BBQ, Flying Pigs, Blues & Moonshine @ Hendricks BBQ
ST CHARLES, MO/January 7, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) Located on Main Street In the Historic French Town’s 1920 St. Charles Waterworks building, is home to the flourishing Hendricks BBQ and Moonshine Blues Bar. Co-Owners/Developers Dr. Gurpreet Padda and Ami Grimes love old buildings. In fact they consider themselves the “Patron Saints of Lost Real Estate Causes.” Their passion for turning around old buildings while preserving their magic is evident with this near century old St. Charles landmark. Every inch of the 17,000 square foot venue’s rehab was designed to tell a story turning recycled materials into art. “We’ve embraced the rustic concrete of our history home and added soft lights, reclaimed wood, and bright, hand painted murals in order to create that classic blues atmosphere,” state the visionary developers. Much of the wood details and custom furniture throughout the restaurant and in the Moonshine Blues Bar was made with re-purposed wood that came from torn down old barns in France. Even a vintage Piggly Wiggly sign gets a new life with a lit up sign made out of cans that spell “Eat BBQ.” And speaking of pigs, look up and you’ll see sculpted flying pigs suspended high from the rafters. Much of their design elements came from the owner’s travels. It was in New Orleans where they commissioned artists Peter Woods (artist for the Doobie Brothers World Gone Crazy album cover) and Josephine Wallace to create artwork portraits of blues greats, and paint colorful murals which embody the spirit of the Blues throughout the restaurant and downstairs blues club.
Dr. Padda and Ami Grimes also traveled cross-country tasting the best BBQ in regions known for their authentic BBQ to help them create their own fusion of flavors yet honor the St. Louis style BBQ with meats smoked in-house all day long with a flavorful dry rub, that stand on their own without any BBQ sauce. They do have a variety of BBQ sauces to choose from should you still want to sauce it up. Their research paid off as Hendricks BBQ was featured as one of the 8 Restaurants to Try in St. Louis, the coveted Winner of the Taste of St. Louis Chef Battle Royale, the Open Table Diners’ Choice Award, and is a consecutive recipient for the Best of Mid River’s Award for Best BBQ.
All of their food is made-in-house fresh daily with organic produce, fruit, dairy and proteins locally sourced from Foundations Farms in Belleville, IL. An impressive menu of fifteen made-from-scratch “Fixin’s” sides include Sweet Potato Casserole, Creamed Spinach, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, BBQ Baked Beans, Sweet Potato Fires, French Fries, Bacon Braised Greens, Cheddar Grits, Corn Casserole, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans, Fried Potatoes, Salt Baked Potato, Mashed Potatoes and Country Gravy. Their bread baskets include a choice of house made Sweet Yeast Rolls, Corn Bread, and warm Buttermilk Flakey Biscuits that are made fresh to order and are served with spice & sweet honey Tobasco sauce, Foundations Farms honey butter and seasonal jam.
Starters include Smokehouse Chili (smoked brisket, fresh vegetables, beans and special spices), BBQ Nachos, Fresh Cut Chips, Hush Puppies, Shrimp & Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes, Pork Cracklin’s, Pulled Pork Turnovers, Deviled Eggs, and more. Sandwiches served on bakery fresh bread include Brisket Philly, Smoked Brisket, Pastrami, Burgers, Chicken in a Biscuit, Smoked Pulled Pork, Turkey Club, BLGT, Veggie Burger, Grilled Chicken, a variety of salads including their most requested, a Seven-Layer Salad and a BBQ Cobb Salad. Other menu selections include made-from-scratch comfort foods like country fried chicken, meatloaf & chicken n’ dumplings, desserts using authentic family recipes & down home southern hospitality.
And what would be that down home southern hospitality be without the Moonshine and flowing spirits. The restaurant features many specialty cocktails. The Moonshine Blues Bar offers dozens of craft beers, over 125 different whiskeys, ranging from 23 year old bourbons to moonshine straight from the still.
On weekends, enjoy some of the best blues, soul, rockabilly, and swing musicians around the country as they light up the Moonshine Blues Bar stage.
During warm weather, outside patio dining over looking the picturesque Katy Trail is a popular meet up spot. Hendricks also has a private upstairs loft space available for special events and private rentals. Both the restaurant and the Moonshine Blues Bar are available for weddings and special event rentals.
Tickets are available now for their Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two on February 14, 2017 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) in the Private Loft at Hendricks BBQ. The package includes: Choice of One Appetizer for Two: Smoked Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon and Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini, OR Pulled Pork Tostones; Two Choice of: House Salad, Caesar Salad, OR cup of potato leek soup; Two 8oz Certified Angus Beef Strip Steaks with Cheddar Grits and Grilled Asparagus; Cherry-Liqueur-Filled Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting Pairs with One Bottle Wine Choice of House Red or White. The 2017 Valentine’s Day package is only $75 per couple.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Phone: (636) 724-8600
Parking is available on the street and an expansive parking lot is located directly behind the restaurant.
Fridays: 11:00am-10:00pm + late bar hours!
Saturdays: 11:00am-10:00pm + late bar hours!
Bar open late until 1:30am on Friday & Saturday
Moonshine Blues Bar
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