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Off on another trek to get another slinger at another diner in the City of St. Louis. This time we returned to a place where we’d had a slinger fail: Ed’s Chili Mac’s Diner.

This time, with my paternity leave going, we knew they’d be open and I’d be able to get a slinger.

What makes this diner special is that it’s a former OT Hodge Chili Parlor location. They also have about thirty different dishes that feature their chili. At this point I really began to hope that their chili was good. A good slinger must have good chili. This is truth.



I see that we meet again.

Alrighty then! So, I’m really stupid late on this particular post.  For that I apologize greatly, but better late than never.  Also, we’re going to use stock photos from the first visit to The U when I got their slinger burger.

So let’s get down to it I suppose.  This weekend, we were going to be doing a lot of stuff around the house, and then I was headed to a soccer game.  I think what ended up happening was I got upset about something, and my wife being the wonderful woman that she is, decided to say; let’s got get breakfast, do you want a slinger?  Well, in this day and age of the slinger hunt, I kind of need to plan ahead.  If you just spring it on me I don’t know where to go! So, I blurted out, The U.


Here we are.

Good morning! Welcome back to the show that never ends, but does seem to take long breaks these days.  Sorry!! Well, I have some good reasons…most of which being that my life is changing and getting far more hectic far more quickly than I expected.  I’m also hard at work on the Floodplain Footy, and school and home stuff of course, however, do you really care all the goofy stuff?

Probably not, so without further preamble, let’s get to the next preamble. So, whenever I ask anyone about where to get a slinger at a dinery/divey place in St. Louis City, someone always returns with: Tiffany Diner in Maplewood, because, Nik/Bat/13 it’s just RIGHT outside the City you can count it as the City.


We made it!

Here we go again! Off on another slinger trip.  As seeming regular now, this trip for the next great slinger in St. Louis City started off with failures.  First we headed downtown to the Missouri Grille…fail…they weren’t open yet.

Then off to Jack Patrick’s. weren’t open yet either.  So, we turned the car and headed to North St. Louis City and the Penrose Neighborhood to try again at the Goody Goody Diner.  See, the problem this time was that we left too early.  Normally, we leave too late.  The wives were working on the Garage Sale, and we went out for slingers instead.  (I did help quite a bit pre-sale and post slinger. Hell I could write a whole entry on just carrying stuff to the car!) However…none of this has anything to do with the Wilbur.


A couple of weeks back, after my wife and I had been out to a fish fry at St. Pius, we had gone out and were having a nice time, she says to me, are you hungry?  Well, I wasn’t starving but I surely could eat.  So she wants to know if I’d like to go get a slinger.  We then had a brief discussion about going right then, or going in the morning.  Was it going to be Hammerstones or City Diner?  At Diner, I could get the slinger right then, if Hammerstones, it’d have to be the next morning, and we’d have had to get up early!

So I chose The City Diner on South Grand Ave.

We used to eat there once or twice a week, but after time we started branching out and moving into new places and didn’t make it back to our diner so much anymore.  That’s too bad, because it was kind of a special place for us. A close friend of the family even has three or four of his paintings on the walls there.  The Elvis, the Marylin, and the Frankenstein are all Demetrie’s.  There’s also a picture of Marylin coming out of the pool on the roof. Seeing those always makes us think of him.


So, as we set out on what was to become the The 13th Slinger Review for the 13 Blog, I reflected a little bit as to where this silly blog has gone. I’m really proud of where we’re headed here and I want to thank all of my loyal readers, who seem to be growing. I wanted this day to be special. So, we headed towards the Goody Goody Diner in North St. Louis City…but as you can plainly see…that wasn’t to be the case.  They closed at 2pm, which is when we arrived….

So, after a nice self guided tour of North St. Louis, we ended up at the Courtesy Diner on Hampton Ave.


This past Saturday, I chose to make my return to a little sandwich shop in Midtown St. Louis called The U.  It had been a very long time since I’d been there and now they’re serving breakfast.  When you serve breakfast in St. Louis, you’d better have a slinger.  So, with a faithful friend we headed out to run some errands and then get our slinger on…however what awaited us was an interesting experience….

Now, as you can guess by the title, this is not a normal slinger review because we didn’t get a normal slinger.  Being as we weren’t eating slingers, I’m considering this a slinger variant and cannot put it in the series searching for the perfect one.  However, I’ll be headed back very soon to try their regular slinger….


Today my companion and I went on our next diner jaunt, The White Knight Diner on 18th and Locust. Let me preface this entry with a short story. I was telling the story of how this little blog got started to Christine, the owner of the Riverside Cafe, on Tuesday when we were enjoying the bar side of her establishment. It started with a joke. My soon to be father in law and I mentioned, as we drove past the White Knight, that we should eat there. My fiancee and her mother were not having it. So, I side, ok fine, you and me, we’re going on Saturday, but when we got there, it was closed, so we went to The Hoagie Diner instead, and the blog was started as an anecdote in a Facebook blog entry.


So, this morning, my faithful diner companion and I went off on our next adventure. I, searching for the next great slinger, and he, enjoying my company. We decided to head deep into the the heart of South St. Louis today at The Buttery Restaurant. Located on Grand Blvd in the neighborhood of Gravois Park, the Buttery has been located there next to the Blockbuster Video for as long as I can remember.

This place is very quaint, and very much like a diner of old.  I was expecting Mel and Flo to be working there, except we were there during the day.  I hadn’t been there in quite a few years.  I remember my mother, her then fiance and I made a trip to the Buttery once very, very late at  night.  I do not recommend this, unless things have changed since 1993.



With my future father in law, though not so future now, in tow, I headed out on our next diner adventure. Being as the fiancee’s bridal shower was today, and was being held at his house, he decided it would be a great day for us to head out to a diner. He chose Billie’s Fine Foods. He’d been there before and it seemed like a very good idea. I really need to learn to stop letting him pick where we eat.