St. Louis, MO 63102
- Smoking, Takeout, Open 24 Hours
- Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
- Not Accepted
- Lot Available
Riverfront Times' Description
"Eat Rite or Don't Eat At All." So it says on the coffee cups (and the souvenir T-shirts) at this no-frills 24-hour greasy spoon amid the industrial wasteland between downtown and Soulard. Folks come from miles around to fill up on the breakfast-and-burgers menu: bar-hoppers and club kids finally coming down from their late-night-into-early-morning highs; factory workers and blue-collars getting off graveyard shifts; curious newcomers who've heard about the bizarro vibe that pervades these cramped counter-only environs. To call the food at Eat-Rite cheap is an understatement -- six burgers (real-size, not White Castle-size) run $4.50. And many swear by the Eat-Rite's redoubtable slinger (for the uninitiated, that'd be fried eggs, hash browns and a burger patty, avec chili).
Tips from foursquare
If you are a fan of old roadside diners you can't beat this place. It is dripping in nostalgia, right Dow to the pie display.
Eat here when drunk.
The Slinger is death on a plate... Get it.
Eat Rite or Don't eat at all!! Best Slinger in the Lou
Tell staff that racism is wrong. Waitress told 2 black men wanting to eat. "It'll be 25 min. before we got to you right now. We're busy." A lie. When men left she said "I didn't want to serve them"
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