by Cheryl Baehr
"You know," the bartender said as she leaned in a little closer. "The servers from O'Connell's [Pub] come in here for our burger."
It's no wonder she had such a hushed tone. O'Connell's Pub has legendary burgers. That some of the employees have been spotted bellying up to the bar at Three Flags Tavern (4940 Southwest Avenue; 314-669-9222) for the brisket burger is akin to catching a Schlafly employee with a bottle of Busch. But who can blame them? Three Flags Tavern's brisket burger is, without question, the town's reigning burger champ.
That the brisket burger stands out amongst the array of stellar offerings at Three Flags Tavern is a testament to just how great it is. Amidst the lobster rolls, fried Manchego cheese, octopus tentacles and other goodies, a humble burger might be overlooked. This would be a grave mistake.
The house ground brisket is so juicy, it it's as if it has been studded with hunks of butter. No need to worry that this glorious ooze will get lost -- the pillowy sesame seed-coated potato roll soaks it up. Smoky bacon, crisp lettuce, thick slices of tomato and red onion garnish the scrumptious meat. For those looking to take it over the edge, ask for a slice of luscious Delice de Bourgogne cheese melted over the top.
It's worth the risk of getting caught with the competitor.
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