I just finished the St. Louis and San Antonio dedupe schools, and had a great time. I actually ate at 3, count them, THREE restaurants covered on The Food Channel’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.” Wanna hear what I thought of them? Click Read More.
In St. Louis, I ate at the Iron Barley. I had the Barley Paella and the Peanut Butter Blaster, which is a Peanut Butter/Cayenne pie with a strawberry habanero glaze. Both were INCREDIBLE. I’ve actually eaten there before and had to go back. Had the same thing both times. Boy, does it look like a dive, but MAN is the food good. Don’t miss it if you’re there.
I got to go to three restaurants in St. Louis, two which were on the show, and one which was not. I went to Tip Top Cafe, which has been there for 70 years. I had the “hot pork,” which is a roast pork that was covered in the show. Yum, yum, yum. Very tender and delicious, covered with brown gravy with just a hint of spiciness in it. I also had the onion rings which I really enjoyed, but I didn’t think they were as good as the ones I had at the Studio Diner in San Diego two weeks ago. Those were the best I’ve ever had.
Next I went to The Cove, which is — get this — a combination car wash/laundromat/restaurant with live music every night. I knew about the car wash/laundromat thing, but the music just blew me away. Wednesday nights are big band jazz every week. Awesome. I had the Bello Burger that’s made with portobello mushrooms and fresh spinach. I am NOT a vegetarian by any means, but if all veggy food tasted like that, I could be convinced. It also comes with fresh cut fries, which were very tasty. I finished that off with a Spicy Poblano Chicken soup, which was green, very spicy, and very yummy. The NEXT day (Yes, I went back), I had the fish tacos and Jalapeno Carrot cake. Both were good, but I’d have to say the peanut butter pie from Iron Barley was better. Everything that I saw and tasted was made with fresh, organic ingredients. I was going to have the lamb burger, but — get this — the local butcher who supplies the meat hadn’t been to the processing plant, so there wasn’t any. I would have liked to try that.
Finally, I topped it all off with a 3.5 lb cinnamon roll from Lulu’s Cafe. Now that was just crazy. Yummy. But crazy.
If you’re a traveller, I highly recommend checking the show out for interesting places to eat. Anyone have any others like this?
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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technologist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.