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The Chuck-A-Burger Cruise Night sets hearts and engines racing

What is the hottest thing happening at the Chuck-A-Burger car cruise? Is it the broiling, humid St. Louis summer? Is it the slick rides, such as the T-top Corvette Stingrays and Plymouth Hemi 'Cudas? Is it the restaurant chili some folks are actually consuming in the triple-digit heat? Or is it Elvis impersonator Steve Davis, draping scarves around the necks of an endless series of women of a certain age, accepting their nervous kisses and continuing to croon through "Can't Help Falling in Love"?

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BEST OF St. Louis 2011:  BEST DINER

Imagine a flashback to the '50s — a simpler time with simpler foods, with drive-up dining and a few stiff, dine-in booths. Friendly waitresses take orders of signature burgers, fries, shakes and malts, returning with arms full of hot food and frosty drinks to satisfy the most primitive of mealtime cravings. More than half a century later, St. Louis' own Chuck-A-Burger is still cruisin' and cooking up midcentury-American grease-enhanced favorites with plenty of nostalgia on the side. A meal here will make you wonder whether poodle skirts might have been a good idea after all.

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BEST OF ST. LOUIS 2006:  Best Fast Food

There's nothing fast about yelling into a scratched-up speaker box from your car window, repeatedly asking, "I'm sorry, say that again? What? Did you get all that?" What then comes forth from the pick-up window minutes later really doesn't resemble food; sometimes it's so borderline palatable it makes you wish you'd decided to fast instead. Which is why we love Chuck-A-Burger. An actual person—a cute, polite teenager decked out in a red-and-white carhop uniform—jots down your order with pen and paper and runs it back to the kitchen (visible from your front dash), where it's filled in speedy, splendid fashion.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. JOHN: Still cruisin': Chuck-A-Burger will stay open

It seems the eulogies delivered for a North County landmark last summer were a bit premature.

Chuck-A-Burger, born in the mid-1950s when rock 'n' roll, hot cars, and burgers, fries and a Coke were the orders of the day, will live on at 9025 St. Charles Rock Road. But it won't look exactly as it has the past few decades.

Ron Stille, son of the late Ralph Stille, who opened the diner five decades ago, finally was able to buy the land on which the burger joint sits.

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50 Things You Haven't Done in St. Louis -- But Should

At its peak, Chuck-A-Burger boasted eight restaurants in its drive-in empire. Opened in 1957, the St. John diner was popular among teenagers, who would gather there and cruise nearby St. Charles Rock Road, sometimes to the great chagrin of neighbors and authorities. That sole remaining Chuck-A-Burger location still features cruise nights to this day — as well as one of the best burgers this side of the 20th century.

Sauce Magazine

He Said/She Said: With cheese, please

Russ: Everyone knows the usual suspects when it comes to getting a good cheeseburger in St. Louis. 
Kathy: Yeah, but who wants the usual over and over again? 
R: You know, with lettuce, tomato and onions on top, a cheeseburger includes a fruit and vegetables as well as meat, dairy and grains. It’s a veritable food pyramid in your hand.
K: Oh, sure. And next you’re going to find a way to justify corn dogs as nutritionally sound.
R: Don’t stand between me and my dreams, woman!

Mens Journal


This drive-in diner the last of several that were found in the St. Louis area starting in the 1950s. And while their burgers draw regular acclaim from food writers and St. Louis residents alike, given its '50s roots, the space also draws regular automotive gatherings, allowing fans of burgers and classic cars to satisfy both needs in a single visit.