Cheap Eats

A guide to grub for the skinflint gourmand

Eat Rite Diner (622 Chouteau Avenue; 314-621-9621) The witching hour and too much witches' brew have reduced your vocabulary to "Eat. Food. Now." The Eat Rite, friend, is the place for you. This diner, a stone's throw from downtown proper (but trust us: take a taxi) slings burgers (six mini ones for a buck!), chili, coffee and fries 24-7. It's also one of the few greasy spoons in town greasy enough to serve the slinger, a hometown culinary invention that might account for St. Louis' high rate of heart disease: a mishmash of meat, hash-fried potatoes, eggs, and chili, sided with your choice of ham, sausage, bacon, hamburger patties, or an entire flippin' T-bone steak. It's dirt cheap, damn good and a drunk's dream.

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