Station One Smokehouse
Central Texas-style BBQ comes to Plainfield’s old fire station
A massive, 4,200-lb, all wood-burning smoker, custom-built in Mesquite, Texas, commands attention in the revamped building that a decade ago housed Plainfield’s fire station. Distressed wood-lined walls and oversized twinkle lights create an aura of rustic southern comfort in this fast-casual stop at 15025 S. Des Plaines St. (815 271-6328).
Diners share that same sense of comfort as they bite into the Texas-style barbecue staples that fill the menu. Brisket, pork belly, pastrami and ribs are served by the half pound, smothered in sauce or prepped with dry rubs, and sliced at the carver station while you watch.
Sandwiches like the Pulled Pork are stacked high with tender meat and red cabbage slaw. The Frito Pie is stuffed inside a bag of corn chips with smoked brisket chili, queso and pickled jalapenos. Sides include elevated classics like pinto beans cooked with pork belly, mac ‘n cheese, potato salad and cornbread with honey butter.
A full bar specializes in extravagant Bloody Marys, which, weather permitting, can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio, reached through fold-open glass doors that make up the restaurant’s entire front façade.Edit Module