One of my favorite things about St. Louis is the abundance of awesome chain restaurants. I’m not really into chains, but pre-celiac, I could really go to town on some Imo’s or Lion’s Choice. Although I’ll never see another Imo’s bacon pizza (unless they come out with a celiac medication. Can someone hurry up with that?), there is still one chain that I can enjoy…as long as I ask for a clean spindle.
Can you guess where it is? You should, because it’s up there in the title! Ted Drewe’s Frozen Custard, a St. Louis tradition, is gluten free. Obviously a lot of their toppings aren’t gluten free, but asking for a clean spindle isn’t too weird, because plenty of people not only ask for gluten reasons- you also need a clean spindle to take part in Ted Drewe’s if you’re kosher. This is apparently a big deal at some locations, because they have a huge list of kosher ingredients and combinations right on the window. Remember to tip well and be nice to employees for using a clean spindle! It is their job, but a little kindness goes a long way when you come back for yet another delicious concrete.
Also remember, Ted Drewe’s is better enjoyed if you’re with a large group of friends. Nothing makes a concrete taste better than sharing it with friends and family. (Except maybe making them order their own and having one all to yourself.)