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LA Hound visiting KC for football and bbq

Any good tips for BBQ?

We are going to be there on a sunday night and see a MNF game. Staying at sorella hotel in country club district.

Done a little homework. Gates and OK Joes good calls? One for Sunday dinner, other for Monday lunch.

Also, maybe a good breakfast place for Tuesday morning?

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    For barbecue recommendations for my recent trip to KC, I relied heavily on this topic:

    What's best these days in Kansas City BBQ? - www.chow.com/topics/926359

    What I got from the discussion is that the closest thing to a consensus is that there are two standouts in KC BBQ, recommended more frequently than anywhere else:

    Jack Stack - www.jackstackbbq.com
    Oklahoma Joe's - www.oklahomajoesbbq.com

    I went to Jack Stack and was very pleased. I posted a report on my delicious meal at Jack Stack, complete with photos, at www.chow.com/topics/920267#9030688

    Also, Jack Stack has a location right in Country Club Plaza, so that's a plus as well.


    For breakfast, I relied on this discussion:

    KC breakfast joints - www.chow.com/topics/838705

    There was no consensus favorite. After going through all the recommendations and checking website menus, three places sounded the best to me:

    Beignet - www.beignetkc.com
    Succotash - www.succotashkc.com
    Eggtc. - www.eggtckc.com

    I only made it to Beignet and was rather disappointed with my breakfast there. It's downtown in the City Market, five miles north of Country Club Plaza. Eggtc is only about 3/4 mile north of Country Club Plaza; Succotash is two miles north of Eggtc.

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    1. Oklahoma Joe's Gas Station location is outstanding!

      Power and Light District might be fun after a game at Arrowhead.

      The best Filet O' Fish I've ever had was at the McD's in downtown KC on the last major exit to the road to Lawrence, KS.
      Ipsy and share the love of the FoF.


      1. OK Joe's is closed on Sunday. I've had some poor barbecue at Gates the last several time there and gave up on them years ago. I still keep a supply of their sauce though, good stuff.

        LC's burnt ends are not to be missed, and their close to the stadium. They'll be very busy on that Monday.

        BB's Lawnside serves up some pretty good barbecue and will generally have a blues band playing.

        Brobeck's in Leawood has the best ribs in KC, great brisket too. I think they're open on Sunday but check.

        Woodyard is good too, check it out if the weather is nice.

        Most people seem to like Jack's Stack although it isn't my favorite. It's a nice restaurant that serves barbecue. Good for soccer moms but not really a barbecue joint. Their lamb ribs are very good as are the beef ribs.

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        1. re: chileheadmike

          thanks...where would u go on a sunday and what's LC? I'd like to try some burnt ends.

          1. re: jessejames


            5800 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64129
            (816) 923-4484

            It's ugly, it's kinda dirty. It's in a bad part of town. But they have the best barbecue in KC, they've perfected burnt ends. Their beans are great too. They are not open Sundays unless there's a Chiefs game so they won't be open on the Sunday you're there.

            Really cool roadhouse joint. Good barbecue but not what I would call the best. You're likely to run into a good blues band there on a Sunday night.

            1. re: chileheadmike

              thanks-maybe that's a Monday lunch at LC's then. I'd really like to try the burnt ends.

              thanks for mentioning the blues--was thinking about some music too. good call.

              if bbq is tough on a sunday, is there some kickass steak place...or should I go with my first instinct, bbq and music?

              1. re: jessejames

                Just a warning on LC's Burnt ends. If you get them at their best, and on rare occasions they do miss, they will be the standard that you measure all future BBQ against. All will fail. At their best, they are that good. I would also order the sauce on the side.

                1. re: jessejames

                  Since it is close to the stadiums, my husband and I love to pick up burnt ends (pork, not beef) and onion rings at LC's and tailgate before games. IMO, the best barbecue in KC.

                  Also, Classic Cup on the Plaza does a nice breakfast.

              2. re: jessejames

                Jack Stack is open on Sundays and serves burnt ends. It's the best barbecue in KC, according to many folks.

            2. You can get BBQ for breakfast at RJ's Bo-Be-Que Shack in Mission, which is an inner suburb in KS not too far west of the Plaza. I like RJ's quite a lot, the sauce is very sweet but they have a hot sauce which I love. Burnt ends hash and eggs FTW! Not sure they are open for breakfast during the week, I've only been on weekends.

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              1. re: Teague

                thanks everyone for the info.

                are there any jazz clubs?

                  1. re: chileheadmike

                    Thanks everyone for your tips. Will report back after our trip. Looking forwRd to the game especially.

                  2. re: jessejames

                    If you like blues, check out Knuckleheads - again, in a dicey part of town, but the music there can be great and the venue is certainly unique.

                1. No way is jackstack the best place in town. Go with LC's. Woodyard is a cool experience too, but in a different way.

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                  1. re: bbqboy

                    >> No way is jackstack the best place in town.

                    You're welcome to your opinion. Most of my friends who are food-knowledgeable locals disagree with you on that. And my opinion, based on eating there, is that it is outstanding.

                    1. re: nsxtasy

                      I won't get in an argument with you, but I'm a born and bred kc'er only 62 years young. Jackstack is fine bbq, but I'm assuming Mr. James wants the full on experience. Short of Mr. Bryant rising from the grave, I'll stand by LC's.

                      1. re: bbqboy

                        so when can I go there -- lunch Monday before the game or call in an order pick it up and bring it to arrowhead for tailgating? things to get? everything? burnt ends?

                        yes, I want the full on experience! or should I say experiences...gonna be there from sunday dinner time to Tuesday midday.

                        and I will report back

                        1. re: jessejames

                          For Lc's tailgating just go early and get take out. You can try calling but when they are busy they have a tough time with taking phone orders. Get ribs and burnt ends and onion rings - not a healthy meal but totally delicious.

                          1. re: SFLisa

                            Also, if you're going to LC's. Get the beans.

                        2. re: bbqboy

                          Dang, and I'm only a 50 year resident. But I did have my own competition team and I am a KCBS CBJ, so I should know something.

                          I've been heard a lot of excellent reports about #39 in Westport. In looking at the menu it's not traditional but guys I trust are raving about it.

                          1. re: chileheadmike

                            I trust your instincts, CHM. I too have heard good things about Q39, but upscale cue almost sounds like a contradiction in terms.:-)

                    2. 19 replies and not a mention of Arthur Bryant's? Is its heyday over?

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                      1. re: nosh

                        The last time I was there the burnt ends sandwich had the consistency of canned dog food. Bryant's has its loyalists but I think it's a dump. I guess you love it or you don't.

                        1. re: Samalicious

                          Bryant's can be wildly inconsistent. When they're on, there's none better. Unfortunately, they're not always on.