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Papa Fabarre's - Closed

601 Olive St. St. Louis, MO 63101 | St. Louis - Downtown | 314-425-3634

Location Description:

CLOSED - Everything modern-day, retrofitted restaurants may try to evoke Papa Fabarre's just is. Not just old-fashioned but downright old, this weekday lunchery inside the downtown Macy's is mostly a best-kept secret for the office crowd. The food -- short-order fare like burgers, sandwiches, French fries out of a bag, plus a couple offbeat things like French onion soup and liver -- can be decent, but the food isn't why you go. You go for the pressed-tin ceiling and the ceiling fans that work on an exposed belt-and-pulley system, for the red-velvet booths (designated "Tables for Ladies" by a hanging sign) offset by heavy green curtains, for the gilded cash register behind the bar that's no longer in use -- and because the service is attentive and warm to a fault. An absolute treasure.

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  • Cuisine(s): American
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Lunch
  • Reservations: Not Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available, Street
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Attire: Casual to business-casual attire
  • Features: Kid Friendly, Private Party, Takeout

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