Ladue’s First-Class Sports Bar & Grill is Lesters Sports Bar
Ladue, MO/May 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Lesters Sports Bar & Grill – It’s rare to find a restaurant that splits its efforts on two or more fronts and does both well. Most restaurants that try to be sports bars fall short on either the food, service, sports environment, or some combination of these elements. Lesters Sports Bar & Grill at 9906 Clayton Road in Ladue is that rare exception. St. Louis businessman Lester Miller opened Lester’s in 2007 as both a comfortable, family-friendly restaurant, and an A-class sports bar. Their motto is simple and appropriate: “Lesters is a sports bar that serves great food, or a restaurant that serves up sports.” It does both well.
Miller was friends with St. Louis baseball legend Stan Musial, and a bronze statue of “The Man” greets customers as they enter. The division between the large, upscale bar and the even larger dining room make this a family-friendly place for a meal as well as a great spot to meet friends for drinks after work, or to cheer on your favorite team. Unlike some sports bar/restaurant combos, Lester’s doesn’t skimp on the sports environment in the dining room or the food at the bar. That means whichever side of the place you’re on–the bar or dining room—you can enjoy your favorite sport and a great meal.
The HD TV system at Lesters is well planned, with enough screens (more than 60) that at least one flat screen can be easily seen from every seat in the house. As a bonus, there’s a really special audio system. It allows those seated in a booth to tune the personal audio controls to the flat screen of their choice. When is the last time you got to watch and hear the big game, at the volume you want, while enjoying a great meal at a first-class sports bar?
As if that wasn’t enough, Lesters has a beautiful brick patio lined with comfortable, umbrellaed tables. The landscaping allows diners to sit surrounded by greenery, even though they are just steps from the parking lot.
The menu at Lesters is also a divided affair. The restaurant is part East Coast deli and part barbecue joint, with slow-smoked meats and deli-style sandwiches sharing the headlines on the comfort-food menu. There are appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and desserts. One of the favorite apps are the Onion Rings. They’re served with an ancho chile ranch dipping sauce that is a creamy, flavorful foil to the crispy, beer battered rings. The apps menu also includes three different kinds of sliders: classic cheeseburgers, deli style on mini rye bread, or BBQ.
The star of the menu may be the beef brisket. Brisket is a cut of meat offering tons of flavor—if done right. But when it’s done wrong, it can be dry and tough and almost impossible to chew. Lester’s knows how to do beef brisket. Theirs is melt-in-your-mouth tender. Seriously. It’s perfectly cooked and sliced so that it’s succulent and delicious, whether you have it on a slider, on a salad, or on a sandwich. The baby back ribs are slow-smoked (4 ½ hours) so that they’re fall-off-the-bone tender. Diners also love the house-smoked, St. Louis style pork steak. It’s glazed with a sweet-smoky BBQ sauce, and at 16-ounces, it satisfies even the heartiest of appetites. The pulled pork sandwich is both generous and delicious. Lester’s smoked half-chicken comes with a delicious pineapple rum BBQ glaze and three sides. You can also get smoked chicken on the pulled chicken sandwich or atop a BBQ salad. There’s also a nice kids’ menu.
Lester’s kitchen doesn’t use shortcuts. You won’t find frozen French fries or bottled salad dressing. Everything is made from scratch, right there in-house. They make their own salad dressings and brine their own meats before applewood smoking them. The pastrami and corned beef for the gargantuan New York-style deli sandwiches are cured in-house. The half-pound burger are made from Certified Black Angus beef, cooked to order and topped with everything from sweet BBQ sauce and onion straws to avocado and pico de gallo. All of the sides and desserts are made fresh daily too. And you will want to leave room for dessert. The St. Louis style gooey butter cake is served warm. As is the apple pie with caramel sauce. Or have a warm brownie with ice cream topped with chocolate and caramel sauces. Yum.
The restaurant is open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lester’s offers a weekday happy hour with drink and app specials from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, as well as a late night happy hour Monday – Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Lester’s has a full bar, with an ample beer and wine selection. The draft lineup includes brews from Schlafly, Sam Adams, Four Hands, Angry Orchard, O’Fallon, Guinness, Budweiser, Blue Moon, Goose Island, Boulevard, and others. Bottled choices include Amstel, Heineken, Corona, Fat Tire, Michelob, New Castle, and Kraftig. The wine choices are all Californian, from familiar named vintners like Robert Mondavi, Sebastiani, Rex Goliath, Kendall Jackson, and others. This isn’t the place you go to discover a new craft IPA or exceptional French wine. Lester’s is the kind of place you go when you want food, drink, and ambiance that is reliably first rate. At that, Lester’s excels.
Lesters Sports Bar & Grill
Owner: Lester Miller
Managing Partner: Pedro Beltranena
Executive Chef: Tim Miller
9906 Clayton Road, Suite B
Ladue, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 994-0055