by Roaming Panda
Another work trip brings another opportunity to sample a new restaurant in a new city. This time we're in St. Louis, Missouri. The first thing that pops in my mind when I think St. Louis is BBQ. There are no shortages of restaurants serving up BBQ in the city so the challenge becomes where to go. There were quite a few contenders, but ultimately, we settled on Sugarfire Smoke House.
There are a few locations throughout the state but we ended up at the one near downtown. It didn't take long for the smoky goodness emanating from the restaurant to hit your nostrils as you make your approach. The inside is colorful and adorned with awards and accolades from their meaty accomplishments. Expect to see the usual line up of BBQ favorites on the menu from briskets down to fried okra. Throw in some "adult" milkshakes and you are in for a treat.
It's "cafeteria-style" service as you make your way down the line and pick your offerings. We ordered multiple combo platters so we can try all the meats and most of the sides. We had brisket, pulled pork, jalapeno cheddar sausage, sliced turkey, and a rack and a half of ribs on the table. The meats had great flavor but a bit dry for my liking. Good thing there is a plethora of unique sauces for you wet your lips on so it was an easy fix. I found my favorite to be the jalapeno cheddar sausage followed by the ribs.
No good BBQ is complete without the right sides. There were quite a few to choose from and we got ourselves a nice selection. Coleslaw, potato salad, cornbread with honey butter, fried okra, cheesy tater tots, and cauliflower all joined the party. The standouts for me here are the cauliflower and the potato salad was surprisingly good.
Overall I was pretty satisfied with our experience at Sugarfire. I wouldn't say this was the best BBQ I've ever had, but when in Rome (or this case, St. Louis), you gotta try a local favorite.