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  • Writer's pictureMark Madonna

St Louis Treasured History and New Delights

We’ve dined at The Hi-Pointe Drive-In a few times. Most recently on the way to the Muny and coincidentally on the way to the Missouri History Museum for the Muny 100 Year exhibit. The menu features burgers, sandwiches and shakes.

The first visit I tried the Guac Ness Monster, an avocado patty with Funyons, and topped with guacamole and southwest ranch. This week I had The Taco Burger, a patty seasoned with Cool Ranch Doritos and Chili Cheese Fritos topped with Mission Taco Joint Sauce. I also ordered a side of mac and cheese and instantly second guessed myself imagining the basic kids menu dish. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Belgian white cheddar was a rich, creamy delight.

I lived in Maplewood in the early 90’s, and like much of St Louis the transition over the last twenty years has been inspiring. The city has been very accommodating to new businesses like Hi-Pointe Drive-In which has increased value of the surrounding bungalows and two

story homes. Located between 64/40 and 44 you’re quickly on your way to most anywhere and just minutes from Forest Park and Downtown. Homes currently range from $100,000-$300,000.

I hate to admit how little time I’ve spent in the Missouri History Museum. The Muny Memories, 100 Years Onstage was an exhibit I couldn’t pass up. The exhibit features history, surprising facts, props and costumes from past productions. There is a section dedicated to the stars who have performed at the Muny throughout the years (my first trip to the Muny was in 1975 to see Margaret Hamilton as The Wicked Witch of the West, and I found out the only time she performed the role on stage). The interactive experiences include a Muny choreographer teaching the dance steps for One from A Chorus Line complete with gold sequined top hats to use.

My short day has me excited to come back and try more burgers and learn more about my hometown.

For more information about homes in Maplewood or any other great St Louis neighborhood call

Mark Madonna at 314-225-7478

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