Before leaving the STL I had time to hit an old favorite, Sugarfire BBQ, now with a location downtown. I’ve never had anything here other than the phenomenal staples of brisket and ribs. 

But in keeping with Lent, it seemed like the perfect time to try the highly regarded portobello mushroom sandwich. 

What a delicious, hearty meal, reinvigorating my meatless juices and the knowledge that yes, you can take a serious break from meat without sacrificing flavor and culinary excitement. 

First off, it was huge, with a toasted middle bun. The two round, thick mushrooms were large enough to cover the entire bun and were dripping with juices and a smoky BBQ flavor, a signature of great BBQ. 

Add the pickles covered in the house special sauce, melted cheddar cheese,  lettuce and grilled onions, and you’ve got a fantastic sandwich I’d order anytime. 

The augratin-style potatoes were solid but I like their fries more, which my buddy Jake got to compliment his ribs. 

Sugarfire

605 Washington Avenue, St Louis, MO, 63101. 314-394-1720.