ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The nostalgia factor helps some restaurants turn a simple meal into a treasured trip down memory lane. Food writers say one St. Louis County restaurant really stands out for this.

A research team from recently compiled a list of the “best retro diner in every state.” Their choices were based on reviews, awards, and accolades, in addition to the first-hand experience of their food-writing team.

According to, the best retro diner in Missouri is none other than Chuck-A-Burger in St. John, Missouri.

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The Chuck-A-Burger Drive-In Restaurant is located at 9025 St. Charles Rock Road. The restaurant’s origins date back to the 1950s.

“We are St. Louis’ last remaining original drive-in diner featuring full time curb service,” says Chuck-A-Burger on its Facebook page.

Chuck-A-Burger specializes in cooked-to-order burgers that customers can stack with several toppings. French fries, onion rings, chili and hot dogs are also commonly-ordered items. Occasionally, vintage car shows are also part of the experience. gives the following review of Chuck-A-Burger:

“This all-American diner provides the ultimate nostalgic 1950s experience. Opened in 1957, the red-and-white striped eatery offers curbside service, delivering customers crisp yet juicy cheeseburgers, curly fries, onion rings, and cherry-topped milkshakes straight to their front seats. Go on the right day, and you could also catch a vintage car show.”

Chuck-A-Burger carries a five-star rating of 4.7 on Google Reviews and 4.4 on Yelp.