Address: 1627 S 9th St, St Louis, MO 63104, United States
This is a overseas special piece that I have been mulling on. I had the opportunity to visit St Louis in USA last year for work. It is probably not the most exciting place in the world to travel to for many, but it did provide me a good opportunity to try out the famous southern styled cuisine.
Other than the ribs, the wings and the fried ravioli, which is apparently the food to eat in St Louis, the place to visit for lunch is Bogart's Smokehouse - recommended by many colleagues.
The only problem is that it is not close to downtown St Louis and you will need a car to get there (but given that you are in America, most people drove to work and all you have to do is beg a lift).
Bogart's Smokehouse is situated in the quieter 'outer' ring of St Louis. The neighbourhood reminds me a little of Bulimba infact, lot of trees, a nice park, a nice church and lots of quaint little houses (although it's more brownstone than the Queenslander you'd normally see in Bulimba). Bogart itself is on the corner street in one of those brownstone in fact.
The entrance is relatively small and understated, with exception of the massive queue that would form around lunch time, which would run down the block.
The inside of the restaurant is not that spacious either, crammed with seats and tables and memorabilias.
There is in fact no better way to describe Bogart's except as 'blokey' - it is possibly reinforced by the fact that most of the patrons are working male.
The menu itself is not overly complicated - just imagine a lot of meat.
A lot of well cooked, saliva inducing, tender, juicy meat!
After much deliberation, I had the burnt ends with pit baked beans and chips.
Now the photo below probably doesn't do the food any justice. However, I did take the photo under the influence of well... surprise.
In Australia, when we say chips, we usually imagine (and get), for a lack of a better description, fat french fries. In the US, especially the Southern States, chips will get you... well... a packet of crisp chips (see picture below).
Did I feel duped? Yes!
Did I mind? Nope!
Cos that turned out to be one of the best meals I had in St Louis.
Bogart's left me leaving and wanting to go back again. I will definitely try to visit if I turn up at St Louis again!
Recommended: The ribs are fantastic. So it the pulled pork and the burnt ends!