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Road Trip 2007: Days 1-3, St. Louis, KC and Route 70

Days 1-3 on my road trip across this great country of our’s is in the books. The trip began in Chicago and ended on day 1 in the Lou. As expected, I hit HORRIBLE traffic as I got closer and closer to the Lou. Construction in Illinois is one of the worse things on the planet. However, this problem was made 10 times worse by idiot drivers. In particular, drivers with Missouri plates. Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. They have no concept of how to properly drive on a highway. I don’t think Missouri drivers learned that the left lane is for passing. I mean no offense to anyone out there from Missouri, but it was a problem I observed throughout IL. It was even worse on Rte 70 in Missouri. I don’t think I’ve ever had road rage like that. The entire state needs to take driver’s ed again.

 Once we reached the Lou, we visited Busch Stadium for the Cards-Cubs. Cubs played terrible and the Cards gave them a beatdown. I have no loyalties to either team, so I was more interested in Busch Stadium. I was not impressed. I went to a game two years ago at old Busch Satdium, which was a hole but typical of the stadiums built during that era. I guess I was expecting more from the new park. I thought the layout was bad. There was no main entry to the stadium announcing its grandness. They should have learned from Comerica and Jacob’s. Also, once I went into the park, you could not walk all the way around your level to see the park. We had tickets on the 200 level, but you had to go up a specific set of stairs to get there. We entered on the firstbase side and went up to our seats only to be told we had to go back down to go back up on the thridbase side. Terrible. Petco made this same mistake.

The seats were fine though. I don’t think there was a bad seat in the place. Also, I did have the best hotdog I’ve ever had in my life at the park. It was unbelievable. Best ever. Beers were good, too. The stadium was nice, but not great. It should be great, so that is why I’m giving it a bad grade.

After the game, we went to our hotel (that will remain nameless). We attempted to get something to eat, but we were told BY THE HOTEL’S WAITRESS that we would be better off going across the street because it would take too long. Terrible. The Lou is 0-2 so far. So, we went across the street to Carmine’s. Great place. They make their own stuffed raviloi. They were phenomenal.

On Day 2, we woke up and toured the city. Visited the Arch. Also, we were heard great things about an area called Laclede’s Landing. Turned out our hotel was only blocks from there. This was also terrible. HIGHLY overrated. If you are going to the Lou and someone tells you about this place, punch them in the face. It is a joke. There is nothing worthwhile at all about it. We at lunch at a bar (that will also remain nameless) with terrible service. Took forever to get our food, and once we got it, our waitress went into the witness relocation program. Nothing else to this area. Save your time and go to the Budweiser Brewery tour. That is a very cool thing to do.

 Overall, I give the Lou a 5 out of 10. The great hotdogs and stuffed raviloi are the only things keeping the score above a 3.

On day 2, we left for KC. As noted above, the drive on Rte 70 was terrible. No more to be said. Once we arrived in KC, we were extremely happy. KC blew the Lou out of the water in all aspects. The only negative was that you have to drive everywhere. Stayed at the Westin (across from Union Station). Great hotel. Highly recommend it. That night, we had steaks at Benton’s. It is in the Westin. One of the best steaks I have ever had. Live jazz. Had a great view of the city. They made a good dirty martini and an excellent Maker’s n’ ginger. The service was top shelf, too.

On day 3, we visited the Negro League Museum and the American Jazz Museum. Both were great. I highly recommend seeing those spots, too. Later that day, I had one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. We stopped for ribs at Arthur Bryant’s. Seriously, it was like heaven. Best ribs I have ever had. There is a funny cartoon hanging on the walls of the Arthur Bryant being greeted at the pearly gates with St. Peter patting him on the back asking him “Did you bring any sauce?” Very justified. You must go there if you are ever in KC. For anyone who lives in KC, you have my envy. You are lucky folks.

 Later that night, we hit Kauffman Stadium for the Royals-Rangers. Old park, but I liked it better than Busch Stadium. Maybe it had to do with my overall preference for KC over the Lou, but I just liked Kauffman a alot. Just very simple. Seats for good. People were friendly. Easy to get to (although you have to drive). No complaints.

I give KC an 8 out of 10. Very cool place.

Still on the road now. Making my way through Kansas to Colorado. Then up to Wyoming and Montana. Commentaries on all locations will be forthcoming.

 Runny 

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August 1, 2007 Posted by | Cardinals, Carmine's in St. Louis, Kansas City, Laclede's Landing, Royals, St. Louis, The Lou | Leave a comment