We’ve all repeated St. Louis’ familiar summer refrain: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” You can work up a sweat just walking from your car to your front door on a summer day. Everyone knows a frosty concrete at Ted Drewes will cool you off after a long day at the zoo, but there are lots of other refreshing dishes in town when it’s just too hot to cook.

Nancy Stiles is a freelance writer based in St. Louis.