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Brains in St. Louis?

Dulcie Mainwaring Jun 19, 2009 05:51 PM

Can you still get fried brains sandwiches in St. Louis? Or in Missouri for that matter?

Dulcie Mainwaring

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    lemons Jun 20, 2009 07:55 AM

    Difficult after the mad cow scare. Most of the old taverns in South City that used to serve them have given it up. But seems like I heard about a year ago that someone had them, at least intermittently.

    For the unfamiliar: The brains are breaded and deep-fried. Bland flavor, usually quite tender.

    1. maria lorraine Jun 24, 2009 09:25 PM

      But get the postcard. Brains 25¢. it's a classic.

      1. KansasTravel Jun 25, 2009 05:58 AM

        I did a serious serch a few years ago. Every place that used to have them said they had all dstopped due to Mad Cow.

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        1. re: KansasTravel
          maria lorraine Jun 25, 2009 01:45 PM

          St. Louis dining establishments stopped serving brains long before Mad Cow. I'd say it was mid-80s when you could no longer get them in St. Louis. They were simply considered declassé, not dangerous or illness-causing.

          I recall -- from long ago --scrambled eggs and brains and fried brain sandwiches.
          The brains that were served with the scrambled eggs tasted like mild chicken sausage. Never had a brains sandwich, though. As kids and even as adults
          we would joke about getting 'brains" all the time.

          Is the giant Brains 25¢ billboard/mural still somewhere on the south side?
          It's on the side of a building somewhere, or it used to be.

          Update: Here are images of that and what's there now:

          Here's a link that talks about brain sandwiches. Alton Brown found them
          in Evansville.

          1. re: maria lorraine
            Davydd Jun 25, 2009 03:31 PM

            Rick Sebak's 2002 PBS show "Sandwiches That You Will Like" re-aired just last night in the Twin Cities on public television so it has been more recent than the 80s.. It featured a St. Louis restaurant's brain sandwich along with snoots, ears and rib tips. The website does not specifically name the restaurant and I wasn't paying that close attention. :(


            The show is airing again Saturday in Minneapolis/St. Paul at 3:00 PM.

            1. re: Davydd
              maria lorraine Jun 25, 2009 05:40 PM

              From your link above, Davydd, I found that the snoots, ears and rib tips resto was C&K Barbecue in St. Louis. But no mention of brain sandwiches anywhere in the write-ups of C&K.

              But then...then...Success!
              I googled Rick Sebak "Sandwiches That You Will Like"
              and Wikipedia lists the sandwiches.
              Voila -- there it is -- a fried brain sandwich at Ferguson's Pub!

              Here's a writeup:
              "Ferguson’s – Fried Brain Sandwich
              "But what’s a little different from the average place down the block is the menu of this Mt. Pleasant neighborhood tavern, which features...yes, a brain sandwich ($4.75). The kitchen’s open seven days a week, shutting down at 9 p.m. The bar, obviously, stays open for a later last-call.'

              Photos here:

              Dulcie, your answer was actually here on Chowhound all along
              in a previous thread on this very thing:
              "fried-brain sandwiches - a St. Louis thing?'

              Ferguson’s Pub
              2925 Mt. Pleasant
              St. Louis, MO

              So, you're all set now, Dulcie. Try a fried brain sandwich and report back.

              And, by the way, scrambled eggs and brains dish that I had? Well, the brains looked exactly like scrambled eggs too, but gray ones! Perfectly mild, just fine.
              After I ate them, I felt really smart.

              1. re: maria lorraine
                Davydd Jun 26, 2009 07:48 AM

                So few brains served. So many cows slaughtered for steaks and burgers. Makes you wonder where all those cow brains go.

                1. re: Davydd
                  hill food Nov 5, 2009 01:57 PM

                  ya don't want to know - really.

                  I'm fairly sure the Brains 25 sign was near South Grand and the Pevely Dairy plant or Chouteau (and also fairly sure it's long gone)

                  1. re: hill food
                    maria lorraine Nov 5, 2009 04:52 PM

                    See post above on the Brains 25 cents sign and what's there now.

                    Edited to add:
                    Here's the link again. I just checked it.

                    1. re: maria lorraine
                      hill food Nov 5, 2009 09:39 PM


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          par38lamp Nov 5, 2009 08:11 PM

          As of about 3 months ago, Schottzie's @ 11428 Concord Village Avenue still had brain sandwiches, and their menu still lists them as of 5-Nov. www.schottzies.com

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            srvfan Dec 17, 2011 09:59 AM

            I know that growing up, my grandparents lived near Gravois right by Federhofer's Bakery. I remember if you turned onto Gravois going towards the direction of Grant's Farm, there was a place on the right (possibly near Kentucky Fried Chicken, that was either an old tavern or an old restaurant. I remember when I was old enough to read, I was totally grossed out and remember talking to my grandpa and mother about this and they would both tell me how they used to love brains and eggs or a brain sandwich. This disgusted me greatly. It does bring back memories though of the 1970's and early 1980's. I wished I could go back and visit those times for a while now and bring our kids. It's funny because my father was from Texas and growing up here, people thought I was crazy talking about eating brains, although they would eat calf fries! If anyone remembers the place I am talking about, please write in and tell me the name of the place. I think it even had a business sign stating they sold brains! Thanks for the memories!

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