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Trophy Presented To Ted Drewes For International Title

Ted Drewes, St. Louis, MO

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Ted Drewes – A popular St. Louis attraction is once again being recognized.

On Monday, Explore St. Louis of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission presented Ted Drewes with a trophy for capturing the World’s Best Ice Cream Title.

In September of 2016, Ted Drewes beat out over a dozen countries for the international title in the second annual SoolNua #worldICECREAMindex, a competition that celebrates the central role that ice cream plays in defining a destination and highlighting its authenticity and originality.

“We’re thrilled to see that it has captured the imagination of destinations as far apart as Vancouver and Istanbul” said Patrick Delaney of SoolNua.

Gilligan added: “This year’s rankings were hotly contested with over 20 DMOs from 13 different countries participating.  It was particularly gratifying to see how creatively the top DMOs and their stores engaged with visitors to secure votes and to build brand profile”.

“With so many great ice cream shops and destinations from around the world participating in this fun (and delicious) competition, it is truly an honor for Ted Drewes, St. Louis and the U.S. to be recognized as the winners of the 2016 #worldICECREAMindex,” said Kitty Ratcliffe, president of Explore St. Louis.

“Ted Drewes is an institution in our city and has been serving up amazing frozen treats for visitors and residents along historic Route 66 for generations.  We want to give a special thank you to all the Ted Drewes’ fans who voted for them and helped secure this very sweet and special recognition.” added Ratcliffe.

With 30,000 votes cast, the longtime south city attraction beat out Koun Gelato in Slovakia for the top spot.  Lake Lounge,Grand Hotel Toplice in Slovenia came in at third place.  A full list of the results is available online at www.http://soolnua.com/icecream/

The iconic ice cream shop is also celebrating it 76th year at the historic Route 66 location.  Ted Drewes, Sr. opened his first frozen custard store in Florida in 1929.  This was followed by the opening of another store in St. Louis on Natural Bridge in 1930.  A year later, Drewes opened a location on South Grand.  Finally, in 1941 the family opened a second south side store on Chippewa, which is the only remaining location today.

Two Ted Drewes locations:

6726 CHIPPEWA
St. Louis, MO 63109
Phone: (314) 481-2652

4224 S. GRAND BLVD.
St. Louis, MO 63111
Phone: (314) 352-7376

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Contributing Editor: Jill Enders

The Top of the Restaurant Top 10s – Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Restaurants in St. Louis – As a major outlet for restaurant, brewery, winery, and craft food maker news in the St. Louis region, we’ve certainly kept up with which restaurants are on top.  We’ve analyzed thousands of customer reviews to find which restaurants St. Louis diners like best.  We’ve used that data to bring you lists of the Top 10 restaurants in every category from seafood to burgers, and Cajun to Italian.  Most recently, we wrote about the top 10 pizzerias in town just in time for National Pizza Day.

We thought it would be fun to take a moment to shine the spotlight on the top slots on all those lists.  So in this new feature, we’ll be writing about the restaurants that are St. Louis diners’ absolute favorites in each category.  And since there are so many ways to categorize restaurants, we’ll bring you 10 seasonably relevant #1s each week.

Without further ado, here are 10 St. Louis favorites that hold the top spot in their respective Top 10 categories:

Coffee Shops:

The Mud House (4.5 stars/764 reviews) Benton Park, 2101 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-6599.  This is a special spot along Cherokee Street’s Antique Row.  It’s cozy, with a friendly staff and relaxed coffee house vibe.  So whether you stop in for an espresso, a macchiato, a mocha, a rosemary & honey latte, or a simple cup of coffee, the Mud House brews a divine cup.  They do specialty teas, brunch, breakfast, and lunch too.

Bakeries:

Missouri Baking Company (4.9 stars/521 reviews) The Hill, 2027 Edwards Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6566.  This family owned business has been offering Italian sweets and other pastries, breads, and desserts—everything from cannoli to Napoleons, and biscotti to gooey butter cake since 1924.

Fine Dining:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.5 stars/893 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  This storied St. Louis institution has been one of the very best restaurants in town for decades.  This elegant restaurant in the Hill neighborhood offers an upscale menu of Italian favorites including pasta, veal, chicken, steaks, and seafood.  Customers praise the food, the wine, and the impeccable service of this distinctive restaurant.

Fusion:

Kounter Kulture (5.0 stars/40 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  This is a relatively new brick-and-mortar take-out restaurant from the same team that gave Saint Louis locally-sourced, freshly-prepared foods at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market.  It’s the same rotating, locally sourced menu of inventive, Asian fusion fare, but you can get it every Monday – Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sushi:

Sushi Tatsu (4.5 stars/129 reviews) Metro East, 5725 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, (618) 277-5554.  This unassuming, family owned restaurant makes specialty sushi rolls as well as Japanese & Korean dishes.  There’s a warm, friendly vibe here, even at the bar—a place that intimidates some.  If you’ve never done so, this place is the perfect opportunity to sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare your food using classic Japanese techniques.

Seafood:

Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/1895 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  This decidedly Cajun/Creole joint has been serving up some of the best seafood in St. Louis for about 35 years.  With fresh oysters, live music nightly, and a killer patio, it’s easy to see why BOB is St. Louis’ favorite.

Burgers:

Stacked Burger Bar (4.6 stars/397 reviews) Patch, 7637 Ivory Street, Saint Louis, MO 63111, (314) 544-4900.  This quirky restaurant has been the best burger joint in South St. Louis since opening three years ago.  With more than seven different patties available, including bean and locally-sourced, grass fed beef, plus six buns, seven different cheeses, ten sauces, and dozens of other toppings available, there are literally hundreds of possible combinations.  You could make a dozen trips to this Ivory Triangle gem and only begin to try everything Stacked Burger Bar has to offer.

Barbecue:

Pappy’s Smokehouse (4.5 stars/5299 reviews) Midtown, 3106 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-4340.  This Midtown barbecue joint offers slow smoked Memphis style BBQ in a rustic, down-home setting.  Since opening in 2008, the accolades just keep rolling in, including being named the #1 ribs in the country by Food Network.  Pappy’s Smokehouse is #1 on the list of top rated barbecue restaurants, and one of St. Louis’ very favorite places to eat.

Craft Brewery:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (4.4 stars/436 reviews) Midtown, 3229 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 222-0143.  This German inspired brewpub has quickly become a St. Louis favorite and the company is growing almost as fast in size as popularity.  This is UCB’s original microbrewery and biergarten.  It serves up a rotating selection of beers that run from the old-school Bavarian lagers like Zwickel to bitter, hoppy ales like the STLIPA.  Brewmaster Florian Kuplent brings nearly two decades of beer-making experience to UBC.  There’s also a small food menu with German biergarten staples like sausages, pretzel bread, and cheese, as well as soup, salad, and sandwiches.

Desserts:

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (4.5 stars/3036 reviews) St. Louis Hills, 6726 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-2652.  This is St. Louis’ original frozen custard.  We’ve been lining up for their delicious, hand-dipped cones, concretes, shakes, malts, sundaes, and floats since 1929.  It’s a popular stop after visiting the Arch, the Muny, the Zoo, or a Cardinal’s baseball game—a truly multigenerational treat!  And lucky for us, the St. Louis Hills location just reopened Feb. 9 for the 2017 season.

COLD, CREAMY COMPETITION – TED DREWES

Ted Drewes

Ted Drewes Tops the List

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – As if this news will come as a surprise to any of us that have lived anywhere in the St. Louis Metropolitan area for any length of time… Ted Drewes is running for the No. 1 ice cream destination worldwide! Where at you wonder, since it’s ALREADY No.1 in most all the locals hearts and minds!  Well, this is according to the annual SoolNua World Ice Cream Index Challenge.

SoolNua is a World Ice Cream Index that mainly exists because there are such an incredibly large number of ice cream lovers in the world!  It only makes sense that there’s a place to go at the click of the mouse, to celebrate the creamy, luscious comfort food of those childhood years!  Sort of a “One Stop Shop” for recognizing the very best of the best leading ice cream worldwide.

There were over 25,000 votes cast in the 2015 competition, and now it’s time to determine who gets the rich, smooth, scrumptious 2016 treat title.  Currently, Ted Drewes is in first place, but the voting is open through Aug. 31st, which means your vote will count to make sure it stays at the top.

So when you go online to place that vote…just keep thinking about that Hawaiian Concrete, made with pineapple, macadamia nuts, and coconut, or the Page Cookie Dough Concrete topped with whipped cream, or the Christy Concrete of hot fudge, caramel and brownies.  Let’s face it…Ted Drewes will ALWAYS be our No 1.