Ted Drewes Frozen Custard – Iconic St. Louis Treat

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Confession time: when I think about visiting St. Louis, Missouri, my first thought isn’t the Gateway Arch, or the Cardinals team, or even the Mississippi River. No, the thing I associate with St. Louis above all else is the decadent frozen custard concretes at Ted Drewes.

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Maybe it’s because the first native St. Louisan I met talked about Ted Drewes with a tone that was nearly reverent. Ice cream and all its variations has always been a big deal for me, and there are few ice cream places that can top Ted Drewes!

(This is a non-sponsored review, and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard was not notified that we would be reviewing their restaurant. As always, all opinions are our own.)

St. Louis Tradition

We arrived in St. Louis after a 4-hour drive from our AirBnb back in Kansas City, MO. Our intention was to skip lunch to save room for frozen custard — which proved to be an excellent plan.

As we pulled up to the Ted Drewes’ parking lot, I could see my older kids’ faces registering suspicion. Ted Drewes is decidedly unimpressive as a world famous dessert place! The seriously retro paint job and exterior decor makes the uninitiated person wonder whether this frozen custard is “all that”. 

Family outside Ted Drewes frozen custard in St. Louis.

The parking lot was pretty full, but we squeezed ourselves in and piled out of the van. We all took our time staring at the menu to decide what to order. If you’re only coming here once a decade, better make sure you get the one you want most! 😂 

Ted Drewes frozen custard menu of shakes, malts and concretes.

We all ordered different flavors of “concretes.”  Long before Dairy Queen had their Blizzards, Ted Drewes has been serving “concretes” — a frozen confection so thick that they hand it to you upside down so you can see it’s not falling out! This is the signature treat at Ted Drewes.

Ted Drewes’ Amazing Frozen Custard

Brian ordered some kind of peanut butter flavor, and I ordered the most chocolate flavor possible. Ted Drewes changes their menu seasonally, so some items are not always available. The kids ordered mint, cheesecake, caramel and some other varieties. Overall, we had a good sampling.

Wow. So good. I am a huge ice cream aficionado, but I struggled to finish my standard sized concrete! I think I finally ended up handing it off to one of the kids, who had (sensibly) ordered a smaller size. 

The custard is much richer than standard ice cream, so keep that in mind when ordering. In the summer, it melts pretty fast, so that’s another reason to keep it small.

Boys eating frozen custard outside the Ted Drewes gift shop

Souvenirs and Merch

There was no seating available, except for a single bench outside the gift shop. The gift shop was on the other side of the parking lot, so we sat the boys on the bench. 

The gift shop has so many fun and creative items for sale (pretty sure I even saw a Ted Drewes Monopoly). But my favorite was the magnet my daughter brought home.

Ted Drewes magnet showing a frozen custard concrete, served upside down, and the Route 66 Missouri sign.

It took us a little while to figure out that it wasn’t a mistake, the concrete is upside down on purpose!

Little boy smiling while eating Ted Drewes frozen custard
Clearly enjoying his concrete!

Thank goodness we bring baby wipes everywhere! The boys needed some serious cleanup before we let them back into the van. While I cleaned the kids, “Burro” added our newest sticker to the van.

Ted Drewes bumper sticker added to back of van.

Off we went to see the Gateway Arch and ride the riverboat! Ted Drewes was, and is, the perfect complement to any St. Louis adventure. 

Have you tried a Ted Drewes concrete? Tell us your favorite flavor in the comments!

(This post is one of a series about our family road trip from Oregon to Georgia and back in summer 2021. To start at the beginning, check out our Ready, Set…Reset post.)

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I’m Jenn Warren, Co-Founder and Content Creator for Dinkum Tribe. I'm a Third Culture Kid (TCK) from Jamaica and California, married to my college sweetheart. I've been a missionary kid, pastor’s kid and (former) pastor’s wife. My husband and I traveled as pastors for 12 years throughout the United States and Canada before becoming travel content creators.

I love living in Oregon and exploring new places with my family. We’ve road tripped over 30,000 miles across the United States and Western Canada with our six children since their infancy. Prior to our marriage, I also lived in Spain for a summer and spent another summer in Mexico.

I’ve homeschooled our six children for over 10 years, and served on the board of a homeschool co-op for 4 years. Several members of our family are neurodivergent (gifted, ADHD, cPTSD), and I’ve spent 5+ years learning how to accommodate neurodivergent needs as well as supporting the resultant mental health challenges (anxiety, depression).

I’ve also served as a support group leader and co-director of Pure Life Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports families struggling with sexual addiction.

I write about family travel and road trips, millennial marriage, general parenting, homeschooling, parenting neurodivergent children, grief, and abuse recovery.


  1. Ooooo!! Haven’t made it to Missouri yet but will definitely need to expand our palate with a stop here! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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