Road Hawks

St. Louis, Mo.

Fly or Drive?

Drive. The road trip from Lawrence to St. Louis is an easy four hours and 46 minutes. If you're opposed to traveling past Columbia, Mo., feel free to book a flight. But be warned: A trip via air from Kansas City to St. Louis and back costs about $250 and takes about four hours each way because of out-of-the-way stopovers in cities like Memphis and Chicago.

Edward Jones Dome info

Capacity: 66,000 (football).

History: Opened in 1995.

What to do at the tournament

The Edward Jones Dome is located on the north side of downtown St. Louis, within walking distance of the famous Gateway Arch and a bustling section of downtown called Laclede’s Landing. The Lumiere Place Casino and Hotel is attached to the arena via pedestrian walkway. Just southeast of the casino are adult beverage establishments such as the Morgan Street Brewery, an expansive multi-level bar with a large outdoor patio, and the Big Bang Bar, featuring dueling piano players. Walk five blocks east from the arena and stroll down Commercial Street along the mighty Mississippi River. If you keep walking south for another half-mile, you can take a tram to the top of the 630-foot Gateway Arch. Parking (for a price) is not hard to come by in downtown St. Louis, and many attractions are within comfortable walking distance of the Edward Jones Dome.

What to do away from the tournament

• If the April showers don't arrive in late March, look no further than Forest Park for entertainment. At 1,300 acres, Forest Park is substantially larger than New York City's Central Park. The park is located about five miles west of downtown St. Louis.

Forest Park includes the following attractions, among others:

The St. Louis ZooThe Saint Louis Art MuseumThe Muny (Opera)

• If American-brewed beers are of interest, you might enjoy taking a tour through the Anheuser-Busch brewery, located at 12th and Lynch, several miles south of downtown.

• For a more family-friendly activity, check out Union Station, a sprawling mall and architectural beauty located just west of downtown.

Where to stay

On a budget

Millennium Hotel — $129/night — 200 South 4th St.

Drury Hotel at the Arch — $129/night — 2 South 4th St.

Hilton at the Ballpark — $122/night — 1 South Broadway

Going all out

Hyatt Regency at the Arch — $219/night — 315 Chestnut St.

Renaissance Grand — $179/night — 800 Washington Ave.

Chase Park Plaza — $209/night — 212 North Kingshighway Blvd.

Where to eat

On a budget

The Dubliner — Pub/Sports Bar — 1025 Washington Ave.

Mosaic — Tapas/Spanish — 1101 Lucas Ave.

Rooster — Brunch/Cafe — 1104 Locust St.

Going all out

Eau Bistro — French — 212 North Kingshighway Blvd.

Wasabi — Sushi/Japanese — 1228 Washington Ave.


Tim Bingaman 11 years, 8 months ago

If we win tonight, where is the Jayhawk hotel? I will be staying with family, but want to hit the official hotel for some high-fives and a Bud or 2.


Tim Bingaman 11 years, 8 months ago

Oh yeah the restaurants above are OK, but I'd recommend the following for out of towners wanting to experience St. Louis:

Downtown Expensive: - Al's Steakhouse (85 year anniversary this year) - Classic, old school, perfect for a Basketball trip. - Kemoll's - Italian, nice, I think they have a "pre-theatre" dinner that is a great deal.

Downtown Less Expensive:
- Charlie Gitto's - Classic St. Louis Italian. This is the Yogi Berra, Hill-Style Old-School Italian. Great Toasted Ravioli (St. Louis original and must have!) Great cannelloni!!!

ST. LOUIS PIZZA - A must have! Think Domino's thin crust, but amazing! - Lou Baccardi's - On the Hill (across from Cunetto's) is a great, down and dirty Italian place with my favorite pizza. It does use provel cheese which is really creamy and delicious and at least at Lou Baccardi's get's this great crust on the top... kinda burnt, but amazing. Don't get fancy... Pepperoni and sausage... a couple of toppings is all the crust can accomodate. - Imo's - BIG Chain in town and I love it, but am from St. Louis. Lots of KCers are familiar with it and probably have their own opinions. Mozzerella cheese is available at most Imo's and I recommend getting half of your pizzas mozz and half provel so everyone can be happy. EAT IN for all St. Louis style pizza. Delivery will not do it justice and you will forever hate something that is superb. - Farotto's on Rock Hill - Another must eat St. Louis style pizza place. - Pi - Famed by President Obama's endorsement, which is a total burn on Chicago, because they serve Chicago Style pizza, NOT St. Louis Style. (They even have NO PROVEL T-Shirts which is kind of BS for a STL place to have, but hey, Chicago pizza is their thing.) Having hit any pizzeria worth eating at in Chicago, I have to say that Pi holds its own. I strongly recommend the deep dish over the hand tossed.

The HILL: Reasonable Priced: - Cunetto's - Classic St. Louis Italian. I have eaten her several hundred times. Red Sauce Italian. THE BEST toasted ravioli in town!!! - Amighetti's Bakery - Get the "Amighetti's Special" sandwich... best Italian bread! Amazing! - As Mentioned LOU Baccardi's (PIZZA only, I am under whelmed by everything else)
Expensive: - Dominic's

Have a great trip!!!!!
Rock Chalk!

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