Uisce Beatha wrote:
As someone who's lived in St. Louis for about 4.5 years, but isn't actually from here, I have to agree with Dave Holmes regarding St. Louis style pizza. It's not completely inedible, but it's certainly not what I'd consider tasty. Luckily, you can still get a good NY/NJ style, wood-fired European style, or deep dish pizza at several places around town. There's actually a pretty good culinary/restaurant scene here too. As far as hidden treasure kinds of places, City Museum
downtown should be a priority for any visitor (think giant indoor playground for both adults & kids). We've got a great zoo, botanical garden, and a giant 1371 acre city park too. Oh, and like 12 local breweries.
I'm not employed by the tourism board or anything, I just like where I live. I can sympathize with momentous occasion guy though, it's tough to think of cool things when put on the spot!
I just listened to this episode and came here to say the City Museum, too! Whenever I have friends going through St. Louis, I always give them a free marketing spiel for that place, which isn't as well-known globally as it deserves to be. A GIANT PLAYGROUND FOR ALL AGES MADE OUT OF RECYCLED MATERIALS WITH THRIFT SHOPS AND BARS INSIDE. You can go down a 10-story spiral slide that shoes used to go down in a shoe factory! And then you can order a beer and drink it outside around a firepit adjacent to a ballpit. Forget the Arch, the City Museum is the city's (the nation's?) greatest treasure.
...I also feel like I should defend the pizza, which falls somewhere between Chicago-style pizza and East Coast pizza, in my humble, ex-Missourian opinion.