Table Hopping – September 2012
“Not Your Usual Barbeque Dishes.”
1924 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Mixologist, Ryan Maybee and Chef Howard Hanna opened The Rieger last year serving the best craft cocktails in the city combined with an upscale, yet approachable, cuisine of made from mostly local ingredients. So, who would have thought that one of the tastiest KC BBQ dish of the year would be coming from this fine dining emporium? Get the dish that everyone is talking about: Smoked Rabbit with baked heirloom beans, fermented cabbage slaw and barbecue sauce for $24. Tender rabbit is smoked to perfection drizzled with BBQ sauce then piled on top of hearty baked beans and cooked cabbage roll. Delicious. SIT: at the Chef’s counter and watch your dinner prepared in front of you, then served to you by the Chef. Reservations are a must.
500 East 135th Street
Kansas City, MO 64145
Owners Matt Moore and Chancie Adams, with Executive Chef Andrew Parker in the kitchen, meant it when they promised to be more than just another brew pub, by putting good food front and center. With the best Rebuen Sandwich in the city right now, the unusual BBQ dish that you must try here is the Cowboy Mac N’ Cheese for $12. It is a creamy four‐cheese sauce served over tender elbow pasta, broiled to a bubbly perfection, topped with BBQ pulled pork, tomatoes, jalapenos, and bacon. It is so wrong, it has just got to be right. OPEN: 7 days a week, until 1:30 am weeknights & Saturdays and until midnight on Sundays. This is one of the few late night places to drink and dine in this neck of the woods.
1205 East 85th Street
Kansas City, MO 64131
Owner, Lindsay Shannon, set out to have a rocking roadhouse that served up blues with a side of BBQ at B.B.’s Lawnside. He succeeded admirably. A wonderfully accessible place to hear live music, it is one of those completely unique KC experiences you simply have to put on your list, if you have not indulged yet. Although they do have plenty of traditional KC BBQ, the one dish you must try is the Memphis Minnie’s Smoked Catfish. Farm raised fresh whole smoked catfish is moist; tender served with coleslaw and battered fries for $14. GET: as your appetizer, another crazy BBQ dish called the BBQ Sundae. It is basically a pulled pork sandwich served in a mason jar. You simply have to see it to believe it.
3001 Merriam Lane
Kansas City, KS 66106
You will smell the smoke before you spot this little house with a big outdoor smoker on Merriam Lane. Follow your nose inside for simply terrific traditional barbeque. Owners, Frank Schloegel and Joe Daly, have brought back an unusual menu favorite in their iconic Burnt Ends Chili. You will get a hearty cup for around $4 or a bowl for $7 of smoky chili made with ground beef, black and red beans in a wonderful red gravy with tender chunky cubes of burnt ends mixed in. As fall approaches, grab a bowl and retire to the outdoor patio to watch the Pit Master work the smoker while you dig in. SMOKE: Like the “pros” with wood available for sale out back, as they supply many of the local KC BBQ teams and have the experience to answer all of your questions.
5835 Lamar Avenue
Mission, KS 66202
When Owner/Chef Robert “Bob” Palmgren (who has a long list of KC culinary credentials) decided to focus only on barbeque, he brought all of his culinary skill and creativity to the task, like the Denver Lamb Rib Dinner. You’ll get a full slab of Denver-cut lamb ribs for around $15, served with Texas Toast and your choice of one side dish. If you love succulent lamb, then these are a “must try” for you. They are tender, delicious and quite unique in the KC BBQ scene. TRY: RJ’s for breakfast. It will fast become your favorite first meal of the day place. Much like the BBQ they serve the rest of the day, for breakfast, it is all about the meat.