Courtesy Diner Kingshighway Revisted

Posted: October 11, 2011 in slinger, STL: Southwest Garden
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Welcome back.

A friend of mine from out of town, Kalamzoo, MI to be exact, wanted to try her first slinger. She’d seen me eat a couple and she was finally ready to throw down.

Well, I had to think where could I take her that I knew would have a good slinger? Well, my first thought was to hit up The Buttery Restaurant..because it was good and I’ve just been wanting to get back there for quite awhile. Well, it turned out they were closed, so we ended up on the other side of Tower Grove Park to go to the Courtesy Diner Kingshighway, and it got me thinking about the time I did a quick update on the Chris’s Pancake House slinger…and how it had gotten pretty awful since I’d last had one.

I figured, I needed to snap a picture and check the quality of the Kingshighway location. For the most part, the Hampton location is my recreational slinger of choice, but that may be due in large part to the issues I had in my first trip. I have been back a couple times and didn’t have anything like that surface again.

In the morning light...

Taking a look at this slinger again…it was pure slinger gold at 7am that day. We were sober and not hungover…and this may have been the earliest I’ve ever eaten a slinger.

Just like before, I took my slinger scrambled, with cheese, onions, and jalapeno peppers. It’s not as good as Big Ed’s Chili Mac, but this very well may be the second best slinger currently available in St. Louis, and their best asset is that they are open 24 hours a day.

Here’s what Kat, had to say…

As a native Michigander, I’d never heard of a slinger. I didn’t even get introduced to the idea of it until two years ago. I was weirded out by all those things piled together on one plate. It just didn’t seem like it could work.

I was proven wrong during a weekend visit to STL in late-August. Courtesy Diner was the culprit. And I’m not just talking, “oh it was ok.” No. This thing was AWESOME. I’ve lived in cities such as Detroit, Philly, and Chicago–I’m obviously familiar with “good food.”

And this was good. Even the presentation on the plate was pleasant.

I had my very first slinger with hash browns, scrambled eggs, sausage, chili, cheese, jalapeños, and light on the onions. Everything was layered nicely to preserve texture and color. The crunch of the hash browns, peppers and onions merged nicely with the softness of the chili, egg, and cheese. The sausage was slightly spicy, and the chili was good enough to be a meal in itself. The sweetness of the onion made for a nice contrast.

I was happy that it wasn’t overly greasy, which was something I’d been wary of. The jalapeños gave it a nice kick to finish it off on top. And since I love spicy foods, a dash or two of hot sauce was just what was needed to complete the dish.

My only regret is that I didn’t have enough room for another one!

So, in conclusion, The Courtesy Diner still continues to churn out great slingers, and that’s a large part of why I chose to take two sets of slinger newbies from out of town to the Courtesy on Kingshighway and why I chose to be on television at the Courtesy Diner on Hampton.

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