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Connelly's Goody Goody Diner

5900 Natural Bridge, St. Louis, MO - (314) 383-3333
Posted By Michael Stern on 2/8/2008 6:01:00 PM
Breakfast is served all day (until closing mid-afternoon) Wednesday and Friday at the Goody Goody diner, and other days only until 11am. The menu is vast, ranging from omelets, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, and French toast, to boneless catfish filets with eggs and one amazing dish known as The Wilber. “We’re bringing a popular St. Louis diner breakfast to Connelly’s,” the menu notes in its description of The Wilbur. Known in other local diners and chili parlors as a slinger, The Wilbur is an omelet filled with chili, fried potatoes, peppers, onions and tomatoes. It is a soulful meal, profoundly satisfying … although not necessarily what we crave to eat early in the morning!

The chili that gives The Wilbur its avoirdupois can be ordered as a side dish. It is stout and salty, made with chunks of beef, and it is the fundamental element in a once-popular but now rare Midwestern diner dish, chili mac. Goody Goody’s chili mac is prepared with authoritative hash-house style: well-cooked spaghetti noodles are topped with chili and crowned by a mass of shredded cheddar cheese.

“We’ve changed many items on our menu over the years,” the Good Goody credo goes. “But the way we prepare our hamburgers will never change. They’re not fancy – they’re just GOOD!” We agree. Regulars and doubles, patty melts and cheeseburgers, slawburgers and barbecue slawburgers are all outstanding, available with sides that include onion rings, French fries, cheese fries, and, of course, chili. Each burger is mashed down hard enough on the grill that it becomes a rugged patty with a lacy-crisp circumference, its brawny nature nicely gentled by the soft yellow bun in which it is served.

The Goody Goody opened for business as a walk-up root beer stand in 1931 and became a hot-food drive-in in the 1940s. By the 1950s when Herb and Viola Connelly bought the place, it had turned into a favorite scene for hot-rod cruising after dark. The Connolly’s son Richard added the family name to Goody Goody (which supposedly came about because that’s what children used to holler when their parents brought them here to eat back in the ‘30s). Richard, who started work as a car hop, vows “We are not fast food just good food as fast as possible.”

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A specific type of slinger, The Wilbur is Goody Goody Diner's signature dish.
"A specific type of slinger, The Wilbur is Goody Goody Diner's signature dish."
Cliff Strutz





One of the signature items on the menu, this is a fine version of that classic soul food dish, chicken and waffles.
"One of the signature items on the menu, this is a fine version of that classic soul food dish, chicken and waffles."
Cliff Strutz


The recommended bread with breakfast is a good, hot biscuit.
"The recommended bread with breakfast is a good, hot biscuit."
Cliff Strutz


Why the Goody Goody Diner is good: the hospitality and expertise of executive chef Bob Williams (upper left), owner Richard Connelly, manager Chris Baker, and owner Laura Connelly.
"Why the Goody Goody Diner is good: the hospitality and expertise of executive chef Bob Williams (upper left), owner Richard Connelly, manager Chris Baker, and owner Laura Connelly."
Michael Stern


Goody Goody Diner is one of a few St. Louis businesses permitted to have a flashing sign.
"Goody Goody Diner is one of a few St. Louis businesses permitted to have a flashing sign. "
Cliff Strutz


Now called Connelly's, the Goody Goody Diner is said to have gotten its original name back in the days it was an A&W root beer stand and kids cried out goody goody! when their parents brought them to eat here.
"Now called Connelly's, the Goody Goody Diner is said to have gotten its original name back in the days it was an A&W root beer stand and kids cried out goody goody! when their parents brought them to eat here."
Michael Stern


The Goody Goody Diner at the height of car culture in America
"The Goody Goody Diner at the height of car culture in America"
Michael Stern



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