Ask any St. Louis native and they’ll be sure to tell you — Ted Drewes is a must-visit on your next trip to town. This neighborhood hotspot garnered some national attention recently after being named the best ice cream shop in the world.
Tennis star Ted Drewes Sr. opened his first frozen custard stand in Florida after spending time down south to practice tennis during the winter months. From 1930-1941, he set up three locations in St. Louis, of which only two remain today.
Don’t confuse this treat with frozen yogurt — Ted Drewes serves frozen custard, which is a whole different, delicious beast. It’s made with honey, eggs and a list of secret ingredients that give the dessert a smooth, creamy texture. The joint is best known for its concretes, which are so thick servers can turn the cup upside down without spilling a drop. Choose from a list of specials, or create your own concoction from a variety of mix-ins.
Growing up in St. Louis, Ted Drewes hold a lot of memories: sitting on concrete steps in the sweltering heat with family and friends, or marveling at how easily servers took your order without writing it down, no matter how long it was. Lines nearly always stretch to the street, but with 12 serving windows, you never have to wait long.
While the store does close during the early months, the Chippewa location stays open during the holidays so visitors can pick a tree from the lot. The Drewes family owns a Christmas tree farm in Nova Scotia, and they make the trek every year to bring back Balsam Firs, Fraser Firs, Scotch Pines and White Pines to the Lou.
If you’re in the Midwest area, definitely consider making the trip to Saint Louis, even if it’s just for the custard. It’s worth the trip. As Ted Jr. says, “It really is good, guys… and gals!”
Ted Drewes has locations on Grand Blvd. and Chippewa, and is open every day from 11 a.m. till 11:45 p.m. Click here for hours and availability during winter months.