A Delightful Dining Experience
Josh deBerge thought it would be a good time to sample what Missouri's two biggest cities have to offer. Every Friday during July, Journeys with Josh will take you around Missouri to savor the sights and sounds of barbeque and blues. The first stop was Diners Delight. It's a humble joint, not far from downtown St. Louis. Blink, and you might just miss it. Diner's Delight is not much to look at, but who needs fancy, when there's eating to do?
"Well, when it's quiet, you know the food's good," Jo Houston, owner. "Everybody's busy eating."
So what brings St. Louisans to Houston's establishment? Maybe it's word of mouth about her barbecue recipe.
"It calls for 10 onions, and you've got to blend it," said Houston. "Ketchup and tomato sauce, green onions, worchester sauce, a little mustard, a litte sugar and a little red pepper."
Barbecue chicken, pork and beef, it's all good here according to the customers. Diner's Delight started as a family affair, back in 1969.
"My husband and I we were working and we had six children," Houston said. "And we were thinking you know maybe we could start a little business or something."
That family flavor definitely adds something to the mix.
"We try to keep our prices as reasonable as possible and people just come back and talk and a lot of people that lived over here still come," Houston said.
They're still coming to enjoy what Houston cooks up practically single-handedly in this humble kitchen on South Compton Street. The River Front Times calls Diner's Delight "culinary royalty."