Ron Quick has Quick's on Merriam Lane. It was the second one opened. Edward McLain is the son (don't know the story on his last name) that has 7th Street. BTW I was in error. It didn't open in 1951, it was 1964.
Saturday evening I returned to Quick's Bar-B-Q in Kansas City, Kansas. This restaurant isn't quite as old as 7th Street. This location is the better known, but it has still been many years since I stopped in.
Although Quick's has only a small counter in the front room, where takeout food is picked up, it has a fairly large dining room which was added onto the original building.
The menu has many interesting items, and that evening I tired hot wings, a beef & ham combo sandwich, one pork rib and fries. The beef was just average, but the ham and rib were both above average. I rarely go for ham at BBQ joints, so liking this one was significant. All three of the smoked items had good flavor from the cooking - the flavor doesn't all come from the sauce.
Even the chicken wings (which turned out to be pre-prepared - not fresh) were better than I expected. But my favorite item was the fresh fries. Wedge cut, but not huge wedges like some places prepare.
The sauces both have more flavor than 7th Street. One sauce is unlabeled, the other is marked sweet. They are both fairly sweet, with the one marked "sweet" tasting much like KC Masterpiece original. The unmarked one is only slighty hot, with a bit more vinegar & tomato taste.
I decided that I was going to write up this location for my own website, but there were still too many items untried on the menu. So I went back last night (the sacrifices I make for art!).
I first asked about the tenderloin, but although the server said it is very good good, I wasn't interested in something that had been pre-made. Instead I had a bologna sandwich (hickory smoked, then deep fried), hot dog (1/2 pound spiral cut and deep fried, served on a huge bun), more of the great fries and an order of chili.
The bologna sandwich and hot dog were both good, but probably not things I will repeat. But the generous order of chili was very good and something that I want to have again.
They serve chili year around, so I will probably be back in a few weeks. On the same visit, I will try the hickory smoked, then deep fried chicken.
Quick's also had the best service of any place visited this weekened.
Sunday morning I drove down to Hillsdale, a small unincorporated community, 20 miles south of Olathe. This weekend was the seasonal reopening of Hillsdale Bank Bar B-Q. (I wonder how many spellings of BBQ there are?)
This is the 19th season for the restaurant which closes from Christmas through February. In season, they only open 3 days a week, Friday - Sunday.
The dining room of the restaurant is in a 1906 bank building, with the restrooms in the vault. The kitchen and lobby are in a slightly newer adjacent building, and a caboose that is attached to the far side of the newer building has additional interesting dining spaces.
This was my best que of the weekend. Their spicy sausage was good (though a bit overpriced as an appetizer). The burnt ends and the single rib that I tried were extremely good. Their burnt ends are not chopped like many local places. It is pulled. Yes there was quite a bit of fat, but the flavor was SO good.
They have two sauces. Sweet and hot. Both are sweeter than most, and I preferred a mixture of the two. They also did an above average job on the French fries.
Finally, I drove east to Louisburg, Kansas to revisit Cedar Cove. Cedar Cove is a large-cat refuge. Not a zoo, it is there to care for animals that are no longer wanted. But they are open to the public for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday. For $5/person, you get personal tour and can take as long as you want.
They have 10 tigers (Bengal & Siberian), 4 cougars, 2 bobcats, 2 leopards and a Caracal. To bring this back to the subject of the rest of the trip - the tigers each eat up to 40 pounds of meat, every other day. The refuge relies on contributions of expired meat from some of the area supermarkets and are always looking for more. They even collect road kill if called in time.
The Tigers have a lot more room than is shown in these photos. They have a football field sized enclosure for running individulally. Tigers are not communal animals in the wild.