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Lion's Choice

In these fast-casual times, it's easier than ever to condemn straight-ahead fast food as "unhealthy" or "greasy." But we come from a generation that was raised on the stuff! We can't deny our roots now, at least not forever. Whether we like it or not, we need fast food. We need it on road trips, we need it when we're in a hurry, we need it when we're hung-over and driving around in our jammies and can't get out of the car and we need it when we're tired of accepting subpar French fries. Right? Right! So where to? No place is any better at what it does than Lion's Choice. The chain, which began as a single Red Lion Beef House in Ballwin more than four decades ago, has expanded to include nineteen area locations and a handful of others in Missouri, Florida and Oklahoma. This means that the Choice of the Lion is always close at hand, whether you're on a road trip or out on a jammie jaunt. And French fries? They're to die for. They're thin-cut with a bit of skin left on them, and they're even more delicious when dipped in a 50-50 ratio of barbecue and horseradish sauces. Plus, they're the perfect complement to a roast beef sandwich with Swiss. Now, while beef is this chain's specialty, don't be fooled into thinking it doesn't do its other offerings well. Turkey sandwich? Tasty. Cream of broccoli soup? Rich and savory. Orange freeze? A flawless finish to a fab fast-food meal.

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