The dreaded St. Louis summer is upon us, and one of the only effective strategies to combat the soul-crushing humidity is to search out the nearest ice-cream parlor. Luckily, St. Louis has its share of unique and even iconic spots to enjoy frozen treats. (Note: We aren't counting frozen yogurt; it's too healthy.) Gut Check has assembled a list of some of the best places to grab a scoop of sweet relief, but it's up to you to choose your toppings.
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (6726 Chippewa Street; 314-481-2652) At the first hint of an oncoming heat wave, Ted Drewes becomes a genuine mecca for St. Louisans craving those famous concretes. Guests order at the window (even though the line moves quickly, it feels like you wait for an eternity), and their creation is prepared on the spot. Flavors range from the standards (strawberry, chocolate) to more exotic offerings (pomegranate, lime). Besides famous concretes, you can also order classic malts, shakes, sundaes, floats and ice-cream sodas. Ted Drewes has been serving up frozen goodness since the 1940s, so ordering your first frozen custard is a bona fide rite of passage.
Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121) Yes, Baileys' Range is known for its wonderfully juicy burgers and excellent beer selection. But it would be a tragedy to forget the ice cream, especially when the ice cream in question is homemade and includes such inventive flavors as the "Three-Chili Chocolate," a pistachio that's both nutty and minty or the "Baileys" (as in Baileys Irish Cream) and salted caramel. In total, there are fifteen unique flavors to try, plus a weekly "Battle of the Ice Creams," in which customers can vote on their favorite of two new experimental flavors. A recent battle pitted "Banana Nutella" against "Watermelon Sorbet." So sure, go for the burger, but we're pretty certain you'll find it impossible to pass on the ice cream. Baileys' boozy shakes are also not to be missed.
See also: Best Ice Cream Parlor - 2012
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