Fitz’s American Grill and Bottling Works (St. Louis)

If you love root beer (and even if you don’t), Fitz’s American Grill and Bottling Works is a fun place for dinner that everyone will enjoy. I found this place in a couple of my guidebooks and it sounded great-high end burgers and sandwiches, which to me read  kid friendly sports bar cuisine.  Located off the beaten path near the Washington University Campus, driving there we  got a great view of the real St. Louis.  The neighborhood was just charming with beautiful homes and streets with quaint little shops.  I got such a nice feeling that I remember commenting to my kids, that this felt like a city I could live in.  As we arrived, we could tell Fitz’ s was a really happening place, attracting the hip college crowd. After a bit of a wait, we were seated and ordered up. While waiting for our food, we watched as the little bottles of root beer made their way around on the conveyor belt. There really is a bottling plant on the premises and you can watch it in action as you dig in to your tasty chow.  I am not a root beer drinker at all in fact truth be told I can’t stand it (root beer and black licorice, I just hate both), but Lilia and Isaac both gave it a try and said it was mighty good.  After a button busting meal, I let the kids order a root beer float for dessert.  We also got a coke float for the non root beer drinkers at the table.  Ordering that really took me back to when I was a kid.  That was my mom’s all time favorite indulgence.  It’s been decades since I’ve seen her order one, but sipping it and digging into the ice cream brought me back to when I was about 6. It’s so funny the little details we remember, the coke bubbles going up my nose, the ice cream headache….oh those were the days…Makes me  wonder what my kids will remember and reminisce about me????

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