The 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues continues with Game 4 in St. Louis on Monday (8 p.m.ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). NHL.com writers covering the series will provide a daily Stanley Cup Final postcard from whatever city they're in. Today, staff writer Tracey Myers checks in from Sugarfire Smokehouse.
The crowds at Sugarfire Smokehouse's downtown location on Washington Street in St. Louis can be hit and miss on the weekends.
But with the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins here for the Stanley Cup Final, and the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs also in town, the restaurant was slammed Saturday.
"Let's put it this way," Sugarfire manager Joshua Barton said. "I cook about a ton of meat every day, and I did three tons today."
I wasn't the biggest barbecue fan until recently but Sugarfire, which has 13 locations around St. Louis and southwestern Illinois, won me over.
And Sugarfire has caught Blues fever, despite their 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 where Boston took a 2-1 series lead. The Saturday special at its restaurant in Olivette, Missouri, about 20 minutes west of St. Louis, was "Winnington" ribs, beef ribs brined pastrami style, in honor of Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington.
Downtown, Barton is sticking with the traditional favorites, from single-meat plates to the Meat Daddy (a four-bone rib, sausage link, four ounces of brisket, pulled pork and turkey and two sides). But when the Blues played the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final, that Sugarfire did have a drink special: Shark Poison, made of lime-aid, vodka and blue curacao.
Bartender Ashley Sexton said she's working on a Bruins-themed drink special for Game 4 on Monday.
"I'm thinking I want to make it golden," Sexton said. "I haven't really come up with a name yet, but it'll be a boozy frozen lemonade."
Perfect to wash down all that barbecue.