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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Ted Drewes 11-04-2013_0027Brother Mark introduced me to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard on the old Route 66 in St. Louis many years ago. It was only natural that I drag Curator Jessica there before she had to fly back to Ohio. (You can click on the photos to make them larger.)

The official Ted Drewes website says that Drewes has been making frozen custard since 1929, after getting his start in Florida. The Chippewa location where we ate opened in 1941. With St. Louis’ westward expansion and changes in dining habits, this store is open all year except January.

Something I didn’t know was that Ted Jr. (his dad died three decades ago) goes to Nova Scotia every fall to personally select the best Canadian balsam fir Christmas trees to bring back to St. Louis for sale.

“What’s a Concrete?”

Ted Drewes 11-04-2013_0032“What’s a Concrete?” she asked.

“Think ‘Better Blizzard.”

She wisely suggested we order “mini” sized Concretes. A “regular” would have been too much and a “large” would have killed me. I don’t remember what she had, but I enjoyed the Hawaiian.

She couldn’t understand why the server inverted the cup when she handed them to us.

“That’s to demonstrate how thick the custard is and why it is called a Concrete. Try that with a DQ Blizzard some time and see what happens.”

12 comments to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

  • Carla Jordan

    What a place, what a road.

  • Terry Hopkins

    mmmm…great place to stop. Even better on motorcycle when it is 100 degrees in the shade and you have be riding since Chicago! Sitting in the shade eating a concrete, one of life’s big pluses.

  • Tom P

    Love Ted Drewes – ever been to Crown Candy Kitchen for a milkshake, malt or some of their fantastic chocolates? Another St. Louis institution.

  • My brother Mark introduced me to Ted Drewes Custard many years ago. It is so yummy. It seemed strange in a good way that this little ice cream joint was able to quickly serve so many people without seeming to be in a hurry. There were huge tour buses in the parking lot and I thought we were in for a long wait but the wait was actually very short. The kids didn’t even have time to get in a fight 🙂

  • Walter Lamkin

    The pistachio concrete is a “must try”, but then so are the chocolate chip Heath and many other combo’s I’ve tried over the years. I can also testify from personal experience that living in a neighborhood that is geographically desirable as it relates to Ted Drewe’s (purely subjective) can be an issue for a pregnant wife. On the positive side, however, they sell outstanding Christmas trees.

  • Dennis & Mary Drum

    We lived four miles from Ted Drewes for eight years before we ever went there. My secretary at work offered to bring a concrete back to work for me and after I tasted it I had the whole family there that night. We were so addicted that when we moved to Virginia our oldest son had concretes express mailed to us. Many times when I was TDY to St. Louis, I’d have them hard-freeze several and I’d bring them home on the plane (think of boarding carrying a styrofoam cooler with dry ice leaving trails of CO2 vapors behind you nowdays!).

  • stephen cotner

    south grand closes as it always did..on labor day..opens on memorial day? the chippewa place stays open i think and sell christmas trees. sad the area on south grand is on the downward spiral…that used to be a solid section of town. merb’s chocolate is still in operation

  • stephen cotner

    this is off the topic ..but what was the name of the cafe in the galleria in cape? we celebrated my nephew willaim zickfield’s first birthday party there..and last month william got married..where did the time go..then i saw the galleria had been torn if any one remembers the name of that place in the galleria i would appreciate it.

  • Dennis & Mary Drum

    Trying to comment – test.

  • Mark Wissmann

    Hey Steve wasn’t it Rutherfords. Also enjoy hitting the old local eateries in St. Louis. There are some gems.

  • Steve Meyer

    South Grand, just south of the Drewes location, has gone downhill somewhat, but the area north of the Drewes Grand location heading to Tower Grove Park is thriving. There’s some really nice restaurants, including Pho Grand, and a wonderful gelato/coffee shop at Grand and Wyoming called the Gelateria Del Leone. It’s almost as good as custard, but without the calories and guilt.

    When Ted Jr. passes, that’s the last of the Drewes name, as Ted Jr. had no brothers, and he and wife Dottie had only girls, two of which survive. One of the girls, Christy married Travis Dillon, and he manages both of the stores today. Rest assured however, that the Ted Drewes name will live on forever in the marvelous custard they make. And no one can tell me there’s anything better in the world than the Chocolate Chip Concrete!

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