Not Your Typical Memorial Day BBQ…


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While most Midwestern Americans are whooping it up backyard barbeque style, I’ve got quite a different plan in mind.  Memorial Day in St. Louis is probably the same as it is in Chicago, with the exception of a big ass dance festival at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.  In lieu of brats and Bud Light, I’ll be high-browing it with some of the best dance companies in the Midwest (and the country) at the Spring To Dance Festival.

Fortunately my time here isn’t all work and no play.  I get to play tourist by day and dance writer by night, and made a promise to myself to explore some new parts of St. Louis I didn’t see last year.

Lafayette Square was one such discovery.

Beautiful french-colonial style homes, a really big park, cobblestone streets, and pervasive greenery… this is clearly where the old money lives, and the closest I’ve come to the feeling of Paris in a long time.  If ever in St Louis, skip the arch and come here.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I’d like to live here.

Walk through the park, and be sure to dine at Eleven Eleven Mississippi.

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The food is fresh, seasonal, and unpretentious.  You’ll get great service, and a kitchen open to the dining room made Eleven Eleven one of the best food experiences I’ve had. Period.

So maybe my Memorial Day weekend is a little different than yours, but there will be plenty of time during the white pants season to sit in a lawn chair and drink beer.

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