If you come to the new lunch spot on the edge of Downtown expecting Subway-style standards, you might be confused. The PB&J at Good Buddy's Tasty Soups & Sandwiches (1115 Pine Street, 314-300-8666) has bacon in it ... and jalapeno, and chile garlic peanut butter. The chicken salad sandwich features smoked and roasted hunks of chicken — not bland white meat in mayo. And the meatball sub? That even includes a portion of lightly toasted spaghetti.
Indeed, much as the PB&J promises it's "not your momma's" version, Good Buddy's is something unexpected and much more delicious than you might assume on first glance — a casual lunch spot in an otherwise forgettable block that could become a true destination.The three men behind it, Justin Gibson and brothers Luke and Nathan Ragain, already have a successful catering company, Devil's Delights, and bring with them years of experience in the local restaurant scene. Gibson says he and Luke Ragain first met at St. Louis Pizza & Wings, and the two ended up opening DB's Sports Bar as its managers. Through that friendship, he got to know the second Ragain brother — and the three began to talk about their restaurant dreams.
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