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Best Soul Food St. Louis 2003 - Del Monico's Diner

Del Monico\'s Diner

Del Monico's Diner

4909 Delmar Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63108


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It's almost not right to categorize the cafeteria-style offerings at Del Monico's as "food." That word tends to imply something in solid form, whereas everything at Del Monico's goes down the gullet like heavenly mush. Of course that's how it should be with soul staples such as mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, peach cobbler and mac-'n'-cheese -- just four of the items on the menu that could bring world peace if given the chance -- but the meat loaf, for example, may as well be meat loaf pudding. Sucking the oxtail off its bone is like slurping ice cream off its cone, and the bread pudding would pass for custard in a blind taste test. The fried chicken -- the only call of duty for your incisors and bicuspids -- pulls a trompe la bouche of its own; every time you bite into it anticipating gristle or bone, your teeth bear down on (wuzzat?) more perfect white meat and impeccable crust. This place is down-home magic, pure and simple.
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This is totally incorrect. I have been to Del Monico's and it is total garbage. I am totally unbiased as I seek soul food restaurants to frequent and decided to give them a whirl. No way should it make anyone's best list. The turkey was pretty good althought the dressing was almost a dark brown color and soupy to boot. The cabbage were spicy and not well seasoned in my opinion. This place is nowhere near Sweetie Pie's but has a decent price. Technically speaking the prices are about the same because you'll pay about 6 bucks but you don't get half of what you'll get with Pie's.


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