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One Day and night in KC

We will be spending an evening and thru lunch the next day in KC. Where should we eat to enjoy the best taste of KC BBQ,Chicken,etc. Is Arthur B's a must or how abot LC BBQ.
Many thanks

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  1. I recommend that you head to Oklahoma Joe's for an excellent overall bbq experience.

    LC's has fantastic brunt ends. Best in the city IMHO. The service is always very nice.

    I am not a fan of Arthur Bryant's or Gates. No doubt that they are landmarks, just not my favs.

    All 4 of the above mentioned places are VERY casual. Heck, OK Joe's is in a gas station.
    For a bit more of an upscale BBQ experience, try Jack Stack's. They have great baby back pork ribs.

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    1. re: jm054

      LC's burnt ends are something you won't ever experience outside KC. Nothing else can compare.

    2. I would 2nd this other persons reply. You simply can't beat OK Joe's for almost anything they do. It's truly remarkable bbq. DON'T MISS IT. The others are fine, just not up to this quality.

      1. Just spent a very scant three days in KC - OK Joe's & AB tied in our estimation - the plus for AB - not so crowded on opening - I would recommend this and the Negro League BB Muesum as a quick overview for KC. The next stop, the WW1 muesum & OK Joes.

        1. Thanks so much,so far, for great tips. It will be interesting if I get any more.

          1. go to stroud's for dinner, BBQ for lunch.

            1. LC's and OK Joes are the places to go for q. I was not that impressed with Strouds at all.

              (St. Louis)

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              1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

                Well, they asked for fried chicken. Stroud's is an iconic KC place and I have no hesitations about telling folks they should eat there. Fresh mashed potatoes, Fresh green beans, chicken noodle soup, chicken fried steak, the chicken....what did you find lacking?

                1. re: bbqboy

                  No offense meant but it was just not that good. I know it is a legend. I have been to two places in the country in the last 3 weeks, Westphalia Missouri and the Wittmond Inn in Calhoun County and the chicken at either of these blew Strouds away.
                  Many legends rest on their Laurels. Just like Bryants. It just ain't what it was evidently.

                  Im not saying it was BAD. I'm just saying it is not worthy of it's rep at this point.
                  Maybe you grew up with it so you are wed to it. From an outsider's standpoint I don't think it was anything special.


                  Wittmond's Restaurant
                  PO Box 25, Brussels, IL 62013

                  1. re: bbqboy

                    I'm with FOTD on this one--I also was not very impressed with Strouds (location on Shawnee Mission Parkway). The chicken was okay, but certainly not Earth shaking like so many had lead me to believe. I'm also pretty sure the green beans were straight from a can (soft, kind of gray, and cut into about inch long pieces) with some onions/bacon thrown in, nothing fresh about the dish I was served. The soup and cinnamon rolls were good, but the mashed potatoes were average at best. I just didn't get what any of the fuss was about. I only went once, so maybe it was just an off day, but with so many other great choices in town, it never really enters the radar.

                    1. re: pollymerase

                      If you want good fried chicken, go to Popeyes. And KC has Popeyes.