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Grand Boulevard, St. Louis

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St. Louis is a town of considerable historical importance, especially as it was the frontier for the western exploration of America. Somehow it has never reached the size and buzz of the bigger metropolises of the United States. It does have its own unique charm and there are some neighbourhoods that provide opportunity for walking, shopping, eating and people-watching.

Grand Boulevard near SLU is a great place to spend your evening. You can start by taking a leisurely stroll in Tower Grove Park. If you want to sweat it out, you can join other joggers and bicyclists that you will dot the park.

After the stroll, head over for a coffee at the Indie coffee shop MoKaBe’s Coffeehouse.  A poster on the entry door proudly claims – “We support the other 99%” and you have to just look over your shoulder to the neighboring brownstone to realize that you are next to the local “Occupy Wall Street” movement!

From Arsenal Street to Humphry Street, Grand Boulevard has some of the most popular restaurants in town. Some of the ones that I have tried and I recommend are:

King and I for Thai Cuisine – Try any of the traditional Thai curries. The quantities are fairly large so be prepared for leftovers. On weekends, you can expect a waiting time of 10-15 minutes, if you do not have a reservation

The Vine Mediterranean Café and Restaurant – This totally unassuming eatery serves some of the best schawarma and hummus that I have eaten in St. Louis.

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant – It’s not out of ordinary to say “Let’s order a Pizza” or “Lets have Chinese” or “Lets do Indian food” , is it? However, I am sure none of us ever think of “ Oh I feel like eating Ethiopian!” ..Well we should! This is by far the closest I have ever come to eating a cuisine that is so Indian. It’s basically rice pancakes with well cooked vegetables, meat and lentils, a concept very similar to the south Indian food.

If you don’t feel like eating, there are bunch of interesting stores to check out in Grand Boulevard. Now I make it a point to go to all book shops in a city (no, seriously!) and I cannot recommend the Dunaway bookstore enough. The store is massive and in a good non-chain store kind of way. The books are lined up cleanly and the collection has a lot of breadth. It’s quite possible that you may find some obscure titles here.  We had a little chat, with who I assume to be the owner, and he was so friendly and pleasant ant British! He joked about his visits to India and how his Jain friend makes him eat vegetarian food. This is a store that I know I want to go back to.

If you are in the mood for bleeding a little, head over to the tattoo parlor or if you are in the mood for a little fun then head out to “Cheaptrx” – a kinky novelty store. I have never been inside (honest!) but there is some element of poetry in seeing leather and lace clad mannequins amid aspiring-to-be-posh restaurants.

However you chose to spend your time at South Grand Boulevard you can round off your evening with some Gelato at “Gelateria St. Louis. That’s where I plan to start my evening next time !

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Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

7 thoughts on “Grand Boulevard, St. Louis

  1. Very well written…we need to go to the Vine one of these days to try the schawarma!

  2. Thanks Dipanjan! Yes the food there is nice but only if the crowd is less ! I do want to try some other places on that street. Btw, I added your blog to my blogroll – I still have to go and read some of the entries

  3. Well written Vipula. You should write more often, you express your observation so well.

  4. Hello Dear Vipula ~ I enjoyed reading this post very much…you made me hungry and more…sounds like a nice place to visit…you make a great ambassador!

    I stopped by last evening and for the life of me could not leave my comment. I wanted to ask you if you’ve ever tried an “Affogato”? Your mention of gelato made me think of it…your fav scoop or two of gelato drowned in hot espresso…gives one a lift 🙂

    Please give Kapil my best!
    oxo

    • Hi Patty.. thanks for the compliment! If you are ever in St. Louis definitely hit this road. I have not tried “Affogato” but not its on my list …sounds yum!

  5. An evening well captured, will surely go to the Ethiopian place again. It was good.

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