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The Scoop: Barbecue joint Doc’s Smokehouse and Catering opens in Edwardsville

February 24th 10:02am, 2014


Edwardsville is on a roll. Doc’s Smokehouse and Catering opens doors today, Feb. 24, at 1017 Century Drive, adding to a growing roster of new Edwardsville eateries and bars like newly opened Brevan’s Patisserie and soon-to-join Recess Brewing.

Doc’s is the fulfillment of a longtime goal for co-owners Doc and Susan Richardson, who thought of opening their own restaurant long before they began a competitive barbecue career in 2007. After winning their first barbecue competition, the husband and wife team competed across the country and eventually became certified Kansas City Barbeque Society judges and representatives. For the last four years, the Edwardsville-area residents have operated a catering company, The Q Factor, serving dishes that will soon appear on their restaurant menu.

“People always ask, ‘Where’s your restaurant?” said Susan Richardson. “Now we can say, ‘It’s here!’”

The roughly 2,000-square-foot space seats 47 and features a hybrid of Memphis and Kansas City-style barbecue, including house specialties like thick-cut spare ribs and a brisket ranked 14th a 2011 national competition. Traditional barbecue menu items will be accompanied by the occasional twist, like a barbecue chimichanga featuring pork, beans, queso and barbecue sauce. Sauces, rubs and sides will all be made in-house, as well as pies made by Susan.

In the future, the Richardsons hope to host classes for backyard grill masters, but for , Doc’s focus is on opening their doors. “Our whole philosophy is that it’s all about the guest,” Richardson said. “Our vision is that when guests walk in the door they’ll feel at home.”

Doc’s Smokehouse and Catering is open daily for lunch and dinner service beginning at 11 a.m. The Richardsons’ catering business has been renamed Doc’s Smokehouse Catering upon the restaurant’s opening and offers an expanded menu.





By Kate Essig

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