Friday, September 30

Ted Drewes

If you've ever had a Ted Drewes "concrete," you'll know that it is the standard by which all other frozen custards are--and should be--judged. So, today Karen and I were having our regular (she, a chocolate, and me, a raspberry) when lo and behold who should walk up and introduce himself but Ted Drewes! How cool is that? We had a delightful conversation for about fiften minutes. A celebrity moment! And I was just a few blocks away from where I first met Francis Schaeffer two decades ago! I'm gonna have to make it to this wonderful little corner of St. Louis a little more often.

8 comments:

Jim said...

My friends, the Amsdens, in Collinsville IL take me to Ted Drewes every time I travel to the area, but I've never met the Man! Maybe I should wear a bowtie next time.

Inkling said...

Cool...while I have to admit my favorite custard is Custard Cup in Danville, IL, Ted Drewes is one yummy place. Did you know you can also buy a Christmas tree there? Now, you two just have to mosey on over to Dunaways and check out the sets that were just priced. Sorry, no Buchan or Q, but there is a nice Scott set. And, if you peek in the history overflow, I saw some Belloc hanging out in the basement.

Richard in Austin said...

Dr. Grant:

Wow! It's been ten years or so since I've even thought about Ted Drewes. For a while I lived in the St. Louis area (in fact, I was a member of the Amsden's church, Jim) and my favorite concrete was the Terra Missou...especially after a Cardinal's baseball game.

I remember the good folks behind the counter at Ted Drewes used to serve the concretes upside down...they were so thick, they defied gravity and stayed right in the cup!

Sadly, there's really nothing like Ted Drewes down here in Texas. But, hey...you cain't find BBQ like the Salt Lick anywhere north of the Red River!

Rich

George said...

Sara:

We did indeed make a quick trip over to Dunaways. My dear friend David Vaughan introduced me to the joys of that particular antiquarian book haunt a few years ago. I got quite a bit of good Q there--including the biography by Britain and Q's own partial autobiography. I picked up a Chesterton or two and some Belloc the last time I was there. This time, just a good reading copy of Ivanhoe.

Richard:

You're absolutely right about Salt Lick. Karen and I often rue the fact that we did not move to Austin when we had the chance a couple of years ago.

Richard in Austin said...

Dr. Grant:

If you had moved to Austin, what church would you have attended?

Richard

George said...

Richard:

At the time I was candidating for the pastorate of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. But, it was clearly not God's purpose for us to move at that time. And now, Redeemer has a wonderful pastor, my good friend, David Cassidy.

Richard in Austin said...

Dr. Grant:

Well, if you had moved to Austin, perhaps I would have run into you the same way you ran into Francis Schaeffer as told in your book "The Micah Mandate." However, since I don't frequent used book stores as you do, perhaps our paths would have crossed in a smokey BBQ joint!

jmcisar said...

George,
I am just finishing reading THE MICAH MADATE. And now I stumble across your mention of Ted Drewes...our favorite stop in St. Louis. We are from there, so we are very familiar with it. We have brought it to Florida on dry ice. Amazing. It is he standard. The next closest thing I have found is Sweet Berries in Bradenton, FL. Interestingly the owner of Sweetberries is delighted to be considered next to Drewew... he knows how good it is. Glad to hear you have experienced it. And thanks for writing the book.