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I've eaten at one of the Jack Stack BBQ restaurants in KC a couple of years ago and in fact assumed there was only the one. Several have now turned up in a search of the area. I would imagine the cuisine to be of an equal quality and would probably choose the one closest to I-70 coming from Columbia, MO. Suggestions?

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  1. The building in the Freight House district near Union Station is neat. My experience with the food as been the same at each one I have visited.

    1. The downtown freight house location (next to Lidia's) is just a mile or less off of I-70 downtown. You can't go wrong going there, the quality has been consistently good most times i have been there, carryout or dining in. Be sure to try a few different things, definitely brisket, the chicken and pork spare ribs are spot on too, the onion rings and fried mushrooms are good apps too.

      1. My suggestion would be to go to LC's. I went to both several months ago and liked LC's better.

        FOTD

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        1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

          Wow, talk about apples and oranges! Living in the Ann Arbor area but born and raised in old Overland Park, we've always eaten at the Metcalf Jack Stacks when visiting home. I really like it (hate the lamb ribs - just doesn't seem right somehow, just me). The place is very nice, comfortable and controlled. LC's is at the other end of the spectrum. It's a hole in the wall with excellent BBQ. Don't get me wrong, I love both places but I can't imagine two places more differant. I guess if I want to experience the raw essence of BBQ (kinda like Nash's Hickory Pit in Gravois Mills) I would go to LC's. For a nice tasty comfortable dinner, It's Jack Stacks IMHO. You should really go to both.
          Bob

          1. re: SonyBob

            I pretty much agree with everything you said for sure. If I close my eyes though and forget everything else, I liked LC's more.

            Jack Stack def has a way nicer atmosphere.

            FOTD

            1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

              I love LC's. The food is superior. The people who work there can be mean, but I don't care. The food is worth it.

              The people at JackStack are very nice. It is the cleanest bbq you will ever have, which to me isn't necessarily a plus.

              1. re: zataar

                shouldn't necessarily be a minus, either

                1. re: heatherkay

                  I don't really mean "clean" as in clean surroundings or as in passing the Health Department codes. That is certainly a plus! Actually the last time I was in LC's and Jackstacks, both appeared to be passing the code.

                  What I mean is JackStack tastes somewhat one dimensional. Very clean taste, but not at all complex.

              2. re: FriendOfTheDevil

                For pure Q, I agree with you.
                Bob

                1. re: SonyBob

                  That cheesy corn bake though at JS's rocks.

                  I wish I could duplicate it.

                  FOTD

                  1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

                    The beans at JackStack are also very good. And, the Freight House is closer to l-70,

                    1. re: zataar

                      That is what I thought until I had LC's. They were even BETTER!

                      FOTD