If you follow the right cobblestones on the Landing, you'll end up in front of Jake's Steaks, an eatery known for serving steaks, barbecue, and burgers within a T-bone's throw of Sidewinders Saloon. As the name implies, the focus is on steak. The culinary crew collects wet-aged Angus beef to create artistic interpretations of meat—cowboy rib eyes with perfect marbling, for instance, and Kansas City strip steaks topped with house butter. Their magnum opus is The Bull, a 25-ounce bone-in fillet that, if finished, earns the eater a spot on the Wall of Fame and a new accomplishment to include on their Viking resumé. The kitchen also churns out dry-rubbed barbecue ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches made from meat infused with flavors from the steak house's own round-the-clock smokers.
Jake's stands just in front of Sidewinders Saloon, a bar that dispenses a bevy of tequila and beer. Throughout the week, the bar hosts theme nights with live music and karaoke, and on select nights holds the doors open until 3 a.m. The building's close proximity to Busch Stadium and The Arch make it a prime spot for postgame celebrations or steak-tossing competitions on the banks of the Mississippi.
The intimate Grove bar and performance venue plays host to a diverse mix of musical stylings, offering everything from up-and-coming hip-hop artists and bluegrass bands to under-the-radar rock, jazz, funk, pop, and reggae. Cover prices vary but are typically in the $5–$20 range. With a capacity that caps at about 300, the small space allows for ease of viewing and close-range undergarment flinging, guaranteeing your knickers will lasso the targeted drumstick every time. Every Wednesday at The Gramophone, the amateurs take to the stage in a weekly cover-free open-mic night; for the rhythmically possessed, the club hosts a bi-weekly DJ-spun dance party, allowing for ease of score-settling dance-offs or move-assisted seductions.
The chefs at Sir's Restaurant take great care of the barbecued meats that populate their menu, marinating beef briskets, pork, and ribs for two days before cooking them in outdoor smokers for no less than six hours. Sir's signature smoked ribs ($11.99), prepared with a 60-year-old family recipe, entice bites of fall-off-the-bone meat, and the St. Louis–style rib-tips dinner ($12.99) plates cuts of trimmed full-pork rib brisket bones tenderized for morsels softer than a verbal jab from a Care Bear. Wield a smoked turkey leg ($6.99) to stave off encroaching hunger pangs, or wrap mitts around a pulled-pork sandwich ($8.99) swaddled with homemade barbecue sauce and served on a buttered bun. Diners can choose from a variety of homemade sides to wingman their meals, including steamed veggies and mac 'n' cheese ($1.50 each).
Scents of pimento, scotch bonnet peppers, and jerk chicken and pork waft through the air at Mi Hungry Jamaican BBQ & Catering's two casual locations. The county location’s menu of barbecue and Jamaican fare “makes it a dining destination,” according to St. Louis Magazine, and the city location serves up a similar multicultural duet of spice and flavor. Barbecue rib tips and crispy snoot coexist with Jamaican beef patties and tender red snapper. Island specialties such as the curried goat and brown stew chicken get a special flair from owner Rueben, who was born in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Classic barbecue flavors abound at Randy’s House of Bar-B-Que, where cooks rub pork shoulders and brisket with a special seasoning blend before sending them into the smoker. They also smoke chicken and racks of ribs, adjusting cooking temperatures to unlock the meat's flavors while retaining natural juices. Sides of slaw and baked beans round out meals, which are served picnic-style, while afterward guests can enjoy desserts such as Who Dat's famous gooey butter cake. Visitors can also enjoy a full bar and live music every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon.
Kurt Enger developed all of the dry rubs and sauces used at Stumpy's House of Bar-B-Que, the eatery he operates with the help of his family. Those sauces and rubs enhance the hickory-smoked flavors of pork, trout, St. Louis–style ribs, and other meats. Framed sports photographs line the walls of their St. Peter's location, where patrons can sip cold beer at tables with red-checkered tablecloths.