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Readers’ Choice 2015: Favorite Frozen Desserts – Ted Drewes

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

A trip to Ted Drewes is a St. Louis tradition. Your favorite place for frozen desserts has been inverting bright yellow cups filled with thick, rich custard before handing them over to your greedy little fingers for decades. Single-topping concretes – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, anyone? – are tried-and-true, and when you want to pile on the calories, Ted’s custard crew comes through with specialties like Hawaiian (pineapple, banana, coconut and macadamia nuts) and Cardinal Sin (cherries and hot fudge). With dozens of toppings and add-ons, the mixing and matching possibilities are endless. Here, six of our favorite concrete creations from this town’s beloved custard stand.


Clockwise from top left: Coconut, chocolate chips and almonds – Michelle Volansky, production designer | Oreos and cookie dough – Meera Nagarajan, art director | Hot fudge and raspberries – Rebecca Biundo, intern | Banana, marshmallow and hot fudge – Angie Rosenberg, account executive | Heath Bar, banana and hot fudge – Allyson Mace, publisher | Pretzels and chocolate chips – Catherine Klene, managing editor, digital

-photos by Jonathan Gayman 

Budget Crunch: 10 delicious dishes and sweet deals to try right now

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Welcome to Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Byron Kerman offers 10 tips on delicious menu items and sweet deals happening now. Got $10? Grab a friend and sample, split and stuff yourselves with these steals.




1. The mad scientists at 5 Star Burgers give you The Potsticker ($9.50), a melding of Vietnamese and American comfort foods. A Geisert Farms pork patty, Vietnamese slaw and peanut-hoisin sauce are sandwiched together between a bun is a returning favorite for 5 Star BOTM (Burger of the Month) fans. It’s available through June at the Clayton and Kirkwood locations.

2. Mike Shannon turns 75 in 2014, and fans of the Cards broadcaster and his eateries can celebrate during the Cardinals season. Busch on draft is just 75 cents a pint  on Thursday nights at Mike Shannon’s Grill in Edwardsville and two hours before first pitch at every home opener at The Outfield downtown.  It’s a nod to one of Shannon’s famous catchphrases about the pleasures of “ice-cold frosty Busch.”

3. You can bring your kids to all manner of story times around town, but we particularly dig the one with the free sweet stuff. At all three area locations of The Cup, Cupcake Story Time includes a cupcake-themed story read to the kiddos, complimentary Kaldi’s coffee for the parents, and a “buttercup,” a one-ounce cup of frosting for the little ones. This month’s Cupcake Story Times take place June 18 at 10 a.m. in Chesterfield, June 24 at 10 a.m. in Edwardsville and June 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Central West End location.




4. Complimentary samples of Belgian beer are part of the deal at a special free book signing this month at Left Bank Books. Author Joe Stange signs the seventh edition of “Good Beer Guide Belgium” at 6 p.m. June 20. The book is a complete guide to of Belgian beer, with information on breweries, beers and bars from around the country, with advice on traveling, where to stay, what to eat and what to bring home. The beer tasting is courtesy of the just-opened Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton.

5. Mission Taco’s new Summer Cocktail Menu is sweet, fruity, fresh and adventurous. Consider the Raspberry Caipirinha, made with cachaca (distilled sugar cane), raspberry agua fresca, lime and simple syrup ($7). The La Flor de Borracha (“the flower of the drunkard”) is mixed up with London dry gin, hibiscus agua fresca, Big O ginger liqueur and lemon juice ($7). The Delmar Boulevardier joins bourbon, Aperol, sweet vermouth and bitters ($8). Look for these boozy refreshers and 10 more intriguing elixirs on the new drink menu.




6. The ink has barely dried on the inaugural Breakfast Menu for the recently relocated The Shack, and everything looks so fun. The Three Little Pigs omelet is filled with ham, bacon, pork belly, onions and bell peppers, smothered in “Shack cheese,” and served with hashbrowns and an English muffin ($8.50). The Shack’s Big Crunch is Texas french toast encrusted with Corn Flakes ($8). The New Yorker Skillet features smoked pastrami, Swiss cheese and spicy mustard over hashbrowns, topped with eggs ($8.50). The drink menu includes hangover stoppers like the Meaty Mary, a bloody mary made with cucumber vodka, bacon, a cheese cube, house seasonings on the rim, and a beef jerky straw ($9). Breakfast is served daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

7. The new Free Lunch @ SLCL program works with Operation Food Search to give complimentary lunches to kids ages 2 to 18 at three St. Louis County Library branches. Children can enjoy nutritious lunches and fun activities at the Florissant Valley, Rock Road and Weber Road Branches, weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. through Aug. 15. There’s no need to call ahead; just show up.




8. It’s not often that Ted Drewes introduces a new concrete flavor, and frankly, any excuse to dump dessert into our custard-hole works for us. The newest excuse is Brennan’s Blend, an “Abaco mocha” and hazelnut concrete named after KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan. Abaco mocha is Drewes’ coffee-rum flavor, and when mixed with hazelnut and finished with a drizzle of caramel, it’s a winner. Depending on the size, it runs $3.40 to $6.20.

9. The new lineup of Foot-Long Hot Dogs at Wentzville’s Tattooed Dog is formidable. The all-beef dogs come in varieties like the Big Kahuna Dog, with teriyaki mustard, grilled pineapple and fresh cilantro; the Bacon Bleu Dog, with bacon, blue cheese crumbles, roasted apple and spicy honey mustard; and the eponymous Tattooed Dog, with chili, onion, shredded cheese, jalapeno and “twisted” (read “spicy”) sour cream (All foot-long dogs are $10.75.).

10. It’s tart, it’s refreshing, and we want to marry it. It’s Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream, available this Wednesday at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream in Webster Groves. Ice cream flavors, like mild summer nights, are fleeting. Get this one while you can for $3 a scoop.



The Scoop: Rams hope to score touchdown with new food items this season

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013




As the St. Louis Rams get set to begin the regular season Sunday, fans have more than football to cheer about when they head to Edward Jones Dome: the food. The Rams organization hopes to please hungry crowds looking for creative selections without breaking the bank.

Among new food choices, stadium-goers will find a Bavarian pretzel dog served on a Companion pretzel bun (100 and 400 levels), a St. Louis sloppy Joe topped with provel cheese, Red Hot Riplets and barbecued onions (Section 118) and floats made with A&W Root Beer, Dr. Pepper or Sunkist soda (100 and 400 levels).


090413_rams4{Brisket bar at The Arch Grill station}

The Club level features four food stations that pay homage to popular St. Louis stops. The Arch Grill station offers a burger bar and a brisket sandwich; Italian beef sandwiches and a build-your-own club panini are spotlighted at The Hill station; Grand Avenue Street Fair boasts Asian-inspired dishes like Korean tacos and rice bowls; the Cherokee Street station offer Mexican rice bowls and street tacos.




Those seeking healthy choices can head to the end zone concessions to grab a summer salad – a mix of greens, toasted almonds, dried cranberries and blue cheese crumbles – or a smoked turkey sandwich or packages of roasted red pepper hummus with pretzel chips.

Besides Companion, the Rams source food from local purveyors including Kenrick’s Meats & Catering, Ronnie’s Ice Cream, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Volpi and Fazio’s.




Among beverage offerings, Angry Orchard Hard Cider is new (available on the 100 level), while Sub Zero Vodka Bar stations on the 100 and 300 levels can sate the thirst of those looking for a cocktail. The Rams continue to offer the lowest priced beer among all local professional sports teams, 12-ounce draft beer for $5 – the same price as the new kids meal (sold at Section 104) that includes a hot dog, chips, juice and a toy.



This week, Catherine Klene is obsessed with…

Friday, July 5th, 2013

{Russell’s on Macklind recently thwarted my attempt at healthy when I saw this: lemon and blackberry strata. Normally part of the Sunday brunch, we ordered it as a small treat with our veggie-filled wraps. What arrived was a hunk of quivering egg pastry served with house-made lemon curd and maple syrup. The lemon zinged against the sweet blackberries and brown sugar. I was forced to admit all the spinach in the world could not salvage this once healthy meal. Luckily, I had lemon curd to ease my pain.}



{Learning to light my dad’s Weber kettle was a rite of passage in my family: stacking the charcoal, spreading the coals for even heat distribution – and no lighter fluid. Ever. Now, a hulking charcoal kettle doesn’t exactly fit the small porch at my apartment. Enter my mini Weber, the Smokey Joe. Tiny but mighty, this little baby means I can happily grill up meats, veg and stone fruit all summer long. True, I won’t be smoking a rack of ribs any time soon, but some things are best left to the original grill master anyway.}



{Not everyone was blessed with Ted Drewes growing up, but don’t pity us too much. Belleville, Ill., children have The White Cottage. Its specialty sundaes, floats and concretes are great, but it’s the house-made ice cream I can’t resist. My most recent indulgence: a sugar cone with two scoops of cookie-dough ice cream, dipped in chocolate shell and topped with toasted pecans. For dinner. Juvenile, you say? Lalala, I can’t hear you….}


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