After having drove more than 20 hours in some of our road trips, 5 hour or less road trips feel like a breeze. And so, being in Kansas City, we decided to make a short trip to St. Louis, which was 3-hours away.
3 hour drive? Pfffffft! That’s nothing for The Husband. And so we soldiered on in the name of the St Louis Starbucks city mug (The Husband collects) and a taste of St Louis barbecue.
Having driven 3-hours, we were famished. And as with popular barbecue joints, there is ALWAYS a line. Pappy’s Smokehouse, one of the most famous barbecue joints in the Gateway to the West, was no exception. In the heat, The Husband and I obediently fell in line, waiting for our turn to order and eat as well as took in the smells of barbecue and sweaty, body odoury barbecue fans.
It took us around 30 minutes to get into the main dining area. And another 15 minutes to actually get to the cashier to place our order and pay.
Our tummies were grumbling in protest. I was just salivating at the sight of the orders of the people around us. The Husband and I shared a rib combo platter (half a slab with brisket) that included 2 sides – I got their gnarly but delicious looking sweet potato fries and a fried corn on the cob – and an order of the BBQ salad.
The Husband thought their barbecue was meh. I enjoyed their ribs though, which were easy to bite right off the bone and on the sweet side. Finger licking good.
Oh, the sides were mighty good too! The sweet potato fries were soft and yet had a caramely crunch and a brush of saltiness. The fried corn on the cob was interesting too – or maybe just because I love anything corn. Because I’m corny. Nyek.
The BBQ salad was pretty hearty – a mountain of greens with a generous sprinkle of barbecue brisket. It will actually fill you up…but maybe not enough to survive the 3-hour drive back into Kansas City.
We also ordered some local brews – non-alcoholic – Fitz’s rootbeer and cream soda. It was my first time to try cream soda. It tasted strange, vanilla flavored fizzy drink. I would’ve loved the vanilla flavor without the fizz please. I will stick to rootbeer from now on.
We wanted to get some nice photos with the famous Gateway arch, but then, there was a St Louis Cardinals (baseball team) game that caused blockage in most free possible parking areas. LOL. Cheapskates we are.
So thus concludes our visit to St Louis, which began and ended with barbecue. Hehehe.
3106 Olive St
St Louis, MO 63103
Monday – Saturday 11AM – 7PMish (or until sold out)
Sunday 11AM – 4PMish (or until sold out)
+ 1 (314) 535-4340