Planning for St. Louis

We’ll be in St. Louis in a couple of weeks and I’m already plotting out the plan of attack. I’m thinking Volpi’s for some guanciale and J. Viviano for caciocavallo cheese. Not especially indicative of Missouri (the cheese especially), but pig has long been the animal of choice for Missourians. Kansas City’s beef stockyards aside, early settlers in Missouri relied on pork above all else. The state’s climate is well-suited to curing meats and pork in particular responds well to the process.

If my first guanciale experiments turn out positive I’ll dive in and get a full jowl from Heritage Foods USA. They raise and process the hogs just north of Kansas City and then cure them in NYC. Stay tuned. In the meantime, what are the other must-dos in St.L foodwise? We’ll try to hit Ted Drewes as well. Amighetti’s for sammiches? Pork steaks somewhere?

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Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

4 thoughts

  1. If you have your kiddos in tow, a trip to Crown Candy Kitchen on St. Louis Avenue in North St. Louis City is a must. You will be fine during the daytime, never fear, even though it could be offputting if you’re not familiar with the city life. This place has been around for over 70 years and is still going strong. You will experience the best ice cream, malts, shakes, banana splits, etc. you’ve ever tasted. It is like a trip back in time. Their BLT is great (TONS of bacon), and they make their own chocolate candy as well, sold behind an oldtime candy counter. Their shakes are so huge, they’ll bring out the remainder in the metal blender cup. Check them out if you have time. And if not this time, Fitz’s Root beer and Blueberry Hill down on the Delmar Loop in University City would be good stops if you have kids in tow.

    Amighetti’s has slipped from its pedestal: Adrianna’s on the Hill is much better (I think it’s on Shaw?).

  2. Yes, kids will be in tow. Maybe we’ll use Crown Candy as an incentive for the 4 year-old to remain under control at the Cards’ games we’ll be going to. Who knows? A little food bribery never hurt anyone.

  3. Check out Urzi’s on the Hill if you are taking a cooler to stock up. Great foods, great prices and really nice people.

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