Sugarfire Smokehouse's New '50s-Style Outpost Slinging Barbecue in St. Charles

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The "Big Muddy" with brisket, smoked sausage, horseradish, barbecue sauce, lettuce and pickles. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • The "Big Muddy" with brisket, smoked sausage, horseradish, barbecue sauce, lettuce and pickles. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Last December, Gut Check reported on the announcement of a second location for Mike Johnson's Sugarfire Smokehouse in St. Charles. On April 25, Sugarfire Smokehouse (3150 Elm Point Industrial, St. Charles; 636-724-7601) opened its doors in a former Chuck-A-Burger, retaining plenty of the diner's '50s-style charm while adding its own signature touches to the space.

See also: Sugarfire Smokehouse Now Open in St. Charles

The dining room.
  • The dining room.

Guests can enjoy Johnson's award-winning food -- named best barbecue in RFT's Best of St. Louis 2013 -- a few different ways. Order inside in a cafeteria-style line where a herd of workers hustle to keep the slabs of smoked meats fresh and hot. Alternatively, drive-in and walk up to an ordering window to dine old-school at a picnic table under a large outdoor roof.

The indoor dining room features high ceilings embellished with a colorful mural as well as tall windows bouncing natural light off of whimsical art of pigs and cows. Retro appeal appears in the form of chrome dinettes, and a dog-friendly patio outside provides plenty of shade.

Sugarfire Smokehouse's new location fills a former Chuck-A-Burger drive-in.
  • Sugarfire Smokehouse's new location fills a former Chuck-A-Burger drive-in.

The menu retains Sugarfire's menu of barbecue, pies and shakes from its original, critically-acclaimed Olivette location, such as the "Big Muddy" with brisket debris, smoked sausage, horseradish sauce, barbecue sauce, lettuce and pickles -- but it also leaves room for daily specials.

Sugarfire Smokehouse is open daily until sold out. For the full menu and more information, head over to the Sugarfire Smokehouse website and follow Sugarfire Smokehouse-St. Charles on Facebook.

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"Cracker Jack Salad" with spinach, red onion, pit ham, blue cheese and cider vinaigrette.
  • "Cracker Jack Salad" with spinach, red onion, pit ham, blue cheese and cider vinaigrette.
Order hot food in a cafeteria-style line and pick up drinks and desserts at the register.
  • Order hot food in a cafeteria-style line and pick up drinks and desserts at the register.
A variety of sauce on every table.
  • A variety of sauce on every table.
Order here.
  • Order here.
Available bottled drinks.
  • Available bottled drinks.
The smoker.
  • The smoker.
Food truck parked out back.
  • Food truck parked out back.

Handcut fries.
  • Handcut fries.
Step right up to choose your sides.
  • Step right up to choose your sides.
Another look at the line.
  • Another look at the line.
Alternatively, drive in and order.
  • Alternatively, drive in and order.
Guests can order at the window.
  • Guests can order at the window.
Patio on the side of the building.
  • Patio on the side of the building.
Complete with a dog house.
  • Complete with a dog house.
Now open in St. Charles.
  • Now open in St. Charles.

See also: - First Look: R-Cafe - First Look: The Salted Pig - First Look: The Marquee Restaurant & Lounge - First Look: Giovanni's Kitchen - First Look: Master Pieza

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