Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#79: The "Garbage Burger" at Ferguson Burger Bar & More

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 7:00 AM

The "Garbage Burger" at Ferguson Burger Bar & More. | Mabel Suen
  • The "Garbage Burger" at Ferguson Burger Bar & More. | Mabel Suen

By now, most people who have heard of Ferguson Burger Bar & More (9120 West Florissant Avenue, Ferguson; 314-388-0424) can tell its tale by heart about the husband and wife who cleared out their savings to open a restaurant two days before unarmed teenager Mike Brown was fatally shot by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The restaurant has become more than a place to eat -- it has been a gathering place for Brown's grieving family members, a must-stop place for politicians and, most important, a symbol of the community's persevering spirit.

See Also: Review: Ferguson Burger Bar, Six Months Later

In the midst of everything that has transpired, owners Charles and Kizzie Davis have turned their signature offering, the "Garbage Burger," into a St. Louis classic. The secret to this quintessential diner burger is Kizzie's special blend of spices that are mixed into the ground beef. The patties are grilled on a flat-top and served on a buttery bun with crisp lettuce, thick-sliced white onions, mayonnaise, American cheese and a fried egg. Diners can opt for a satisfying single or a humongous double -- though the latter will raise Kizzie's eyebrow and be greeted with an "Are you sure?" If Ferguson Burger Bar is a symbol of its community, then the "Garbage Burger" is the restaurant's delicious emblem.

Previously: #80: A Buttermilk Cake Doughnut from O'Fashion Donuts #81: Cantina Laredo's "Torta De Carnitas" #82: The Chicken Schwarma Sandwich from Al-Tarboush Deli #83: Provel Cheese Sticks at Biggie's Restaurant & Bar #84: The Kale, Artichoke & Smoked Bacon Dip at the Restaurant at the Cheshire #84: Crispy Pig Tails at the Libertine #85: The Meatball Sandwich at Leonardo's Kitchen and Wine Bar #86: The Bone-In Strip Steak at 801 Chophouse #87: The Roasted Chicken Spinach Flatbread at Cooper's Legendary American Pub #88: Ramen at Death in the Afternoon #89: Spare No Rib's Pulled Pork Sandwich #90: The Baklava at Vinnie's Italian Beef and Gyros #91: The "Bianca" Pizza at Pizzeoli #92: Dumplings at Lona's Lil Eats #93: A St. Louis-Style Pizza from Frank & Helen's Pizzeria #94: Singapore Mei Fun at Bek-Hee #95: The Monte Cristo at Three Flags Tavern #96: The Meatloaf Blue Plate Lunch at Farmhaus #97: Comet Coffee's Chocolate Chip Cookie #98: Canestri Cacio e Pepe at Pastaria #99: The Granola Pancakes at Whitebox Eatery #100: Chicken Noodle Soup at Grove East Provisions

Follow Cheryl Baehr on Twitter at @CherylABaehr. E-mail the author at Cheryl.Baehr@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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