Kansas City --bbq and funky breakfast
I will be coming to Kansas City in early July, but only for about 2 days. Figuring in 2 dinners, a lunch and 2 breakfasts.
One lunch and one dinner I'd like to try the famed KC bbq. It would be the same day, while the youts are at a concert. At least one breakfast a funky diner kinda place would be great. So- let's hear it- throw out some great bbq places and why should they be the ones to try. I have to say Arthur Bryants SEEMS like one to go to as it is the most famous, but is it?
And then--what are the funky breakfast places. I think we will be staying downtown somewhere, thats not worked out yet.
I second the terrible service at Succotash. Hipsters do not make the best servers -- we've waited too long for food and orders have been mixed up. I'm going to defend Jack Stack. Their ribs and beans consistently outperform competition from Bryants, LC's, Gates or Joe's. Their lamb ribs in particular are my favorite bbq dish in the world. Bryants gets way too much cred, their beef is good but their burnt ends and sauce are not nearly as good as Jack Stack or Gates. I would also give a shout-out to BB's Lawnside BBQ...damn good batter fries, smoked chicken wings and meat.
I have never been, but Sarah Eat Drink Art is supposed to have breakfast/brunch (downtown); Bluebird Cafe (veg friendly) has breakfast/brunch.
I am not a succotash fan - used to be but now the service has been really awful each time I went - and the wait was long - which is okay if it's worth it.
The BBQ search is well documented in many KC BBQ threads. You can easily find what you're looking for to fit your mood.
For breakfast you might look into You Say Tomato. or Poco's
for Lunch try Happy Gillis Cafe (not bbq) but fun and funky and good.
for BBQ if you haven't been to A Bryants GO. its like nothing else in town and its good enough and famous enough that you should go. I'm partial to LC's BBQ. OK Joe's and Jack Stack seem to get a lot of rave's but i don't know why
I'm no fan of Jack's Stack. Gates is good but most people on this board don't seem to like ti.
Poco's on the Boulevard at 31st and Southwest Blvd
The food is good if not great, but it is funky and a lot of fun every time I go in there.
Like most people here, I like to try crazy, off-beat, restaurants. That being said, I thought the food my girlfriend and I had at Poco's was practically inedible. The chile relleno was the worst I've ever tasted. Unless you really like medudo (tripe soup) then I would steer clear of this one. I know it's got some fans, but I just don't see it.