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Chowing in St. Louis and Springfield, Ill

petefeliz | Aug 13, 2006 02:44 AM

Toasted ravioli are a bust @ Ragazzi's (the only good thing is the size of a beer), Hodak's fried chicken was thickly breaded w/blandness, tried the St. Paul Sandwich @ Kim Van (closed possibly for good as of today--shrimp, chicken and pork. Pork was the best. This is definitely a regional idiocincracy to enjoy. But the banana chocolate malted milk shake @ Crown Candy IS the reason to eat in St. Louis. I didn't get to Ferguson's or some of the other places mentioned. Next trip

Springfield for the "Horseshoe". At D'arcy's Pint. We shared the horseshoe deluxe (ground beef), ham, and corned beef. STAY AWAY FROM THE CORNED BEEF. Midwesterners do a lot of things well, but not corned beef. As for the horseshoe, it's a sandwich I appreciate, but find overbearing. I'd rather have the fries on the side--or better yet, freshly cut and fried potatoes instead of the frozen flash @ D'arcy's. Cheese sauce is good.

My Springfield pick is COZY DRIVE-IN. There's is the best example of a corn dog--but the place is RT 66 History that has stayed pure. I'm coming back to Springfield to get the whole deal at the Cozy.

Tried to find a Mel-O-Cream Donut that was open past 12 noon. All closed.

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