lane in Ozark, Missouri. I doubt very much that any of the beef served at Back Yard burger came from a farm that looked like that, despite it being domestic Black Angus. But then again, it doesn't appear that the burgers there are cooked in a charcoal fired kettle as the companies logo implies. More

Kansas City: Get One of America's Most Important Hamburgers at Town Topic

A Hamburger Today Nick Solares 23 comments

Town Topic opened its doors in 1937, but the locations hamburger heritage is even older than that—the turrets on the corners of the little shack on Broadway betray the fact that it was once a White Castle. And the hamburgers they serve there, more than 70 years later, are a cultural relic from that era: Small pucks of beef are pressed in to a searing griddle with onions, while the bun is steamed on top. More

What Are Burnt Ends? And Why Are They So Delicious?

When Pigs Fly James Boo 42 comments

"I dream of those burned edges. Sometimes, when I'm in some awful overpriced restaurant in some strange town—all of my restaurant-finding techniques having failed, so that I'm left to choke down something that costs $7 and tastes like a medium-rare sponge—a blank look comes over my face: I have just realized that at that very moment someone in Kansas City is being given those burned edges free." —Calvin Trillin on the burnt ends from Arthur Bryant's. More

Calling AHT Field Agents in Memphis and Kansas City

A Hamburger Today Nick Solares 4 comments

I recently took a road trip that found me, amongst other places, in Memphis, Tennessee, and Kansas City, Missouri. I ate a bunch of burgers on the trip, but there were a couple of places that I thought looked interesting... More

St. Louis, Missouri: Ted Drewes' Frozen Custard

Sweets Brad Thomas Parsons 23 comments

There's milkshakes and then there's concretes. And if you want to truly experience a concrete—the insanely thick frozen custard concoction that's so dense you can hold it upside down with the spoon still suspended—you need to visit the St. Louis institution Ted Drewes' Frozen Custard. More

Kansas City, Missouri: Barbecue and Ice Cream

Sweets Brad Thomas Parsons 16 comments

If you're a food-loving road-tripper driving cross country, you have to make a detour in Kansas City for some barbecue, right? A visit to Arthur Bryant's and Gates Bar-B-Q was in ordered, topped off with a double-scoop at Murray's Ice Cream & Cookies. More

Photo of the Day: Town Topic Hamburgers in Kansas City, Missouri

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 8 comments

[Flickr: Pete Zarria] It may not be a drool-inducing burger, but I thought this photo of the fading neon sign of Town Topic Hamburgers in Kansas City, Missouri, by Pete Zarria on Flickr was lovely enough to point out.... More

Blueberry Hill in St. Louis Doesn't Stand the Test of (Burger) Time

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 7 comments

St. Louis's Blueberry Hill is well regarded for its burgers, but they're not among the city's best. The hickory burger in particular suffers at the hands of liquid smoke. Aside from the burger, though, the restaurant is a comfortable place to hang out and features an amazing array of sports and pop culture memorabilia. More

The Good Pie: An Outstanding Blend of St. Louis and Naples

Slice Daniel Zemans 7 comments

Our man in Chicago, Daniel Zemans, checks in with another piece of intel from the road. Today, St. Louis. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Daniel Zemans] The Good Pie 3137 Olive Street, Saint Louis MO 63103 (map); 314-289-9391‎; thegoodpie.com Pizza Style: Neapolitan Oven Type: Wood The Skinny: A perfect blend of St. Louis and Naples, The Good Pie is a whole lot better than its modest name Price: $9 to $16 Notes: Closed Sunday When Mike Randolph and his wife moved to St. Louis to be closer to her family, the 2005 graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and former cook... More

Imo's Pizza: St. Louis' Inexplicably Addictive Pie

Slice Daniel Zemans 36 comments

Serious Eats Chicago contributor Daniel Zemans checks in with another piece of intel from the road, this time in St. Louis. —The Mgmt. Imo's Pizza 742 S 4th Street, St. Louis MO 63102 (map); 314-421-4667‎; imospizza.com Pizza Style: Cracker thin crust Oven Type: Convection The Skinny: St. Louis's signature pizzeria is a treat for those of us who have acquired the taste but understandably far from it to those who have not Price: 12-inch with sausage, $10.66 Gefilte fish. Chitterlings. Thousand-year-old-eggs. Provel cheese. What do these four foods have in common? To the extent that it's possible to have... More

Pi Pizzeria, St. Louis: Checking Out President Obama's Purported Favorite Pie

Slice Daniel Zemans 11 comments

Serious Eats Chicago contributor Daniel Zemans checks in with another piece of intel from the road, this time in St. Louis. —The Mgmt. Pi Pizzeria 6144 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis MO 63112 (map); 314-727-6633‎; restaurantpi.com Pizza Style: Deep dish and thin crust Oven Type: Gas The Skinny: President Obama might not be a pizza expert, but Pi has some excellent deep-dish pizza. The thin crust pies, however, do not measure up as well Price: Deep dish pies start at $12 and thin crust starts at $11 Notes: Second location just opened in Kirkwood; third location in Central West End... More

Thai Pizza Co in St. Louis: Testing the Universality of Pizza

Slice Daniel Zemans 12 comments

Serious Eats Chicago contributor Daniel Zemans checks in with another piece of intel from the road, this time in St. Louis. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Daniel Zemans] Thai Pizza Co. 608 Eastgate, St. Louis, MO 63130 (map); 314-862-4429‎; patsthairestaurants.com Pizza Style: Thin crust Oven Type: Gas The Skinny: A noble but unsuccessful attempt to expand the pizza world Price: 9" pizzas are $8 each Notes: Closed Wednesdays On a recent trip to St. Louis, I was wandering down Delmar in the Loop, when neon lights a few doors down a side street called out to me. I ran over to... More

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