Fucking A. If you live in St. Louis and don’t suck then you’ve probably been to Mammer Jammer. Right around the corner from Natural Bridge and Kingshighway, this spot has been killin’ the St. Louis cheese steak game for years.
This, ladies and gentleman, is the motherfucking Mammer Jammer. There are 8 levels of heat that you can choose on the sandwich; going from most pussy to hottest there’s regular, mild, hot, extra hot, super hot, “Mary Francis”, “Big John”, and “IT”.
I asked the owner about the sandwich names and started with Mary Francis, he replied “what, you never heard Mary Francis before? It’s slang for MF’er”. “Big John is just like, Big Bad John”, and when asked about “IT”, he answered, “I don’t know, it’s just IT”. They claim to offer the hottest sandwich in town and I believe it.
Sure you could get a tripe, fish or polish sausage sandwich, but why? The operation’s namesake is the fucking truth. What separates the Mammer Jammer from the other steak sandwiches on the menu is the secret sauce that is poured over it once it comes off the grill.
It had been a while since I had one of these shits so I walked into the spot early Saturday afternoon before the lunch rush and had the opportunity to chat with the staff for a bit. I was telling them I had been there before and usually order the Mary Francis, also explaining how my ass usually stays on fire for 2 days after eating one of them. Jerry, who was working the grill, said my ass would be on fire for 3 days if I had the Big John. I refused and for $5 plus change went for the “Mary Francis” once again.
Here’s a shot of the griddle action. Note the habanero peppers ready to bring the ruckus to my colon.
Here they top off the steak and peppers with a cheese slathered hoagie.
Pre-Mammer Jammer chili sauce
The aftermath wasn’t as bad as usual. Perhaps it had something to do with me getting the order to go and it cooled down a bit before I ate it. Next time I’ma go for the Big John and one day make it up to the “IT”.
If you live in St. Louis or are visiting, make sure to pick up some Tucks and stop by Mammer Jammer to see for yourself.
5124 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63115