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Phils BBQ Sign

Retro Neon sign no longer in existance.

Phil's Bar B Que 9205 Gravois, St. Louis. (314) 631-7725 One of St. Louis' original barbecue "joints." This place is over sixty years old and I don't think that the interior of the place has changed ( or been cleaned for that matter) over that period of time. The sign out front of a large neon pig face with a chef's hat is on the Historic Register. I don't think that the neon has lighted up for awhile though. All the above is irrelevant if you're looking for the best St. Louis style pork steak . The steak is cooked in the huge brick pit that sits in the back of the restaurant and then simmered in Phil's famous sauce for the rest of the day. ( The secret of the sauce, by the way, is a touch of pumpkin pie spice. Don't tell anybody.) The best side to get with the pork steak is the spaghetti. Phil's is now owned by the Polizzi family and they really know their way around some pasta. The ribs at Phil's are ok, but not nearly as good as the steaks. Their deep fried fish is some of the best in town too. You probably won't find any other beer products at Phil's except Busch and Budweiser, as this is one of the favorite hangouts of the workers from the nearby brewery.

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Taken on May 17, 2008