Visiting for a HS sports tourney, we found Smoki O's on the web and saw that it was close to our hotel near the Arch. Traveled up 4th St to N Brdway past the Edw Jones Centrer and found the place. Don't worry about what it looks like...the people are great inside and thre food is special. We had hoped to be able to eat there but there are no inside tables. There are some counters, but its not conducive to eating in. We were there in January so the outside tables didn't work for us.
We thought he menu was great. Hadn't heard of snoot before and learned it was the back portion of the nose fried like chitterlings.
The portions were very well sized-especially the rib tips. The brisket was juicy and tender, and smoked nicely. Didn't order the slab, but I am sure it is exceptional at $18 (full). The sides were great-loved the mac&cheese and the greens.
Also on the menu... a polish, wings, and pulled pork and chicken... I wish we could have tried more.
And the desserts were home made, fresh, and big enough to be shared. the lemon pound cake was wonderful and the peach cobbler was full of fruit and great crust.
Overall, it is in a place you usually wouldn't consider stopping at, but it is safe, authentic, and well worth the trip especially if you're downtown, hungry and have a place to bring the food back to if its cold outside since there aren't indoor tables.