While most former vegetarians cite bacon as their gateway food back into carnivorous behavior, for me, it was the humble hamburger. A burger and fries is the quintessential American meal, and I'm always on the lookout for a burger that leaves me satisfied.
So when my friend and fellow food blogger Andrew Veety
, collaborator on the BLT cocktail highlighted in an earlier Novice Foodie
, decided he was going to try a sampling of St. Louis's finest hamburgers, he agreed to let me (and several other burger enthusiasts) come along for the ride.
A note on his methodology: Veety polled St. Louisans on Twitter and Facebook, then picked the top twelve vote-getters. Each month, he will try another of the top twelve, including a veggie burger, and blog about it. Because the inaugural tasting took place on a Sunday morning, this monthly burger sampling is now known as The Church of Burger.
First stop: Dressel's
in the Central West End. I'd never tried Dressel's burger before, and I didn't really know what to expect. In addition to Veety and myself, others joining us on our burger quest were Veety's wife, Sarah, and son Reis; local food photographer Jonathan Pollack
; his wife and food blogger of note
(and Gut Check contributor
), Stefani, and their son Myles; and a local burger critic so hardcore that his name actually contains most of the word "burger," Bill Burge