I asked you all a while back about St. Louis, remember? We visited my dear baby cousin (who beeteedubs is almost 20), watched some baseball, checked out some Arch, and ate a ton of delicious food.
First up: Breakfast. Always. Boosters on the Delmar Loop (hehe, Delmar is near where we live now!) had the quick, inexpensive breakfast we needed before heading to campus.
Egg sandwich with big fat juicy grape trio? Pumpkin pancakes? Check and check. Delicious, simple, friendly, and inexpensive. Serve your own coffee and make your own milk and sweetening experience.
So there's actually a block or two (or three?) that has Thai this and Thai that, all owned by the same people. We stopped at Thai Pizza for a quick lunch, and I was pleasantly surprised. It was kind of cool and misty out, and pizza fell out of favor with me while giant plate of pad see ew was definitely in.
Yum. Easy, fast, convenient, and exactly what I needed on this day. If I were a student I'd go back often, and on days where I wasn't totally famished (as I was on this day) I'd eat 1/3 of it cold late at night.
You MUST use Facebook for all it is worth. And by that I mean staying in touch with old friends and knowing where they live. That way you can visit with them (and eat with them). We did just that at Pappy's Smokehouse. If it's a weekend (or any day, really), remember that they close at 8pm or when they run out of food--whichever happens first. Apparently on a Saturday this can be mid-afternoon. You're warned!
Delicious corn, sweet potato fries with cinnamon and sugar, ribs, sweet n' saucy pulled pork, and bare as a baby's bottom sliced brisket. They were out of chicken and turkey when we got there; you know we'd have preferred to try everything they have. Peppery green beans and refreshing crunchy slaw round out our haul. Pappy's is a blast. It's the kind of place you want to go to with good friends, and you want to laugh, eat, wipe your hands (a lot), and leave in a drunken state of food coma happiness. I'd say the ribs were the biggest hit at our table. The corn and sweet potato fries were also somewhat ridiculous.
We visited two frozen custard establishments, and one was the famous (maybe?) Ted Drewes, home of the concrete--it's like a Blizzard, a Blend-In, you know the drill. But here they turn your cup upside down with the spoon in it to prove how stuck in there your custard is. This made me nervous, obviously. It's delicious, it's frozen, it's happy, and I'd have it again 7x per week, whether once per day or twice some days and others off. J enjoyed the classic chocolate/vanilla twist, while I got crazy with the concrete with raspberries, hot fudge, and macadamia nuts. Next time I'd get a concrete without hot fudge (which obviously changes the consistency), and I'd remember that macs are perhaps my least favorite nut. Sidenote, a few of their locations are kosher.
Last breakfast time....
We rose early to get to the Arch, walk around a downtown garden, and take some pictures. What a gorgeous day.
Rooster was plum adorable, from the freshly cut flowers in the mason jar vases to the clear hot bevvie mugs.
My plate isn't colorful (and the globs are unfortunate), but the taste was delicious. Goat cheese, mushrooms, oven-dried tomatoes in a crepe. Word.
J had the Rooster Slinger--andouille sausage, potatoes, eggs, and sausage gravy over maybe the thickest toast I've seen ever. This thing is not joking. This is not a test.
Beyond the friendly and helpful service, delicious food, and sweet overall vibe, one of my favorite things about Rooster is that it is open 7 (seven) days a week and serves breakfast all day (all day. ALL DAY). Breakfast All Day. Also seen in other places as Breakfast: Served All Day. Music to my ears.
Fly, do not walk or drive (at least not from ALB or DC) to St. Louis. You can get there on Southwest and get sassed on your way. Catch a ballgame, take a tour of the Budweiser factory (it's a lot like Wonka), and walk around some of the beautiful tree-lined streets with unbelievable homes. And eat breakfast (all day).