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Pat's Bar & Grill
A Smile and a Pint"

 An original watercolor of Pat's Bar and Grill
y local artist Marilynne Bradley.

Pat's Bar & Grill



     Genial Joe Finn, the illustrious owner of Patís Bar & Grill righteously proclaims on their menu and in Patís advertising that Patís is ďA place of fine spirits and good food and drinkĒ Öand heís right on target. Patís, which started out as Patís and then became McDermottísÖand back again to Patís, has held forth at their southwest corner of Oakland and Tamm in Dogtown some 68 years now. The place came into being in 1942, the first full year of World War II for the USA, when the gregarious Patrick P. Connolly (of County Galway) started tapping the golden brew created by the Griesedieck Brothers from their bustling brewery at 1900 Shenandoah Avenue. (From í57 to í77 that brewery would be the property of the Falstaff Brewing Corporation). Much of that old building still stands above one of St. Louisí many natural limestone caves and thereís occasionally talk that someday, someone will use the 19th century brick brew house as a microbrewery. In í42 one of the Griesedieck Brothers ads read ďOnly perfectly healthy yeast makes perfect beer. The yeast in Griesedieck Brothers is scientifically tested. Thatís why GB is of such high uniform quality Ė Drink all you want Ė itís good for you!Ē

     You can still belly up to the bar to quaff some beverages of your choice, but GB, is no longer served and Falstaff ďThe Choicest Product of the Brewerís ArtĒ is no longer being made. (Say, maybe some savvy business person will snap up the name and get it back on the market). Today itís primarily Budweiser, Bud Light, Guinness and the current best seller Bud Select. The beer and booze biz at Patís is good, but for me itís the food that like a magnet has kept pulling back for decades; and the Numero Uno item that most folks think of when they think Patís Bar & Grill is the yummy, crunchy, fried chicken. Itís just as you remember even if your ďremembererĒ can take you back to the forties. And theyíve just added , for the very first time, a spic y fried chicken prepared with St. Louisí own Andyís seasoning. Either way the real secret in Patís fried chicken is how they manage the oil. For the past two years Patís was the first restaurant in America to install a device from Japan called Frylow. This system allows them to cook the chicken 25 degrees lower than a normal fryer thus reducing oil absorption and increasing flavor. Plus it has reduced the amount of oil used over these two years by a whopping 35,000 pounds which translates to saving 52,500 bushels of grain. The Patís chicken is not only healthier but it helps our nationís food supply and the environment. Just in case youíre interested in getting the Frylow system, Patís is the U.S. distributor for it, and these days Fylow is being used at places such as: OíLearyís (oh, those fried pickles), Weberís Front Row and Llywelynís.        

     If youíve enjoyed fried chicken over the years and lament the loss of places such as: Golden Fried Chicken Loaf on Delmar Boulevard by the original Pageant theater, Buckinghamís on Manchester Road west of Brentwood Boulevard, The Green Parrot on Big Bend Boulevard, the Chicken Cottage on Kienlen Avenue, Meyers Out-Of-Town restaurant on Bellefontaine Road, The Stop-Light on St. Clair Avenue in E. St. Louis, Oppís on Gravois Road, Lemmonís on Gravois, Romineís on Riverview Boulevard, Charlie Mittinoís Supper Club on Watson Road (now Pietroís)Öthen we suggest without reservation that you make it to Patís Bar & Grill. And just so you know they also serve succulent char-broiled boneless chicken breast which has become very popular. 

     But as tastes have changed, Patís has changed with them, and such once popular items as brain sandwiches (which took a good half-hour to clean and cook are gone) as is the Jack Salmon. If you were a brain fan, other than Patís, you likely miss Bud Dieckmeyerís place at 6201 S. Broadway and if you were a Jack Salmon (whiting) fancier you for sure miss Dohackís on S. Lindbergh and Lemay Ferry Roads.  

     One of the ďinĒ food classifications is comfort food and comfort food, and lots of it is what youíll get at Patís Ďcause Patís is a real home-style eatery.  Thereís home- made soups, spinach-artichoke dip, home-made onion rings, onion strings, peel and eat shrimp, French fried shrimp, B.L.T. salad, spinach salad , Greek salad, tuna salad, fresh chili, catfish, fried mushrooms, Brunswick Stew, Gumbo, fried chicken gizzards or livers, frog legs, chicken fried steak, pork chops (fried or grilled), hamburger steak, sole and cod (fried or broiled), chili burger, bacon-cheddar burger, plus they offer real mashed potatoes and home-made potato chips.

     A must for breakfast is the Johnny Rabbitt Special. Itís served from 6 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.  For $2.99 (can you believe it) youíll get two eggs any style, bacon, sausage , potatoes and your choice or toast or an English muffin. Itís the best breakfast buy in town. And also Monday through Friday Patís has a daily $5 Blue Plate Special.

     Dining or drinking at Patís, if youíve gone there over the decades, is a most nostalgic experience as it looks pretty much the same as it always did. The only expansion of the business was done on the second floor that through most all of the 20th century was a rooming house, mostly for people from Ireland. The upstairs has been dubbed Patís Roost and itís a fine space for an intimate party of up to 60 of your closest friends. One idea to ponder is ďThe Unplanned Birthday Party.Ē Just go to Patís, tell them itís your big day and get an official Patís Birthday cup, that theyíll fill for free, and head to The Roost to throw your party, planned or unplanned, at no charge for the room Sunday through Thursday. Youíll even get some special treats too!

Patís, an Irish Pub in Dogtown, is open 7 days a week. Not many places can make that statement. Try Patís again for the first time.

Written by:
Ron (Johnny Rabbitt) Elz Ė Host of Route 66 Saturday nights on News Radio 1120 KMOX &

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Contact Information

Pat's Bar & Grill
 6400 Oakland Ave. - St. Louis, MO 63139
Phone: 314.647.6553

General Information
Handicap Accessible
All Major Credit Cards

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday ~ 6:00am - 1:30am
Saturday ~ 11:00am - 1:30am
Sunday ~ 10:00am - 12:00am

Kitchen Hours
Monday - Thursday ~ 6:00am - 10:00pm
Friday ~  6:00am - 10:30pm
Saturday ~ 9:00am - 10:30pm
Sunday (brunch) ~ 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday (Menu) ~ 10:00am - 9:00pm

Yes, you can smoke.

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