One day to taste St. Louis’s best Roadfood? Not counting the enigmatic St. Paul (an egg foo yung sandwich sold in Chinese restaurants), toasted ravioli (which has gone national), and ultrathin-crust, Provel-topped pizza (get it in a bar), this itinerary provides a wide-ranging taste of The Mound City’s edible treasures. Essential eats range from fantastic versions of familiar fare — caramel cake at Natalie’s — to dishes that are unique to St. Louis, such as gooey butter cake at Park Avenue Coffee and a kaleidoscopic kitchen-sink slinger at Connelly’s Goody Goody Diner. At the little-known C&K, you will find some of the Midwest’s best urban barbecue; and at the legendary Ted Drewes, the first and last word in custard.
The St. Louis dessert delight, gooey butter cake, is best at Park Avenue, which makes 76 flavors. Expertly brewed coffee is the cake's good companion.