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Dreamland Palace

3043 State Rte. 156 (Windy Oaks Ln.) Send to Phone
618-939-9922 | Menu
It’s a short drive from the Arch to this oasis of hearty German fare.

Lunch & Dinner Wed.-Sun.

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Dreamland Palace Restaurant Review

: The urge to raise a glass of pilsner and shout “Prosit!” is almost irresistible thanks to the over-the-top German ambience at this family-run pub. The building is a restored circa-1875 tavern and general store with later additions; full of beer steins and tchotchkes, it’s a fine setting for home-style German schnitzels, pork hock, sausages and potato salad. The hybrid menu has a solid St. Louis spin, and includes bratwurst on a pretzel bun and the local Lenten favorite, Jack salmon (which is actually deep-fried whiting with a nice, crunchy breading). Rouladen are a favorite, the rolled-up beef tender around the heart of pickle, onion and smoked bacon. The ubiquitous potato pancakes are sizable and just crispy enough, but they illustrate the limitation of cooking from family recipes when a broader array of possibilities exists. Then again, we wouldn’t dare mess with this family recipe for apple strudel.


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