Thursday, March 17, 2011

#11: The Heath Bar Concrete at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM

The Heath Bar concrete at Ted Drewes - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • The Heath Bar concrete at Ted Drewes
Though I've lived in St. Louis for the better part of a decade now -- and though I've left myself wiggle room by classifying these as my "favorite" dishes, not the "best" -- you still won't find pizza topped with Provel, slingers or toasted ravioli on this list. It's not for lack of trying. Some foods, I think, you have to grow up eating to love.

The frozen custard at Ted Drewes, though? That language is universal.

Though Ted Drewes is well known for its turn-the-cup-upside-down trick, it's the smoothness of the frozen custard that won me over. The first spoonful doesn't make me think concrete so much as silk. It isn't better than ice cream or gelato, just different -- and, when I'm in the right mood, sublime.

(It is, however, better than frozen yogurt, surely the most overrated frozen dessert of all time.)

The inclusion of the Heath Bar bits isn't really relevant to the concrete's place on this list. It's just what I felt like having on this visit.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
6726 Chippewa Street
$2.20 (small), $3.50 (regular, shown), $4.80 (large)

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.


#12: Beef tongue at Café Natasha's Kabob International
#13: The root beer braised short rib at Monarch
#14: The egg raviolo at Acero
#15: Pappardelle at the Tavern Kitchen + Bar
#16: Carnitas at La Tejana Taqueria
#17: Benne's Farm half chicken at Five Bistro
#18: Dátiles rellenos at Modesto
#19: Hot-and-sour noodles at Joy Luck Buffet
#20: Lamb vindaloo at India Palace

#21: Channa masala at Raj's Rasoi
#22: The blueberry scone at La Dolce Via
#23: Gang kua ped yang at Addie's Thai House
#24: Bánh xèo at Banh Mi So #1 - Saigon Gourmet
#25: Mojarra dorada at Garduño's Mexican Food
#26: "It" at Mammer Jammer
#27: Two eggs over-easy, bacon and hash browns at the Courtesy Diner
#28: Seafood at Farmhaus
#29: The "Edgar Allan Poe" at Dewey's Pizza
#30: The "Heart Stopping BLT" and a chocolate malt at Crown Candy Kitchen

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