St. Louis Mills, the giant sort-of discount mall off Highway 370 in northwest St. Louis County, is not my usual hangout. But on a recent excursion, two unexpected food finds popped up.
The awesome sausage produced by Swiss Meats, in that wide spot in the road called Swiss, south of Hermann, is available at Missouri Mercantile in St. Louis Mills. Only three varieties of the sausage rather than the 'leventy-seven sold in Swiss, but nevertheless, for those who don't have the time for a leisurely ride in the country (and now that redbud and dogwood season is upon us, that's a shame), here's a way to satisfy the craving.
Missouri Mercantile, 5555 St. Lousi Mills Blvd, Hazelwood, 314-227-5005, www.missourimercantile.com
For more information on Swiss Meats, officially they're at 2506 S. Hwy 19, Hermann, 573-486-2086 or 800-793-7947, www.swissmeats.com
The other amusing find, at the other end, near where the Blues practice, is called Soda Jerks. Two guys have opened a spot that sells esoteric varieties of soda, nearly all in glass bottles, along with energy drinks. In addition, they have a stand-up soda fountain that offers floats, Italian sodas and (oh, bliss) egg creams. They've acquired a real antique soda fountain that they're getting ready to install. Worth a look and a sip.
Soda Jerks, 5555 St. Lousi Mills Blvd., Hazelwood, 314-227-5124.