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Hendricks BBQ’s Ribs: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

By Ian Froeb Wed., Mar. 6 2013 at 9:00 AM

Photo by Jennifer Silverberg

The Gut Check One Hundred 2013

The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2013 names the “Best Dish” of the year.

Hendricks BBQ (1200 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-8600) is no mere barbecue shack. It’s a massive enterprise along St. Charles’ historic Main Street, a live-music venue and moonshine distillery as well as a restaurant. Yet in spite of Hendricks’ sprawling size and varied attentions, pitmaster Matt Vanderbeck lavishes the restaurant’s barbecue with the care and craft that have marked the St. Louis barbecue renaissance of recent years.

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