Things to do in the LouJune 24, 2009
In 1997, I moved to St. Louis — a city I loved and called home for more than 10 years. In that time, I found a few favorite locations that I want to share with those lucky enough to be in St. Louis for the 2009 AAUW National Convention. I am sure you have read about going to the Arch, Forest Park and museums, and the Budweiser Tour (my college roommates and I went a few times a week one summer — both the tour and the samples were free!). I’d like to go beyond that list, though, so here are a few of my favorite places that I miss and make a point of visiting when I’m in the Lou.
Ted Drewes, a local frozen custard place, is known for its “concretes” — blended frozen treats so fresh you can turn them upside down and the frozen custard will not come out. The Chippewa Avenue location is known as the stop to make after Cardinals baseball games. The lines always look long, but they move very quickly. I recommend the Sin Sunday (tart cherries and hot fudge) concrete.
St. Louis is famous for its long-standing brewery culture. While Budweiser is known worldwide, Schlafly is a favorite with locals. The beer is available at many local establishments, and Schlafly’s two restaurant locations are some of my favorites in St. Louis. Bottle Works, located just outside the St. Louis city limits, uses local vendors for most of their food. They even have an on-site garden. The Tap Room, located downtown, has a delicious menu. Whichever location you choose, be sure to order the sticky toffee pudding for dessert!
Third Degree, a public-access glass art education center, offers classes and glass-blowing demonstrations. During the summer season, the artists work limited hours because of the heat (the molten glass is about 2,000 degrees), but the gallery of local art is worth the trip. Make sure you visit the bathroom to see some of the coolest faucets and sinks!
This is not a museum in the traditional sense; it’s a playground for adults! It combines architectural treasures and recycled materials to make a place like you have never seen before. An outdoor area features slides, there are indoor caves and an aquarium, and, after much anticipation, the rooftop is now open to guests.
The Hill is a traditional St. Louis neighborhood that was settled by Italian immigrants. It’s known as the place to find the best Italian American cuisine, including a St. Louis original — toasted ravioli. If you are looking for a good meal, be sure to make a trip to The Hill. You might also want to try St. Louis-style pizza, which has a super thin, crispy crust topped with provel cheese.