The SugarHouse Barbeque Company's owner, Bill Smithers, recommends the cherry-smoked chicken wings or the carolina pulled pork. Regardless of what diners choose, they'll enjoy the truly southern environment Bill has cultivated at his barbecue restaurant—a warm family-friendly atmosphere permeated by a sense of respect for the food, diners, and servers. Skilled barbecue chefs send out dishes from a menu of dry-rubbed Memphis-style specialties that let the meat shine through the seasoning, whether it's turkey breast, chicken and ribs, or beef brisket. The platters all come respectfully dressed in a choice of four sauces: the signature sauce is sweet and mild, whereas the hot sauce gets its fire from a healthy dose of cayenne, the mustard sauce's unusual bouquet adds depth to smoked meats, and finally, the carolina pig sauce is made from a traditional recipe that uses cider vinegar and a special blend of spices. To cap meals off, diners can choose from a menu of southern specialty desserts that include classics such as pecan pie, bread pudding, and lightly battered wraparound porches.
Reliving the experience of talking dry-rub and brisket with Food Network's Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, the owner of Pat's Barbecue marveled to the Salt Lake Tribune, "For hell's sake, for a barbecue place on a dead end street in an old warehouse, to be on national TV . . ." Pat Barber's secret dry-rub lives up to the hype, adding distinctive flavors to chicken, ribs, and pulled pork, which are ably supplemented by traditional side dishes such as cornbread, mashed potatoes, and more meat. Local musicians fill the air with tuneful sounds on Friday and Saturday evening, and a rotating menu of daily specials provide variety, including Friday's offering of Burnt Ends, a house specialty made from tender brisket tips.
Aromas of smoking chicken, pork, and beef waft between the exposed-brick and blood-red walls and through the wooden rafters of Devil's Daughter Bar & Grill. Chefs wood smoke all their meats in-house and use the morsels to build Southern and Tex-Mex plates of smoked and charbroiled chicken wings, pulled-pork sandwiches, nachos, and tacos. On weekends, the restaurant reverberates with the sounds of live bands or underground house beats mixed by a rotating cast of DJs and at least one undercover Robocop. Studio lights illuminate weekly events such as trivia, poker, and pool tournaments.
Customers can choose from three kinds of barbecue sauce which glaze the hickory-smoked meats at Rocky’s Rib Shack: a Carolina-style mustard sauce, a spicy Texas-style sauce, and the eatery’s signature Kansas City–style sauce. That last dressing, dubbed Rocky’s Sauce, is a tomato-based paste that's prepared 24 hours in advance and composed of 15 different ingredients. These sauces add a savory glint to many of the restaurant's slow-cooked creations—ribs, piles of pulled pork, brisket, and brisket burgers, all available here for your scratch 'n' sniffing pleasure.
Somewhere deep in the Australian smokehouse's kitchen, the ethereal Wallaby brews up batches of a mystical elixir known as barbecue sauce made from scratch. This tongue-pleasing sauce produces a gravitational pull that attracts patrons toward slow-smoked meats available in small orders (5-ounce meat, one side) and larger orders (7-ounce meat, two sides). Meats include hand-pulled pork ($7.99–$9.99), beef brisket ($8.49–$10.49), and smoked turkey ($8.49–$10.49). Saddle up some sides on that mountain of meat with the popular smashers (potatoes), baked beans, coleslaw, fresh veggies, and more. There are also combo platters for the indecisive or those who want a multi-meat explosion. Wallaby's also serves many salads ($6.99–$9.49), salmon ($12.99), and shrimp on the barbie ($11.99).
Reminiscent of a nightclub, Huka Bar & Grill's dimly lit room hosts towering hookahs that emit flavorful wisps of smoke, from cherry and sour apple to chocolate strawberry and winter fresh. Weekly events range from DJ-led ladies’ nights to Sunday Funday, which invites guests to engage in board games and take time for somber reflection upon the day when the Little Rascals invented fun. Prior to 8 p.m., patrons enter Huka Bar & Grill free of charge; After 8 p.m., there is a $7 cover charge per person.