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The Range

On a Friday evening that saw the Four Hands Brewery opening up for their soft opening, we ended up at Bailey’s Range. When we arrived at the Four Hands, we were informed that they had been out of Four Hands beer for over an hour. Well, we were disappointed but then we decided to hit up the Range.

Bob had told me that at the new Bailey’s restaurant was serving a slinger burger, and well I just had to try it. That was also kind of nice since we struck out on new local beer, I was happy to go to  the Range because it has 29 taps of local beers and I’ve not tried the vast majority of those beers.

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The Famous...

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.

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Let’s eat.

Back in the saddle. Well, here we are again. This past holiday weekend we made it out to try another slinger.  I’d been told a few times that I needed to try the Rooster Slinger, so we head out to give it a try.

I have to say that I really wasn’t too enthused about trying it.  This is another of what I’m now calling “duty slingers,” or perhaps “idiom” slinger is a better term?  Either way, it wasn’t  a traditional St. Louis slinger, but that no longer stops me from trying them out.  It seems like every so often I have to widen my slinger search to include things I wouldn’t have last year.

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The place.

So, again and again. We’re off on another slinger adventure.  As what seems to be pretty normal these days, this trip was a comedy of errors.  Meh, whatever man, we had a fun morning.

So, we decided we were heading to the Schlafly Tap Room for the Schalfly Slinger.  We get in, and we sit down at our table, order up a couple beers…hey Johnny Cash had beer with his breakfasts…and we looked over the menu, and we didn’t see any breakfast stuff to speak of….so our waitress comes over and apparently the slinger is at the Bottleworks in Maplewood, or they don’t have it anymore…either way…we were out of luck here.

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Let me start off this entry with a quick story.  As my local readers know, yesterday was really slick and nasty and snowy in the morning.  So, after I woke up I saw that I had a text from my wife asking if we were still planning on going out.  Well, I really wanted my slinger, so we were.  Well, it was slick, and this morning, we were set up for some serious issues.

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So, I was planning on making this entry tomorrow.  I figured after last night that I’d be sleeping way in today and wouldn’t have time.  It’s 8:45am and the rest of my wedding party doesn’t arrive at the house till 1pm.  I don’t have to start getting ready until 12pm…but I woke up at like 7am today…so…I’m full of nervous energy, so here we go.  Let’s relive last night shall we!

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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.

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Do Not Drink At Lumiere Casino!

Posted: October 1, 2009 in STL: Downtown

Well, here we are.  This is the first post in the long line of forthcoming posts about bars and restaurants I like.  that’ll be the main theme of this joint.  I finally decided on a direction.  Let’s get right to it!

About two weeks ago, after getting home from class on a Wednesday night, the fiancee says to me, I wanna go out.  OK, sounds good to me, but I don’t wanna go throw nickels. (Our slang for playing nickel poker.)  What do you want to do then, she asks.  Well, what I’d really like to do, is sit in front of a bar, with a nice bourbon on the rocks.  I then ask her if there’s a place nearby, that has the  bar games she really likes where I can drink and we can play Card Bandits or something.

Then I think, is it really different playing that instead of poker?  I can get bourbon at Lumiere Place. So off we go!

Now, this is what I was looking for:

This right here, is a Knob Creek Bourbon on the rocks. I purchased it at Parkside Lounge on South Grand. This drink cost me $5 including a tip. It has two ingredients, ice and bourbon. This is a great drink. 8 oz glass, 4 or 5 ice cubes. Perfect, it’s all full up. The same at J.Bucks and Jack Patricks, both downtown as well.

Now, we pull out $60 from the ATM on the way down, $20 each for playing nickel poker, and $20 for drinkin’ money. Not bad…not bad. So, we have a plan in mind, and we’re ready to do this. We get in, walk up to the fellow at the Aqua Bar (Lumiere is so pretentious that their bars are named stupid things.), and I ask him for a Makers Mark on the rocks. (Look at the photo again of what it SHOULD look like.) He comes back with a glass that’s got three ice cubes and a small filling of bourbon. Just over the ice. Now at Ameristar and Harrahs and such, yes they pour small ‘on the rocks’ drinks, but this was ridiculous.

So, I asked the fellow, how much is just a shot? He says $4.75, I gave you a 1 oz shot.

Hang on.

He then says, I can give you a double, but you’d have to pay again.

Hang on.

He then goes on to explain to me that a house shot at Lumiere is only one ounce….

A shot is 1 and a half oz.

A drink on the rocks is not a shot over ice.

This cost me $6 with tip?!

So, the moral of the story, don’t drink at Lumiere Place. Let me say, I did win $120 on nickel poker that night, so I won in the end!

**Note**
This is the first in the continuing series in search of St. Louis’ best Slinger. I chose to move it to my current blog in order for all three to be in the same place. This particular entry is an abbreviated piece of a larger blog, before this became a continuing series.

So we head out to the White Knight Sandwich Shop on 18th and Locust.

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