The most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums EatingTours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider
Forum Themes:
Welcome !

 One Meal in Kansas City

Change Page: 12 > | Showing page 1 of 2, messages 1 to 30 of 34
Author Message
will_work_4_bbq

  • Total Posts: 399
  • Joined: 1/11/2006
  • Location: Birmingham, AL
One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 11:18 AM (permalink)
Looks like I'll be going to KC for a friend's military retirement ceremony.  It will be a quick trip, but my first to that area.  If I have only one meal on my own, what epic Kansas City roadfood place should I visit?
 
#1
    Phildelmar

    • Total Posts: 788
    • Joined: 3/19/2006
    • Location: Newark, DE
    Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 11:46 AM (permalink)
    Arthur Bryant's
     
    #2
      Tdybr27

      • Total Posts: 92
      • Joined: 2/5/2006
      • Location: Independence, MO
      Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 11:59 AM (permalink)
      Oklahoma Joe's
       
      #3
        1bbqboy

        • Total Posts: 4542
        • Joined: 11/20/2000
        • Location: Rogue Valley
        Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 12:08 PM (permalink)
        BBQ or other? A dinner in honor of  and with your friend?
        <message edited by 1bbqboy on Sat, 08/10/13 12:19 PM>
         
        #4
          wanderingjew

          • Total Posts: 7384
          • Joined: 1/18/2001
          • Location: East Greenwich/ Warwick, RI
          • Roadfood Insider
          Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 12:59 PM (permalink)
          will_work_4_bbq
           
          Please trust me on this- you do NOT want to go to Arthur Bryants.... I know things can change but when TTM, Buffetbuster and I went 5 years ago, the food was an embarassing disappointment..

          I know you probably get enough good fried chicken in Birmingham, but honestly, I would have to go with Strouds.... If you must go with bbq, LC's would easily be my first choice.
           
          #5
            buffetbuster

            Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 1:16 PM (permalink)
            Simplest question imaginable, Stroud's is the easy choice.  And like WJ said, if you want it to be barbecue, then it should be LC's.
             
            Have fun in KC!
             
            #6
              Ralph Melton

              Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 1:42 PM (permalink)
              I'd give Stroud's my endorsement as well.
               
              #7
                ayersian

                Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 1:54 PM (permalink)
                Since you have bbq in your handle and it's your first trip to KC, then I'd skip the fried chicken and go for ribs or burnt ends.  LC's is a genuine Roadfood gem with the best burnt ends in town, but it's not a place to take friends who are not RFers, i.e. the interior is unpleasant and the staff unfriendly (which may not matter to you if you are on your own).  Gates, on the other hand, is an extremely friendly place, large dining rooms, and an overall enjoyable experience.  Actually, if I were you, I'd eat at Gates and get take-out burnt ends from LC's!  My first experience at Arthur Bryant's was phenomenal, but I may've been lucky that day.    Chris
                 
                #8
                  1bbqboy

                  • Total Posts: 4542
                  • Joined: 11/20/2000
                  • Location: Rogue Valley
                  Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 2:15 PM (permalink)
                  no gates. just sayin'.
                   
                  #9
                    CajunKing

                    • Total Posts: 6317
                    • Joined: 7/6/2006
                    • Location: Live at Saint Clair
                    • Roadfood Insider
                    Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 2:36 PM (permalink)
                    LCs and Strouds
                     
                    OK Joes Bwa ha ha ha ha
                     
                    #10
                      The Travelin Man

                      • Total Posts: 3698
                      • Joined: 3/25/2003
                      • Location: Central FL
                      Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 2:47 PM (permalink)
                      ayersian makes a fine point about your handle including bbq, and as such, your one meal might likely be a legendary KC BBQ joint.
                       
                      I say, even with that caveat, your ONE MEAL should be at Stroud's. I would guess that Stroud's is in my Top 5 of ALL-TIME, as far as Roadfood restaurants go. I couldn't say that about any of the bbq contenders.
                       
                      If I were to rank the 'cue places, my own order (of the places mentioned already) would be:
                       
                      Oklahoma Joe's - I always seem to like this place more than BB and WJ, but I will tell you that on the occasion of a trip to KC where I had time for one meal, I drove to Stroud's to find them closed (yeah...I know...a shocker....didn't realize that they weren't open for lunch during the week), and turned around and went to OK Joe's - the original location, in the gas station in KCK.
                       
                      LC's - If only for the burnt ends. The second best thing on LC's menu is their fries, but my personal opinion is that all of the other meat selections and sauce are better at Oklahoma Joe's. It is less convenient to get to and not in the best neighborhood, if that is important to you.
                       
                      Gates' - I was surprised by how much I really liked Gates. The food was better than I had envisioned, and it is probably the most accessible (ease to get to, parking, spacious, etc.). I would absolutely go back.
                       
                      Arthur Bryant's - I won't go so far as to say that you shouldn't ever go there, as mentioned above. There was a time when if I had time for only one meal in KC, it would have absolutely been at Arthur Bryant's. That time is gone. That said, from an historical perspective, I think it is a worthwhile visit - just go with lowered expectations.
                       
                      Lastly, the one place that others have not mentioned - but, if your one meal is breakfast, you should forego all of these recommendations and go to Niecie's and order the pork chops fried right!
                       
                      Keep in mind, to get to any of these places, you'd likely need to have your own car. Kansas City is not a very public transit-friendly town for out-of-towners.
                       
                      #11
                        buffetbuster

                        Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 4:30 PM (permalink)
                        One other bit of information you should know is that Stroud's can get very crowded.  Unless you get there right when they open or show up late, you will have a wait.  I have waited as long as an hour in past.  But with food this good, I have never regretted it.
                         
                        #12
                          1bbqboy

                          • Total Posts: 4542
                          • Joined: 11/20/2000
                          • Location: Rogue Valley
                          Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 4:33 PM (permalink)
                          For historical value, hit the Northland location.
                           
                          #13
                            BuddyRoadhouse

                            • Total Posts: 4074
                            • Joined: 12/10/2004
                            • Location: Des Plaines, IL
                            Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 5:03 PM (permalink)
                            Another voice for Stroud's and LC's.  And yes, the Oak Ridge Manor location has more character, but the new Kansas side location has all the original kitchen equipment and most of the staff from the now demolished 75th Street spot.
                             
                            As far as LC's goes...what ayersian said.
                             
                            Buddy
                             
                            Stroud's/Oak Ridge Manor location:
                            5410 NE Oak Ridge Dr
                            Kansas City, MO 64119
                            (816) 454-9600
                             

                            Stroud's/Kansas location:
                            4200 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
                            Fairway, KS 66205
                            (913) 262-8500
                             
                            LC's Bar-B-Q
                            5800 Blue Pkwy
                            Kansas City, MO
                            (816) 923-4484

                             
                            #14
                              will_work_4_bbq

                              • Total Posts: 399
                              • Joined: 1/11/2006
                              • Location: Birmingham, AL
                              Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sat, 08/10/13 9:07 PM (permalink)
                              Thank you! You guys are great!  I will be on my own for this eating adventure, and I will have a car.  I am now thinking about two lunches or breakfast and lunch.  First, I gotta have some of those burnt ends.  I have been looking at pictures of burnt ends for YEARS on this site!  I have to taste them.  Probably LC's.  And because Stroud's seems to be an overall favorite, I will set my sights on going there EARLY!  But...if I get out really early, Niecie's breakfast might overrule Stroud's fried chicken.  I will pull up a map so I can plot and plan, and still make it to the retirement ceremony - possibly sporting some burnt end crumbs!
                               
                              #15
                                BuddyRoadhouse

                                • Total Posts: 4074
                                • Joined: 12/10/2004
                                • Location: Des Plaines, IL
                                Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 2:40 AM (permalink)
                                Let me add, one order of burnt ends with sides of LC's fantastic Beans and excellent fresh cut Fries will provide you with at least two meals.  Bring a cooler and pick up some ice for leftovers going back to Birmingham.
                                 
                                In fact, if you go to Stroud's and Niecie's as well, you're going to have a very FULL cooler.  You'll also be the envy of all your Alabama neighbors when they get a whiff of the inside of your car...
                                 
                                Buddy
                                 
                                #16
                                  rneiner

                                  • Total Posts: 87
                                  • Joined: 11/4/2011
                                  • Location: lake ozark, MO
                                  Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 7:40 AM (permalink)
                                  Fiorella' s Jack Stack BBQ ate there many a time best bbq in KC.
                                   
                                  #17
                                    rneiner

                                    • Total Posts: 87
                                    • Joined: 11/4/2011
                                    • Location: lake ozark, MO
                                    Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 7:40 AM (permalink)
                                    Fiorella' s Jack Stack BBQ ate there many a time best bbq in KC.
                                     
                                    #18
                                      will_work_4_bbq

                                      • Total Posts: 399
                                      • Joined: 1/11/2006
                                      • Location: Birmingham, AL
                                      Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 8:27 AM (permalink)
                                      Now I cannot wait for this trip!  Thanks to all for your input!
                                       
                                      #19
                                        1bbqboy

                                        • Total Posts: 4542
                                        • Joined: 11/20/2000
                                        • Location: Rogue Valley
                                        Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 11:25 AM (permalink)
                                        Where in the City is the retirement ceremony, WW4B?
                                         
                                        #20
                                          will_work_4_bbq

                                          • Total Posts: 399
                                          • Joined: 1/11/2006
                                          • Location: Birmingham, AL
                                          Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 11:36 AM (permalink)
                                          1bbqboy


                                          Where in the City is the retirement ceremony, WW4B?

                                          Hey 1bbqboy -
                                           
                                          I will be staying in Independence.  The ceremony is in KC but on the east side close to Independence.  I have a rental car, so I will be able to get around.  Now I am thinking there is potential for a Sunday roadfood stop.....gotta see who is open so I don't get travelin' manned!  This is gonna be fun!  I have heard so much about this great roadfood city!

                                           
                                           
                                          #21
                                            1bbqboy

                                            • Total Posts: 4542
                                            • Joined: 11/20/2000
                                            • Location: Rogue Valley
                                            Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 12:49 PM (permalink)
                                            Cool! You're on the LC's side of town.
                                             
                                            #22
                                              kozel

                                              • Total Posts: 810
                                              • Joined: 7/17/2004
                                              • Location: Fredericksburg, VA
                                              Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 1:34 PM (permalink)
                                              My son & I just did a Long Island to Colorado trip by uHaul.  We mapped it out according to stops we wanted to make along the way.  For us it was an epic 3 day trip and we wanted to hit Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City and it was the highlight of the trip.  We expected the ribs or pulled pork to be a delight but the surprise unanimous favorite was the sausage sandwich. We are both certified KCBS judges and we both have seen our share of great (and not so great) ribs, chicken, brisket and pork.  We both thought their pork and ribs were fine but the sausage (with a pitcher of beer) was great.
                                               
                                               

                                              <message edited by kozel on Sun, 08/11/13 1:42 PM>
                                               
                                              #23
                                                buffetbuster

                                                Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 1:41 PM (permalink)
                                                kozel-
                                                That is great to hear about Arthur Bryant's!  I was with TTM and WJ at that poor meal and have not been back.  Maybe they have found their way again.
                                                 
                                                #24
                                                  kozel

                                                  • Total Posts: 810
                                                  • Joined: 7/17/2004
                                                  • Location: Fredericksburg, VA
                                                  Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 1:54 PM (permalink)
                                                  buffetbuster

                                                  kozel-
                                                  That is great to hear about Arthur Bryant's!  I was with TTM and WJ at that poor meal and have not been back.  Maybe they have found their way again.

                                                  Thanks BB. We stopped in your stomping ground on the way through.  After the trip I had some shirts made for us to commemorate the trip.  Lunch that day was the Moonlite in Owensboro and breakfast the next morning was a place in Mission KS called RJ's for burnt end hash!

                                                   
                                                  <message edited by kozel on Sun, 08/11/13 1:57 PM>
                                                   
                                                  #25
                                                    buffetbuster

                                                    Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 2:01 PM (permalink)
                                                    kozel-
                                                    What a great photo!  I wasn't even on the trip and I want one of those t-shirts.  Congratulations on what must have been a memorable trip.  I went to RJ's last year and had the burnt ends hash.  Truly an excellent idea!
                                                     
                                                    #26
                                                      kozel

                                                      • Total Posts: 810
                                                      • Joined: 7/17/2004
                                                      • Location: Fredericksburg, VA
                                                      Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 2:46 PM (permalink)
                                                      If I can plug custom ink (http://www.customink.com/) who made the shirts, it was super easy and fantastic customer service.  I can't praise them enough.
                                                       
                                                      #27
                                                        CajunKing

                                                        • Total Posts: 6317
                                                        • Joined: 7/6/2006
                                                        • Location: Live at Saint Clair
                                                        • Roadfood Insider
                                                        Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 3:14 PM (permalink)
                                                        And you were in the area for TWO DAYS and didnt give a shout out????
                                                         
                                                        I see how you are!!! 
                                                         
                                                        Hofbrau and Colonial Cottage
                                                        <message edited by CajunKing on Sun, 08/11/13 3:16 PM>
                                                         
                                                        #28
                                                          BuddyRoadhouse

                                                          • Total Posts: 4074
                                                          • Joined: 12/10/2004
                                                          • Location: Des Plaines, IL
                                                          Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 4:08 PM (permalink)
                                                          kozel
                                                          and breakfast the next morning was a place in Mission KS called RJ's for burnt end hash!

                                                          I completely forgot about RJ's!  The 'Que is good, but not among KC's best.  The real attractions are the unique menu items, unlike anything offered anywhere else in town:  http://rjsbbq.com/
                                                           
                                                          Buddy
                                                           
                                                          #29
                                                            kozel

                                                            • Total Posts: 810
                                                            • Joined: 7/17/2004
                                                            • Location: Fredericksburg, VA
                                                            Re:One Meal in Kansas City Sun, 08/11/13 4:19 PM (permalink)
                                                            CajunKing

                                                            And you were in the area for TWO DAYS and didnt give a shout out????
                                                            I see how you are!!! 
                                                            Hofbrau and Colonial Cottage

                                                            If I had known....
                                                            The reason for the diversion thru Cincy was 'someone' had tickets for Dave Mathews.  Hofbrauhaus was primarily for the beer and to see the place being of German heritage.  I could fall in love with that part of town; super place.  Colonial Cottage was for the goetta. I can't say if I ever did try scrapple even though I've had plenty of opportunity but I needed to try the goetta and enjoyed it.
                                                             
                                                            #30
                                                              Online Bookmarks Sharing: Share/Bookmark
                                                              Change Page: 12 > | Showing page 1 of 2, messages 1 to 30 of 34

                                                              Jump to:

                                                              Current active users

                                                              There are 0 members and 1 guests.

                                                              Icon Legend and Permission

                                                              • New Messages
                                                              • No New Messages
                                                              • Hot Topic w/ New Messages
                                                              • Hot Topic w/o New Messages
                                                              • Locked w/ New Messages
                                                              • Locked w/o New Messages
                                                              • Read Message
                                                              • Post New Thread
                                                              • Reply to message
                                                              • Post New Poll
                                                              • Submit Vote
                                                              • Post reward post
                                                              • Delete my own posts
                                                              • Delete my own threads
                                                              • Rate post

                                                              2000-2014 ASPPlayground.NET Forum Version 3.9
                                                              What is Roadfood?  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright 2011 - Roadfood.com