The chips and rarebit, however, remain a winner. Though the kitchen still hasn't figured out how to keep a few chips in each batch from being undercooked.

Dressel's has always been a beer and single-malt kind of place. The cask-conditioned O'Fallon ale is enough to recommend the beer selection, and the single-malt menu is great for novices and connoisseurs alike, with examples of most varieties and helpful descriptions of each. The wine list is greatly improved, brief but with unique choices, most reasonably priced.

Service remains a crapshoot: On one visit I waited at least ten minutes between ordering a drink and ordering my meal. On another the waiter forgot to enter my lunch order, which no one realized until my wife's meal arrived but mine didn't.

Dressel's still has plenty of pub grub to love.
Jennifer Silverberg
Dressel's still has plenty of pub grub to love.

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Dressel's

419 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Central West End

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Go into the kitchen at Dressel's in our slide show.

Dressel's
Chips (with rarebit)...$7.50
Bacon, egg and cheese sandwich...$8
"Salt Duck"...$9
419 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-1060.
Hours: 11 a.m.-11:15 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10:15 p.m. Sun. (Bar open till 1:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., till midnight Sun.)

Though I'm glad to see the upstairs go smoke-free, I still prefer the ambiance of the first floor. With a flat-screen TV set in one corner and noise from an adjacent pool room, the Pub Above lacks the same charm. Downstairs the music of choice is still classical — though now it comes from a satellite radio station instead of old cassette tapes. A bust of Beethoven is still perched above the bar.

If the Dressel family ever decides to sell this bust, I know a young woman in need of a head.

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