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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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5. Oddball Day

Tower Grove Park (left) and the Missouri Botanical Garden offer green space in the middle of the city.  

Take a day off from sitting and swilling beer to walk around two of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Start with a vegan burrito with soy bacon ($6.75) or even a vegan cupcake ($2.75) at Sweet Art in the Shaw area. Then saunter over to the Missouri Botanical Garden and commune with orchids and tropical birds in the Climatron. Next, head over to Local Harvest Café for lunch and take your pick from a menu of inventive, locally sourced dishes. Wander around the surrounding “Mofo” area, named after Morganford Road, and stop into Local Harvest Grocery, where you can pick up Missouri specialties like pear jam and honey wine. Spend the afternoon exploring the Victorian touches in Tower Grove Park where you can see striped, onion-domed pavilions, throw a game of horseshoes, or catch some fierce softball games. If you’re there for “Food Truck Friday,” held once a month, pick up an evening snack from one of the city’s best food trucks. Then give your legs a rest at your hotel before finishing the day with St. Louis–inspired cocktails like the Soulard Sling ($7), named after a neighborhood that hosts the second largest Mardi Gras outside New Orleans, and Sriracha-laden fish tacos ($10) at The Royale.

Published on Aug 29, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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