I've read some good recs for Iron Barley on this board, and gotta admit I also saw a fun segment on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Never been, so I was thinking of checking it out my next trip into town this August.
First, what is the noise level? My dad is particularly sensitive to noise, especially clanging or ringing noises. I know it doesn't seem like a sedate or quiet restaurant, but how oppressive is the noise level there? (Probably have to go on a Friday night.)
Second, what is the smoking policy? Sometimes we request patio seating to cut down on the noise level (above) but I'm particularly sensitive to cig smoke, especially after living in California for so long. Is the inside smoke free? What about the patio?
I've read the reviews -- a couple of years old -- on Sauce and RFT, and neither seems to address my concerns. Thanks so much to any St. Louis 'hounds for your feedback.