Southwest Diner

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Rare is the weekend morning when you won’t find at least a few people standing outside Southwest Diner, waiting for a table. This diner featuring southwestern cuisine has built a considerable fan base since opening in the city’s Ellendale neighborhood in 2012. (In fact, Southwest Diner got a head start; its owners served breakfast tacos at Tower Grove Farmers Market before the restaurant opened.) It’s worth the wait for the chile-laced posole, the earthy spice of carne adovada and the red- or green-chile (or both, aka Christmas-style) enchiladas. Save room for the sopapillas.

From the owners

We opened Southwest Diner in June 2012. Since then, St. Louisans have really taken to our little corner restaurant to get their fix of classic diner food and down-home New Mexican cooking. Whether you’re in the mood for homemade biscuits and gravy or a huge, New Mexican-style breakfast burrito smothered in red and green chile, we have got you covered. Cozy and comforting with an old Santa Fe vibe, you’ll dig our funky, friendly little spot.
--Jonathan Jones and Anna Sidel,
Co-Owners Southwest Diner