Good morning Saint Louis! You have us for two days. We are excited to be here. Our hotel is actually in Kirkwood - a suburb of Saint Louis. It's called the Route 66 Holiday Inn. Like many big cities, it is quite commercialized. We did pass a few retro looking places which we will explore today. It was dark when we arrived so we didn't get to see much.
Good Morning Saint Louis
Good morning Saint Louis! You have us for two days. We are excited to be here. Our hotel is actually in Kirkwood – a suburb of Saint Louis. It’s called the Route 66 Holiday Inn.
Like many big cities, it is quite commercialized. We did pass a few retro looking places which we will explore today. It was dark when we arrived so we didn’t get to see much.
Heading Downtown Saint Louis
While heading downtown Saint Louis I spotted these cool marquis. We stopped to take pictures. I was especially intrigued about MOD Pizza. This places looks like it belongs on Historic Route 66.
Next door was this RE/MAX office with an old theatre look. Again, it has that retro Historic Route 66 look.
While taking pictures, a young lady came and unlocked the door at MOD Pizza. We talked to her and asked her about MOD Pizza. (I was thinking it was a Route 66 landmark. It turns out it is not. It is a chain store, which I will explain more.)
We told her what we were doing and she invited us to come have lunch… on her. (This was our first comped meal of the trip!) We are on our way to the Gateway Arch, but we hadn’t had breakfast yet. So, why not combine the two and have a pizza brunch.
MOD’s business model is much like Subway Sandwiches. You pick your size, and all of the toppings you want on your pizza. They do not charge extra for toppings.
MOD also cooks the pizzas quickly. They only take about 5 minutes. It is that fast.
I hope they expand more. I like the idea of a fast pizza that doesn’t nickle and dime you as you choose toppings.
Chicken and Waffles
I really want chicken and waffles. However, after being fed with MOD Pizza, I couldn’t go for another meal. Besides, we want to get to the Arch. So, when I saw this sign I was like… Now we see it.
This historic grill, Spencer’s, packs the crowds. The place was full and people kept coming while we took pictures outside.
One couple stopped and talked with us. They were excited about our Route 66 tour. In fact, everyone we meet is excited. Nobody says to us, “Oh, another couple of tourists…”
A few blocks further is this cool old train station. It is an active Amtrak Station.
You can’t see it in the photos, but on the side of the rails it says, “No Trespassing”. This is just a note for the idiots who think it is cool to take pictures on train tracks.
Inside the station it is very clean. In addition, it has old historic photos.
Outside on the loading platform is a good view of Historic Route 66.
Nearby an old mill store reminds us how long Route 66 served this community.
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Next up… The Gateway Arch… Check back often.