A Plain St. Paul

July 1, 2006 erinstine

I am here to tell you that sometimes newness is not all beer and roses.  Sometimes it’s just something you haven’t tried before.  Like the St. Paul.

I found out about the St. Paul from my library coworkers the other day.  A couple of them had gotten Chinese from a nearby restaurant, and I must have looked puzzled when they caught me staring at the sandwich one of them pulled out of the bag.  They explained the sandwich, and how it’s ‘probably’ just a St. Louis thing.  I would say definitely. 

And the thing that surprised me was that it’s not an advertised local specialty.  Chicago can’t shut up about it’s pizza and hot dogs.  Memphis will tell you all day about the dry rub.  You can’t walk five feet without someone shoving a po’boy in your face in New Orleans.  But St. Louis is keeping the St. Paul a secret.  And I’m here to blab it.


2-Slices White Bread, the squishy kind

1-Egg Foo Young Style Patty (which you can get with pork, shrimp, veg, chicken, beef, or plain)

And of course the condiments: lettuce, tomato, pickle, and mayonnaise. 

So we got some greasy Chinese food from the place down the street for lunch today.  I have to say that I was fascinated by the whole idea and absolutely had to order myself a plain St. Paul.  The verdict: not terrible.  The mayonnaise was kind of a shock though. 

So here it is, with a side of veg fried rice:

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. alyssa  |  July 9, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    That sounds gross but I would possibly be willing to try it. If I were in St. Louis, that is. I am especially glad that you captured it in photo.

  • 2. Sonya  |  July 14, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    I can’t believe I read this at 9:30 a.m. I kind of want to barf, and I kind of want to eat one.

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