Whenever we travel somewhere new, I am on a mission to find the local specialties. I don’t care if it’s food or drinks — if it’s locally famous for being delicious, I want to try it. Lucky for us, St. Louis has several well-established local treasures offering a wide range of sweets, on which I’m an expert! The following list was selflessly compiled by my kids and me and are all conveniently located a short distance from Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch and Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Here is our list of the four restaurants with the best desserts in St. Louis that your family may want to try:
TED DREWES FROZEN CUSTARD
A St. Louis tradition, Ted Drewes has been serving frozen custard in St. Louis since 1929. There are currently two “stands” in St. Louis, and both offer a dizzying array of custard flavors and topping options. The custard is rich, so take that into consideration before ordering a Jumbo! Concretes are probably their most popular item, which is thick, vanilla custard, with flavors and toppings mixed into it. If you’re planning to visit Ted Drewes, learn from our mistake and do not eat a big dinner beforehand!
FITZ’S ROOT BEER
Fitz’s Root Beer started in 1947 as a drive-in restaurant and was known for its frosty root beer and hamburgers. The restaurant was revived in 1993 when Fitz’s Bottling Company established its soda microbrewery in St. Louis’ historic Delmar Loop neighborhood. Patrons can come enjoy a bottomless root beer (my choice) while watching the bottling process in action.
While touring the Delmar Loop, we visited for an afternoon treat and tasted all of the flavors available on tap: orange pop, black cherry, cream soda and root beer. Fitz’s also offers other specialty flavors in bottles. My daughter’s eyes almost bugged out of her head when she saw the size of her Tutti Fruitti ice cream float. If you like old fashioned ice cream desserts or are a connoisseur of root beer, you’ll want to visit Fitz’s. Parents like me who are concerned about high fructose corn syrup sweeteners, take heart: Fitz’s sodas are all made with pure cane sugar.
CROWN CANDY KITCHEN
St. Louis’ oldest soda fountain, Crown Candy Kitchen, has been around since 1913 and still maintains a lot of its original décor. You can visit for lunch or dinner as they offer deli sandwiches and chili; however the real reason to come here is for the sundaes, milkshakes and homemade chocolate candy. And the century-old challenge still stands: If you can drink five malts in a half-hour, they’re free.
Based in St. Louis, this national chocolatier offers 45-minute factory tours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The tours take groups of 24 through the 100-year-old building and recount details of the company’s history which began back in 17th century France. The tour ends in Bissinger’s chocolate shop where you can sample some chocolates and buy souvenirs with a 10% tour discount.
Because the tours are small and are currently offered only three times per week, they fill up quickly. I recommend calling two to three weeks in advance of your trip to reserve your groups’ space. Best of all, Bissinger’s is just a one-mile walk from Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch, which your family might appreciate after enjoying those delicious chocolate samples!
This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.