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“St. Charles Hottest New Restaurant”
Review of Hendrick's BBQ

Hendrick's BBQ
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Ranked #13 of 276 Restaurants in Saint Charles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed September 10, 2012

We've been waiting for this place to open for months now. Well worth the wait. We went in the first weekend that they were (unofficially) opened. The place is outstanding. We love the deco. The staff is great. The food is perfect. Just for grins, and to kind of try everything out that we could all at once, we ordered a large plate, I believe they titled it, "The Whole Shebang." It has a little taste of each of their main meat courses and a choice of 4 out of their total 12 sides. It was great. Everything was cooked perfectly, and I doubt that you will ever find better tasting green beans in a restaurant environment. While the prices are a bit higher than the average BBQ joints around town, the fact is that the food totally blows those other restaurants clean out of the water....period. Here is my prediction: if Hendricks maintains the same food quality/amounts and staff attention to details that they are opening with, unlike many restaurants that rock for a month or two then start to cut corners, then Hendricks will have no problem becoming THE most popular restaurant in old town St. Charles. You might want to go there now, before the word gets out, because after I'm through telling everybody about this place, you might find it difficult or impossible to get in, even with a reservation. Our server, Aaron, was great. He was friendly, completely knowledgeable about the menu, offered some great advise, and even our young son got a kick out of the server because Aaron treated him like a "little man" instead of the typical passive service that children often receive.
If you like/love BBQ, then give this place a try. Even if you don't like BBQ, they have an awesome bar with some really unique drinks and an atmosphere that will keep you relaxed, so, give it a try anyways. Can't wait to get back there.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We were very anxious to try this new restaurant because
1 The owners have several other restaurants that are very good
2 The food is southern
3 It is all made in house--even the bacon is house smoked!
The restaurant building is a pleasing mix of old and new. It is in the old St. Charles water works building on South Main, which has a deco facade lending a sense of time. They have added a giant faucet to the outside as a little touch of whimsy. It is two stories, but right now just the upper level, inside is being used. You will be able to enter from the street when the road construction is finished but now you have to park in back. The inside has received a total overhaul. The walls are lined with images of some of the great blues icons and there is a giant neon piggy BBQ sign. There is a great deck upstairs as well that will be nice when it is open. Downstairs will be a blues bar with inside and outside seating and an outdoor fireplace.
Although the name is Hendrick's BBQ,they have a much broader menu including fried chicken, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings and catfish Fridays. They have some entree salads and all kinds of sides, which come in sizes big enough to share but they will sell you a half order to go with your ala cart BBQ items. There are also some small plates-shrimp and grits, BBQ Nacho, pulled pork turnovers etc. Did I mention?--- they have bread baskets with your choice of Buttermilk Biscuits, Corn Bread or yeast rolls for $5. Their sandwiches are served on homemade rolls.
We started with fried green tomatoes.($5) These are cut a little bit more than 1/4 inch thick and instead of a batter, they have a light, crispy breading on each cut face of the tomato. They are pan fried and drizzled with a pink sauce which they called a low country sauce.
We shared two entrees. The first was the Pick Two($18) plate, which is any two meats from the BBQ menu plus two sides. We chose the St. Louis ribs and the pulled pork. The ribs were pull off the bone tender and pink through and through. They had a rub according to the menu but it was not so much as to be distracting from the meat. The St Louis ribs were some of the meatiest I have ever seen. They have four sauces that can accompany the q or really the meat stands well on it's own. The sauces were sweet, hot, St. Louis(nice little kick) and house. The "pulled" pork was just shy of being cooked to where it would shred with a fork. It was very tender but still held together maintaining a "chunk" consistency and was very coarsely chopped.
The sides were slaw and baked beans. The slaw had a mayo based dressing and was freshly prepared. The beans were of a firm texture and had a nice taste of molasses. We could have easily split this platter with a couple of small plates. The sides all sounded so good that I was wishing for the southern "meat n three" or 4 veg plate. The Cobb salad($9), featuring house smoked bacon was ordered with grilled chicken($2.75) and was also excellent.
We took home a piece of apple pie($5). The crust was perfectly flaky which means either it was hand cobbled or some one is running the processor with great restraint. Most pies these days even if "homemade" tend to loose that flaky texture because the crust is made in a food processor and the fat is overworked into the flour. The apples were covered with a brown sugar type of topping. It was of the best pies I have ever had in the St. Louis area if not the best.
This is a GREAT thing for St. Charles and is destination worthy.

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