Good morning, and happy Friday! Or should I say Good Friday? It’s good because today is a holiday at my job, so I’m off work! First week of the new job, and I already have a day off? Lucky me!
Anyway, thanks for all of the wonderful comments, Facebook messages, and tweets in response to my previous post. It is so incredibly wonderful to be back home! I’ve been loving life and enjoying every single moment with my family and friends. It’s amazing how moving away really makes you appreciate home that much more.
Alright, alright…enough of the mushy stuff. Let’s talk about food, shall we?
I think it’s only appropriate that my first restaurant review since being back home is Sugarfire Smokehouse. Why? Well…I’m a pretty big fan of BBQ. Especially ribs. And while there were many positive things about living in Virginia for 2 years, I do have to say that I’m not a fan of the Carolina-style barbecue that was popular in the state. While the meat itself was good, I just wasn’t a fan of the barbecue sauce at all! It was vinegar-based, and it was liquidy and not very sauce-like at all! This barbecue sauce loving girl (seriously – I put BBQ sauce on practically everything) was very sad. I remember the first time I went to a BBQ joint in Virginia, and they handed me my order. I asked for barbecue sauce, and the friendly waitress told me that I already had barbecue sauce on my plate. I was confused until I looked at the little cup of vinegar sitting on my tray. Sad Stephanie.
So, needless to say, soon after I arrived back in good old St. Louis, I had to come to my all-time favorite BBQ spot: Sugarfire!
Yes, I said all-time favorite. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of flack from St. Louisians, as this is the home of Pappy’s Smokehouse, which receives a lot of recognition and has won many awards for being the ‘best barbecue in St. Louis’. Pappy’s was even on the Food Network and the Travel Channel! While I do love Pappy’s, I still maintain that Sugarfire is my favorite spot. Just hear me out, okay?
I walked into the building and found out pretty quickly that I wasn’t the only one craving barbecue that night:
The line was long!
Yep, I’m not the only one that has love for Sugarfire.
Luckily, there were lots of things to keep me busy while I waited in line. Like the expansive menu:
And the selection of icy cold beverages!
The restaurant is set up cafeteria-style. You order from the menu, and the workers fill your tray for you. I decided to go with the brisket sandwich. That choice was easy. The hard part? Choosing from the sides!
The side dishes at Sugarfire change frequently; that night they had jambalaya, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato salad, crazy corn, and baked beans, just to name a few. The sweet potato salad looked tasty, so I decided to go with that.
I grabbed my food and sat down to eat…
…with these awesome people! Yes, a few friends joined me for dinner to support the return of the blog. Seriously…I have some of the best friends in the world. I’m so incredibly lucky. Clockwise (starting from the left): Marjorie, Roshini, Chung, Allan, Steve, and my stepdad, Ken! Thanks you guys for joining me!
I couldn’t wait to dig into my meal.
Sweet potato salad, a brisket sandwich, and Schlafly beer. Nothing says St. Louis like Schlafly beer.
Needless to say, I smothered the heck out of my sandwich with BBQ sauce:
Sugarfire has a number of BBQ sauces: Sweet, Spicy, Coffee-flavored, Mustard, and Jerk, just to name a few. But I went with my favorite: Sugarfire #47. I’m not sure what the #47 stands for – maybe the number of times my eyes rolled in the back of my head from sheer pleasure? The number of times I exclaimed ‘This is the BEST BBQ EVER’? The number of times my friends told me to stop taking so many pictures and to eat my food before it got cold? Who knows. But this sauce? This sauce was perfect. It was thick, sweet, a little tangy, and it had the slightest kick of spice. I loved it.
The brisket sandwich was delicious as well. The bread was soft and warm, and the brisket was incredibly flavorful. It had a smoky flavor, it was seasoned well, and it was so tender it practically melted in my mouth. I’m drooling now just thinking about it!
My sweet potato salad was incredible, too! If you love potato salad, you would love this. It was just like the traditional stuff you’d find at a typical family picnic, but it was made with sweet potatoes. It was amazing!
My friends seemed to really enjoy their meals as well.
All in all, it was a fantastic visit to Sugarfire, and it most certainly won’t be my last! Is it weird that I have dreams about their beef brisket now?
I’ll see you next week with another review!