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Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

I have said for years that I could not believe that I grew up in St. Louis County and had never been to Ted Drewes. It is like an icon of the St. Louis area and everyone talks about it. Why did my parents never take me to Ted Drewes? I often wonder that. They did not take me to a lot of places in the St. Louis area. There are still places like the Fabulous Fox to which I have never been. I remember friends taking me to places with their family and as a high schooler, I had never been to these places.

I did, however go many times to the famous Malt Shop in Fenton, Missouri! Ah! Well that was practically at the end of our street though.

On May 24, 2020, after we visited Carondelet Park, I decided that there must be Ted Drewes nearby and we drove to this one at 4224 S Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63111. I was disappointed to find it closed. I understand this to be the original location. The first Ted Drewes location was at Natural Bridge Avenue near Goodfellow Blvd. The above photo is the second location.

Although it was quiet a distance, we decided to travel to the Ted Drewes at 6726 Chippewa St, St. Louis, MO 63109, the third location. This is a photo of me standing in line. This is my first close-up glimpse of Ted Drewes. There was no time to look at the front of the buidling because one must hurry before the line gets longer. This was my first outing where I experience the COVID-19 stand-six-feet-apart line.

When we finally got to the front of the building, folks were sent to six individual lines in front of windows (I think it was six). We were in portal one. I just had to take a photo of my first experience in following markers on the ground. We had to stand here until we were allowed to move up.

I do not even remember what I ordered and ate! Ah! I know I got something more traditional and hubby got something more to his taste buds. (Its signature dish is the "concrete," a serving of frozen custard so thick.) It was good, but just like Andy's here in Cape Girardeau, I did not see the hurrah over frozen custard. People flock to the one here in Cape just the same and the line is always long around the building. I took this photo as I was walking back to the car.

Here is the second photo as I walked back to the car. I wanted to show how long the line had gotten. When we first got in line, the end of the line was under the window, but by the time we got through, the line was back to the fence.

This is a sign in the parking lot indicating Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is an official Route 66 Roadside Attraction. The sign is bent, but it indicates the business has been on Route 66 since 1941 and has been a St. Louis Landmark since 1929.



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