Sugarfire Smokehouse has been getting a lot of attention lately. I would venture to say it is the talk of the town among foodies in the St. Louis area the past several months. After salivating over all the talk for far too long, we finally visited the St. Charles location on Monday evening. All of the hype was spot on.
There are also locations in Olivette and O’Fallon, Missouri. Sugarfire won “Best New Restaurant” in 2013 in the St. Louis-based Riverfront Times magazine. They were also noticed by RFT as having one of the best five burgers in St. Louis. After trying one, I concur.
The interior of the St. Charles location is pretty cool. Kind of a cross between a diner, a cafeteria and a roadside BBQ, which is exactly what it is. All food is ordered cafeteria style and the tables are mostly communal, so you can see how much others are enjoying their meal as well.
The extensive menu sports the traditional BBQ offerings, i.e; brisket, ribs, pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, slaw, fries and a plethora of house-made sauces. But Sugarfire offers so much more.
Pork belly Hushpuppies with jalapeno jelly. Yes, pork belly. They were delicious, but could have used more pork in them. My friend Charlie had the “Big Muddy”: Brisket “debris”, smoked sausage, horseradish sauce, BBQ sauce, lettuce and pickles. He said it was amazing. I had a single burger with pimento cheese and housemade bacon. Unreal!
We also tried the pork ribs, the pulled pork and the house fries. All were great. Among the offered sauces, I thought the Peachy was too sweet and I did not care for the horseradish-based white sauce, but the “Dragon’s Breath” was quite good and so was the “Coffee Sauce”.
Other offerings at Sugarfire include salads, other sandwiches, salmon and housemade desserts. I cannot wait to get back and try some more.
Notice that the meals are served on half-sheet pans. I thought that was pretty cool. Very rustic. I highly recommend a visit to Sugarfire Smokehouse. This was one of the best meals I have had this year.