Last week I went to St. Louis for my cousin’s graduation, to see my parents’ new house, and to catch up with family and friends. After a fairly uneventful flight, the first 2 things I demanded were ice cream and beer. So we headed to my former employer, Fritz’s Frozen Custard to enjoy delicious concretes and sundaes. My toffee crunch concrete did not disappoint and per the usual, we ran into some people we knew. I was also glad to see that I did not know any of the employees. Next, we headed to St. Charles to my parents’ new house for a tour and beer on the screened porch before bed.
Friday morning, Mom and I headed to her favorite new grocery store to get some donuts. It happened to be National Donut Day so we ended up with a great deal on delicious donuts. We also picked up more ice cream and beer to really celebrate a good weekend. The donuts were fresh and tasty!
After a day of running around for Mom and I, and work for Katie, Dad, and Aaron, we headed to the East Side for Sawmill BBQ. This delicious BBQ joint is owned by a friend of my parents and was worth the wait in traffic. Steve, the owner, took us on a tour of their remodeled kitchen and prepared a special appetizer plate for us with a sampling of their best appetizers. The plate included house chips with beer cheese, fried pickles, fried zucchini, fried mac and cheese, and toasted raviolis. When I’m in St. Louis, I eat all the toasted ravioli that I can and this was great. I love the combination of my favorite appetizers and bbq. The house chips with beer cheese were also delicious, but I knew I needed to save some room for bbq. I opted for the brisket with green beans and potato salad. I loved my plate! The brisket was a perfect combination of lean with enough fat to give it flavor. It definitely rivals some Texas favorites. The green beans were well seasoned and a nice pairing with the other bbq favorites. The potato salad was amazing! I probably could have eaten an entire plate of just potato salad. It had a sour creamy flavor without eggs, mayonnaise or relish (all things I feel ruin potato salad). I got to taste the nachos, pulled pork and I also snagged a rib. Everything was so tasty! I look forward to a return visit at Christmas time when I’m next in town and I know that Mike will love it, too.
Saturday brought more delicious food. Katie and I took Grandma out to lunch and we were lucky that one of our Florissant favorites also has a St. Peter’s location, Pirrone’s Pizza. When I am in St. Louis, I always try to eat St. Louis style pizza and Pirrone’s has long been one of my favorites. We started off with salad, which had a healthy dose of provel cheese on top and split a sausage pizza. After lunch, we introduced Grandma to Oberweis for some ice cream.
Katie and I thought we might never need to eat again after lunch, but Aaron really wanted to eat dinner. So we compromised, and had a late dinner after an afternoon of playing with Timothy and hanging out. Katie and Aaron took me to Hi Point Diner. It was close enough to walk, but the weather was weird so we drove and lucked into a good spot. Hi Pointe is another restaurant from the chef who is a part of Sugarfire and many other delicious St. Louis restaurants. Portions were huge, so Katie and I split the turkey club with sides of mac and cheese and fries. Everything was delicious and I felt full after just browsing the menu and looking at some of the specials. Check out their Facebook page for pictures of some wildly decadent foods.
On Sunday, I got to watch “baby” Bryan graduate. We celebrated at their house one last time with Q’doba and pink lemonade margaritas. Later, I got to visit with some of my oldest friends (all younger than me, but I’ve known all of them 29+ years!) and was treated to some delicious tacos and a margarita at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. It was great to hang out and catch up with friends and share my parents’ new house. I had a wonderful trip, spent time with some of my favorite people, and ate some amazing foods. I can wait for an extended visit at Christmas!