When my sister and her family moved to the St. Louis area, she kept telling me about this place called Carl’s. I had never heard of it, but she kept going on and on about how awesome it was. My brother-in-law even raved about the place. I figured that I would get to experience it at some point and left it at that. Well, that time finally happened the other day. Can I just say, holy hell?!?! This place is so, so, so good. I mean, seriously good. Possibly one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten.
The place is located on Manchester (which is a really big, really busy road). I’ve probably driven past the place three dozen times but never noticed it because it’s a hole-in-the-wall. But, isn’t the best food always from hole-in-the-wall places? This place is so tiny that the kitchen is in the center with eight stools on one side and eight stools on the other. You can’t even walk around the kitchen to get to the other side. You have to walk outside and go around the building to the other door. The waitresses take your order (the food is cheap, but you have to pay with cash ) and you can watch your burger being fried up. A little tip – the burgers are really thin, so order a double or triple. Another tip – order a milkshake. You can thank me later. Service is quick, so you can be in and out in about 15 minutes. Or, you can do a carry out order so you can stuff your face in the comfort of your car or home. I’m not one to judge.
Carl’s Drive In
9033 Manchester Rd
St Louis, MO 63144
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 8pm