The Weekend: St. Louis | Midwest Living

The Weekend: St. Louis

Editorial Content Director Trevor Meers shares his top stops during a weekend trip to St. Louis.

1. The Arch Even three blocks away, you don’t quite grasp the Arch’s jaw-dropping engineering. Stand under it, and that will change. (

2. Salt and Smoke The pitmasters have a hipster flair at this ’cue star in the hot Delmar Loop neighborhood. The popovers always get double takes. (

The Arch & Salt and Smoke

3. Forest Park The emerald setting of the 1904 World’s Fair now has boating, a free zoo and museums, and green slopes that beg for picnicking. (

4. Moonrise Hotel Make your Delmar Loop home base at this hotel with quirky, modern decor and both a spinning moon and terraces on the roof. (

Forest Park & Moonrise Hotel

5. Old Standard The fried chicken draws the crowds, but the bourbon collection tends to steal the show. (

6. Ballpark Village Eat, drink and enjoy live tunes at the entertainment district covering seven blocks next door to the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium. (

Old Standard & Ballpark Village

7. The City Museum A quirky playground for all ages pulls off an effective mashup of Mad Max and Pee-wee’s Playhouse. (

8. Porano Pasta Quick, affordable noodles go upscale at chef Gerard Craft’s new Italian eatery. We’re partial to the Smoky Sunday Sugo sauce. (

The City Museum & Porano Pasta

Three things you probably didn’t know

1. The Provel cheese on St. Louis-style pizza is a love-hate thing.

2. The museum under the Arch is closed for renovations until 2017.

3. It’s OK to touch the artwork at Citygarden park/sculpture garden.

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