Located just near the border of the states of Illinois and Missouri, St. Louis has become one of the capital cities of barbecue with a distinct flavor that has become world-famous. It is among the popular stops to eat around the city, which attracts plenty of tourists who want to see some of the sights that include the Gateway Arch and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
The following list of the top places to go in the smaller metropolis that is St. Louis. Just keep in mind that most of these restaurants are going to focus on types of barbecue.
Bogart’s Smokehouse – 1627 S. 9th Street
This smokehouse diner is simple in terms of décor, but it packs a lot of flavor into a small neighborhood restaurant location. Ribs are among the top choices, but there are a number of plates where you can choose two meats that can vary from pulled pork to burnt ends, even pastrami made in-house.
There are also a number of sides that include baked beans, pork skins, and a deviled egg potato salad that is a highlight in a number of online reviews from loyal patrons of this smokehouse.
Lona’s Lil Eats – 2199 California Avenue
While local barbecues is one of the top choices among residents and tourists, one of the more popular choices in the city is Lona’s Lil Eats, where they offer a little fusion take on Asian cuisine that provides patrons a chance to make their own rice-paper wraps, often considered big enough for more than one person.
There is a regular dine-in menu that features a special sautéed shrimp meal with lemongrass pesto sauce and a grilled chicken and fried noodle dish. The take-out menu features the same items while also promoting the customizable wraps that are perfect for those who are on the go.
Pappy’s Smokehouse – 3106 Olive Street
Barbecue is obviously one of the top choices among the locals, and this smokehouse has that special charm where there are even wooden picnic tables set up for larger families and groups who come out to get a good meal. Platters often come with thick-cut bread and sides that include sweet potato fries that work well with entrees like pulled pork, brisket, chicken, and turkey.
There are also different types of sandwiches that also provide a new option for those who enjoy burnt ends and sausage. They’ve also been known for selling their meats by the pound for those who feel brave enough to tackle a larger meal.
The Shaved Duck – 2900 Virginia Avenue
Some people enjoy being able to go into a brick-walled restaurant that serves a Southern American menu with different craft beers that are paired perfectly with different meals. The appetizers include fries smothered in pork, a special cheese sauce, and some freshly grated cheddar, as well as walnut and brown sugar bacon served with pears and blue cheese.
There are some smokehouse barbecue options with a little bit of a different twist, like a smoked meatloaf that features a root beer glaze and a bratwurst burger that comes with melted Swiss, dried mango, and a special maple Dijon sauce.
Chris’ Pancake and Dining – 5980 Southwest Avenue
For those who wish to escape the smokehouse barbecue scene, this American diner provides a great place to get a good burger or steak while being able to select something from their breakfast menu anytime between their hours of 6 AM and 9 PM.
A popular choice for breakfast lovers is the French Toast made with slices of Texas toast and served with a tiny bit of powdered sugar and butter and can be served with a platter of eggs any way and either bacon or sausage. Other popular items include New York strip steak and a Protein Platter that includes a half-pound burger with cottage cheese, fruit, and a slice of tomato on rye bread.