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Stanton, MO area -- good lunch place?

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My husband and I are going to be in the Stanton, Missouri area this weekend, We will be traveling down I-44 from St. Louis and I was wondering (and I'm sure it's a long stretch) if there are any places around that area to get a good lunch.

We love random, odd, hole-in-the-wall type places. I'm thinking there probably aren't too many places -- but you never know and I've gotten such great advice on this board before.

We are just taking a little - let's get out of the city drive -- so I don't mind if a rec is a little out of the way. Also we'll eat absolutely anything.

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  1. Don't know about the Stanton area. If you were going further, I would recommend the Caveman Barbeque in Richland or Alex's Pizza House in Rolla.

    So, I will suggest that you stop in Valley Park on the way back to St. Louis for some frozen custard at Fritz's. I like their custard more than Ted Drewes.

    Valley Park also has j.j. twigs, a pizza place that has very nice pizza.

    1. Lewis Cafe in St. Clair is pretty good. Down home for sure. You might want to call and check their hours.
      A place that I want to try in Sullivan is Elements Bistro Coffee Bar & Bakery -
      http://sullivanjournal.com/index.php?...

      1. Yeah, we probably weren't going to go any further South or West then Stanton. We were looking more for an odd truck stop that has a secret fabulous sandwich.

        1. If I remember correctly, Stanton lies between St. Clair and Sullivan. I believe either of these towns would give you a better selection.

          1. Thanks for the advice. I've only recently moved to the St. Louis and haven't gotten out of the city much.

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            1. re: tmontauk

              We drove down to Cuba today and decided to stop in St Clair coming back for lunch at Lewis Cafe. It was really good. They raise their own black angus cattle for their beef and obtain their pork locally as well. We had hamburgers. They grind their own hamburger and were very tasty. DH had the hand breaded onion rings and I had the homemade potato salad. Chunks of potato were not over cooked and dressed in slightly sweet mayo based dressing. They serve breakfast all day and make their own sausage. My husband also had the chili and that was mild but had a great flavor and not overpowered by the tomato. They also have steaks and all kinds of sandwiches, pork tenderloin, and ham steak was the special. Very often places claim home made pies but these truly were. The crust was crisp and flakey and everything it should be. I got a piece of chocolate cream to take home. The chocolate pudding tasted like chocolate and the meringue top was good. Prices were very reasonable -our whole lunch with beverages was under $20.00. Service was were efficient and friendly. I would highly recommend this place.
              Our second stop in St. Clair was at Judy's Malt shop. Another winner. DH had a chocolate malt and loved it. They also had a sign for BBQ pork steaks and ribs on Sat.

            2. Ooh! I wish you had posted that earlier. That place sounds great. We ended up having 2nd rate bar food in Washington, MO.