Food & Drink News

Laclede’s Landing has a new addition to its dining scene with the soft launch of Smokestaq Lightning. The barbecue joint, owned by Latoshia and Antonio Ellis, is located at 724 North 1st Street and is currently open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The couple plans to offer full service in the spring. Smokestaq Lightning is the latest concept from the owners of Five Aces Bar-B-Que, which was previously located in Shaw. The menu features authentic St. Louis barbecue, with a focus on smoking meats over open flame using charcoal and wood. Some of the standout dishes include the smoked brisket Philly, fried wings, rib tips, baby back ribs, burgers, and pulled-meat sandwiches. Customers can also order ahead of time through the restaurant’s website. The name Smokestaq is a nod to the eatery’s location in a historic building and its love for blues music. The couple plans to have live music and events in the future. The Ellis’ previously owned Five Aces Bar-B-Que in Shaw and continue to operate a food truck under the same name. Keep an eye on Smokestaq’s social media for updates on the full opening. For more information, visit