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Barb and I have run the Go! St. Louis half marathon or marathon several times since moving to eastern Iowa about 13 years ago. It’s a fun, well-organized race in a neat Midwestern town. Barb and I really didn’t have any expectations for our performance in the race this year — it wasn’t an “A” race or even a “B” race. And maybe that’s why we did so well and enjoyed it so much. If you get a chance to run it, do it.
Over the years, we’ve found a few places to visit that make the trip even more enjoyable.
This time, we ate our pre-race dinner at the Schlafly Tap Room, located just a few blocks from our Drury Hotel, which was just a few blocks itself from the start line. Simple food and good beer at the tap room, which is housed in an architecturally appealing brick and timber building. I had the spinach lasagna with a raspberry Hefeweizen (the St. Louis version of a Purple Haze!). We took home a growler of a high-alcohol Imperial Stout. Good stuff.
And we had our post-race meal at Bailey’s Range, which was within walking distance of the finish line. The place featured unique burgers and sandwiches, and what they called “boozy shakes.” Barb had a white chocolate raspberry shake, while I had a Bulleit mint julep. Also, a great place for simple food with a twist.
A few other things I’d recommend from past trips:
- Visit Laclede’s Landing, just off downtown
- The Drunken Fish offers good sushi at Laclede’s
- If sushi isn’t your thing, we’ve eaten a couple of times at Morgan Street Brewery, and enjoyed it both times
- Of course, if you’re new to St. Louis, visit the Gateway Arch, also near Laclede’s and downtown. The view from the top of the arch makes the unique elevator ride worth the trip.
- I recently read this book about the arch. It talks quite a bit about the difficulties in constructing an elevator for such an odd shaped structure. Good book.
- It seems nearly every runner feels the need to have pasta before a race (not me), and St. Louis boasts a historic Italian neighborhood, the Hill, with a number of authentic restaurants. We’ve eaten at Zia’s twice, and you won’t walk away hungry. Perhaps the most famous is Charlie Gitto’s.
- And if you’re looking to get off your feet for a few hours and just relax, try the Chase Park Plaza movie theaters, located near downtown. Added benefit: the theater serves mixed drinks and beer.