Gobble Stop Smokehouse
Do you know where to get the best smoked turkey in St. Louis? It's not at Pappy's, Bogart's, Sugarfire or Bandana's. It's at a small shop tucked away in Creve Coeur at Olive and Fee Fee. Gobble Stop Smokehouse is owned by brothers DeMarco and DeMones Howard and, as you might be able to guess from the name, they specialize in smoking turkey. I've lived in Creve Coeur nearly my whole life and I never even knew it existed until April. My guess is you haven't either--UNTIL NOW! Now your whole turkey eating life will change. The shop is small, with 5 or 6 tables inside and a handful outside. It's probably better/easier to pick up food instead of eating in. While the menu is turkey-focused, they have a number of different chicken sandwich options, plus smoked chicken wings. The turkey options include turkey burgers, fried turkey, turkey legs, turkey ribs, turkey tenderloin and turkey tips. It reminds me of Bubba in Forest Gump just naming shrimp dishes. If you just can't pick between poultry, the "Flew the Coop" burger would be your choice: it's a turkey burger topped with a chicken breast. All dishes come with one side, which are your standard BBQ fare. Coleslaw, steak fries, baked beans, potato salad, onion rings (not homemade-I don't recommend these), green beans, and corn on the cob.
We started with their award winning smoked chicken wings ($6.99) and that's when I knew these guys weren't messing around.
You can certainly taste the smoke in these wings. They were addictive. Definitely worthy of awards. They were lightly seasoned and came with BBQ sauce on the side, but to me they were just about perfect. I'd put these up there with Pi for my favorite non-fried wings in St. Louis.
One of my friends got the Buffalo Pulled Chicken Sandwich ($8.79), which I only got a couple bites of. It didn't taste like a traditional buffalo sauce to me, but I still enjoyed it and the kick it provided. The sandwich was topped with provolone, fried onion rings and pickles. If you're a white/dark meat only eater, note that their sandwiches are mixed.
The star of Gobble Stop for me so far has been the three white meat Turkey Ribs ($8.79). I don't recall ever seeing a turkey rib on a menu before. Frankly, I don't even like turkey. At Thanksgiving, I always eat chicken (blasphemy, I know). The ribs are incredible though. They're dense but so tender. I thought slow cooking turkey would lead to dry meat. Nope! The meat pulls right off of the blade-like bones making for some easy eating. If you don't feel like getting your hands dirty, you can just slide it all right off with a knife and fork. As expected, they're smokey and well seasoned, but they don't have the distinctive turkey taste that I'm not a fan of.