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Best Barbecue St. Louis 2009 - Pappy's Smokehouse

Pappy\'s Smokehouse

Pappy's Smokehouse

3106 Olive St.

St. Louis, MO 63103


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Readers' Choice: Pappy's Smokehouse

What's the best time to arrive at Pappy's Smokehouse? Well, the midtown barbecue joint opens at 11 a.m., so if you arrive by, say, nine o'clock in the morning, you should be OK. We kid, of course — but only a little. Arrive sometime between 10:30 and 10:45 and you'll be close to the head of the line. Wait till the lunch rush, though, and you'll find yourself at the end of a queue that stretches the length of the restaurant out to the hallway outside its back door. That's how popular Pappy's has become since its opening in February of last year, thanks to relentless media buzz (guilty), a segment on the Travel Channel's popular show Man v. Food and — above all — good ol' word of mouth. In this case, 50 million Elvis fans aren't wrong: Pappy's barbecue is tops, redolent of its own juices and apple- and cherrywood smoke. The pork ribs, their dry rub kissed with rosemary, are especially wonderful. Can you wait till the lunch rush is over? Sure, but fair warning: Pappy's doesn't reheat its barbecue, so if the kitchen runs out of your preferred meat, you might just have to wait an entire day.

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Linda Martin
Linda Martin

I went to Pappy's after seeing it spotlighted on the Food Netowork channel. I'm originally from Kansas City, MO and all I can say is it didn't come close to the barbeque I've eaten there. The pulled pork was tough and gristly and didn't have much of a smoke flavor. The beef was slightly better but still had too much fat and not enough flavor. It didn't come anywhere near Bryant's barbeque from KC. Overall it was very disappointing. My cousin who I was visiting in St. Louis didn't care for it either. The only thing I enjoyed were the sweet potato fries.


What can I say about this place? If you are planning to go there, I suggest calling in your order so you don't have to wait in the line. Just grab a waiter or waitress and tell them you called in your order. I ate this on my lunch break, and made all of my coworkers jealous! The pulled chicken sandwich has this rich smokey flavor and the sweet potato fries are quite a treat.


Mouth watering, and ribilicious!


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