The Fatted Calf – Best Burger in St. Louis?

I absolutely love burgers.  Always have, always will.  That being said, I’m well overdue for my first St. Louis burger place.  This weekend I finally tried The Fatted Calf in Clayton.

The Fatted Calf has a simple menu that focuses primarily on burgers.  I ordered their namesake “Calf Burger” with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, and their famous soft cheddar.  The person taking my order clearly was not happy to be at work.  Not a great way to start the experience.  The server that delivered the burger was much more personable.

Calf Burger with grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese.

The burger was cooked to order.  I prefer medium-rare, and it had just the right amount of pink.  The grilled onions and mushrooms were slightly salty and made a great topping.  Onto their famous cheddar, it reminded me of the cheese in the Handi-snacks I ate as a kid.  Yes, that’s a little harsh, but that is the best way I can think to describe it.  The burger without it was good, but I wouldn’t call it the best in St. Louis.

The Fatted Calf is part of a dying breed.  It’s an old “mom and pop” shop.  It’s legacy is built on generations being raised on their food.   Maybe the soft cheddar is an acquired taste?  We all have a soft spot in our heart (stomach) for some simple comfort food or place we liked growing up.  I’m sure this is that place for many.

Dive 2 Five Scale – The Fatted Calf scores a 3.  It’s kid friendly.  You walk up to a counter and order and then take a number to your table.  The inside is clearly unchanged for many years.

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