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Dec 2, 2008 10:05 AM

Where's the best BBQ in St. Louis?

I'll be going to St Louis soon and I have always heard that it is the BBQ & grilling capital of the midwest. I don't mind going to neighborhoods, and I'll probably have the time to hit 2 or 3 places. Where should I go? BTW I am from Philly, Pa and we are somewhat BBQ challenged!

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  1. Actually, I think most people would say that Kansas City, MO is is bigger BBQ destination than St. Louis.

    I can vouch that there is at least one good place in St. Louis and that's Pappy's Smokehouse. It is simple and delicious BBQ.

    3106 Olive St
    St Louis, MO 63103
    (314) 535-4340

    1. Your probably going to be somewhat disappointed. St. Louisans do alot of their OWN BBQ'ing, but the restaurant scene is not great. Having said that,
      Pappy's as mentioned is getting alot of good reviews. Check their hours and also they run out of meats so you may have to contend with that.
      Richard's Ribs in the Kirkwood area on Lindberg is pretty good. There is a chain in town which I happen to think is decent which is Bandana's. It is mostly a local chain.
      New in town is Dickey's. Avoid them.
      If you are in the western area known as St. Charles, there is a good little place called Lil Mickey's. These folks are related to the Neely's from the Food Network.
      Phil's is terrible so if anyone tells you there, forget it.
      If you want to travel a little bit into Illinois, probably an hour or less from St. Louis is the 17 street Murphysboro grill.
      This guy was actually named by Bon Appetit and the Food Network as having the BEST ribs in the country. I have not been but I have been wanting to.
      He has won PLENTY of awards.
      I would definitely go there.


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      1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

        I'm getting hungry just reading all of this stuff! BTW - A friend of the devil is a friend of mine!

        1. Michaelstl is on the money. KC is definitely a barbecue Mecca. St. Louis unfortunately is not, although there are plenty of places to get great food here. Follow the recommendations above and you should be happy.

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