For anyone in search of America’s most delicious ice cream (and who is not?), here’s a name to put on the short list of candidates for greatness: Ted Drewes. Drewes’ frozen custard is fresh, pure, and tons of fun, manufactured only as vanilla, but mixable with your choice from a list of dozens of different flavoring agents from chocolate and strawberry to fudge, cherries, cookies, nuts, and candy bars.
Drewes never copyrighted the best-known dish in the house, so you find it now everywhere, but here is where the concrete was created, and here is where it's at its best: a milk shake so thick that the server hands it out the order window upside down with a spoon and a straw planted in it, demonstrating that not a drop will drip out. Beyond concretes, there are sundaes, cones, floats, and sodas.
Ted Drewes has two locations (the second is at 4224 S. Grand, phone: 352-7376), both of them mobbed all summer long with happy customers spooning into huge cups full of the creamy-smooth delight. Although custard is served into the cold months of winter, Christmas trees are the big business in December, and the shops are closed from the beginning of the year to early February.
If you are far away and seriously crave this superb super-ice cream (as is the case for many St. Louis expatriates), Ted Drewes is equipped with dry ice to mail-order its custard anywhere you need it.