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KS BBQ between airport and Olathe

debbie421 Mar 23, 2009 12:29 PM

Sorry for the last minute message but I'm heading to Olathe for a business trip tomorrow and will get to the airport around 6:45pm, dinner time! What's the best BBQ restaurant between the airport and Olathe? I've done some board research, but I'm having a tough time figuring out locations (a.k.a., no sense of direction). Bonus points if it's in a fun/cute part of town, but not a must.

P.S. I know nothing about BBQ, so I don't really care what "type" of BBQ it is. Just good food.

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    jdl98 RE: debbie421 Mar 23, 2009 01:04 PM

    I'm not sure any of the better BBQ options are in a cute/fun part of town. I'd probably recommend Oklahoma Joes - mapquest it from the airport and then from there to Olathe. I'm sure others will have some ideas - maybe even something closer to where you're going. I'm up closer to KC/Plaza/Brookside.

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      debbie421 RE: jdl98 Mar 23, 2009 05:00 PM

      I've heard the Plaza is cute. Anything noteworthy there? If not, I'll probably try the Olathe Oklahoma Joe's. I think it's right next door to our hotel.

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        jdl98 RE: debbie421 Mar 24, 2009 07:24 AM

        The Plaza is great - an area to check out for sure. Great shopping, architecture, atmoshpere. BBQ option there is Jack Stack - some love, some hate. If you're not worried about the type of BBQ - go for it, it's a respectable establishment, but for the hardcore BBQ people it gets mixed reviews. I personally have had some good BBQ there and and some not so good but it's a "nice" place.

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          KellyInKC RE: debbie421 Mar 25, 2009 09:36 AM

          There is a Jack Stack on the Plaza. 4747 Wyandotte

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        jdl98 RE: debbie421 Mar 23, 2009 01:05 PM

        i just looked and there's an oklahoma joe's in olathe! had no idea. here you go:

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          KansasTravel RE: jdl98 Mar 24, 2009 06:36 AM

          That Joe's has about 7 times the dining room of the original, plus a separate shop for folks BBQing at home. It has been open 5 or 6 years.

          If you go to the airport by I-635 instead of I-435, you might also consider Quick's BBQ. Either of those two restaurants would be a great choice.

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            heatherkay RE: KansasTravel Mar 24, 2009 01:12 PM

            If your first and only KC BBQ is going to be on this trip, I don't think I would go to Quick's. I've had a meal or two there that was good, but a couple that were really not good. Also, I don't think the neighborhood would probably ever be described as fun or cute to tourists.

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          inbiz RE: debbie421 Mar 25, 2009 11:37 AM

          I like Okie Joe's the best and, luckily, it's exactly on your trajectory. Better que is not usually in the better neighborhoods. I'm sure there's plenty of comparable meat, maybe even better meat and sauce out there, but I'm into the sides in this experience as well. I dig their Carolina pork sammy. I would skip KC Masterpiece and Jack Stack. If you have time, just grab the bev of your choice @Latte Land and walk around the Plaza enjoying the architecture. Margaritas on the patio @Baja 600 are alright , just don't eat there unless it's chips or something snacky. If you want cute, shop @Anthropologie. That'll sate anyone's cute habit.

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