Two words: patty melt. Put one of those in front of me with a side of fries, and I am happy all night. Which is why going to City Diner on South Grand Blvd. in St. Louis is always such an enjoyable experience for me. The d•cor screams “I love the 50s,” yet still gives a tip of the hat to eras like the 60s and hints of the 80s.
My first experience with City Diner was for dinner after a lacrosse game in St. Louis. Even though I was injured and unable to play in the game, I still felt I deserved a winner’s meal since I was in uniform. Seated at a small table in the middle of the dining room, I was at the center of all the excitement that comes with the diner. I scanned the menu for less than a minute before I saw the patty melt, a childhood favorite of mine.
My boyfriend, Tim, had also been craving the beauty of beef, and he ordered a mushroom swiss burger. We split a chocolate malt with hazelnut syrup to complement the burgers, along with a heaping side of thick-cut French fries. The malt was heavenly, something that I would bathe in if I could find enough ice cream. The patty melt was thick and gooey: diner-tastic. I enjoy a thick fry, so these seemed perfect for my taste, although some might prefer them a bit crispier. All in all, it was a very positive experience.
Ever since that night, I was determined to go back for another meal. Coming prepared, I sat down ready to try something new and different. This time it was a weeknight, so the atmosphere was a lot less chaotic. After being seated in a booth and perusing the extensive menu, I decided on an item from the sandwich section. Tim ordered the Cuban sandwich which has pork, chicken, and gouda cheese on a baguette with a MoJo sauce, while I rocked the “Italian Stallion” sausage sandwich.
Both times the wait was a bit long, but once I had that sandwich sitting in front of me, nothing mattered. I am a closet meat lover and that sausage was calling my name. On a sourdough roll, the sandwich is topped with a sweet marinara sauce, grilled peppers and onions. I finished my meal with a piece of pie. Although not as delicious as my mother’s alolliae berry, it was still tasty enough to finish in record time.
I have been to City Diner three times now, and I have never had a negative experience. The prices are not cheap, but with such huge portions it’s easy to take some home to store in the dorm fridge for the next day. On weekends, the diner is open 24 hours, so you can get a late night snack after an awesome concert or movie.
On this diner’s menu there is something for everyone. The vegetarian choices are diverse and interesting. With breakfast served all day, it’s the perfect place for when you are craving comfort food.