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We just got back from a great trip to St. Louis for five days, and I thought I would share some of our experiences because when we were planning our trip there really wasn't alot on here about St. Louis. First I will say that the only bad thing about the whole entire trip was the weather, but I knew that it would be bad from everything I had heard about the summer weather there. We will be going back many times as we are huge Cardinal fans, but we have learned our lesson and will be going back when it is not July or August :-) This first trip my husband really wanted to see them play the Cubs but I think he is now on my side about when we will go next time. Sorry for the length of this, unless your really interested in St. Louis you might get bored :-)
I will start with the restaurants we tried, the first restaurant we ate at was Charlie Gitto's. The atmosphere was great and I loved seeing all the pictures of the stars that had been there, but I would rate the food at about a "7" out of "10". My husband ordered the lasagna and it was pretty good but it tasted like you were eating a mound of melted cheese, so there really wasn't any meat or noodles you could taste. I had a sausage sandwich, the sausage had good flavor but it was overcooked. Another place we ate at was Pappy's Smokehouse, OMG!! The best barbeque I have ever had!!! I actually ate some without any sauce on it, which I never do, it was that great! We tried the ribs, brisket, pulled pork and a hot link, it was so good that we bought a cooler and filled it with ice for three nights in the hotel room and then took it home with us and ate it the day after we came back :-) Also, ate at Mcgurk's Pub, it was exactly what I would expect from a fantastic Irish pub. The food was very good, we tried some of the Irish specialties, hubby had the "bangers and mash" and the waitress said they made their own corned beef so I had the reuben sandwich, best reuben ever!!! So good! I would recommend if you are over the age of 30 that you go before nine o'clock. We got there around 8 o'clock and by about the time we were ready to leave it was packed to the brim with twenty somethings looking to hookup :-) This was about 10 o'clock on Saturday night. Oh one more thing, we had never had anything like their housemade potato chips, Oh these were sooo good! Mcgurk's also has a wonderful garden patio area outside to sit and enjoy your meal (of course when it isn't 100 degrees outside :-) Another place we went to was "The Boathouse" restaurant in Forest Park. It was very good and I would definitely go back. My husband and I both had a burger and I still can't get over the juicy and great taste of the burgers. In fact every meat/ or burger we had in St. Louis was awesome! I am assuming it's because of the midwest meat ? Also, the Boathouse Mac and Cheese with bleu cheese crumbles was excellent, my mouth is still watering :-) One last place we ate at was Joe Buck's, we really loved this place too, it had a great atmosphere, casual yet still very nice. Again, had a great meal there. Also we had the best waiter on our whole trip at Joe Buck's. It is only two blocks from the stadium.
Well we did do more than eat :-) so about the other things we did : Of course we went to two games at Busch stadium, I have to say this is a beautiful stadium! Went on the Budweiser tour, had alot of fun and I thought it was very interesting, and of course the free beer was nice too. :-) The one thing out of everything we did that I can't even put in to words, because it was that spectacular, was the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, WOW!!!! My hubby and I both said it was the most beautiful manmade thing we had ever seen! If you are even in close proximity to St. Louis you have got to go there!
Did go to Forest Park, kind of a funny story. We were told that from the cathedral that it was only six blocks to walk to the Forest Park, so we thought even though it was scorching weather we could do it , ha, ha! Well...... that only gets you to the northeast corner of a park that is bigger than central park in New York. So as we were dying of heatstroke trying to find the Boathouse restaurant, climbing over hills and through parking lots, trying to look at my map through the sweat dripping off of my head, I was thinking what have I gotten us into??? Well, we finally found it, and by the time we got there we must have looked like something that the cat dragged in :-) so that was the only part of the park we got to see. So as a caution to others, for us we said next time we would rent a car for one day and use it to go all through Forest Park (we were going by taxi everywhere). I really wanted to go through the zoo and all the different museums, etc...... but by the time we made it to the restaurant and were done eating we just wanted to get a taxi and go back to the hotel and shower and collapse on the bed.
The weather was around 100 degrees with about 100% humidity so be careful if you go in July or August. But like I said everything else was great! The only question I really have for someone who lives in St. Louis is that when we would go somewhere like a department store (we went to the Macy's downtown) we were watched like hawks, like they thought we were going to steal something, I was curious if all stores are like this there?
The Laclede's Landing area was a very cool area, with the cobblestone streets and brick sidewalk's, wish I had more time there. Went to this famous candy place called Crown Candy Kitchen, I would not go there in the evening, very bad neighborhood, but very good candy and milkshakes.
We stayed at the Grand Renaissance hotel. I can say it was very clean rooms and the lobby was very beautiful, but that is about it. If you get a good deal on priceline for the room like I did it can be worth it. I was very disappointed that we had no refrigerator or microwave, I probably will never stay anywhere again that does not have these amenities.
So overall a great time in St. Louis. If anyone is planning a trip there just ask me if you have any questions.
KB

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