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  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

    I can’t add anything to this, but the place was renowned for its chicken. An uncle took my Grandmother there at least once a month back in the ’40s and ’50s.
    Two other famous “chicken places” of pre and post WWII were Madame Defoe’s waaay out on Manchester Road (OK – in Manchester, I think) and the Green Parrot Inn on old Big bend in Kirkwood, between New Big Bend and Ballas. The latter building is still there, but has been converted into a home. I don’t know if Madame Defoe’s is still around, since I never knew exactly where it was – I was just barely a teen when it closed – I think it went back to a few years before WWI.

    1. Chas Bealke says:

      Was over seven years late viewing your post, but as I recall Madame Defoe’s was on Baxter Rd. about a mile North of Clayton. That was off the beaten path, but when I was a kid there was a billboard near the intersection of Clayton and Baxter advertising the place.

  2. Lura Holt says:

    I have to wonder now if Buckingham’s and Green Parrot Inn were somehow related. This postcard was with my grandfather’s photos, so I suppose he went there. I don’t remember going to Buckingham’s, but he took us to the Green Parrot Inn a lot. The owner was a good friend of his. An unrelated, but small world story. My husband raffled off one of his handmade guitars for a cause. (Holt Musical Instruments, shameless plug) The winner of the raffle guitar runs his business out of the Buckingham building.

  3. Matthew says:

    I purchased a tackle box at an auction today and in it was a matchbook from this restaurant had no idea it was that old.

  4. Wanda says:

    Hi — my parents apparently went to Buckingham’s restaurant on Manchester for their ‘wedding breakfast’ in 1948. Do you know the whereabouts of the house (street address)?

    1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

      Insert 38.612829,-90.352569 on Google or Bing maps.
      The building is now occupied by Hensley Construction, 8949 Manchester.

    2. Nancy says:

      Im remembering it to be on the northwest corner of Brentwood Blvd and Manchester Road. In the city of Brentwood.

  5. Joan Church says:

    It was one of our family traditions to go to Buckinghams. It would always be a special occasion. I am an octogenarian now. Then, I was pre-teen. So, those dinners at Buckinghams remain a special memory for me. Sorry, it is no longer operating. Happy that I can sit at my Ipad and share this with you.

  6. Jim Kroeger says:

    We lived in Warson Woods in the ’50s and ’60s. I remember my family getting takeout checken dinners from Buckingham’s.

  7. Lois Kersting Davis says:

    While going through my parents’ home after their passing, I found an autographed menu given to them on their wedding day! Looking at 1954 prices was amazing! I wish I could post the picture of the menu! What a great meal you could get!!

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Thank you for sharing, Lois! If you are willing, you can e-mail a JPG of it to me. My e-mail address is at the bottom of the page.

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