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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rick's Picks: Six of Coach Majerus' Favorite St. Louis Eateries [Updated]

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Ted Drewes Frozen Custard on Chippewa. - IMAGE VIA
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  • Ted Drewes Frozen Custard on Chippewa.

6. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (4224 South Grand Boulevard; 314-352-73760) and (6726 Chippewa Street; 314-481-2652)

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard has been a St. Louis institution since 1930, and Coach Majerus quickly discovered the dessert's charms on his arrival in town. An unnamed manager at the Ted Drewes' Chippewa location tells RFT, "We'd get orders from [the St. Louis University Athletic Department] all the time." Drewes' honey-laced frozen custard was so popular with Coach Majerus that it was served at his memorial service at Chaifetz Pavilion.

Coach Rick Majerus enjoying dessert at the Fountain on Locust. - IMAGE COURTESY JOY CHRISTENSEN.
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  • Coach Rick Majerus enjoying dessert at the Fountain on Locust.

7. Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street; 314-535-7800)

Two Scoops After Dinner Mint with Hot Fudge The Ice Cream Martini Fountain on Locust's Joy Christensen says, "Our doorway would seem very low when Coach would come in with his 7' players. Mostly he came in alone or would order to-go when he couldn't make the three block trip from SLU campus. A big hearted man, he enjoyed our staff. One day he told us he wanted us to have his dear mother's chili recipe that he remembered fondly from growing up; he called it a "budget recipe." It was a typical '50's homemaker's chili with a tomato soup base! We asked permission to "improve" it a bit, make it healthier and heartier, and Coach still loved it, so we had it on the menu for over a year before the idea struck to open up chili recipe submissions to everyone with "Customer Chili of the Week." Coach still ordered up to-go quarts of "his" chili, sometimes 40 at a time to give out to friends. Here's to our friend and Fountain on Locust supporter, Rick Majerus."

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