Popeye’s Chop House Pork Chop

The pork chop cordon bleu.

Hankering for high-end comfort food in a town where everyone wants to know your name? Popeye’s Chop House in St. Rose, Illinois, is a favorite of locals and Carlyle Lake vacationers alike.

Start with the crunchy, golden Ho’Made Onion Rings, which might be spelled funny, but exceed flavor expectations. The pork chop cordon bleu, New York strip steak and wedge salad with housemade blue cheese dressing are all post-swimming standards, too.

Popeye’s Chop House, 17910 St. Rose Road, St. Rose, Illinois, 618.526.7369, popeyeschophouse.com

Missouri native Michaella A. Thornton has called St. Louis home since 2006. She's an avid home baker, writer and fan of simple and seasonal fare, dive bars and hidden culinary gems.

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