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The veritable institution.

Well, well, well.  Here we are again.  Once again, this is an establishment that I have been to in the past, and like last time, it’s been a very long time.  Once when I lived in the county I ate at this place, because the location in South County (now closed) wasn’t open late one night, so we headed to the Kingshighway location.

I wasn’t too impressed to be honest.  However, this was pre-slinger quest, this was pre-St. Louis City return, and pre a whole hell of a lot of other things.  I’d also heard tale that at Uncle Bills, they didn’t use hash browns, but breakfast potatoes, so that kept me from finally venturing out this way.  At last however, we made it out there.  I think from now on, I’m not going to see what ingredients they use before I go.  If it says slinger, I’m going to eat it eventually, because I think my preconceived notions are tainting things.

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Another Friday and it’s time for another Fish Fry.  This week my companions and I chose to go to St. Joan of Arc’s School on Hampton and Pernod in the Northampton neighborhood.  I hope my epic failure at St. Gabriel’s isn’t on too many people’s minds….but it was on my mind.  So I decided to be a bit smarter on this topic this time.

We looked up where it was, and thankfully my wife knew where the hell we were going, which is great, because I did not!  She told me that we passed it all the time on Hampton.  She was sure of this.  I realized she was right when we were leaving as we did pass it every time we go to Long John Silvers for fish…yeah..I like fish…a lot…. So, this particular church was chosen during a discussion at the forums on stltoday.com because I was told that here, during their fish fry there’s free beer….

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The fiancee and I had decided to stay at home, watch the Cards, Blues, and Tigers on the TV. I was going to burn down the remote control. She sends me a text on my way home, saying, we’re going out tonight, and you’re buying. Hooray. (At least I got a refund check to offset this cost.)

As we’re on our way to Barney’s Pub on Chippewa, we decide to stop at Joe Bush’s Pizza and Pub. This was a great idea. It’s nestled in the plaza that has sprung up on the ashes of the old Famous Barr Building. It’s a cute little pub. It’s not a dive bar at all, but a sports bar. They had TV’s everywhere. So I could simultaneously watch all three games! Spectacular.

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I really enjoyed the place. The patrons were rambunctious as all of our teams crapped the bed. Oh well. I ordered my customary Bourbon and Coke and fiancee ordered up some chicken stuffed nachos. Well I had absolutely no idea what those where.
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Yeah, that’s about right. We also had a BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza.
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Very tasty, though let me say, the bacon was extraneous. There was absolutely no need for that bacon…it seem like it was just hucked on there at the last minute.

While we were digging into the pizza, I asked our server (who looked frighteningly familiar and it drove me nuts all night), for a tall bourbon and coke. She, after a pretty long time, came back with a tall bourbon and coke, or so I thought…it was a double tall bourbon and coke…whoops! She apologize and took the blame for the mistake. I wasn’t worried about it and stopped thinking about it.
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As we were getting ready to leave, the server came back with the tab and another double tall bourbon and coke. She said, this one’s on the house for my mistake earlier. Personally, I had totally forgotten about that, and wasn’t even going to think about it or not tip her as well. (A lesson to servers everywhere, just suck it up and say you forgot, or it was your fault…I’ll totally forgive that every time.) I handed the keys over at this point….
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So I was really enjoying this, and fiancee took a taste, we both agreed that it was really good, and I asked the server what the bourbon was…Jim Beam…she then said incredulously..that’s our WELL bourbon! (What she didn’t mention is that well drinks were $4.)

So, all in all, check this place out and have a pizza, catch a game, and just live it up.