It's funny, St. Louis is a very livable city - except there's about 2 square miles where I wouldn't go without first calling in an Arc Light strike.
And all of East St Louis.
If you are dissing East St. Louis, you are missing all of the allure of Sauget.
Now if you could just white out the area from Bond to I70 and the river to Hwy 157, you would improve things a great deal.
What part of St. Louis is Roper's Ribs in?
Went there on a tip from a friend, once, on the way through town. Loooooooved the food, but felt like we were in an episode of "cops" the whole time we were waiting for it. There was the guy proned out by the police on the corner across the street. There was the bar-fight a couple doors down that spilled out into the street, and the ambulance that came for one of the participants. There was the young lady in the slinky dress that kept asking me if I wanted to date her. It was....uh.... nice to get the food and move on.
But, I'd still probably go back for more of those ribs.
Ahhh, the Florrisant area! Glad to hear the brothas treated you well.
I prefer to stay between Page and 40 when I'm there, except for visits to Soulard and the Hill when I'm in town. Clayton and Creve Cour are also nice. Forest Park area is great.
Oh, and Crown Candy is good, but again on Florrisant although closer to downtown.