After our trip to the City Museum we needed lunch, so we went back to the Loop and visited Fitz's (it's literally next door to Salt + Smoke). Fitz's is best known for their range of Soda's and Root Beer, something I was really wanting to try. Add in the fact that they have an extensive gluten free menu for folks like my wife and we were looking forward to it. Burgers all around, as well as bottomless draught Root Beer for us, (and a really good local beer for my wife).
Here's what I was really looking forward to. A nice, heady draught Root Beer! It was really good, too. Heavy on the vanilla flavour and with a good Root Beer flavour. Not a spicy version, at all. Just an old fashioned Root Beer.
My son, the App Hound, had a plate of toasted Ravs as an appetiser. They were actually pretty good.
I had the Patty Melt and it was pretty decent. The side of beans were OK, too.
My son had a Black and Blue Burger, that came with an ungodly amount of pickles. But he rather liked it anyway.
My daughter had a bacon and cheese burger that she found acceptable.
And my wife had a bacon and Swiss burger on a gluten free bun, (something all too few places offer). The fries were also gluten free but weren't very good. They really need to work on those, there's no excuse for a mediocre fry in this day and age.
All in all, the Root Beers were worth the trip, but the burgers were only OK. Not a great burger, but not the worst.
After lunch we too advantage of the clearing weather and trekked off to the St. Louis Zoo. It, like many civic attractions in StL, has free admission and, since we like zoos, we were looking forward to it.
That ate up the rest of our afternoon and after a brief respite back at the hotel we decided on a light supper. No-one was overly hungry so we decided to try the Tap Room, which was literally right outside the hotel doors.
My wife, the Grandmaster beer judge, went with a flight of their beers and found them to be quite good. She also had a chicken curry kebab that she rather liked.
I went with a couple of items off their bites menu and had some nice deviled eggs, savory rather than sweet and actually decent.
I also had what was advertised as a beef filet kebab. While it was beef, I have my doubts as to it's status as filet. It was much too tough for that. I figure it was a couple of chunks of sirloin. Regardless, it was OK.
Next morning was more than a bit rainy and the Comet Coffee shop was crowded, so we got coffees to go. I went with a Latte' this time, (the barista had suggested it) and it was just great! The espresso came through nice and fruity and it was one of the more flavourful coffee drinks I've ever had. I also had a chocolate muffin that was very good! If you get the chance to stop in here for coffee I highly recommend it! The coffee is great and tasty and the staff is really nice!
Next stop was the Science Museum. A nice place for the kids to visit. Really more of a Children's Museum than anything else, though.
Our final stop in St. Louis, as we headed back home, was our first stop. We just had to get some more Ted Drewe's custard, even though it was totally out of the way.
I went with a Mocha and Reese's Cups this time. The peanut better cups really overpowered the mocha. I'd skip them next time.
And, of interest to foodies out there. On the way to the interstate we got to pass the St. Louis Bread Company, the first store of what would one day become Panera Bread. And here I figured they were a California thing.
Well, that's it. Told ya it was a short trip, but we enjoyed it anyway!