What a fun place this is. For good cheap food, this is the place to be. A very well known restaurant located in Alton, Il, just a short drive from St. Louis or go by boat and dock at the Alton Marina and take a short cab ride.
You must be 21 to enter and the beer is the coldest around. It does get very busy on the weekends, so don't be surprised if you get there and there is a line out the door. However, it is worth the wait, so just have a good time.
Here is a little histroy about the bar that is on their website.
" In the more than twenty years that Fast Eddie has owned Bon-Air, it has quadrupled in size going from 80 chairs (and a few beer cases) to over 400 chairs. And on the weekends, standing room becomes a premium commodity!
Each weekend features the best in live entertainment: Sable, Fantasy, and Soul Reunion, just to name a few. Until you’ve played Bon-Air, you haven’t played anywhere.
Fast Eddie’s Bon-Air is like no other. Over 4,000 half barrels of beer and thousands of cases of cans, bottles and liquor quench the thirst of our patrons every year. Some even say that Bon-Air is the #1 volume bar in the world!"
Favorite Dish: Peel and eat shrimp. WONDERFUL.
The food was just okay at best. It is served in a paper plate, and not all was even hot. I had the salsiccia sandwich which was good, but for $8, I have found better. Micky had a cod plate and it was grouper instead, and not that big for $10 lunch price. Beer was fine at $3.00 a pint.
The service was simply there and the main point of the place is to serve young crowd beers in the evening out in the patio playing bocca ball
Favorite Dish: None that comes to mind
The place got fame form the Man vs Food featuring the large portions recently. They make food for the day and when run out, that is it. They say they make 2,000 lbs weekday and 4,00 lbs weekends days. Full rib slab is $20, and 8 oz sandwiches are $8 without 2 sides and $11 with sides, and small is $6.38 without sides. Prices are not great given the paper plate and serve yourself style.
Favorite Dish: The pulled pork was what we had so I guess that was it-but not so great for the price. The size was 12 oz and two sides for $12.
The menu looked very appealing for all its items. Even though it is a franchise operation, it certainly feels like a locally owned business. The burgers come in about 15 different varieties, and the salads sounded great too.
Favorite Dish: The hamburger of 1/2 pound was one of the better I have experienced in a long time. It cost $10 for the combo of burger, fries and good salad.
People who visit Lambert's Cafe for the first time are invariably amazed at the generous portions served on each order. Also I was amazed and very funny to see the throwed rolls flying i all restaurant throwed for a young boy that brings many of them in a trolley,really it was a nice and funny show to see.
These generous servings along with our "THROWED ROLLS" have inspired many questions.Don't miss a visit here if you have the chance!.And be careful of your head! :-)
Favorite Dish: You can choose from a huge variety on its menu: Chicken,Vegetables,Pork,Beff,Fish,Pass around,desserts,drinks.
I had a huge and very nice steak with vegetables and I enjoyed it very much!
I'm so happy that you chose this restaurant, it was very nice!!! The lighting was just right and the service was awesome!!
Favorite Dish: I had the Salmon and he had a Steak.....both of our meals were great. The menu was somewhat limited but the entree's were varied.
Located on Delmar, in the U-City Loop (see other tip of mine on The Loop), this colorful, casual place has won some awards, locally. They really know how to make bubble tea and related drinks, both cold and hot. They have the machines that put the drink in a traditional, sealed cold drink container, with the colorful Japanese graphics. Fun!
My daughter loves this place and the drinks. I can appreciate her love of the graphics & the experience of having a bubble tea.Her favorite is Honeydew, with the BOBA balls, of course!
Not long ago, they added hot food to the menu. Update: I have tried the food! And it is very good. My friend and I agreed they give you too much to eat in one lunch. Next time, we may bring a third person & just order two dishes to share! Prices are reasonably low.
Went here just two days ago ....there was a surprisingly good crowd, for a very cold Saturday late afternoon. But we were fortunate to find a table. Great service, too, btw
Favorite Dish: They have many, many flavors to try, of hot and cold drinks. The food is Asian style and very informally served on styrofoam plates with plastic forks. I enjyed the vegetatian fried rice very much and would get it again, definitely.
I can't say enough good things about this upscale Asian restaurant. The service was prompt, friendly and extemely helpful. The decor was impressive and the food was amazing. And with prices that won't empty your wallet, this is the perfect place for lovers of Thai food.
Favorite Dish: Red, Green, or Yellow Curry. Tempura appetizer was excellent.
Located in central loft district on Washington Avenue, this restaurant offers exposed ductwork and sensational food. The menu ranges from Pacific Rim cuisine such as potstickers to incredibly fresh scallops and oysters on the half shell. To dine at a table you will usually need to make a reservation, although the enormous bar is open to all walk-ins. I was very impressed by their wine and beer selection. They had Pilsner Urquell on tap; a rarity in St. Louis. This modern fusion restaurant made for a great dining experience.
Favorite Dish: Humus platter
This restaurant is one I found when I went to the National Council of Mathematics Teachers Conference. I was there 3 nights and ate there for 3 nights. The portions were AMPLE and the service was nice and friendly. I spoke with the manager, Jim Costello, and found out that many visiting major league teams and professional boxers and athletes eat at Caleco's when they are in town. Friendly place, full of locals with a good bar. Their bread rolls are baked on the premises and the best I have ever had. The menu is varied and priced right. The steaks were reasonable for the portions served.
Favorite Dish: The St. Louis style pizza was good and typical. I liked the cajun pasta and the creamy sauce.
Where can you find the best dessert to have with good microbrew. The sticky toffee pudding rivals Roys famous hot chocolate souffle. Its more of a cake than pudding. The rest of the food is good too as is the stout.
In a city that is justly known for excellant Italian cuisine, Bar Italia stands out.
Its owned by brothers from Eritrea, a former Italian colony on the Horn of Africa. Opened originally by a well know St. Louis photographer with a very limited menu it was bought by the Eritrean duo who had begun as waiters there.
It moved a few years ago, going just about 100 yards down the street on Maryland Plaza in the fashionable Central West End into greatly expanded quarters.
The food, the ambience, the staff, and even the clientele are fabulous. Frequented by the literati, politicos, media types, reformed hippies grown rich, and everyone and anyone with good taste and a few dollars for a minor splurge.
There is a huge outdoor dining area and, if the weather is right, its a perfect perch for people watching.
The cuisine favors the cooking of Northern Italy and the menu is extensive. Waiters, or one of the brothers, will be happy to linger over a discussion of what might suit your tastes.
Forget your diet if you dine here and have dessert. The Diplomatico, a chocolate fantasy and the zabaglione are both to die for,
I've had many meals in Italy and this spot in St. Louis duplicates the Italian experience perfectly.
Favorite Dish: The veal stuffed tortellini in a cream sauce is excellent. The tiny stuffed pastas are almost light enough to float in the rich cream sauce. A cardiologist's nightmare but once (probably) won't kill you.
The cabresse salad with slices of beefsteak tomato and artisinal mozzarella owes its perfection to the ingredients. The dish is not served unless the tomatoes at the market meet the brother's high standards.
I love the Old Spaghetti Factory (even though it's a chain) - I love that they utilize historic buildings to house the restaurant. I love the "boudoir" chandeliers, and the streetcar dining section. I'm not sure what this building was originally, but the restaurant now resides on the lower level - you access it by way of the gorgeous wood staircase. For lunch on a Saturday, I walked right in with no wait at all. My waitress was lovely - as I was dining alone, she checked back often to make sure my iced tea was full and to ask if I wanted more bread. And the prices are great - a complete meal with salad, entree, hot fresh bread, spumoni ice cream, and iced tea came to $14, INCLUDING TIP!!
Favorite Dish: I always get the mizithra cheese in some form - this time I got the Potpourri, which is pasta with the restaurant's four most popular sauces - mizithra cheese, clam, marinara, and meat sauce. Yummy!
We had been a long time at the library and didn't see any place for lunch. Eventually, about 3, we stopped at a Jack in the Box. Bob doesn't like to eat in the car, so we went in
Favorite Dish: Bob got a hamburger and shake and I got a #3. The place turned out to be where a homeless black man was hanging out. He asked us for 99 cents to get a hamburger. Bob said he didn't have any money, but I gave him my french fries, which he ate.
This restaurant has been around for over ten years, but use to be called South City Diner & was next door to its new, much larger, location. I was sad to see the old one gone, with the funky decor and vintage furnishings. But the newer place, though slicker, retains the edge. The food, the servers and the decor attract youth, families and urban people. High chairs available. But no alcohol.
I love the record album covers and the original paintings on the walls. Very colorful conversation starters, as you try to remember which albums you know or used to have in your collection (we, who started on vinyl, show our age- who cares?). Appropriate American recorded music runs nonstop in the background, too. So does the hot coffee, ice water and new glasses of soda, if you ordered it, to begin with. Great service here; gotta love the servers;-) My photo shows part of the interior, of the non smoking area, which is the larger portion of the place. The smoking area is at the back. Same counter with old-fashion American soda fountain stools. Also, in good weather, a concrete patio is open along the side street.
I ate here two days in a row in November!
Favorite Dish: I love that you can get a hot breakfast here any time they are open, and they're open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. The other days of the week, they open early and stay open until 11 p.m., I think.
French Fries are only one dollar more with a sandwich purchase, and they are real good ones. The Eggplant Parmesean is very good, like homemade.
Anything on the menu is bound to be good. And the portions are large. Ask you friendly server for suggestions, if you wish. You can eat for $10 or more, depending on what you get. Breakfast pancakes, and a few other meals, will be much less then ten.
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