Best Fast Food

Chuck-A-Burger

There's nothing fast about yelling into a scratched-up speaker box from your car window, repeatedly asking, "I'm sorry, say that again? What? Did you get all that?" What then comes forth from the pick-up window minutes later really doesn't resemble food; sometimes it's so borderline palatable it makes you wish you'd decided to fast instead. Which is why we love Chuck-A-Burger. An actual person—a cute, polite teenager decked out in a red-and-white carhop uniform—jots down your order with pen and paper and runs it back to the kitchen (visible from your front dash), where it's filled in speedy, splendid fashion. Burgers are cooked to order on a stainless-steel flat-top and emerge full of real-meat flavor, complemented by fresh, crisp, hand-cut toppings of lettuce, tomato and onion. Also available are catfish sandwiches, cushy and delicious beef tamales, Coney Island dogs, vanilla Cokes and malts—fast food with 1950s flair, which is as it should be, seeing as how the north-county location has been in business since <\#213>57. Once upon a time eight Chuck-A-Burgers operated throughout the St. Louis area. The St. Charles outpost, which debuted last year, marks the first re-expansion of the brand. Here's hoping the resurrection continues.
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