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What's best these days in Kansas City BBQ?

Morton Arthur Eaton Dec 1, 2013 09:02 PM

I went to school in Lawrence so I used to know KC bbq pretty well, but I get there too rarely these days. But I'm passing through around Christmas. Anyone have new suggestions? Here's where I've been:

• Arthur Bryant's a million times, pretty lackluster last time.

• LC's twice, excellent both times.

• Fiorello's Jack Stack in the train station. It was okay, too nice for my BBQ tastes.

• Danny Edwards in the old location, which was very good.

• Brobeck's, nice for a strip mall...

• Never cared that much for Gates.

So where should I go this time?

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: Morton Arthur Eaton Dec 1, 2013 09:17 PM

    You need to check out OK Joe's and Munchin' Hogs at Cafe Weatherby in the airport Hilton.

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      zfwp RE: Melanie Wong Dec 9, 2013 02:38 PM

      how is the Rosedale BBQ?

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        chileheadmike RE: zfwp Dec 10, 2013 05:34 AM

        I've never cared for Rosedale. But they've been there for a very long time, so someone must like them. OK Joe's is right up the hill and Woodyard isn't too far down Merriam Drive. Both are much better in my opinion.

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          zfwp RE: chileheadmike Dec 10, 2013 03:56 PM

          thanks! it must be nice to have too many good bbq choices!

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      jdl98 RE: Morton Arthur Eaton Dec 2, 2013 12:54 PM

      Woodyard BBQ, Danny Edwards new location (lunch only), LC's.

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        Melanie Wong RE: jdl98 Dec 5, 2013 06:44 PM

        Thought I'd posted about my lunch at Danny Edwards (2011), but I guess I didn't.

        Here's my Large combo sandwich, $6.99, with pulled pork and Ol'Smoky (burnt ends), plus a side of smoky baked beans, $1.95. I do remember that I asked 'em to go light on the sauce, so there's probably more if you don't.

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        Bigrayok RE: Morton Arthur Eaton Dec 5, 2013 06:34 PM

        Oklahoma Joe's. I would go back to LC's for the burnt ends also.

        Bigray in Ok

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          Melanie Wong RE: Bigrayok Dec 5, 2013 06:47 PM

          My second lunch in 2011 the same day at Oklahoma Joe's. Brisket and pulled pork sandwich, naked,

        2. amyzan RE: Morton Arthur Eaton Dec 21, 2013 06:09 PM

          I like OK Joe's and McGonigle's, but I only eat brisket and chicken. (I also haven't been to LC's Bryant's, or Jack Stack in a long time, so can't honestly comment on them.) But, McGonigle's brisket is wonderful.

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            Morton Arthur Eaton RE: amyzan Dec 22, 2013 07:27 PM

            Thanks, all. It's tomorrow and I guess I need to finally hit Oklahoma Joe's.

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              mutti RE: amyzan Feb 13, 2014 04:00 PM

              A big huge yay for McGonigle's, as for OK Joe's I loved the ribs but cant say much for the brisket did not get a smoke taste out of it nor did I see a smoke ring that also goes for the chicken, plus the brisket on the combo plate was sliced super thin.Dont think I'll be back to OK joe's.But McGonigle's will always be on our list It's that good.

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                zfwp RE: mutti Feb 14, 2014 05:12 PM

                is McGonigle's a sit -down restaurant or just a meat market with take-out meals?

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                  SFLisa RE: zfwp Feb 15, 2014 10:54 AM

                  McGonigle's is grocery story/meat market with take-out bbq

            2. Ladoga RE: Morton Arthur Eaton Jan 19, 2014 08:36 AM

              Oklahoma Joe's

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                JayDK RE: Morton Arthur Eaton Feb 4, 2014 07:14 PM

                I'm coming to Topeka from Seattle and plan to stop off at Arthur Bryant's and OK Joes.
                I'm all for respectin' Arthur B's, but he's long gone so is it worth it?

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                  chileheadmike RE: JayDK Feb 5, 2014 07:05 AM

                  I like it. Not too far from there is LC's and it's much better. Check out the burnt ends and their beans.

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                    JayDK RE: JayDK Feb 12, 2014 08:32 PM

                    Sampled ribs at three places.
                    Arthur Bryants on Sunday afternoon. The ribs had little meat on them, the burnt ends were not tasty. Too bad. But I paid my respects.

                    Oklahoma Joes. Excellent ribs. Meaty, moist without being fatty, tasty.

                    The Airport Hilton - Cafe Weatherby. Went for lunch before my flight back home. They had a 4 rib plate with slaw on the menu for $8. It was not so awful that I didn't eat it but the fat, oh my. I had to scrape a thick layer off before seeing any meat. Not much flavor at that point. Previous posts rave about Munchin Hog BBQ here but there was nothing in sight like that on the menu. (Did I miss something?)

                    So Oklahoma Joes is the clear winner on ribs.

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                      Melanie Wong RE: JayDK Feb 12, 2014 09:01 PM

                      My post about Cafe Weatherby pointed out the problems with the ribs I had and recommended the brisket. And earlier report recommended the pulled pork. Also, my report linked to a photo of the page included in the menu about Munchin' Hogs --- that's changed?

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                        JayDK RE: Melanie Wong Feb 12, 2014 09:35 PM

                        I didn't see any evidence not did the menu indicate anything about munchkin hogs. I asked the waitress specifically about BBQ and there was a pork sandwich or the ribs.

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                          Melanie Wong RE: JayDK Feb 12, 2014 10:16 PM

                          Your experience made me look further into this. While Rob Magee is still listed on Hilton's website, I turned up info that he has left his long time post there and will open his own place, Q39, in April.

                          More here,

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