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Last weekend we headed to Saint Louis, Missouri for a family weekend full of exploring new places.  We rented a house on Cherokee Street, where we could get the full Cherokee-Lemp Historic District experience. This stretch of shops is known as Cherokee Antique Row and located just minutes south of Downtown Saint Louis. Cherokee Street is a perfect afternoon getaway offering six blocks of independently owned and operated Antique, Collectible and Specialty Shops, Art Galleries, Restaurants and Cafes! When we rolled into town Friday night we decided to checkout the area and landed at the 3rd Mexican restaurant we came accross, La Vallesana

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La Vallesana first opened its doors in June of 2003 as an Ice Cream Shop. They now feature a full bar and restaurant, with plenty of space including indoor seating and two outdoor patios.  We were seated on the patio and everyone loved the food.  No need to worry that this once little ice cream shop sold out, they stuck to their roots and still feature 30 flavors of homemade ice cream available daily.  There were many Mexican Restaurants on Cherokee Street, we believe we found the best one in La Vallesana.  It was so delicious I could have it Over and Over. 

Tacos, margaritas, and guacamole  

Tacos, margaritas, and guacamole  

Saturday we explored Cherokee Street while searching for coffee and breakfast.  Google showed us the way to The Mud House.  The local cafe was packed and showed no signs of letting up by the time we left.  I ordered the Grits and Greens pictured below - cheddar grits and sauteed collard greens topped with 2 poached eggs.  Leslie ordered a breakfast sandwich which was served on the largest English muffin I’ve ever seen! Sorry no photo...it was too amazing to capture all the deliciousness.  If I ever go back I will face quite a Dilemma as both entrees were fantastic. 

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On the way back to the house we stopped at Bridge Bread. My dad was familiar with the organization and I’m glad we were able to meet some of the volunteers working there. Bridge Bread is a social enterprise designed to provide job opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. The goal of the program is to help the disadvantaged engage in a financially rewarding effort that enhances self-worth, promotes dignity and enables them to help themselves. Great cause and the baked goods were fantastic! Helping the homeless get back on their feet isn’t Just A Dream, Bridge Bread is making it a reality. 

Next on the agenda, all things Saint Louis! Cherokee Street is a quick drive from everything! We loaded up the car and said Ride Wit Me to the next destination. 

Old Courthouse , National Park Service site at Gateway Arch National Park

Old Courthouse, National Park Service site at Gateway Arch National Park

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis was a last minute recommendation,  and we second the recommendation! We wondered through the Cathedral admiring the endless mosaics adorning the massive ceilings. It is amazig to see in person, the photo doesn't do it any justice.  

The culture continued as we explored the Saint Louis Art Museum. The museum was huge, we tried our best to see everything. I personally liked the Anciant Egyptian Art Collection, no cameras were allowed in that area so you will have to go check it out yourself. 

Our last night we planned to take in some live blues at BB's Jazz, Blues, and Soups.  Not sure about the soups, it wasn't exactly soup weather, it was Hot In Herre. We will have to go back another day to see if the soups are as fantastic as the atmosphere and live music.  

Make sure you call and make a reservation, if you have 6 or more people they will set you up! 

Make sure you call and make a reservation, if you have 6 or more people they will set you up! 

We recommend the Jalapeño Hush Puppies and Honey Wings to start.  Billy and I shared a Cuban Sandwich which was very good.  We may have been on a bad night but the Red Beans and Rice were lacking in flavor, we were a little disappointed.  Regardless of the Red Beans and Rice I would definitely go back! I wouldn’t mind having some of those Jalapeño Hush Puppies right now! 

We recommend the Jalapeño Hush Puppies and Honey Wings to start.  Billy and I shared a Cuban Sandwich which was very good.  We may have been on a bad night but the Red Beans and Rice were lacking in flavor, we were a little disappointed.  Regardless of the Red Beans and Rice I would definitely go back! I wouldn’t mind having some of those Jalapeño Hush Puppies right now! 

Prior to this fun filled adventure I associated St. Louis with only The Arch, The Cardinals, and obviously Nelly. Turns out this city has so much more to offer! 

I hope you enjoyed the Nelly references as much as I did. 

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Until next time Nellyville....

Dre