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The Dam

3173 Morganford Road St. Louis, MO 63116 | St. Louis - South City | 314-771-3173

Location Description:

Opened as a means to provide food service to ravenous soccer fans at the adjacent Amsterdam Tavern, the Dam is the quintessential burger-and-hot-dog shack. Unlike traditional bar food, however, the Dam lives by its motto “slow food, fast,” using antibiotic and hormone-free local meats and seasonal, organic produce grown by local farmers. The result isn’t exactly health food – menu items include a selection of hot dogs covered in everything from cheese to jalapenos (one is even deep fried and wrapped in bacon), and Belgian-style fries dripping with mayonnaise. The Dam’s signatures are the fresh, hand-packed burgers; its namesake offering is a take on the patty melt served on buttery grilled sourdough with American and Swiss cheese. If one is feeling especially brave, if not slightly masochistic, the Dam’s "Animal" burger lives up to its infamous reputation. It’s three patties, smothered in sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, American cheese, grilled onions and a whole hog’s worth of bacon. The "Animal"’s piece de resistance is the grilled whole jalapeno that sits atop the patties and infuses the entire sandwich with its fiery flavor. Wear your stretchy pants.

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  • Cuisine(s): American, Burgers
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon-Wed, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thurs, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat, Closed Sun.
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Parking: Street
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Catering, Fireplace, Kid Friendly, Kosher, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wheelchair Accessible

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