|Chicken breasts in the smoker at Vernon's. | Kaitlin Steinberg|
The readers have spoken: In our poll last week, y'all picked Vernon's BBQ (6707 Vernon Avenue, University City; 314-726-1227) as the most underrated barbecue restaurant in St. Louis. Any barbecue challenge in St. Louis is going to be tough, but we talked to Vernon's co-owner Matt Stiffelman on what sets his place apart from the competition.
"I think we're always doing something different, which keeps us on our toes. Some of the stuff we do, we know that it's not going to be liked by everyone," he says. "But we do it to take risks or to cross a line at times. We can't make everybody happy, but if the people that like it love it, we're not losing."
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