Back in September, Sugarfire Smoke House opened in Olivette. With an event like that taking place so close to my house I had to check it out. You can read about my first experience here. Last week I went back to see how they were doing. This is the first time I am doing a 2nd review on a restaurant. It’s even more surprising because I also went there twice in one week. That should give you a big hint how I feel about this place.
So why review the same place again? My first visit was on opening night. I wanted to see how things have changed since they have been open for several months. The first visit this week I went with a half slab of ribs, baked beans, and fries.
If you remember my original review, the fries are made when you order them. By the time you ordered them your BBQ had already been plated. The order of events was the same, but this time they brought the fries out to the table when they were ready. 🙂
The ribs and beans were excellent. Even my 1-year-old son was enjoying the baked beans. I will raise him to love BBQ for certain. The ribs are not the “fall off the bone: kind. They still have a good chew and they had the signature smoke ring. Out of 12 sauce choices, I went with the sweet. It’s personal preference for me with pork.
As I mentioned before I never go to the same restaurant twice in one week. What made me go back so quickly? Each time I went there, I stared at the burger option. I also was greeted at the counter by the day’s specials written on brown paper. They have been extremely tempting. I went back after having my BBQ fix to make sure I tried something else. This may have been a little overboard:
Here’s the break down:
- Top left – pasta salad with artichoke hearts and spinach leaves
- Bottom left – sweet potato salad
- Middle – pastrami sandwich
- Right – double burger
Let’s start with the double burger. You can order it with an array of toppings. I choose balsamic onions, Portobello mushroom, a farm fresh egg, and American cheese. Here’s a closer look.
When I ordered it, I was surprised there wasn’t an option to choose how it would be cooked. They were served medium well. The patties are smashed on the grill, however they are not thin and crispy like at Carl’s Drive in. All of the toppings were great and I loved that they left the yolk soft on the egg. I would get this again.
However, the pastrami and the sweet potato salad stole the show. This pastrami sandwich was one of the best that I have ever eaten. It was piled with thick, fatty, juicy pastrami. The toasted marbled rye was the perfect choice of bread. I also liked adding in some of the Carolina mustard sauce. The sweet potato salad was really unique. I loved the flavor added by the sweet potatoes and it finished with just a bit of tang. It’s a simple idea that I can’t wait to try and replicate.
Overall Sugarfire is a great BBQ place for those of us that don’t have quick access to Pappy’s or Bogart’s. Each time I have been there I have never had to deal with much of a line. Not only do they make great BBQ, but the burgers and specials were a surprise. This restaurant will be in my normal rotation for sure!