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Once a show lets out, a dilemma often arises for concert-goer and musician alike. Whether you're liquored up or stone-cold sober, a burger (meat or veggie) sounds good right about now. Instead of wandering the mean streets of St. Louis looking for late night sustenance, have trust in your local music scene as it collectively guides you toward post-gig treats, for better or worse.
Since June, we've been asking local bands a variety of questions in our Fill In The Blank interview series. One common question was "What's the best post-show food in St. Louis?" Although we received a bevy of answers, we've narrowed the list to five recommended spots.
Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust St. St. Louis, MO 63103
Mic Boshans, drummer of Humdrum: "I am always excited to find out about new late night dining options. City Diner is a favorable option on weekends. However, if I'm playing at the Tap Room, which is a pretty regular occurrence, I eat like a king there! Brett Underwood has been putting on amazing shows there and taking great care of local and independent touring bands for as long as I've known him, which is about eight years at this point. Cheers to him!"
Drew Gowran, drummer of Little Big Bangs: "I usually cook at home, but I personally prefer the catfish sandwich at the South City Diner or the lamb burger at the Schlafly Tap Room. Yum."
Mark Cange, guitarist and vocalist of the Tennis Lesson: "The best post-show food in St. Louis is at the Taproom."
The Buttery 3659 S. Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63118
Mister Ben of Beauty Pageant: "How many times have we all been to Uncle Bill's and eaten slingers because that makes logical sense at 2 a.m.? Or, lord, the Buttery? We're like moths to the flame when it comes to the Buttery's uncleaned grease traps."
Andy Brandemeyer, guitarist of Popular Mechanics: "The best post-show food in St. Louis is at home or a slinger from the Buttery."
Courtesy Drive-In 3155 S. Kingshighway St. Louis, MO 63139
John Krane of Brotherfather: "The best post-show food in St. Louis is anything that gives you sinner's ass the next morning. Probably gonna go with the Kingshighway Courtesy Diner. The other one's too clean, and nobody wants clean food from a diner."
Galen McGreehan, drummer of Quaere Verum: "If I had money to spend on anything but cymbals it would be a slider from Courtesy Diner."
City Diner 3139 S. Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63118
Sarah Bollinger: "The best post-show food in St. Louis is South City Diner, of course."
Katie Lindhorst, keyboardist and vocalist of The Glass Cavalry: "The City Diner on South Grand -- best ever. The Southsider is my favorite plate of food."
Shannon Durington, bassist of The Glass Cavalry: "City Diner, if you can stomach the fact that Katie will order a coffee and a tomato juice."
Cullen O'Donnell, guitarist and vocalist of The Glass Cavalry: "City Diner or a Steak and Shake drive-thru. If I'm going out for food after the show, that's where I usually end up."
Grant Barnum, guitarist and vocalist of The Glass Cavalry: "The best post-show food in St. Louis is City Diner on South Grand. No question."
Brothers Lazaroff: "Just say no! Go home, have a bowl of cereal or some leftovers in the fridge. At this point in our career, we've learned it never pays to do the after-gig throw down meal. You always regret it in the morning, but when you have to do it, South City Diner seems to be where we usually end up."
Steak 'n Shake 4640 Chippewa St. St Louis, MO 63116
Ciej of Mastermind Einstein: "I do not like Steak 'n Shake. The food is just, nope. And please don't get me started on the wooden tooth picks they've disguised as "french fries." The greased out steak burgers aren't the most satisfactory edible creations known to man neither. I mean, I don't like Steak 'n Fake. I just don't, but I order the food anyway. Why? Good question. I have an answer.
When the team and I do shows, we don't get the most profit from them. I just charge it to the game and stay humbled. After all, we are still paying dues. And for people to enjoy what we do enough to call on us and rock their shows with them out of the billions of other musical artists in St. Louis is very gratifying. But the thing is, we as a collective put so much into and behind this art we produce, that it's not often that all of us can come together at once with enough money in our pockets as individuals to pay for what we eat on our own. We'd gladly cover for our brothers, no problem, but still, who takes pride in mooching ever? That's where the shows come in.
Now as i've mentioned before, these shows aren't really paying us enough to pay off any bills, car notes or expenses of the like just yet, BUT what they do offer is just enough bank for everyone in the collective that hit the stage to order whatever meal they'd like on the Steak 'n Shake menu. For just a moment, the entire group can come together and humbly enjoy a meal that they've worked hard to earn, on the same night, at the same time. To me, it feels like Thanksgiving. Shit. Better than Thanksgiving. It freaks me out man. These moments heavily out balance the taste of wood chips and grease on a bun any day. And since Steak 'n Shake is one of the few spots open at almost all hours around the clock, the choice on places to indulge in not so healthy dining endeavors is limited. And that is why Steak 'n Shake has the very best post-show food in St. Louis."
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Previously from our Fill in the Blank series: - The Blu Skies - Animal Teeth - Popular Mechanics - Brotherfather - Bad Dates - Beauty Pageant - Little Big Bangs - Everything Went Black - Lions Eat Grass - Kevin Harris - Laika - Heavy Horse - Barely Free Partial Prisoners - The Defeated County - Lizzie Weber - Kenshiro's - B.E.L.L.A. - Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship - Humdrum - The Blind Eyes
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