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.
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.
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.
Yard-long lineups of glasses overflowing with beers such as Boulevard Wheat, Guinness, and Rolling Rock are a common sight at Maryland Yards. The party-size servings go well with this lively bar and eatery?s 16 TVs, arsenal of pool tables and dartboards, and stream of music and lost web crawlers flowing from an Internet jukebox. More than 20 sandwiches and wraps?such as a fried-pork-loin sandwich or a classic french dip?leave the kitchen alongside bacon-and-cheddar potato skins and spicy or sweet wings, each designated to refuel appetites after a round of trivia, karaoke, or poker.
For homestyle deliciousness in generous, fresh-cooked portions, look no further than Kluckin' Chicken & Fish, a restaurant with a casual vibe but whose approach to food is anything but. Mixed buckets of fried light and dark meat dominate the chicken menu, the meat juicy beneath a golden crust of original or hot and spicy breading. Catfish, grouper, and whitefish fillets fortify sandwiches or decorate plates alone, while jalape?o poppers, buttermilk popcorn shrimp, frog legs, and cheddar broccoli bites invite appetizer seekers to try something new from the deep fryer.
No matter the time of day or night, the kitchen staff at Gingham’s Restaurant churns out any meal—be it breakfast for dinner or lunch at 2 a.m.—that customers may be craving. Famous buttermilk pancakes speckled with everything from blueberries to bits of bacon hush grumbling stomachs, as the friendly wait staff shuffles around bottomless pots of Ronnoco coffee and homemade dinner rolls. Chefs scramble farm-fresh eggs into nine different omelets, masterfully fry chicken, and drown homestyle meatloaf in rich gravy.