When visitors come to town in search of great barbecue, they usually know about Arthur Bryant’s and Gates Bar-B-Q. That’s history. Guest blogger Diana Lambdin Meyer (@mojotraveler) takes you off the barbecue beaten path with these five unique places.
Visitors are also often directed to Oklahoma Joe’s (that’s the one inside the gas station) and Jack Stack’s in the old Freight House District. They are good – mighty, mighty good.
But Kansas City has dozens of good barbecue joints tucked away here and there in some of Kansas City’s most interesting neighborhoods. Not as well known as the Big Four, these spots create some wonderful barbecue day in and day out, win lots of awards and are a second home to many area residents. Here are some of my favorites:
Little Danny Edwards’ Famous KC BBQ, 2900 Southwest Boulevard. – Long time Kansas City residents remember downtown before the Power & Light District. There was a great little joint there called “Little Danny Edwards’ Eat it and Beat It Barbecue.” There were only about 8 seats in the joint, so you were encouraged to eat and then beat it so other customers could have your seat. When the Sprint Center came to town, Danny Edwards moved to Southwest Boulevard. With lots more seating now, there’s no reason to beat it after enjoying what I personally think are the best burnt ends in Kansas City. I like the sweet potato fries too! Open only for lunch Monday through Saturday. Read more