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.

Location Info

Courtesy Diner

1121 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Imo's Pizza

2916 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Charlie Gitto's-The Hill

5226 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Llywelyn's Pub-Central West End

4747 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Lions's Choice-St. Louis Hills

6630 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Cecil Whittaker's Pizzeria-Ballwin

15338 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO

Category: Restaurant

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