Our experience in St. Louis was so much fun I couldn’t squeeze it all in into one post. For more details about our drive to St. Louis and its amazing architecture check out my previous post. But do come back for we are going to discuss the foodie goodness over here!!
We began our foodie trails in St. Louis by reading up on what to eat and where. After almost a week of drool-worthy research we narrowed down on the following list –
#1 Toasted Ravioli
#2 St. Louis style pizza
#3 BBQ ribs
#5 Deli sanwiches
Two days and with 6 heavyweight dishes on the list we began our trip
The first stop Toasted Ravioli and St. Louis style pizza
Many food blogs and articles online suggested that we visit Imo’s Pizzeria for their Toasted Ravioli and St. Louis style pizza. The toasted ravioli is meat and cheese stuffed raviolli, fried and served with tomato dip. The St. Louis style pizza is made with very thin crust having cracker like consistency made without yeast and loaded with cheese and toppings right till the edge. Imo’s Pizzeria is was close to Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis which was our first halt and hence we decided to rejuvenate from the long drive with a slice of pizza and some toasted ravioli 😀
The Toasted Ravioli
This is our first time of tasting the toasted ravioli, so we did not know what to expect. This is sometimes a good thing…sometimes not a good thing 😛 Imo’s ravioli was a tad blander than what we expected it to be. The tomato sauce also did not not live up to our expectations so overall I would rate it as 3/5.
The St. Louis Pizza
Next up in our lunch was the St. Louis pizza. We have tried a few variants of pizzas in the past and this one was definitely different than what we had tried earlier. The crust was thin and crunchy. The topping was well spread…yes right till the edges and it was generous. The sauce was however not as tangy as I usually like it to be so that was a bit of a dampener there. But overall I would say it was 3.5/5.
Next Up…Ribs, brisket, sausages and more…a.k.a The Meat Daddy at Sugarfire Smokehouse
The Sugarfire Smokehouse at downtown St. Louis is famous for its BBQ ribs, brisket, sandwiches etc. The restaurant is huge and on a weekend night we were greeted with a quick-moving but large queue.
The menu is extensive and the serving size is substantial too and we wanted to get a taste of most of the things…which is why we chose their Meat Daddy Speciality plate which includes 2 sides with 4 bone rib, jalapeno cheddar sausage link, & 4 oz each brisket, pulled pork and turkey. In the sides we had house fries with mac and cheese. In the end our full plate looked like this –
Every table is lined with their Housemade Condiments being St. Louie Sweet BBQ, Texas Hot BBQ, Carolina Mustard, White Horseradish, Sugarfire 47, Coffee BBQ, Special Sauce, Ranch, Cider Vinaigrette. Each paired with the Meat Daddy gave a distinct flavor. My favorite was the White Horseraddish with Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage link!!
We had been to the City Museum prior to this and exploring the museum had left us famished. We both could easily finish off this huge plate of Meat Daddy without stuffing ourselves. Overall we loved our time at Sugarfire Smokehouse and would love to visit there again! This restaurant gets a 5/5 rating from me.
The final halt for Deli Sandwiches + Music @Blues City Deli
The next day to wind up our stay in St. Louis we decided to check out Blues City Deli which is famous for its sandwiches. It was a rainy day and we had visited the Anheuser Busch brewery so we were famished! By noon the Blues City Deli was beaming with patrons and live music. There was no space for us to sit but the ambiance simply could not dampen our spirits. There was live music and friendly staff offering efficient service which ensured that our wait for the food was pleasant and our hungry tummys were happy.
We ordered the Mels Blue and Tangy Sandwich (which has Smoked Pulled Chicken & Bacon, Tomato, Onion & Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing & Zing Sauce, Italian Roll), the Thunderbird Sandwich ( which has Turkey, Pastrami, Cappicola, Bacon & Provel, Tomato, Onion, Pepperoncini & Boom Boom Sauce, Hoagie) with sides of Potato Salad and Cole Slaw. This is the first time I tasted potato salad in USA 😛 and now I am a fan!! Sadly because of the rain and the lack of seating arrangement in the Deli we could not click photos of the sandwiches. We would rate this 4/5 with a point less for the lack of space to eat 😛 otherwise…Blues City Deli..you guys rock!
So this concluded our foodie trail through St. Louis, MO. If we have missed out anything or if you have any suggestions for our next foodie trail…leave a comment!!