The best frozen custard on Route 66 — Ted Drewes is solid

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Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

6726 Chippewa St
St Louis, MO
314 481-2652
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Ice Cream Parlor

This St. Louis landmark is almost as famous as the pesky arch. It all started when tennis star Ted Sr. opened his first ice cream store in Florida in 1929, followed by 2 others in St. Louis. In 1941, the family opened the current Chippewa location on old Route 66. They only serve the finest vanilla frozen custard, and a wide variety of toppings. You gotta stop.

They are famous for their shakes known as “concrete”, so thick they can be turned upside down without falling out of the cup. No inside seating.

This was a stop on the 2002 Route 66 Caravan, a 66-day road trip led by preservationist and historian, Jim Conkle. He lead the The Route 66 Caravan from “pier to pier,” Santa Monica to Chicago to raise the awareness of Route 66 and the need to preserve it. He posted more than 50 Hampton “Save a Landmark” signs along the route.

Today, Ted Drewes offers all members of a bridal party free treats and a photographer, for stopping by in full wedding regalia.

  • Open daily, serving lunch and dinner.
  • Overall rating: exceptional
  • Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Recommended and rated by the National Historic Route 66 Federation. To find more, check out their handy “The Dining and Lodging Guide”

Find this site and others with the iPhone app, “Road Trip 66!”