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Carl's Drive In

9033 Manchester Rd. (High School Dr.) Send to Phone
314-961-9652 | Menu
Topnotch flat-grilled hamburgers worth waiting for in this wee spot.
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Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sat.

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Carl's Drive In, Brentwood, MO

Carl's Drive In Restaurant Review

: If, as owner-cook Frank Cunetto says, the secret to a great burger is getting it from the grill to the customer as fast as possible, it stands to reason that his joint only seats a few customers at a time. Longtime fans know to call ahead and get a burger to go, because by 1 o'clock on Saturday afternoons Carl’s is crammed with folks with frosty mugs of root beer, waiting on the cook. Crisp-edged burgers are flat-grilled; the double has the best meat-to-bun ratio. The menu is short --- hot dogs, chili dogs, fries and onion rings. The curly dog is a conversation piece: a hot dog sliced open and deep-fried till its shape fits into a hamburger bun. For dessert, it’s a tossup between the root beer float and made-by-hand milkshakes with a consistency that is almost sippable, a St. Louis rarity.

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Carl's Drive Inn - The Review
by dirkvz on Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:09 pm
Carl's Drive Inn is beyond iconic. Forget the Food Channel faves--Carl's drips (literally) with honest authenticity.

Owner Frank has figured out something about The Dedicated Burger Consumer--small details matter.

For example: Ketchup is correctly served in the little paper ramekins rather than a Heinz (or a pox on the other option) - a Hunt's bottle. This is important. I don't know exactly why, but it is.

Arrival needs to be 11:00 AM. Not 11:05, unless the weather is bad, then 11:05 works. If you start your pilgrimage to arrive at noon, it's SRO for at least 20 minutes. Bad form.

Also bad form is to linger at one of the coveted bar stools. Eat your burger, drink your root beer, tip, then GTHO. [*edited by].

The Food. Don't bother looking for an item by item dissection here. It is the definitive crispy-edged flat burger, and one would do well to make his / her own personal Haj to Carl's the check this bucket list item off. Speaking of bucket lists, a side of Lipitor is called for, but its been your diet up to this point has put you in that category, you salad faker, not the monthly vist that is responsible for your poor LDL numbers.

Do Not Order A Small Root Beer. Unless you are 4. Order a large root beer. This micro-brewed elixer which is best described as liquid mahogany has to be experienced in real time to be appreciated, and in large quantities. It has notes of real sugar (NOT corn sweetener syrup or whatever), that lingers a bit and finishes with hints of spice coupled with gunpowder. [*edited by].

Back to the existential gestalt that is Carl's: Some day a rich developer who eats tofu and designer sushi will have his eyes on this corner and offer Frank something he can't refuse. When that happens.... America will have ceased to exist. Probably be replaced by a Walgreens. Selling Lipitor.

Don't sell Frank.....
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