Barbecue Restaurant Coming to Plainfield

Wild West BBQ will open in the former Salentino restaurant on Route 59.

Jay Pfeilsticker is a veteran businessman, but his latest venture is completely new to him.

After owning retail video stores throughout Chicago’s south suburbs, Pfeilsticker is getting ready to open his first restaurant.

Wild West BBQ will feature home-cooked barbecue, from brisket to ribs to pulled pork and smoked chicken. The restaurant is scheduled to open at 15420 S. Route 59, the former home of , which opened in 2010 and recently closed.

“I’m taking a big leap here,” Pfeilsticker said with a laugh.

But while he’s new to the restaurant business, Pfeilsticker is no stranger to the kitchen. The menu will feature his own recipes for sauces, rubs and more.

“Everything is fresh,” he said. “I make my own pastrami. I make everything from scratch.”

Everything, down to side dishes like macaroni and cheese and baked beans, will be made fresh in Wild West BBQ’s kitchen. Even the French fries will be fresh cut, not frozen, he said.

“I was even thinking about frying them in lard, which gives them really, really good flavor,” Pfeilsticker said.

Pfeilsticker plans to open as soon as possible.

“I’ve got a bit of remodeling to do,” he said, adding he’s planning a Wild West theme for the eatery.

The walls will be adorned with photos of real-life and silver screen cowboys, from John Wayne to Jesse James, along with horseshoes and replica firearms.

As renovations begin, Pfeilsticker said he will also be looking for help in the form of cooks, counter staff and waitstaff.

Tina Wales Andry January 04, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Yeah..well my 4 year old doesn't eat BBQ yet..so hot dog was the only option for him. Thought it would be more like a sit down restaurant with a larger menu.Still doesn't excuse downright nasty food.
Jesse January 04, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Baby back blues is always busy. You can rarely get a seat. This place is better in side but BBQ is not that great.
Jesse January 04, 2013 at 03:00 AM
The atmosphere was nice nice and very clean. However, when you walk in it is a bit confusing. We thought we were suppose to sit down and be served. We were then instructed by the nice bartender that we had to go to the back of the restaurant to order. It was a bit odd. The menu is very limited and was not on-line for us to view ahead of time. My take on the food was that it was average at best. My buddy and I had the brisket, mac and cheese, chili, slaw and 1/2 chicken. First of all I am not a BBQ snob at all. The brisket was good/average the flavor was good but dry. The mac and cheese was awful. It was very dry and I think it had sat in the warmer too long. Aside from that it had absolutely no flavor. The chili with brisket meat was the star of the meal. (That's not saying much). The chicken was about average. My favorite was the slaw it had wonderful flavor. Needless to say I will more than likely not go back. Sadly, if it doesn't improve I think it will be gone in less than 6 months.
Brian Jones January 05, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I too miss Fat Terry's in Shorewood. I've been to BBB a few times but found the meat dry and I'm not fond of how they put the sauce on. For now if I have a craving I drive to Smokys BBQ on Jefferson in Joliet. They have a full menu and nice atmosphere if you want to eat in. The sauce was very flavorful and the meat was tender.
Robert January 18, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Note to self, I should have read the articles about how this guy has no experience in the BBQ arena. Down right gross. Go back to the video business.


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