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A week eating BBQ around IHOP, Kansas City, MO

Will be spending a week at IHOP and need your top 7 lunch and 7 Dinner locations. We love BBQ, and Mexican, but hey this is your town and are asking “your cant miss locations” If there is only one thing at a location but its smokin’ then a progressive meal is very acceptable.
Dives more than excaptable.
Under $50/person, under 1 ½ hour driving radus from 3311B E. Red Bridge Road Kansas City, MO 64137

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  1. Left KC when I was a year old, so I can't give you much answer, but pray tell, what is IHOP? Surely not the palace of pitiful pancakes?

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    1. re: lemons

      International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOP–KC) a christian missionary organization. I could say more if your interested but this is food site some would object.

      1. re: lemons

        ha! I thought the same thing before clarification, and was amused by the absurdity of needing a place near the pancake variety (as if one couldn't stray too far, just in case...).

      2. Here is a recent discussion of BBQ
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/813025

        I like Brobecks-some of the best ribs you will find IMHO.

        1. El Camino Real for excellent street tacos, cheap.

          I second Brobeck's for ribs, brisket, and everything barbecue.

          LC's for burnt ends.

          BB's Lawnside for an evening of blues, beer and barbecue. It's an ugly roadhouse, but the 'cue is good and the beer is cold.

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          1. re: chileheadmike

            thanks.
            what about Wabash Bbq? or Woodyard Bar-B-Que

            1. re: Technor

              Woodyard is great. I've eaten out on the porch many times. Hopefully, the weather is nice and you can sit outside. Next to the woodyard.

              I've never eaten at Wabash so I can't speak to that.

              You should consider hitting Bryant's as well. They are the grandaddy. The brisket and burnt ends are very good.

          2. If you are a BBQ lover and this is your first time in KC I'd strongly recommend you make it your focus. Even this Texas boy will admit that KC is one of the meccas. By all means hit the original Arthur Bryant's... a unique BBQ experience. I just visited last fall, over 15 years since my previous visit, and it's same as it ever was.

            Of the places I have enjoyed, LC's is the closest to your locale, and while my experience with their burnt ends didn't leave me as gaga as some other posters, the place definitely has some serious smoke going on. Side dishes are pricy, but the quality is excellent.

            I preferred the burnt ends at Smokin' Guns over 2 different visits at LC's. Found them to be much more carefully trimmed and consistently meaty. The wall of ribbons attests to the SG expertise, and the potato casserole is to die for. I snagged the recipe from the website and made it for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit. The furthest drive for you as it is in North KC, and they do not stay open very late, but still worth it if you can make it work.

            The one place that I have yet to hit is Oklahoma Joe's, and they get consistent raves around here as being the best in town.

            Wherever you wind up, we will look forward to your reports!

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            1. re: GroovinGourmet

              GroovinGourmet, totally understand about focus on BBQ but I live in Maryland and the Mexican places that are worth driving to are far away and way too few, so thought I'd ask.
              one consideration is where to go for lunch and where to go later at night.
              Thought I'd get a list together and then plot it out.
              Chileheadmike has a point on weather, I'll add that to my notes.
              so far this is what I have gathered.

              Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
              1727 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127
              Brobeck's Barbque
              4615 Indian Creek Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66207 for ribs, brisket, and everything barbecue.
              B B's Lawnside Bar-B-Que
              1205 E 85th St, Kansas City, MO 64131Lawnside for an evening of blues, beer and barbecue. It's an ugly roadhouse, but the 'cue is good and the beer is cold.
              Cafe Weatherby
              8801 NW 112th Street, Kansas City, MO
              Danny Edwards Famous Kansas City Barbecue
              2900 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
              Gates Bar-B-Q
              3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111
              L C's Bar-B-Q
              5800 Blue Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64129
              Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering
              3002 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS 66103
              Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue
              11950 S Strang Line Rd, Olathe, KS 66062
              Smokin Guns Bbq & Catering
              1218 Swift Ave, Kansas City, MO 64116for burnt ends
              Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
              6304 N Oak Trfy, Kansas City, MO 64118
              El Camino Real for excellent street tacos, cheap.
              Wabash Bbq
              646 S Kansas City Ave, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
              Woodyard Bar-B-Que

              OK, how does this sound so far?

            2. For some excellent Mexican grilled chicken add El Pollo Rey in KCK to your list. The menu isn't extensive and I consider it to be pretty authentic.. The guys at Pollo Tropical in South Florida need to come here and take lessons. Look for the stack of wood on the sidewalk. It is small but the chicken is some of the best in the KC metro, even better than any fried I have tasted.

              Another excellent Mexican restaurant is Frida's down in lower Overland Park. It is a hike but the food is not your typical Tex/Mex. I can recommend the chilies in nogada. http://www.kcrestaurantguide.com/frid...

              The Woodyard opens at 10am so you can have either a late breakfast or early lunch. When I was there at that time I got to spend some time talking to the Pitmaster. And try the burnt ends chili.