Friday Favorites: Best of St. Louis

Friday, May 3, 2013

True, I have only lived in St. Louis for a little over seven months (which doesn't exactly make me an expert), and I have only lived in one city in the Midwest, so I'm not what you might call a local. And if we're being totally honest, we're being totally honest, right?, this place doesn't feel like home. Not yet anyway. However, here is what I have learned about living in the Heartland: Midwesterners are nice. For real. People around here lead good lives and try to treat people right. In a way that's both infuriating and super humbling. (Four-way stops are a bit ridiculous.) Meanwhile I have learned to appreciate a few things about middle of the map living. Here's what I dig about St. Louis so far.

1. BBQ—Not burger and hot dog BBQ, rather, real smoked meat. We're talking moist beef brisket and pulled pork sandwiches drenched in tangy sauce. Generally, I don't eat a lot of meat. But when I do, man I want it to be good. Some folks might tell you that Pappy's is the best in town, but two hours waiting in line didn't convince me. My local opinion: go to Bogarts and report back.

2. Thrifting—Wow. Can we talk about granny shop thrift stores? Ri-dic-u-lous. It's easy to go crazy thinking of all the DIY potential of furniture in these places, but sometimes antique malls come in so handy. I mean who doesn't love a good thrift find? My favorite antique store is only open the first seven days of the month, from 7am-7pm. They host a gorgeous holiday open house and I can almost always find something to purchase. Seriously, I want to take you to this shop. Plan your visit accordingly.

3. Free Museums—St. Louis has an abundance of free museums. This is especially handy for laid back weekend adventures. Plus St. Louis Art Museum is opening a sleek new modern wing in just a few weeks.

4. Cost of Living—Okay, this is kind of a given, but I guess folks just don't want to live in a city with astounding crime statistics. Whatever. When we left D.C. our cost of living decreased by about 30%. Which means you can actually afford a house here. And food and clothes and non-matinee movies. Kind of a bonus. Honestly, I'm still delighted by the novelty of free parking. Seriously, people, FREE parking. Weird.


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