The Seven Best St. Louis-Based Chain Restaurants
The square beyond compare. | RFT
Imo's (multiple locations)
"The square beyond compare" has come to represent either the best or the worst of St. Louis. Imo's has peddled its Provel cheese (a special blend of cheddar, provolone and Swiss) since 1964, and developed a rabid following along the way -- even Jon Hamm swears by it. Yes, lots of people hate the thin, cardboard-like crust covered in gluey cheese -- we get it. But the fact of the matter is, with over 90 stores and legions of devotees, Imo's clearly knows what it's doing.
St. Louis Bread Co. (multiple locations)
The rest of the world might call it "Panera," but St. Louisans know that Bread Co. is the original, serving fresh baked goods, wondrous soups and delicious sandwiches. The selection has something for everyone, whether you're trying to keep a trim waist or recklessly downing an enormous freshly baked pastry.