Positive buzz about Five Star Burgers has circulated throughout St. Louis since the eatery opened in October 2012. That may be the only negative: The secret is out so waits can be long.
On a quaint street of funky shops and restaurants in the inner-ring suburb of Clayton, Five Star delivers on every level. Most burgers start with a juicy Angus beef patty sourced from Creekstone Farms in Kansas. Top that with a lightly toasted brioche bun with a hint of butter, and you’ve got a solid start to a memorable meal. The Blue Ribbon burger ($9) arrives with two thick strips of smoked bacon, a pile of port-braised onions and a gooey layer of Gorgonzola cheese (lettuce, tomato, pickles and more onions make ample accompaniments on the side). All in all, one of the best burgers we’ve tried in awhile. The Gateway burger ($9) proves an equally satisfying option with bacon, cheddar, onion rings and barbecue sauce.
There’s more to gush about. As soon as we sat down, our attentive waitress brought us a large glass bottle of water to share, a classy touch for a casual dining experience. Baskets of fries ($3) come in cute mini deep fryers, and diners receive silverware wrapped in cloth napkins. With local Serendipity ice cream, a perfectly toasted marshmallow and whipped cream, the salted caramel shake ($5.50) almost stole the show from the burgers. Almost. Another cool thing about Five Star Burgers: its sustainable practices. All paper products are made from recycled materials, the kitchen uses energy-efficient equipment, and the fryer oil is reused for biodiesel fuel. Can this place do anything wrong? We don’t think so.