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L C's Bar-B-Q

5800 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO - (816) 923-4484
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 11/2/2008 12:30:00 PM
In the ongoing and certainly never-ending debate over which KC Q joints reign supreme, and which have passed their prime, let us nominate LC's in the former category. For our money, LC's is one of the greats, in Kansas City or anywhere.

"When you see a fork in the road, take it" said Yogi Berra, and he could have been giving directions to LC's, for it's located on the triangle formed by the fork between Blue Parkway and Sni-A-Bar Road. If your windows are rolled down as you approach, you'll probably know you're close well before it comes into view.

It's not a large place, and much of its business is take-out. There are a few tables for eating in, and they provide a choice ringside seat to the goings on at the smoker. The brisket that emerges from that smoker is without peer, ineffably tender, smokey without being acrid, a perfect balance between fat and lean. The burnt ends "sandwich" is an impossibly large pile of meat chunks doused with their terrific celery seed accented barbecue sauce, garnished with white bread. The mountain of fresh-cut fries is first rate.

So is it the best BBQ in Kansas City? That's not a question we can even pretend to answer. We do know that we don't agree with those who denigrate the legendary Arthur Bryant's. It may not be what it once was (we can't say), but it's still awfully good. In particular, we are simply addicted to Bryant's hot-and-tart vindaloo-like barbecue sauce. A Kansas City barbeque tour should still, in our opinion, include Arthur Bryant's, but we submit that a visitor cannot leave KC without a visit to LC's. It's as good as they come.

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LC's burnt ends actually are cut to order from the outside and edges of the brisket. A sandwich made from them is impossible to pick up by hand.
"LC's burnt ends actually are cut to order from the outside and edges of the brisket. A sandwich made from them is impossible to pick up by hand."
Michael Stern





A close-up shows the variety of texture in burnt ends.
"A close-up shows the variety of texture in burnt ends."
Michael Stern


A burnt ends sandwich is an amazing plate of food.
"A burnt ends sandwich is an amazing plate of food."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Although the ribs at LC's are thick and meaty, they don't quite reach the heights of the burnt ends.
"Although the ribs at LC's are thick and meaty, they don't quite reach the heights of the burnt ends."
Cliff Strutz


LC's cuts its own potatoes for fries.
"LC's cuts its own potatoes for fries."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


LC's smoked beef is as good as we've had anywhere.
"LC's smoked beef is as good as we've had anywhere."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The aroma of these smoking meats is nearly overpowering.
"The aroma of these smoking meats is nearly overpowering."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


LC's menu board. Click on the photo for a more readable view.
"LC's menu board. Click on the photo for a more readable view."
Cliff Strutz


Note the 'LC' embossed on the doors of LC's pit.
"Note the 'LC' embossed on the doors of LC's pit."
Michael Stern


The extremely humble dining room includes a TV that is always on in the corner. Note the roll of paper towels on the table: you will need them!
"The extremely humble dining room includes a TV that is always on in the corner. Note the roll of paper towels on the table: you will need them!"
Michael Stern


An outside view of one of Kansas City's best barbecue parlors
"An outside view of one of Kansas City's best barbecue parlors"
Michael Stern


You'll smell LC's long before you see it.
"You'll smell LC's long before you see it."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Look for LC's at the fork with the oddly named Sni-A-Bar Road.
"Look for LC's at the fork with the oddly named Sni-A-Bar Road."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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