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Saint Lou's Backyard


664 West lake Street, Chicago
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The 1950′s were a golden age. We walked fifteen miles uphill both ways to school. Bozo the Clown haunted children’s dreams. And the Sears Christmas catalog was basically the original Snapchat. Saint Lou’s Assembly wants to bring you back to the nostalgia of those days, specifically with a meat and three cafeteria.

Here’s the thing about the good ol’ days - they’re impossible to perfectly recreate. A cafeteria format was tested out in the beginning, but it was quickly scraped for regular table service with a more concentrated menu. And ultimately, it was the small move that Saint Lou’s needed to let the food and space shine.

Even though the cafeteria format is gone, the style is still there - brick walls, red tile floors, and old pictures of people and classic cars that today are only seen in movies or present day Cuba. The concept of a meat and three means you pair a meat like chicken or meatloaf with a couple of sides, maybe mac and cheese, mased potatoes, or baked beans. It’s old school, but there are enough interesting fillers like elote, watermelon salad, and buffalo fried okra to keep it interesting. And while it’s not cheap eats, you can’t get a more complete meal for $20.

And then there’s the backyard.

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This backyard is as hot as an original Elizabeth Taylor pinup. There’s a covered area with picnic benches, round tables on mulch, some stadium seating benches, bocce ball, and a bar back there so you never have to go inside. All of this combined makes Saint Lou’s ideal for any casual lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, or drinking situation with friends.

There’s no need to go back to the good old days when you can have yourself a great day at Saint Lou’s.

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Food Rundown

Biscuit Basket

Delicious biscuits with a side of butter and honey. You want these and can get an order of either two or four.


Grilled corn on the cob with chili, lime, queso, and mayo. Heavy on the mayo and queso, but still great flavor and a good starter.

Marinated Kale Salad

A lot of kale with olives, feta, red onion, grapes, and pistachio. If you’re cool with kale then this salad tastes great.

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1/2 Roasted Chicken

A quality roasted chicken. Pair it with a few delicious sides and you’re good to go.

Old Bay Crusted Fish Of The Day

If you like Old Bay seasoning and you like fish, you’ll like this fish of the day. The one time we ate this it was catfish, and it was good. Also the healthiest version of the meat + three.

Meatloaf Wellington

If you want to go all 1950′s up in this btch then get the Meatloaf. Can’t say we’re huge meatloaf fans in general, but it’s worth an order.

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You gotta have good sides if you’re going to pair three of them with most of your main dishes, and Saint Lou’s comes through in the clutch. The mac & cheese is delicious, as are the baked beans, creamed spinach, smashed potatoes, and broccolini. The only side we don’t love is the coleslaw, so skip it and get the others instead

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Saint Lou’s does a solid brunch on the weekends, and it’s an excellent place to sit and hang outside. Do it.

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