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Nov 15, 2006 08:57 PM

Best hamburgers in Missouri?

I'm looking for a laundry list of great burgers anywhere in the state of Missouri.

Some of the places I could think of off of the top of my head:

Booche's- Columbia
Westport Flea Market- KC
Blueberry Hill- STL

Please tell us about your favorites and any other good sides they might have.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Hands down... L.C.'s Hamburgers, Kansas City... if you'll notice, they made it on my "My Chow" page!!

    I keep wanting to try Town Topic, but haven't made it yet... it looks like a great greasy spoon!

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      I finally tried Town Topic today... very good, loved the whole experience! How many places do you actually eat at a counter still?! Had the double cheeseburger and onion rings... the burger reminds me a little bit of BoBo's (in Topeka, KS) which if you are keeping track, has the best onion rings in the Midwest! Can't believe they've been open since 1937! I still like L.C.'s better, but Town Topic is pretty darn good too.

    2. In St. Louis, O'Connell's or Seamus McDaniels.

      1. In St. Louis, in no particular order:
        The Pitted Olive, O'Connells', Tucker's, Seamus McDaniels, Carl's Drive-In, Schlafly Bottleworks, and Scottish Arms. Blueberry Hill, as already mentioned, is pretty famous for theirs. I believe I had a good burger at Tin Can too.

        TPO is the gourmet burger experience, while Carl's is low budget end. Decidedly different presentations but both are excellent. The Bottleworks has a good buffalo burger and The Scottish Arms a lamb burger. The other three are bar burgers; big and best served with a pile of fries. At TPO, I would get the soup of the day as the side or possibly the pasta salad. I'm sure I'm forgeting some others.

        1. In Columbia,

          Booche's for bar burger, slider style.
          Murry's for a darn good burger-$6
          Ernie's for the Anderson; medium, american cheese, grilled onions, California style.
          Bull Pen for the Bullburger; it's a monster.

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          1. re: steveb

            The Bull Pen is closed.

            I know Booche's is the hometown favorite, and they are kind of addictive (although I eat them about once every two years, it's just that the specific craving just crops up sometimes!). However, I always preferred the burgers at the neighboring Billiards, where you could also get fries.

            I was very sad when Billiards closed until I learned that the owners of the soon-to-be open Billiards on Broadway knew the owners of Billiards and will be making the same burgers when they open!

          2. I love Blueberry Hill's burger - especially if you get it with the cheddar cheese. I don't know if this is a Midwest or St. Louis thing, but the cheddar used is really actually a cheddar cheese spread (like the kind that comes out of a jar.) Totally disgustingly awesomely unique to Blue Hill as far as I can tell.

            Also, they have hickory burgers which are also quite good.

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            1. re: selizara

              McCoy's Public House (Kansas City) has a burger with a cheddar cheese spread... it's totally faux-tasting, but still good! (Am I totally outing myself as a cheeseburger hound?!?)

              1. re: Katie Nell

                Tucker's in St. Louis does the scoop of cheese spread thing too.

              2. re: selizara

                to my knowledge, the fatted calf in clayton missouri is the original institution of that chedder cheese spread similar to win schullers bar czheese (or however I spell that).

                It is good, and the fatted calf burgers aren't bad as a result.

                My favorite burgers are:

                Deaver's - North St. Louis county of all places for a bar style. They're seasoned incredibly well including some Worchestershire Sauce and are grilled to perfection.

                The Bill's Burgermeister burger at the Frontenac Cardwell's is also pretty good.