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Aug 23, 2007 04:01 PM

Lunch Before a Cards Game

Have not been in St. Louis for about 20 years, since I got out of WashU. I will be in town for a few days in Sept., and I plan on going to a day game, and I was wondering if there are any places for a good lunch before the game. Thanks.

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  1. Please help out by telling what you're looking for: What neighborhoods will work for you? Do you want plain or fancy? Are you feeding a family with young kids? Etc. There are lots of places to get a good lunch, from an Amighetti's special sandwich on The Hill to O'Connell's to a more substantial lunch in the Loop or the West End.

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    1. re: alan

      Plain or fancy is ok. I am staying at the Chase, but I was looking for something within walking distance of the ballpark. I am going to pick up an Amighettis special on my way in from the airport.

      1. re: littlestevie

        Personally I would blow off the Ami special and go to

        Their Benton Park blows Ami's special away. Not to mention the awesome Italian beef and Mufalletta sandwiches. Right down the street behind Hodaks.


        1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

          Agree with FOTD -- group of us visited Blues City Deli after a round of golf. Big, fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, very customer-friendly service. Went out of their way to make sure everyone got exactly what they wanted the way they wanted it.

    2. Try Anthony's Bar: it's cool and close to the stadium (corner of Broadway and Chestnut, I think. you can see the stadium from the window). I like the 1970's atmosphere.

      If you eat at the ballpark it will cost you a ton and everything is pretty mediocre.. Good idea to get lunch beforehand.

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      1. re: jberendzen

        I agree with that but if you do require a "snack" - I think the best one is to find a stand that sells "garlic fries" They are a huge serving of french fries (at least 2x a large order for about the same price) covered and tossed with olive oil and minced garlic and salt. They are great and they smell fantastic. I worked a concession stand as a fundraiser and they were the best value for sure and the ONLY thing I'd spend money on at the ball park.

        1. re: jberendzen

          I have heard great things about the burgers and sandwiches at Anthony's Bar. Yes, heard about... They are absolutely swamped before day games. Before any game. Do they take reservations? Can you get there and line up before they open?

        2. My vote goes to The Clark Street Grill, which is across the street from the Stadium in the Westin Hotel. The Metrolink stop is right there.

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          1. re: Doug

            Thanks for the suggestions, it looks like both will fit the bill. As an aside did anybody see FN feasting on A. I never knew StL was a donut center. Anyway are any of the places any good. Alton went to donut drive-in, worlds fair donuts, and st. louis hills donuts. I don't know If I should get a donut early, go to the cards game, and then wash it down with a concrete.

            1. re: littlestevie

              I like Donut drive in the best (and it's basically across the street from Ted Drewes.) St. Louis Hills Donuts is "ok." I've never been to Worlds Fair but they do a booming business.

              Donut drive in supplies lots of churches with their "donut Sunday" supplies and have for years. It's not very healthy but we visit there for long johns after we go to the pediatrician :o)

              1. re: lrstl

                Cool, I thought from the map on the box of donuts that they were close by each other. I can kill two birds with one stone as it were, hopefully without blowing out my cardiac arteries.

              2. re: littlestevie

                Clark street grill second here. I had some amazing donuts the other day on the recomendation of a cop friend. The store is one block
                East or Soulard- really just over broadway. They were amazing and very non-greasy;they do not put tissue under the donuts and the boxes do not get greasy. Personally I would skip worlds fair Ds.

              1. re: drgnflychic

                Gosh I better look at the stl boards closer. I was just thinking of McGurks down in Soulard, I guess I have lots more eating options than 20 years ago. Luckily a little more pocket change as well.

              2. Within an easy walk of Busch Stadium you can get to Charlie Gittos for Italian (207 N. 6th) or Dooley's (308 N. 8th) for burgers. I also like Anthony's. You can go to to search for St. Louis restaurants by neighborhood.

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