#69: Bill's "Burger Meister Burger" at Cardwell's at the Plaza

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Bill's "Burger Meister Burger" at Cardwell's at the Plaza - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • Bill's "Burger Meister Burger" at Cardwell's at the Plaza
Bill's "Burger Meister Burger" -- the quotes are the restaurant's own -- is an exaggerated name for what is essentially a bacon cheeseburger. The exaggeration is fitting, though, because this takes what makes pretty much any bacon cheeseburger so great one step farther.

The bacon is applewood-smoked -- not so unusual these days, but this burger has been a Cardwell's fixture for years -- and there is both cheddar cheese and very strong Amish blue cheese. Instead of ordinary ketchup, there is a tangy, lightly sweet tomato relish. Unlike so many of the monster burgers that plague fast-food and other chain restaurants, the toppings work to support, not overwhelm the burger itself, which is flavorful and juicy.

Could you call it a meister-piece? You could. I wouldn't want to be responsible for a pun like that.

Cardwell's at the Plaza
1701 South Lindbergh Road (Plaza Frontenac), Frontenac
314-997-8885
$10.75

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.

Previously:

#70: Sake (salmon) nigiri sushi at Nobu's Japanese Restaurant

#71: Massaman curry at Simply Thai
#72: The lunch buffet at Mayuri
#73: Fried chicken (spicy) at Porter's Fried Chicken
#74: Arancini at Lorenzo's Trattoria
#75: Meat shawarma at The Vine Mediterranean Café & Market
#76: The South Side Smoke at sandwich at Stellina Pasta Café
#77: Falafel at Kabob House
#78: A slice with pepperoni at Feraro's Jersey-Style Pizza
#79: Birria at Pueblo Nuevo
#80: Banh mi dac biet at Phuc Loi

Previously (Continued):

#81: Prosciutto bianca pizza at the Good Pie
#82: Gold Coast Chocolate ice cream at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
#83: Hot salami (salam de testa) at Gioia's Deli
#84: Veal parmesan sandwich at Biggie's
#85: Nachos (with jalapeños and extra cheese cup) at Busch Stadium
#86: Lobster bisque at Café Ventana
#87: Calamari fritti at Mangia Italiano
#88: Brisket sandwich at Winslow's Home
#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

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