Best Barbecue

Salt + Smoke

Staff Pick

Tom Schmidt admits that opening Salt + Smoke was somewhat insane. His wife was pregnant; his previous restaurant at the location in question, Nico, had failed; and just about every food publication in town was lamenting St. Louis' saturated barbecue scene. Yet Schmidt's leap of faith paid off in the form of throngs of hungry patrons lined up for a taste of the Loop restaurant's signature dish: the beef brisket. Servers give you a choice on the type of cut you'd like — lean, fatty or the burnt end — but there's no question. The fatty portion, simply rubbed with coarse salt and black pepper, is the richest, most succulent piece of brisket you'll ever have the pleasure of eating. One bite of this glorious meat proves that the only insane thing about Salt + Smoke would be not finishing your plate. 6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 63130. 314-727-0200, www.saltandsmokestl.com.
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