Most of you know this already, but I went to college in Missouri (M-I-Z). I moved to Alabama after graduating, but two of my favorite people on the planet still live in the Show Me State. One is in St. Louis and the other is in Kansas City. For anyone who doesn't know, the two cities sit on complete opposite sides of the state with Columbia (where Mizzou is) nestled right in the middle. I took a trip up there in October. It was homecoming weekend in CoMo, but I didn't go (don't judge me). I flew into St. Louis and met favorite person #1, and then we drove the four hours to KC to stay with favorite person #2 for a couple of days. We did stop in Columbia for about an hour to say hi to some friends who were in town for the weekend.
Before we got on the road, we stopped at Peacock Loop Diner in St. Louis's Delmar Loop area. The 24-hour eatery prides itself on serving up spiked milkshakes and a unique twist on traditional diner food. I got the Loop Fling with chorizo gravy, and I chose a hamburger patty as my meat. It was basically hashbrowns topped with meat, eggs and sausage gravy! Super filling. Nadum got the Finals Breakfast Sandwich.
We both wanted something sweet, so we shared French Toast. Honestly, this was my favorite part of the meal. It was the perfect amount of crispy, but also had the right amount of thickness. After we ate WAY too much, we made the trip to KC where my best friend, Danielle, lives with her boyfriend.
They have the cutest apartment in the Valentine/Wesport area of the city. I mean, just look how cute and fall-like their street is. Our first stop in KC, was a barbecue spot called Arthur Bryant's. Kansas City is known for having good BBQ, and this place did NOT disappoint. Nadum and I split the brisket sandwich because it was HUGE. We got two sides: fries and baked beans (I had to add potato salad, because he hates it & it's my jam). I loved every single thing about this meal, and I had the most ridiculous food baby after!
For our first night, we went to the most awesome video game bar called Up-Down KC. It's a two-story bar with tons of old school arcade games, skee ball and pizza. I kicked butt at Pacman, and it was such a good night.
We spent the next day shopping at The Plaza, but we had to grab brunch first (duh!). Danielle brought us to The Corner Restaurant in Kansas City's Westport area. We split the croissant cinnamon roll while we were waiting for our food. If you were into the cronut trend that rolled around a few years ago, you'll love it.
I really enjoyed this meal, even though I went with something really basic. I got Swoonin' Biscuits, which was just biscuits and gravy, with breakfast potatoes, bacon and eggs. Very simple, but very good. Danielle got a hash, and Nadum got a bagel sandwich with a side of French Toast. After shopping, we went out to the Power & Light District, which is this really cool area with a ton of different clubs and bars.
Before heading back to St. Louis, we grabbed coffee at the cutest little coffee shop called Monarch. The shop is so bright, spacious and open. It's literally the most aesthetically pleasing coffee shop I've ever been too. I fell all the way in love.
I got a chocolate croissant (my go-to pastry) and a cappucino. Dan got a donut with a latte, and Nadum got a chocolate croissant and a hot chocolate (it's as close to coffee as we're gonna get him).
After coffee, Nadum and I said bye to Danielle and drove back to St. Louis. Between traveling home from college, going to different places to report for class and weekend shopping trips, I have fallen in love with Missouri's skies and sunsets. Always gorgeous.
This picture does it no justice, but driving through Missouri always means getting to witness some of God's incredible artwork. We got Imo's pizza that night after we got in. It was my first Imo's experience, and it was super tasty. We spent my last full day in Missouri walking around Central West End. It's such a cute area, and Nadum works at the hospital there so I got to see his office.
We ended the trip with my FAVORITE meal of the weekend, and easily one of my top 10 restaurant meals in life. Seriously. We went to Gamlin Whiskey House, and it happened to be Happy Hour. All of the appetizers and a lot of the drinks were half off, so we totally took advantage. There is a "slush" portion of the cocktail menu, so we each got one. It's literally like a grown-up snow cone, and it was absolutely delicious and refreshing.
Since apps were half off, we got toasted ravioli and hot chicken strips. Hot chicken strips are becoming one of my favorite app choices, because I just love spicy food and I love how well they go with pickles and ranch. Both were super good! Nadum preferred the ravioli (he's from St. Louis, so that's not shocking), and I slightly preferred the strips.
For my main dish, I stuck with another appetizer...shrimp & grits. Now, I know it makes no sense to order a southern delicacy while in the Midwest (especially since I live in the south), but it came HIGHLY recommended. I totally see why. It was rich and flavorful. Every forkful was absolutely delicious. I literally ate every single bit of it. This is one of my favorite meals I've ever gotten while eating out.
Nadum got the Pork Belly Burger, and he loved it. LOOK AT HOW THICK THAT BACON IS, Y'ALL. We both had to take a few moments of silence and a long nap after this meal. It was the PERFECT, and most delicious, way to end our trip.
This quick trip was absolutely everything. I spent four years in Missouri, but I really only went to Kansas City and St. Louis to shop or go to the airport. I loved my time with my people, shopping, reminiscing and eating. If you live/spend time in these cities, I recommend trying out some of these places. Also, comment/email me with any suggestions you have. As long as the people I love are there, I can guarantee I'll be back!
With Love & Glitter,