Since I moved back to the Midwest, I have started eating a lot of BBQ. The southwest didn’t have much to offer but St. Louis has a ton of great options. My most recent BBQ joint was Hendrick’s BBQ in St. Charles.
Parking can be a little confusing the first time you go. However, if you just follow the signs, you won’t have an issue. You sneak up behind the building and can enter by climbing a flight of stairs or taking an elevator. I took the elevator. When the doors open I was greeted by that old familiar smell. If you weren’t already hungry, you are now.
I love the decor of this place. Wooden tables with chairs that look like old window shutters. The paper on the tables reminds you that you are going to eat BBQ and it’s OK to be messy. Also there is this awesome neon sign by the kitchen:
The menu is intense. There were too many things that I wanted to try. I decided to start with 2 appetizers.
First up, deviled eggs. Deviled eggs are a staple at most of my family gatherings. These were nice and tangy.
Wait a minute, things were about to get even better. For the 2nd appetizer, I had the pork cracklin’. They were salty and addictive. I loved the ones that had the crispy outside and a nice creamy fatty inside.
As you have read by now, I love pork. I order it any chance I get. So of course for my meal I ordered… the brisket sandwich. Why the change of heart? I typically have a rule to try what is recommended by the staff when I am having a tough time deciding. This was one of those times.
I ordered mine with the melted pepperjack cheese. You can choose two sides with the meal. I ordered the corn casserole (see above) and the mac n cheese (pictured below).
The brisket was tender and served on a very soft bread. They had multiple BBQ sauce choices on the table, I stuck with the sweet for my sandwich. This was a very enjoyable brisket sandwich. The corn casserole was like a soft cornbread. It had creamed corn, onions, and whole sweet corn kernels. I definitely recommend it.
The mac n cheese was not the typical style your mom made. This was made with penne pasta, white cheese, and topped with bread crumbs. Another winner.
Hendrick’s BBQ was a pleasant surprise in St. Charles. I can see why their chef won the Chef Battle Royale at the 2012 Taste of St. Louis. Tasting is believing, so get some for yourself.
Dive 2 Five Scale – 3. Hendrick’s BBQ is family friendly but is also a great place to go grab a cold one. If you follow some of the food review sites, some people complain about the prices. For BBQ it is on the pricey side, but they do serve quality dishes. They have a great selection of local beers on tap. You will hear lots of blues while you are there. I loved all the small touches. Sweet tea from mason jars… nuff said.