We recently spent some time in St. Louis with Cliff's sister and her husband. The weather was great, and we rode motorcycles together just like in the old days when they lived nearby.
But the high point of our ride that day was when we ate dinner at Mel's Illinois Riverdock Restaurant. Seriously, you need to go there. Get plane tickets to St. Louis and rent a car. Drive across the country. Get a boat and ride up the Mississippi River to Mel's. I don't care how you get there, but you NEED to go.
Cliff and I shared a Philly-brisket sandwich. It was perfect, but the dessert topped anything I've ever eaten in my life: The best carrot cake in the universe!
I have instructed my loved ones to scatter my ashes on Mel's parking lot when I'm dead. Of course, the location of my final resting place changes often, so don't worry if I choose another place tomorrow. I was seriously under the influence of carrot cake.
If you eat at the Riverdock Diner, be sure to tell them Donna sent you.