Review: Sweetie Pie’s KitchenAuthor: Show | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: St. Louis, MO, On The Road
4270 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
For the second straight day, I was headed to a restaurant I’d viewed on TV. The previous day I hit Pappy’s Smokehouse, and this time around it was Sweetie Pie’s. No BBQ this time, as Sweetie Pie’s is southern soul food. It has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives — click here to watch the YouTube of the Triple D segment.
You walk into the restaurant and get in line, only to move through what’s basically a buffet line, except you tell the employees what to plate for you. I did have to wait about a half hour before getting to the front of the line.
On the Triple D video, the owner’s appearance wasn’t just for the cameras. She was all over the restaurant when I was there. She was helping take orders, diving back into the kitchen and circulating throughout the restaurant to ask how everything tasted. She even remembered my order when I was almost done eating, and this was a busy lunch hour. She certainly wants every customer to feel like he’s at home. And I did.
Also, note the hilarious T-shirt. I loved it, but can you actually imagine anyone wearing it? I’m sure people do, it was just funny thinking about it.
What I Got: Smothered pork steak with two sides ($8.50). I did a double side of mac-and-cheese. I also added two fried chicken wings (I think they charged me like $2.50) because it’s southern soul and I had to try the fried chicken.
Of course, I got way too much. I put such a small dent in the plate that the owner was worried I didn’t like her food. I said, “no, I just bought way too much.” She laughed and went “yeah, when you said double mac-and-cheese after those wings and pork I was like ‘hell no!’”
My mistake was I didn’t realize how big the pork steak would be or how filling the rich mac-and-cheese would be. My mistake was not, however, ordering the wrong things.
The wings were very good. Perfect crunch from the breading and skin leading to insanely juicy chicken on the inside. If I was a regular there, the wings would be part of the rotation. If I ever go again, though, I imagine it will be another one-time visit. And…
The smothered pork steak was outstanding. It was so tender I barely even needed a knife. The gravy the steak was smothered in was perfect and the flavor of all the spices, onions and everything else in the gravy here couldn’t have possibly complemented the meat any better.
The mac-and-cheese was rich and creamy. The noodles were perfectly cooked. I’m no expert, but this was the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had. I felt like I was doing that played, patronizing “mmmmm” Adam Richman does whenever he tastes, well, anything on camera.
Would I Buy It Again? Absolutely, in a heartbeat. If I personally went back, I’d go pork steak, mac-and-cheese and choose a different second side, but I’d love the chance to go multiple times and mix it up. I’m guessing this is one of those places where basically everything is great and you could eat there everyday.