From Wiki: The Slinger is a Midwestern dinner specialty typically consisting of two eggs, hash browns, and a hamburger patty (or any other meat) all covered in chili (with or without beans) and generously topped with cheese and onions. The eggs can be any style. The Slinger is considered to be a St. Louis late-night culinary original. It is described as “a hometown culinary invention that might account for St. Louis’ high rate of heart disease: a mishmash of meat, hash-fried potatoes, eggs, and chili, sided with your choice of ham, sausage, bacon, hamburger patties, or an entire flippin’ T-bone steak. It’s dirt cheap, damn good and a drunk’s dream.” See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slinger Anne’s been to most of the dinners listed there and as she was reading the entry seemed to be planning the rest.
Anne and I have lived in St. Louis most of our lives. Yes, sad but true. Today for brunch I had my first Slinger at the City Diner. I guess I’m finally settling in here. Anne had a much more sensible dish, pancakes. We ate out back on the patio.
Years ago when Anne was pregnant with Dan and still working at the Corps she went out to lunch with some of the guys. She ordered a Slinger but decided not to finish it. One of the guys asked if she was going to finish it? She said, “help yourself”. Later that afternoon the same guy came by and exclaimed that “it was all your fault”. He shouldn’t have eaten the rest of the Slinger and didn’t feel very well.