Review Preview: Five Star Burgers

Evan C. Jones

This week I visit Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350), the new restaurant from former Harvest owner and chef Steve Gontram.

To be blunt: If, after this year and the one before, you haven't at least considered a new entry or three to your personal accounting of St. Louis' five or ten best burgers, then a) you are stubborn to the point that I question your capacity to experience joy; or b) you need to get out more. From burger-centric spots like Baileys' Range downtown to the burgers at such standout restaurants as Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood and Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, Illinois, the past two years have been very, very good for burger lovers.

The latest competition for your burger buck is Five Star Burgers, which opened in downtown Clayton this October. The name is a bold claim. Then again this burger joint does boast a more impressive pedigree than most.

Visit Gut Check tomorrow morning to read my review and see Jennifer Silverberg's slideshow of Five Star Burgers.

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