Stage Left Diner

img_9381 Monte Cristo

img_9388 Jumbo Buttermilk Pancakes

img_9395 Chicken & Apple Skillet

Ready, set, action! If you have ever been to The Fabulous Fox Theatre, you most likely have seen the diner that sits on the corner, just to the North of the box office. Recently that diner closed its doors and new ownership took over – refreshing the retro diner look, revamping the menu and reopening as Stage Left Diner. We think it is going to be a hit!

As you walk in you are greeted with new leather booths and chairs, new tables, new mirrors… but don’t expect modern, as they stayed true to their roots and kept the feel of a 1960s diner. Their menu cover pays homage to the Playbill and boasts a combination of classic diner dishes with pancakes, omelets and sandwiches, but also offers up a variety of options with breakfast skillets, crepes and a few SLD favorites. A tip to fellow brunchers – don’t pass up the Sandwich category if looking for breakfast as it lists a Breakfast Croissant Sandwich, as well as the Monte Cristo. We, of course, had to try the Monte Cristo, few menus offer this up. The black forest ham, turkey, cheddar, raspberry sauce combo was served up between the thick brioche French toast and griddled to perfection – Yum! From the more modern fare, we selected the Chicken & Apple Skillet that had a unique combo with red potatoes, chicken sausage, glazed apples, goat cheese, kale and topped with an over easy egg. I liked all of the flavors in this dish, but not sure I liked all of them in the same bite. While I probably won’t order it again, I applaud the new team in the kitchen on creating a flavorful dish and offering up a variety of options. Honestly, I already know what I’m ordering next time – Double French Toast… it looks amazing! And to round out our brunch for this week, we shared the Jumbo Buttermilk Pancakes… a solid choice and enjoyed by all.

In our opinion, Stage Left Diner deserves the spotlight as they stay true to the classic diner feel, but guests are treated to an enhanced menu that rivals other breakfast/brunch menus throughout STL. Feel free to come as you are, as the crowd is likely to include college students in their comfy sweats and theater guests dressed in their Sunday best. It’s the kind of place where everyone is welcome and the menu has something for every patron.

Website: stageleftdiner.com
Address: 541 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO, USA 63103
Phone: 314-533-7500
Hours: Opens Daily at 7:00am

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