The baby-back ribs at the Piccadilly at Manhattan
Yet another example of my sneaking two dishes from one restaurant onto this list -- though this time the reason is practical. The baby-back ribs aren't always available at this charming neighborhood restaurant near the border of the city and Maplewood. The burger is a far-more-than-adequate fallback.
If you're lucky, however, owner Nick Collida will be out back of the restaurant, tending the smoker. The baby-back ribs are plump, their meat offering sweetness and smoke and a fine porcine flavor. The sauce, appropriately served on the side, adds just enough tang to cut through the rich meat.
The burger is about as basic -- as essential -- as burgers get: meat, cheese, bun. The double features two five-ounce patties, each thicker in the middle than around, and even cooked slightly longer than I prefer, the beef flavor is primally rich, with a wonderful edge of char.
(from "Simple Treasure,"
July 29, 2010)The Piccadilly at Manhattan
7201 Piccadilly Avenue
$6.99 (burger), $21.99 (ribs)I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.
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