You Gotta Eat- Minnie's Kitchen

By WEEK Producer

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

There's a restaurant in Creve Coeur feeding the folks who get up before dawn.
Eric Shangraw goes for a meal at Minnie's Kitchen in this week's You Gotta Eat.

Minnie's Kitchen is one of the few places in the world that opens its doors at four a–m for the breakfast crowd. You'll smell the caffeine and nicotine wafting in the air when you walk in the door. The décor' is not much to look at.. but the people are as sweet as the homemade desserts. In fact, just about everything is made from scratch, except as we learned the potatoes.

It is really good food. We like to come here about twice a week. I don't know if it is homemade but it tastes like it. Okay, it's all homemade.

I had a hamburger and it is as good as Steak And Shake.

The restaurant is named after the managers grandmother, who taught her how to cook.

She taught us how to bake all these sweet goods. And we could not think of a catchier name, so we just named it after grandma.

Photographer Joe Bennett had a double cheeseburger, fries, and cottage cheese. Joe said his burger was better than a Steak N Shake, just a little more fresh. I had the days' special: Hot beef. The beef is cooked for hours until its fall apart tender. It comes between two slices of Texas Toast with a glop of potatoes covered in brown gravy. It was tender and easy to eat. For dessert, Joe had an éclair, which are referred to here as Carol Anne's. Messy but tasty. I had strawberry rhubarb pie. One of my all time favorites. Our bill with drinks: 17–dollars plus tip. Minnie's Kitchen is good local flavor for Creve Coeur.

Minnie's Kitchen is on North Highland in Creve Coeur.
Weekdays they open for breakfast at four a–m.

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