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Meet me in St. Louis!

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Last weekend, I was able to go visit my husband and see him for 3 1/2 loooong days! Except they went by super fast. {FYI-He’s doing some training in Missouri and is done 1/3 of it so far. He comes home in May.}

So, I flew into St. Louis last Thursday night, Gord drove up Friday morning and we ate our way through the city as best as we could. There were lots and lots of restaurants we wanted to go to, but many of them were completely sold out because of the Valentine’s Day weekend which is fine. Maybe we’ll just have to go back to visit the rest 🙂

Here are lots of the pictures I took from the trip. Enjoy! All restaurant recommendations + my google map of St. Louis are at the bottom of this post <3


We stayed at the Omni Majestic Hotel. The accommodations were fine and a little dated, but the service we got was awesome. I’d recommend this hotel in a heartbeat.



Fitz’s is a St. Louis company that bottles its own soda…too bad my new years resolution is to NOT DRINK SODA. I was requesting all sorts of juices on my flights…lol!


Friday brunch was at Rooster…only a few blocks from the hotel.


My husband’s plate. I forget what this was called, but it’s a homemade biscuit topped with fried eggs, sausages, potatoes and gravy. It was SO GOOD. I didn’t think I was going to like it as much as I did. The potatoes and gravy made it what it is, in my opinion.


I had the banana nut french toast. Swoon!! I could only eat 2 half slices before I was full! My husband finished a lot of the rest.


And then because I’m a rule breaker, we got dessert…..at 11 am….because they were offering us S’more Crepes. Hello.

Talk about sugar overload!! But it was all worth it.


The Gateway arch!! We walked from the restaurant to here and then took the cars up to the top.


At the top, we were able to see so much, like my cute husband. Oh YEAH! Love that guy.


Views from the top!





Mission Tacos Friday night had these crazy good chicken floutas. But then again, anything fried is right up my alley.




Who loves a good fish taco? Well, I found the best fish taco in all the land! I can’t handle how delicious this taco is..


Second favorite? These Chicken Mango tacos….git in mah belleh.


Dessert was churros. #gooddecision


The next morning, we went around the corner from the hotel to a place called Park Avenue Coffee for their gooey butter cakes which were featured several times on the Food Network.


Cinnamon roll!!


Coconut Lime GBC!

DELISH. Those two were my favorites from the sampling we got.


Lunch was at Pappy’s Smokehouse!! We got their 7 minutes after they opened their doors and we still waited in line for a good 20 minutes.


Vinegar based coleslaw like this is the perfect side to cut the butteriness of the ribs or pulled pork!


Hello gorgeous! Some of the best ribs I’ve ever had.


For Valentine’s Day, we found Jilly’s! A cute little cupcake shop that won cupcake wars on Food Network  🙂 Happy to taste test these on your behalf!


Chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes? Oh yes they did.


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This cupcake was filled with oozey caramel and cheesecake, incase you were wondering. My very favorite cupcake I tried! The cake recipes used are PRIME. No kidding they won cupcake wars.

Did I mention Jilly’s fills all their cupcakes too? Well they do. Best decision ever!

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Chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

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After cupcakes, Gord gave me my Valentine’s Day present: a diamond eternity wedding band. I’ve been on the hunt for one like this for a while because I LOVE LOVE LOVE how hey look. So I mentioned it to him and voila! New ring!! I’m a little in love with it.

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Valentine’s Day night…..Chinese takeout for us 🙂 The chicken and chive dumplings we ordered were yum.


Pi Pizzeria on Sunday made me want to eat pizza forever more.


And the white balsamic vinaigrette on this salad is what dreams are made of.

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#classic #hadto #wheninrome #imeanstlouis Ted Drewes cookie dough concrete is amazing. Have you heard of Ted Drewe’s? Well I hadn’t but then a bunch of you all told me I HAD to go, so we went and had a teeny tiny spiritual experience–> that’s how good it tasted.

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Monday morning, right before I left for home, I got an amazing burger from Bailey’s Range. OMG, so so good. It’s been a while since I’ve had a real hamburger and this one hit the spot!! The white cheddar did me in. So delicious.

Anyways, even though it was a million times harder to say goodbye to my husband for a second time, it was worth the visit. I love you Gord! Thanks for being awesome and reminding me that I like being married to a real life person and not a floating head on FaceTime. 😉

If you want to go to St. Louis, here are all the restaurant details! Enjoy!!

Roosters-amazing crepes, banana nut french toast, breakfast potatoes and gravy. Everything we had here was fabulous!
1104 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 241-8118

Mission Tacos– the best fish tacos EVER. Chicken mango tacos & street corn also delicious.
908 Lafayette Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 858-8226

Park Avenue Coffee-cinnamon roll gooey butter cake and coconut lime butter cake are AMAZING!
417 North 10th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 231-5282

Pappy’s Smokehouse– best ribs and pulled pork!! The coleslaw, beans and sweet potato fries were all awesome.
3106 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 535-4340

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe– holy smokes, all of these were soooo gooood. The one filled with caramel and cheesecake was my favorite!!
8509 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63124
(314) 993-5455

Red Door-pork fried rice and dumplings….yes and yes.
217 North 7th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 231-2867

Pi Pizzeria-their white balsamic dressing was brilliant. Also, the pizza made with pappy’s bbq sauce was our favorite.
6144 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 727-6633

Ted Drewes– any concrete or chocolate malt.
6726 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 481-2652

Bailey’s Range-the beef burger with white cheddar on a pretzel bun….not much is better than that.
920 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 241-8121

City Museum-great for kids, not so much for just adults.
750 North 16th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 231-2489

The Gateway Arch-head up to the top!! Such a cool thing to do.
100 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102
(877) 982-1410

Omni Majestic Hotel–hotel was a bit dated, but the service we got was incredible. Also, order the chocolate cake from room service. Just do it.
1019 Pine Street, St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 436-2355

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  2. Gale

    Your photos and comments are extraordinary. We’ll be with a tour group at the Omni and will have time to sneak off to Ted Drewes. Did you go to Ted’s by taxi? If so was getting a taxi for the trip back easy? Also, liked your idea about Chinese take out. While we’ve been to St. Louis several times and my husband lived there, we found your comments full of great ideas.

    1. Lauren

      My husband had his car with him that we kept at the Valet at the Omni. We took that over to Ted Drewes. Be sure to call first because not all locations were open! We ended up driving a few extra miles that we didn’t mean to!

  3. Alanna Kellogg

    Wow, you really did hit so many hot spots, great research, great tenacity — not sure how you managed so many places in just a few days!

    PS Will you come back? Naturally, seeing your husband is the top-top priority but if you’d like to stay an extra day, I bet the St. Louis food bloggers would be happy to put together a little gathering. Twould be fun!

    PPS And I’ll echo Karen, to the both of you. “Thank you for your service to this country.”

  4. Tanya

    I’ve lived in STL for several years now but always looking for new restaurants- thank you for all of your suggestions! If you ever get a chance to come back, definitely check out the Shaved Duck and Blackthorn Pub Pizza!

  5. Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious

    You hit so many of my favorite spots! I love the food in STL, so I’m glad you got to experience some good ones 🙂

  6. SaraLily

    WOW! I am so jealous of your little trip! So cute that you go to do this and see you man. Fish tacos are my favorite so YUM! Hello! My boyfriend and I love eating at restaurants and trying new spots on vacation. We may be fat old people some day but we will be happy!

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  7. Amy O

    Your husband’s breakfast looks like it was a herald or a horseshoe… at least that’s what we called them in Illinois growiing up. 🙂

  8. Laurie Munson

    Thanks Lauren…my husband and I are headed to St Louis in a few weeks for “Arch Madness” and we will definitely check out some of these spots!! They sound great!

  9. Roberta Smith

    i was in St. Louis the weekend before Valentine’s and had the Carmel Cheesecake Cupcake from Jilly’s too. It was incredible!!!

  10. Mary Beth Elderton

    What a great trip! We have lived in St Louis for a couple of years now, and still explored all these wonderful places. We LOVE Fitz soda!!! We don’t drink very much soda—it’s a big treat—but Fitz’ is made with Real Cane Sugar, not HFCS! That means that, as a treat or dessert, Fitz is really nice even for whole food lovers.

  11. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    So glad you had a great time.
    Tell Gord “thank you for serving our country.” There are a lot of sacrifices.

  12. Carol

    I live in the St. Louis area and I agree with all of the places that you visited. I especially like Pappy’s, Jilly’s and Ted Drews. St. Louis has some wonderful restaurants coupled with great customer service.

  13. Glory Gooding

    Lauren, it looks like you had a fabulous Valentine weekend with your gorgeous husband. Wished I could have been there….just kidding!

  14. Michelr

    Loved ur post. We get there every couple years to watch Cardinals, free tickets thru great friend. Always looking for new places to eat. Will definitely follow up. Thanks again.