5 Great St. Louis Dessert Spots

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
Photo via http://www.teddrewes.com.

Everyone gets a sweet tooth every now and then, and that’s not a problem in St. Louis, because the area is loaded with incredible spots to grab a sugary snack.

Here is a list of just a handful of some of our favorite local places to have dessert.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (6726 Chippewa Street; 4224 S. Grand Blvd.)
Let’s start with the classic. When it comes to St. Louis institutions, Ted Drewes is right up there with the Arch, St. Louis Cardinals and Budweiser Clydesdales. There’s rarely an evening, regardless of weather, when Ted Drewes isn’t packed. Choose from their array selection of concretes, sundaes, shakes or floats or, better yet, try one of their classic specialties like Cardinal Sin (a concrete or sundae with tart cherries and hot fudge), Terramizzou (concrete or sundae with Ted’s blend of chocolate and pistachio nuts) or All Shook Up (a combo of peanut butter cookie and bananas). 

Crown Candy Kitchen (1401 St. Louis Avenue)
Speaking of St. Louis institutions, Crown Candy Kitchen, which is located in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood, has been open since 1913 and is still run by the founding Karandzieff family. Try your hand at the “Milkshake Challenege,” which involves downing five malts or shakes within 30 minutes. Pull that off and the treats are on the house and you’ll get a T-shirt and your name on a plaque. This store has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” and was recently ranked No. 11 on Fodor’s Travel America’s Top 20 Dessert Spots.

Baileys’ Chocolate Bar (1915 Park Avenue)
If you’re a chocolate lover, this is your place. Baileys’ is a full-service restaurant, but its specialty is without question its savory after-dinner treats. Baileys’ also cracked Travel America’s Dessert Spots, coming in at No. 3. Try a chocolate martini or one of their rich dessert plates like the Chocolate Inebriation cake or Brownie Royale. Want a taste of everything? Order the Lover’s Plate, which comes with nine of the restaurants most popular desserts.

Gooey Louie (14628 Manchester Road.; 6483 Chippewa Street)
You can’t talk about desserts in St. Louis without mentioning Gooey Butter Cake. There are dozens of places to get a piece of the rich, sweet St. Louis treat, but Gooey Louie, with locations in South St. Louis and Ballwin, is right up there with the best. The family-owned bakery opened in 2006 and the recipe spans four generations. Stop by and watch how each crust is hand-formed and made with only fresh ingredients (no cake mixes). 

Sugaree Baking Company (1242 Tamm Avenue)
Maybe not quite as well-known as the aforementioned spots, Pat Rutherford-Pettine’s bakery has still built up quite the following since opening in 1996 — especially amongst residents in the historic Dogtown neighborhood. Along with her husband Jim, the couple combines more than 50 years of culinary experience. This might be the best place in the city to get a wedding cake and they also offer a delicious assortment of pies, cakes, cookies and other specialty desserts.

At Prudential Select Properties, we love our community and the local businesses that help make it great. If you are a new St. Louis homeowner, don’t hesitate to ask your Prudential Select St. Louis professional for new places to try out. 


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