St. Louis - December 19, 2013
Given the pending faceoff against the Blues, we figured it was best to do some advance scouting of the actual St. Louis Blues scene by checking out a few of the hottest blues bars the city has to offer. Counting strong influences out of New Orleans following what was likely President Theodore Roosevelt’s greatest coup, the Louisiana Purchase, in 1803, the city of St. Louis is a hub for some of the best blues bars in the country. We stopped at Broadway Oyster bar for some Cajun Creole-inspired cooking and live music before heading to seven-time Riverfront Times winner of Best Blues Bar: BB’s Blues, Soups and Jazz. We swapped the soup for some classic Mississippi Mud Pie, but the rest of the name held up. We have a feeling based on our next stop that this won’t be the last time we take in some live crooning on this trip…
Loyal On the Road Blog readers will note that every so often, the canadiens.com team will laugh in the face of danger for a good story in a quest to offer a glimpse at NHL road cities beyond the few blocks surrounding the rinks. We also love anything that tops a list – we’re all about showcasing anything that’s ever been named the biggest, best, most, smallest, etc. After our stops in the top-rated blues bar in the city, we decided to stop in at another location that topped a list recently: the most dangerous city in the United States per capita, East St. Louis, Illinois. We travelled to Martin Malcolm Memorial Park along the river to check out the scenic skyline from the other side of the bridge.
According to the most recent FBI statistics, 1 in 7 people in East St. Louis run the risk of being victimized by violent crime, but during our trip across the Mississippi in broad daylight, all we noticed was a 100% chance of capturing a great shot of the iconic Gateway Arch.