Southwest Diner, which began as a breakfast-taco hot spot at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, recently opened a brick-and-mortar eatery. Southwest Diner specializes in exactly what the name implies: diner fare with a Southwest accent. Red and green chile sauces flavor enchiladas; red, with a slight bitterness and a good amount of heat, is our favorite. The Green Chile Cheese Burger is another must-have. It’s spicy and satisfying, especially when served with a gooey order of chile cheese fries. This is a diner, after all, so egg dishes abound, along with buttermilk cornmeal pancakes and malted waffles.
For a Southwest take on St. Louis fare, order the Southwest Slinger, which is covered with chile sauce and cheese. For something lighter, Wedge Salad brings a hunk of blue cheese-drizzled iceberg lettuce topped with bacon, tomato, shaved red onion and a blue cheese fritter. The laid-back, midcentury atmosphere feels very of-the-moment, as does the diner’s filling, well-made fare.
Southwest Diner, 6803 Southwest Ave., Ellendale, 314.260.7244, southwestdinerstl.com