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Nov 15, 2009 03:06 PM

Staying 1 night in east St. Louis, looking for a good meal

Next weekend I'm doing a road trip from Asheville, NC to Lincoln, NE. After our first day of driving, we'll be around the St. Louis area. I'd love to eat something delicious that is (somewhat) close to to highway 64. Any ideas? We love all kinds of food, and really appreciate any ideas you might have. Nothing too fancy, since we might look a little rough from 9-10hrs. in the car.

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  1. A few miles south of I-64 is the Roemer Topf, a nice German restaurant. I like the food and I like the fact that they do not put a lot of kitsch on the walls like cuckoo clocks.

    They are in a golf course clubhouse. In Mascoutah IL.

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    1. re: Doug

      Thanks, Doug! What a perfect location. My boyfriend is vegetarian, but I see they actually have a few options for him. We'll probably be doing this drive every year, so it will be nice to have an alternative to all the fast food around all the exits. I appreciate it!

    2. A great breakfast/luncj/dinner spot is in New Baden, IL right off I-64 about a mile or so east right in town. New Baden is roughly 30 miles east of St. Louis. and 1 exit before the Mascoutah exit where Roemer Topf is located. The place is called Good Ol' Days and their breakfast is great. My fav is the one of the Crock's...Biscuits covered with American Fries in a stoneware bowl covered w/ eggs, cheese, and gravy..Mmmm..a belly buster.
      Here's their link:

      Good Ol' Days
      5 E Hanover St, New Baden, IL 62265

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      1. re: DetectDave

        Sweet. How exciting!! I LOVE a good breakfast place. Thank you thank you!

      2. I've had several good meals at Lottawatta Creek Restaurant ... just off I-64:


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        1. re: rainsux

          We like Lottawatta alot also. Love the fried mushrooms and onion rings. Steaks are good and the portions will knock you out.


          1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

            I'm weighing in to on Lottawatta as being good as well. Texas Nachos are huge. Cajun chicken sandwich is my fav.

        2. Might be a little out of your way, but the place I would suggest is another German restaurant, Dreamland Palace in Waterloo, IL (Foster Pond, IL). I am a vegan and I know that the vegetable soup and most of the items on their salad bar are vegan. The things that are not are suitable for a vegetarian. Entree wise I would go with the potato pancakes for your boyfriend, which are vegetarian without the gravy. They contain eggs. For you I would try the weinerschnitzel. It is my husband's favorite and I have to say that it looks very good! Nice atmosphere and the owners are wonderful people. It is our favorite place and we had our wedding reception there in July. Our first date was there, too, come to think of it. Their website is Hope that helps!
          3043 State Route 156
          Waterloo, IL 62298-6303
          (618) 939-9922

          Dreamland Palace Ltd
          3043 State Route 156, Waterloo, IL 62298

          1. I do hope you used the preposition wrong and meant East OF STL not actually in ESTL.

            few places in the area will care about your road-weary situation - harder to find them than to avoid them.