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Hendrick’s BBQ offers all-star menu at comfortable neighborhood joint


By: Amy Armour

Posted 10/20/14 3:26 pm / no comments

Families looking for delicious, made-from-scratch barbecue in a relaxing neighborhood atmosphere need to look no further than Hendrick’s BBQ in St. Charles.

From slow-smoked baby back ribs to bacon-braised greens to pulled pork, Hendrick’s BBQ offers an expansive menu that includes all types of barbecue, as well as southern comfort foods.

“We want people to come down and feel like they’re part of the neighborhood,” said T.J. Withhoelter, chef de cuisine at Hendrick’s BBQ. “We’re trying to make it like grandma used to make it.”

Wanting to offer an eclectic mix of menu items, Hendrick’s owners Dr. Gurpreet Padda and Ami Grimes traveled all over the country taste-testing. After their travels, the owners picked their favorites to create an all-star menu for their restaurant, which opened in St. Charles three years ago.

“Everything is made from scratch, from the sauces to the biscuits to the sides,” Withhoelter said.

Withhoelter explained how the beef brisket and pork butt is smoked for a full 16 hours to create the tender, fall-apart meat – and the meat is smoked fresh daily. The restaurant uses hickory chips to create a smoky flavor, and Applewood chips with a hint of fruit in the wood to deliver a sweet and delicate flavor.

For brand new diners, Withhoelter suggests the Whole Shebang Platter. The platter, which serves three to four people, includes a sampling of every single meat available at Hendrick’s BBQ. From baby back ribs and pulled pork, to smoked turkey and smoked sausage to smoked brisket, an entire family can dine on the platter that also includes four made-from-scratch sides. Sides include homemade mac and cheese, corn casserole, BBQ baked beans and sweet potato fries, to name a few.

Hendrick’s BBQ also offers many southern hospitality menu items. On Sundays, families can come in for a homemade fried chicken dinner served with green beans, mashed potatoes and biscuits. Fried green tomatoes, creamed spinach and fried potatoes also are on the menu.

A favorite guilty pleasure for Withhoelter is Chicken in a Biscuit. A boneless 8 oz. chicken breast is dredged in buttermilk and flour and fried. The chicken is topped with a homemade white country gravy and cheddar cheese and served on a flaky biscuit.

Hendrick’s BBQ, located at 1200 South Main Street, seats 250 in the main dining room. An upstairs loft can accommodate an additional 50 diners, and downstairs in the Moonshine Blues Bar up to 75 guests can check out live music Thursday through Saturday. (On Saturday, Oct. 25, Rich McDonough & the Rough Grooves will take the stage.) The Moonshine Bar and upstairs loft  also can be rented out for banquets or parties. In addition, diners can enjoy lunch or dinner on the upper or lower patios.

Hendrick’s also has a large whiskey collection boasting well over 500 varieties. The bar offers whiskeys ranging from super-rare to smooth-sipping to Kentucky bourbon. The bar also offers an extensive line of moonshine, which is legally made off-site.

From a wedding to a birthday party, Hendrick’s can cater any type of event. An on-staff events coordinator makes the planning easy. The restaurant just asks for 24-hour notice.

“You name it and we can put it together for you,” Withhoelter said.

Whether it’s a birthday party, a family dinner, or an evening out with friends, Hendrick’s BBQ can make the evening special – and delicious.

“Sit down, relax, and let the service staff take care of you,” Withhoelter said.

Hendrick’s BBQ

1200 South Main Street • St. Charles

(636) 724-8600

11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Wednesday;

11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday-Saturday;

11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday

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