4900 Laclede Ave, St Louis, MO | Directions 6310838.640270 -90.262326
Neighborhoods: Central West End, Saint Louis
One of the few great diners left in St. Louis – The Majestic Cafe is a dive, but a great dive. If you go expecting elegance or fine dining you will be disappointed. This is a diner with Greek overtones. The food is good, but you're better off sticking with the basics; pancakes and sausage, a burger, or a gyros. The lack of pretense is exactly the appeal of the Majestic. It's a real place in a land of "pre-fab" pretenders. It's inexpensive, the service prompt and friendly, and the atmosphere is great.
As for "not being romantic", if your idea of romance is linen, candlelight and expensive wine, no the Majestic is not romantic. But if your idea of romance is a long lunch or breakfast in deep conversation with someone you respect, or simply sitting quietly and sharing the Sunday paper, the Majestic Cafe is the most romantic place in town.
Cheap but never bland or boring. – The Scene
For decades, the Majestic Cafe has been an anchor of good, cheap eats and smoke-smoggered, elbow-to-elbow ambiance in the Central West End (where fly-by-night, too-chic eateries have often been the rule). The front is a cafe often packed full of students, Greek regulars and solo locals lingering over coffee and the paper. The back half has more tables but also a bar and a big-screen TV.
You can't go wrong with this mix of American diner grub and Greek fare. For breakfast, there's a multitude of omelets, hot cakes and egg dishes (including a brains-and-eggs dish). Later-in-the-day food includes burgers, a universe of gyro varieties, and pastas, sandwiches and salads. There are pies and ice cream for dessert (including, of course, baklava). The chicken gyro comes with juicy chicken breast strips on a warm, cushiony pita with tangy feta. The chopped sirloin sandwich is best eaten quickly and without remorse.
Disappointing - not recommended – A friend and I went here for lunch, and the waitress took forever (there were maybe 14 people there). The greek salad consisted of a bag mix garnished with a slice of cucumber, a wedge of tomato, approximately a pound of sharp feta cheese, a load of dried basil, and vinegary dressing. The saganaki was lit at our table with a Bic, but it failed to catch and all we could taste was rum. The gyro platter was decent, but skimpy on the veggies. However, I'll note that I usually hate steak-style fries, and I ate most of my friend's order - they were crispy and perfect.
I guess I went here with the wrong expectations, but the next time I want good food with a greek twist at reasonable prices, I'll go to Michael's on Manchester.
Great Breakfast – There Breakfast are the best.There Biscuts and Gravy are AWESOME!! Have had nothing but good experiances there. The Decor is not much but the food is good and a graet value.
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