iron barley and the ballistic elvis

When were in the St. Louis area over Thanksgiving, we headed for a day of touristy type fun in St. Louis proper. Since it was nearing lunch time before five of us got around to leave the house, we opted for stopping for some lunch before sight-seeing at The Gateway Arch. Our lunch spot of choice? Iron Barley. In the several times I’d made visits to The Cuz and fam, I remembered us talking about the place, but I’d never been. Now? I’m adding it to the list of MUST VISIT places when I visit.

The menu was almost impossible to pick from, but I think it’s safe to say we were all extremely happy with what we ordered. Our appetizer, though, is work writing in detail about. Either B. or The Cuz mentioned it and after giving it a lot of thought, we decided to go ahead and order one to split between the four of us. And, because we’re nice, we gave Clara Jane crackers.

ballistic elvis taken by the cuz
ballistic elvis taken by the cuz

What is the Ballistic Elvis? Oh, let me tell you.

American cheese, strawberry preserves, sliced bananas, peanut butter and red pepper flakes. (Read that twice, just because you’ll need to in order to remember it and make it at home.)

All grilled on what looked to be Texas Toast. And, because we couldn’t say no, we added bacon, as the menu suggested.

It came out and I wanted it to be absolutely disgusting. How can you combine all of that and have it be delicious? I love each of the ingredients. On their own. Or perhaps PAIRED together. But all in one? I was scared! I didn’t want one sandwich to ruin my love for bananas or bacon or discount American cheese slices!

It wasn’t disgusting. At all. It was fantastic. So much, in fact, that neither one of us Ballistic Elvis virgins have been able to stop thinking about it ever since. Now, we have groceries to make our own version of it. I hope we get it right, but I’d imagine more testing will be necessary when we return to St. Louis.

Reviews of Iron Barley and/or the Ballistic Elvis Sammiche. (That’s what it’s called on the menu!!)

One Comment

  1. realist

    want to know the brunch/breakfast version of this great sandwich? add a fried egg to it. another option – make it with cinnamon raisin bread.

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