Ringing In Another Year KC Style – Bootleggin’ BBQ & Catering
St. Louis, MO/December 28, 2016/2:15 am (STLRestaurant.News) Bootleggin’ BBQ & Cateing – Kansas City style barbecue may seem like an odd choice for a St. Louis restaurant, but then Bootleggin’ BBQ at 1933 Washington Ave. in St. Louis’ Downtown West neighborhood seems to have come about through a series of unexpected twists and turns. Bootleggin’ began as catering company. In the fall of 2014, the Pour House tavern asked Pit Master Brenton Brown to bring his Kansas City style barbecue to a pop-up event in honor inspired by the Royals World Series appearance. More pop ups at the Pour House followed and by February 2015 Bootleggin’ BBQ had taken over food service at the bar. By September 2015, the Pour House had closed, and Brown along with partner Ed Belter had taken over the bar, adding more tables and taps and turning it into a BBQ joint.
Bootleggin’ BBQ & Catering is at its heart a neighborhood tavern that features Kansas City style BBQ and the stuff that goes with it. That’s a cool vibe, friendly, laid back atmosphere, BBQ beans, cole slaw, fries and craft brews. They have eight local brews on tap that rotate from time to time. At this writing, they are offering five products from Excel Brewing in Breese, Illinois, including the Eastside IPA, Southside Stout, and Piasa Pilsner. There are also three products on tap from St. Louis’ Morgan Street Brewery: Oktoberfest (American style Marzen), Black Bear (German style Schwarzbier) and When Helles Freezes Over (Morgan’s popular German style Lager). Fans of the restaurant are fond of saying that other St. Louis restaurants may be famous barbecue destinations, but Bootleggin’ is where they go to eat great barbecue and hang out with friends.
The everyday menu includes classic Kansas City style barbecue fare: burnt ends, ribs, and chicken. Some of Bootleggin’s specialties are getting rave reviews. That includes their brisket, and their BBQ Nachos, which have been voted some of the best in the city. And why not, they load them two ways. Pork lovers will crave Penelope’s Party. It’s nachos loaded with pork, beans, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and sweet KC style BBQ sauce. Beef lovers will go for Bessie’s Blue: nachos piled with brisket, beans, slaw, blue cheese, and “wang” sauce. If you’re not into nachos, that’s okay. They’ll pile these toppings on fries too. Their smoked and sauced wings are also popular, as is their Bacon on a Stick. It’s smoked, sliced and fried pork belly tossed in your choice of sauce. They even do vegan Smoked Portobello Mushrooms!
Unique smoked foods have been a part of Bootleggin’s special way of doing things. They made headlines last spring with their Lenten special: barbecued beaver. Brown and Belter say the customers who tried it really liked it.
The Bootleggin’ gang is planning a special New Year’s Eve bash on Saturday, December 31. It starts with dinner at 8:00 p.m. They’re offering smoked Prime Rib with garlic cheddar mashed potatoes and veg for $20. Then at 9:00 p.m. customers can enjoy an open bar party for $40. In keeping with the laid back vibe they’re known for, the party will include card games, board games, and a few other special entertainment items, plus great friends and conversation, and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are required for dinner, but not for the party afterward.
Bootleggin’ BBQ is open Tuesday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They offer their full menu until 10:00 p.m. and a late night menu until closing time. It’s also worth noting that Bootleggin’ BBQ offers delivery through GrubHub!
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