Blueberry Hill

What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Blueberry Hill? Not much, but I’m going to have a crack at it.

The first thing you notice when you walk in is that Blueberry Hill has Chuck Berry fever. A bad case. Chuck memorabilia plasters the walls, floors, ceilings and nearly every available surface. So does memorabilia dedicated to old vinyl, The Simpsons, Pee Wee’s Playhouse and many many other cultural touchstones.

Think Applebee’s but with a real sense of sincerity. The people at Blueberry Hill aren’t just throwing things on the walls willy-nilly, they have a purpose and a focus. They are true fans of music, TV and comic books – old and new.

The second thing you notice is the smell of burgers cooking. The Blueberry Hill logo that used to appear in their ads featured a pop-art dad, fork and knife in hand, licking his chops over a tasty burger.

And that’s exactly what we found. A juicy slab of meat served piping hot on a bun that could barely contain the overflowing veggies. The tomato slice was a good 1/2 inch thick, the onions freshly cut and the pickles were soaked to perfection. The burg comes cooked to order and the Medium Well was a touch on the pink side, but that was OK with us.

A word of warning : this burger is a jawbreaker. If you try to eat it with all the veggies intact, including the massive tomato slice, you might hurt yourself.
Follow it up with one of the dozens of beers (I recommend the O’Fallon Gold) and you’re good to go.

The burgs here are relatively cheap given their size and deliciousness. $6 burgers are pretty common, but experiences like Blueberry Hill aren’t.

I assume people in St. Louis have been there, but you’d be surprised. So go, strap in and enjoy the ride. After your delicious burg, you can catch a band downstairs in the Duck Room or the Elvis Room, grab a smoothie down the street for desert, browse the racks of Star Clipper … the U. City Loop is full of things to do, places to be, people to see and bizarre sights by the dozen.

(Note : This was written prior to the “tomatoes have salmonella” scare we’re going through right now.)

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