Carl’s Drive In

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.

Why have I not been here sooner??

Taking up our fair share of the eight stools on our side.

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is.

So much fun to watch the action.


The Details:

Carl’s Drive In

9033 Manchester Rd

St Louis, MO 63144

Phone: 314.961.9652

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 8pm



Miss Aimee B’s Tea Room

My mom and I took Anna to get her first pedicure the other day.  After her nails were freshly polished, my mom had the wonderful idea of capping the experience with lunch at Miss Aimee B’s Tea Room.  What better for a girl’s day than lunching at a tea room, right?

Isn’t it quaint?!

The tea room is inside a home that was built in 1865 and is on the historical register.  The restaurant actually gets its name from the previous owner, Miss Aimee Marie Louise Becker.  Fabulous home with really pretty architecture.  You kind of enter a time warp when you go in.

Pretty cool, huh?

When the weather is nice, you can eat at tables in the gardens.  We opted to go inside to give Anna the full experience.  It was her first time at a tea room, after all.

Ladies who lunch

Miss Aimee B’s is known for their lemonade.  Get this, it’s made with milk.  I know what you are thinking, but I promise it’s really good.  Give it a try.

Milk Lemonade

While they are known for their quiche and salads, they also have a killer mac & cheese.


If you are in the area and looking for a really sweet place to lunch, check it out.  Venture upstairs to browse their marketplace and be sure to check out the original clawfoot tub in the bathroom.  Don’t worry if you are a guy or there’s a guy with you.  Real men dine in tea rooms.

The Details:

Miss Aimee B’s Tea Room

837 First Capitol Drive

Saint Charles, MO 63301

Phone: 636.946.4202

Closed on Sundays