Winfield’s Gathering Place is an upscale sports bar, smokehouse and American fare restaurant brought to life by business partners Mark Winfield and former Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds. Located in an unassuming Kirkwood strip mall, Winfield’s serves up some serious barbecue. The ribs are classic dry-rubbed style, and the beef brisket holds its own in this crowded ‘cue town. Sandwiches include the must-try “BBQ Burnt Ends Sourdough Melt,” a pastrami Reuben, and a brisket riff on a French dip. Winfield’s is more than a smokehouse, though. Flatbreads and Italian specialties round out the menu, and entrees such as a “Wined and Brined” smoked chicken prove that the restaurant is more than a rib shack. Don’t pass up the jalapeño cheddar au gratin potatoes – whether ordered as a side or served on their own with a cold beer, they are alone worth a visit.