The brisket sandwich at Winslow's Home is a triumph of a patience: Patience for the slow cooking of the meat, which renders the tricky cut tender and flavorful. Patience to try again when you arrive after the sandwich has sold out. Patience, when you are able to order it, to wait as the kitchen makes its way through the lunch rush at this wildly popular restaurant and general store.
The wait is worth it: The brisket is piled high on rye bread that actually tastes like rye, the meat accented by melted brie and horseradish mayo. The only time when patience fails? Savoring it. Several bites and then, suddenly, I have to be patient again, waiting for my next visit.
7213 Delmar Boulevard, University City
I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.
#89: Paletas at La Vallesana 2
#90: Spaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's Spaghetteria
#91: The Michael burger at Michael's Bar & Grill
#92: Fried egg and ham toastie at the Schlafly Tap Room
#93: Bavarian chips with Welsh rarebit at Dressel's
#94: Onion soup at Brasserie by Niche
#95: Baby-back ribs at 17th Street Bar & Grill
#96: Kingshighway burger at the Royale
#97: Gyro sandwich at South Grand Gyro Express
#98: Carne asada tacos at El Paisano (Watson Road)
#99: Pretzel bites at Joey B's on the Hill
#100: Hot and sour soup at Shu Feng Restaurant