A Main Street Centerpiece in Historic St. Charles – The Mother-In-Law House Restaurant
ST. CHARLES, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Autumn is a special season along Historic Main Street in St. Charles. The tree-lined cobbled street is known for two things: its ghost stories and its homespun hospitality. For 35-years the Mother-In-Law House Restaurant has been a Main Street centerpiece offering both good food and haunting tales for hungry diners.
The restaurant was originally built in the French style in 1866 by Captain Krammer for his homesick bride. He split the building in two, with one side for his family and the other for his mother-in-law. The captain and his family are long gone, of course, but they may have left something behind.
The building is listed among the most haunted places of St. Charles, with stories of objects mysteriously moving and the sounds of footsteps on empty stairs. There’s even a story about a couple spooked when their names mysteriously appeared on some Easter eggs they received at the restaurant. You see, the staff doesn’t write on the eggs they give out. Many, including a psychic who visited, believe the lonely ghost of Krammer’s mother-in-law still sits by a window waiting for her long-absent family.
The Mother-in-Law House Restaurant has been serving fine food and warm smiles to customers since 1981. There’s plenty of seating in the inviting dining room with its lovely Victorian decor and white table linens. While the weather holds, the patio is a lovely place for a fall lunch, with views of Main Street and the Missouri River.
Besides the ghost stories, the restaurant is famous for their salads, which are simple, but flavorful combinations of classic ingredients. Take their beloved pea salad. It’s a delicious blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, fresh celery, Spanish peanuts, and frozen petite peas. You’ll find the recipe for another house favorite—Pink Panther Salad—on their website. (Hint: cherry pie filling, pineapple and whipped topping!)
Some lunchtime favorites include their soup and salads, like the curried chicken salad. It’s hearty chunks of chicken with pineapple, green onions, celery and a subtle, but tasty curry dressing. The Vegetarian Sandwich is a satisfying combination of grilled portabella mushrooms and diced red peppers with their own special mustard sauce on a grilled hoagie roll. Their burgers are large, juicy and cooked to order. They’re served with the Mother-In-Law’s famous crispy fries.
At dinnertime, the menu expands and they lay out the salad bar. You can have it (including the pea salad and Pink Panther Salad) by itself, in a combo with soup and bread, or as a complimentary accompaniment to your entree. Start with the bacon-wrapped chestnuts, and then try their well prepared New York Strip or a house specialty like Cod Oscar (served with asparagus and hollandaise sauce) or Chicken Veronique, which is sautéed in a cream sauce with grapes, chives, and mushrooms. Pair your choice with an ice cold beer or a selection from their ample wine list.
No meal at the Mother-In-Law is complete without dessert! The restaurant is renowned for its flaky-crusted, scratch-made pies. Donna’s original, award-winning coconut cream pie is made fresh daily. Or try the homemade Copper Platter Peach Cobbler, which is served warm with ice cream.
The Mother-In-Law Restaurant is open for lunch Monday – Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They’re open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Patio seating is available any time the weather permits.
Mother-in-Law House Restaurant
Owner: Donna Hafer
500 South Main Street
Historic St. Charles