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
$10.75I'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
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