Tuesday, May 27, 2008

St. Louis Food: Honorable Mentions

First and foremost, while St. Louis is not one of the most exciting places I've ever visited, the hospitality I received was wonderful to the extreme. Seana - thanks for everything!
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At the risk of sounding trite, the best way to explore a new city really is through its local flavors. This is especially so for St. Louis, where it is known for a couple of delicious foods. I am happy to say that I tried them all. On top of the 5 pounds I haven't lost from those cupcakes, I am blowing up like a balloon.

St. Louis Style Pizza: After picking me up from the airport and stopping at home for a bit, Seana took me to Main Street St. Charles. We walked the street from beginning to end and at the end of the street is Talayna's. Talayna's is a pizza restaurant, with sparse decor. We sat in a cozy booth and shared a St. Louis style pizza. The crust of St. Louis style pizza is thinner than the New York style. It's almost cracker-like. It was so delicious (everything was just right - right amount of toppings, the right amount of cheese - cooked to perfection). At home, we don't usually have thin-crust pizzas (less bang for your buck, per Luke), but this particular pizza we had that night was ridiculously good.

Toasted Ravioli: Oh. My. God. Much better than the Chef Boyardee variety that I am used to. Seana and I trekked to The Hill (the Italian neighborhood of St. Louis) at Zia's for this popular appetizer. We tried both the plain and the fancier seafood version. The verdict? Stick with the plain! The plain toasted ravioli is breaded, fried, and served with marinara sauce and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Deep frying makes everything taste 1000 times better. So true. The seafood version wasn't as delicious (not fried), but definitely made a good breakfast the next day.

We wanted to sit outside, but the party steps before us took the last table!

From L to R - toasted ravioli, toasted seafood ravioli, the filling

St. Louis Style BBQ: Smokin' Al's is definitely cheap eats. Our lunch together was less than $15 and we got 2 meals out of it. The meat on the ribs fell right off the bones - so tender. The St. Louis style bbq sauce is generally tomato-based, thinned with vinegar, sweet and spicy. The meat is served with a generous amount of sauce, on pieces of plain bread. Another yummy meal!

From L to R - pork steak (a staple of the St. Louis style bbq), 4-bone, Seana

Frozen Custard: I first learned about Ted Drewes on the Food Network. This was really the only food I knew I wanted to try before I went to St. Louis (I didn't learn about the others after I got there). I was expecting the custard to be extremely thick, but to my surprise, the consistency was very much like ice cream. The server did an upside-down test and not a drop fell out. It was a great treat, but after finishing the entire cup, I still think it's very similar to just plain ol' ice cream.

I got the Oreo "concrete".

The shop was busy at around 4pm in the afternoon. Luckily, the line moved fast. Seana got the M&M "concrete". I asked her to turn hers upside-down to so I can get a picture. :)

Gooey Butter Cake: I am not a sweets person, but when in St. Louis, gooey butter cake is a must! Taking the recommendation of the nice lady we chatted with at the visitor center, we found Lubeley's. I didn't like the cake much, mostly because cream cheese is one of the ingredients and I am not a fan. The consistency is thick - like brownies.

The gooey butter cake is on the bottom row, in the middle. I bought a square for $4.99. Seana and I had a little bit the next day for breakfast, but I took the rest home to Luke. He warmed it up and ate it with crushed pineapples.

If you happen to find yourself in St. Louis, I highly recommend these authentic tastes!

Crash diet starts...NOW.

2 comments:

  1. Hmph! So this is why you ditched me last weekend. While I laid dying in our little apartment, you were traipsing around eating all sorts of weird stuff. Fine! At least you remembered to bring me back some of that yummy cake. I guess I can forgive you then. maybe...

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  2. OMG that pizza does look good. Yumm!!

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