If I had to pick one thing that I’m obsessed with (other than food, of course!) it would definitely be St. Louis University.
I graduated from SLU in 2007 with a bachelors in Chemistry.
I guess if you’d really like to be technical about it, I graduated a semester early, in December of 2006. But I walked in May of 2007, because I wanted to experience graduation with the rest of my friends.
I’m obsessed with my alma mater. I sing the praises of my school all the time, and I get teary eyed every time I drive by campus. College was, hands down, the best 4 years of my life. Period.
Needless to say, there were a few tears a few weeks ago when I visited this place:
Hamburger Mary’s! This place is literally a hop, skip, and jump from SLU. See? There was a point to all of that SLU talk!
It just opened a few months ago, and I was excited to try it. My mom and sister joined me for a girl’s lunch.
From the moment you walk through the doors of Hamburger Mary’s, you know that it’s going to be fun.
The place itself is spacious, colorful, and a little quirky.
And it was pretty busy for a Sunday afternoon! I guess we weren’t the only ones who wanted to pay Mary a visit.
Enough of the jabber – let’s talk about food!
My sister ordered the hot wings, paired with “Hell Mary” sauce – the hottest (other choices included BBQ and MoJo – a sort of sweet and smoky sauce). I suppose the love of spicy foods runs in the family!
The portion was quite generous. I sampled a wing, and it was hot. Not Pearl Café Level 50 hot, but it definitely packed a punch! They were juicy and quite delicious.
Staying with the chicken theme, my mom ordered the Love Me Tenders – hand breaded chicken tenders served with your choice of BBQ, ranch, or honey mustard sauce.
Our server was nice enough to give her BBQ, ranch, and a side of MoJo sauce. I tried all three, and I enjoyed the BBQ sauce the most. It was sweet and smoky, just how I like it! My mom enjoyed her chicken strips. I didn’t sample them, but they certainly looked (and smelled) delicious!
She also ordered a side of french fries:
Hot, crispy, and delicious. You really can’t screw up a french fry. Or can you?
For my entrée, I went with The Spicy Mary hamburger with a side of fries.
The Spicy Mary contained blackened seasoning, and was topped with spicy MoJo hot sauce, jalapeno peppers, melted jack cheese, lettuce, and pickles.
I ordered my hamburger cooked medium, and it was perfectly pink in the middle. Perfect.
Aside from being the perfect level of doneness for me, the burger was quite tasty! I wasn’t a fan of the bun at all – it kept falling apart – but the rest of the burger was awesome. The components worked together beautifully, and it stayed true to its name; it was very spicy!
Finally, it was time for dessert. We all agreed that the deep fried twinkies sounded the most interesting. They were supposed to be paired with a sweet raspberry dipping sauce and whipped cream, but the restaurant was all out of raspberry sauce. Boo. We settled with the whipped cream.
These were a little burnt on the bottoms, which detracted from the experience a bit, but other than that, they were pretty good! It tasted sort of like a funnel cake. Two fat thumbs up!
Overall, Hamburger Mary’s was decent. Was any of the food mindblowing? Not really. But I enjoyed everything, and I wouldn’t mind coming back. It’s too bad this place wasn’t around when I was a student at SLU – I would have paid Mary plenty of visits, I’m sure!
See you next week!