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South City’s Best Burger is Stacked

Making It Your Way At Stacked Burger Bar

St. Louis, MO/December 4, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Every neighborhood has a favorite burger joint.  In South St. Louis, that’s the city’s original “burger bar,” Stacked at 7637 Ivory Street.  It sits in the Patch at the southern tip of the Carondelet Neighborhood, in the Ivory Triangle—an intersection of several streets jutting off in different directions.  Stacked Burger Bar is about a block west of the Ivory Theatre (the old St. Boniface Catholic Church).  The burger bar is as quirky as the neighborhood that surrounds it.

Stacked is a fairly large restaurant with two different addresses (the result of its location).  Inside, you’ll find a long, winding dining room that wraps around two sides of the building.  There’s also a full bar, game room, and a private dining room.  It’s a casual, friendly place, with an inviting, neighborly ambiance.

Three years ago, owners Matt Windisch and Sam Siebenman took the former the Ivory Coast Bistro and gave it a makeover.  Tapping the talents of Chef Laura Borghardt, they shifted the focus to burgers.  But this isn’t just any old bar and grill.  Stacked’s burger bar concept is reminiscent of the sushi bar concept.  Using little paper order forms on each table, customers choose every component of their custom burger.  With more than seven different patties available (including bean, and grass fed beef (from Boeckmann Family Farms in Loose Creek, Missouri), plus six buns, seven different cheeses, ten sauces, and dozens of other toppings available, there are literally hundreds of possible combinations.

There are thirteen signature burgers on the Stacked menu, giving diners some chef-created combinations.  Most of the signature burgers start with ground chuck, but each is done up in a uniquely Stacked style.  They’re topped with everything from BBQ brisket and crispy onions, to pepper jack cheese and roasted corn guacamole.  A popular choice you won’t find anywhere else is The Goat.  It’s ground chuck on brioche that’s topped with goat cheese and their own onion jam.  The BLT is an instant classic with its garlic roasted tomatoes, spring mix, and bacon maple jam on Texas toast.  Yes, they have bacon maple jam.

Ever consider asking for strawberry maple jam on your burger?  On the Wakey Wakey, a rich 60 percent beef, 40 percent pork burger with American cheese and a fried egg on buttered Texas toast, it’s a natural.  Have it with or without bacon (locally sourced from Wenneman’s Meat Company in St Libory, Illinois).  But seriously, why would you skip the bacon?

If you love great pork, then you’ll want to try The Hairy Pig.  It’s made with a Mangalitsa pork patty (again from Boeckmann Family Farms), a super marbled, super tasty, high-fat pork originating in eastern Europe.  They stack the pork burger with savory apple butter, and braised red cabbage on brioche.  You can have it with or without cheddar.

For the non-carnivorous appetite, there’s a black bean burger you can dress any way you want, but the signature Herbivore is a thoughtful and tasty way to do it.  It’s Stacked’s black bean patty with spinach, pepper jack cheese, and their just-spicy-enough chipotle aioli on a wheat bun.  You can add guacamole for 75-cents.

No wonder their customers love them.  Their 4.0 star rating after 280 reviews was enough to put this South City burger bar sixth on our list of the Top 10 Best Burgers in St. Louis, and they were the only south side restaurant to make the top 10.  With thousands of burger offerings around the metro area, that’s saying something!

2013 interview with Matt & Laura on the Martin Kilcoin Show on KTRS-AM

The appetizer menu at Stacked is a great place to start your meal, but you might want to share, since the portions (especially the burgers) are large.  The app choices range from wings (hot, parmesan garlic, or BBQ), and Bavarian Pretzels (served with spicy beer mustard or three-cheese sauce) to Buffalo Chips (fresh potato chips topped with blue cheese crumbles, celery slaw, and drizzled with hot sauce) and their signature Guacamole Bites.  They’re fried wontons filled with Stacked’s own roasted corn guacamole and served with ranch dipping sauce.

Stacked Burger Bar also offers a well stocked bar, with more than 20 bottled beers; a couple dozen bourbons, whiskeys and Scotches; a nice selection of wines; and cocktails, including several signature drinks.  For a cocktail that doubles as dessert, try the Mad Cow, which is Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout topped with Stacked’s Udder Shock Ice Cream.  Or for something a little lighter, try The Ivory Street Fizz, a clever combination of champagne, sugar cube and fruit flavored liqueur in your choice of pear, blueberry, peach, orange, raspberry or blackberry.

If you want a real dessert, they’ve got that covered too.  Have a scoop of Serendipity ice cream in Tahitian Vanilla Bean or their signature Udder Shock.  Chef Borghardt describes the flavor she developed with Serendipity as a bold and flavorful combination of vanilla, coffee, and spices.  You can also choose from an assortment of ice cream floats, or try the Apple Pie Bites (like little apple wontons served with vanilla ice cream).  Or if you want real decadence, then the Bourbon Bacon Caramel Brownie is for you.  It’s a fresh chocolate brownie and the Udder Shock Ice Cream drizzled with bourbon bacon caramel sauce.

Stacked Burger Bar is open for lunch, dinner, and pretty much any time you want a really great burger from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.  The bar is open an extra hour, so you can get a late evening meal and wash it down with that dessert cocktail!

With all of these choices, it would take dozens of visits to this gem in the Ivory Triangle to get a real sampling of what Stacked Burger Bar has to offer.  Maybe that’s the whole point. Of course, you don’t have to go to a burger bar to get a great burger.  But when you want a great burger and you live in a universe that includes Stacked, why wouldn’t you go?

Contact Information:

Stacked STL
Owners: Matt Windisch and Sam Siebenman
Executive Chef: Laura Borghardt
7637 Ivory Street
Saint Louis, MO 63111
Carondelet/Patch Neighborhood
(314) 544-4900

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The Top 10 Best Burgers in St. Louis

The Top 10 Best Burgers in St. Louis

The Cleveland-Heath Burger Takes Top Honors – The Top 10 Best Burgers in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – It may be the ultimate comfort food.  It’s certainly a symbol of American cuisine.  It can be beef, or turkey, or even made of vegetables.  It can be served atop a salad, or smothered in cheese and chili.  No matter if you grill them, fry them, or broil them, America loves hamburgers!  We eat nearly 50-Billion burgers a year (that’s about three a week—each).

The American hamburger was inspired by the Hamburg steak, a chopped beef patty similar to a Salisbury steak, which was introduced in the US by German immigrants.  During World War I, in order to avoid the German connection, the US government and soldiers actually referred hamburgers as “liberty sandwiches.”  Those should taste great with a side of “freedom fries.”

No matter what you call it, the hamburger is an American classic and a restaurant staple.  Whether you’re looking for lowbrow dining, fast food, pub food, or a refined restaurant experience, you’ll find burgers, in many different forms on the menus across town.  So where do you go when you want a really great burger.  We turned to customer reviews to find the best burgers in St. Louis are actually in the metro-east.

If you haven’t tried Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, then you really are missing something.  The restaurant opened in 2011 by Chefs Jennifer Cleveland and Eric Heath focuses on fun food and great drinks.  Located in the historical Boehm Building at 106 North Main Street, Cleveland-Heath is comfortable, with a warm and hospitable vibe.

Their gourmet takes on classic American foods are simply brilliant.  And why not?  This is a restaurant with some serious chef know-how.  Heath was even named as a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Best Chef “Great Lakes” Region two years in a row (2015 & 2016).  Customers rave about their Japanese Pancakes with shrimp, bacon, cabbage, Kewpie mayo, and BBQ sauce; and the Kale Salad with garlic, crushed red pepper, parmesan chips, and lemon vinaigrette.

But you came for the burgers.  The Cleveland-Heath burger delivers all the juicy, cheesy, savory goodness you could ask from ground meat on bread.  Theirs is made with a half pound of grass-fed beef (from Rensing’s Farm in New Douglas, IL), extra sharp cheddar cheese, house made ketchup and pickles, mayo, on a perfectly toasty potato bun.  Get it with the French Fries (crispy russet & sweet potato fries with Utah fry sauce) or try a side of their crave-worthy Brussels sprouts (dressed with lemon vinaigrette, capers, and shallot).  Either way, come hungry, because their portions are enormous.  Enjoy your burger with their classic Root Beer Float, one of the many craft beers on tap, or an expertly mixed cocktail.

Cleveland-Heath is closed on Sunday and on Thanksgiving Day.  But the restaurant is open Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.  And now they’re doing brunch on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The hardest part of finding a great burger in St. Louis might be deciding which great burger to go for.  There are so many choices, we could literally write a book on the subject!  Chapter One: The top 10 burger stops according to customer reviews:

1. Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville (4.5 stars/268 reviews) 106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 307-4830.
2. Retreat Gastropub in the Central West End (4.5 stars/206 reviews) 2 North Sarah Street, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 261-4497.
3. Manchester Public House in the Franz Park neighborhood (4.5 stars/62 reviews) 6655 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 899-9111.
4. Prasino in St. Charles (4.0 stars/396 reviews) 1520 S 5th Street, St. Charles, MO 63303, (636) 277-0202.
5. Three Kings Public House in the U City Loop (4.0 stars/322 reviews) 6307 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 721-3355.
6. Stacked STL in the Patch neighborhood (4.0 stars/280 reviews) 7637 Ivory Street, Saint Louis, MO 63111, (314) 544-4900.
7. Fast Eddie’s Bon Air in Alton (4.0 stars/240 reviews) 1530 E 4th Street, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 462-5532.
8. Seamus McDaniel’s in Dogtown (4.0 stars/232 reviews) 1208 Tamm Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-6337.
9. Baileys’ Range in downtown STL (4.0 stars/948 reviews) 920 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 241-8121.
10. Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood (4.0 stars/448 reviews) 7260 Southwest Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 241-2337.

Since there’s nothing so universally expected on a bar and grill menu as the burger, there are just too many great places to find one around St. Louis.  So (as I usually do), I felt the need to add a few more great options to the best burger in St. Louis list. Honorable Mentions go to these local favorites as well:

Square One Brewery & Distillery in Lafayette Square (4.0 stars/428 reviews) 1727 Park Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 231-2537.
The Royale in Tower Grove South (4.0 stars/309 reviews) 3132 S Kingshighway Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 772-3600.
O’Connell’s Pub in the Southwest Garden District (4.0 stars/152 reviews) 4652 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6600.