The Moonrise Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located in The Loop, a lively part of the city that’s been named one of America’s Ten Best Streets by the American Planning Association. The Moonrise blends a sophisticated, contemporary design with unexpected, quirky touches, making it a perfect fit for the surrounding eclectic neighborhood. Its suites are named after St. Louis celebrities such as Tennessee Williams and Betty Grable and its Rooftop Terrace Bar offers a splendid view of the Loop district as you relax under the stars. (And just a few blocks away you’ll find Forest Park, a 1300-acre treasure that was the site of the 1904 World’s Fair and that now is home to several of the city’s finest museums.) The Moonrise Hotel is at 6177 Delmar Avenue.
After checking in to the Moonrise, I loved my meal at Ranoush, a Middle Eastern restaurant just a few blocks away at 6501 Delmar Blvd. Falafel, kibbeh, tabbouleh, fatayer, hummus, baba ganoush, and warak inab made for a healthy and delicious dinner.
For lunch, try the Terrace View Café at Citygarden. The glass-walled café overlooks the lush plantings and outdoor sculptures of Citygarden, a free artistic oasis in the heart of the downtown. Its 24 pieces of sculpture include works by such internationally renowned artists as Fernand Leger, Mark di Suvero, Jim Dine, and Aristide Maillol. You’ll find Citygarden at 808 Chestnut Street.
Triumph Grill offers fine dining amid décor inspired by vintage motorcyles (it’s located adjacent to the Moto Museum, which has a collection of rare European motocycles). Located at 3419 Olive Street, it’s open for lunch and dinner and offers an array of tasty entrees.
Finally, in keeping with our spiritual tour theme, indulge in a Cardinal Sin at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. This devilishly delicious treat combines hot fudge, tart bing cherries and Ted Drewes’ signature creamy custard. Ted Drewes is a St. Louis landmark that’s been serving cold treats to travelers since the 1920s. It’s located at 6726 Chippewa on Historic Route 66.