One has only to read the many restaurant reviews, ranging from national spreads in Bon Apetit to the major and neighborhood St. Louis press to realize that O.T. Hodge Chile Parlors® represents a truly unique theme in its market. Reflecting back on the diners of old, Hodges also brings an old product concept, the American Chile Parlor to what is variously called Fast Food, Casual Full Service, or Retro as authors search for a description of what O.T. Hodge provides.
Quoting the Internet's Digital City, when giving Hodges five stars:
Hodge's is what a diner should be. All ages and economic classes rubbing shoulders and enjoying recipes unchanged for decades. Classics never go out of style. My kids could tell this place was an original from knee-high, and we always return here first when in St. Louis.
Or, from Traveling Simplified:Downtown St. Louis offers outstanding architecture, the Cardinals, and local hangouts. Rather than get caught eating in the hotel venture out to my favorite diner, O. T. Hodge Celebrated Chile Parlors (since 1904) and live it up. It is worth your time simply to read the menu which includes Tamale Dry, Tamale 21 In, Top One ........and you'll love it.
The beauty of our theme is its inclusiveness and flexibility. We serve a delicious, proprietary chile formula in a unique environment, combining it with American favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner for people of all ages, economic groups and occupations. Whether the Hodge location is downtown, in a suburban strip mall or deep in an industrial district, people flock to our product and to the many ways it can be served to provide variety day after day.