Great breakfast. I haven't been to Rex's for several years now, but used to go often with my in-laws. This place is a neighborhood institution. Wonderful breakfast, friendly service (servers are long term employees). Good basic traditional food. Very inexpensive and a family friendly place. The crowd is mostly older citizens of the neighborhood who have been going for years. The regulars and employees are very nice and welcoming, particularly to kids. We would often stop at Rex's on our way to other city attractions, such as the Zoo, the Arch, etc. or with out of town guests. Relatives from out of town always loved Rex's, these little neighborhood restaraunts are so much better than IHOP or Denny's. I need to go back soon! Recommended.
A little neighborhood place where everyone's treated like a regular..
Nestled in a residential area between Carondelet Park and the Mississippi River, Rex's Cafe exists in its own little world. Walking into this smoky, wood-paneled restaurant, you get the feeling that it was exactly the same in the 1960s as it is now. The new packs in the cigarette machine (the whole place is one big smoking section) are the only clue to the actual year. But rather than feeling worn, Rex's feels cool. Time has only made it better.
Menus aren't immediately offered, but you can ask for one. And the specials board usually has dozens of items on it. Eggs any way, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage--you get the picture. The kitchen has classic American food down to a science. Lunch is just as good. Catfish, liver, burgers, roast beef and other standards are served exactly as ordered by friendly waitresses. They'll treat you as well as a regular on your very first visit.
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