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Fire Me Boy!
08-29-2006, 10:17 AM
I've never had AB's before... it's decent. The ribs are purely mediocre, IMO. The brisket and sausage are very good.

ncognito
08-29-2006, 10:18 AM
and how did you manage to get this meal free?

Fire Me Boy!
08-29-2006, 10:20 AM
Benefits.... they did a thing at my work this morning.

Jilly
08-29-2006, 10:21 AM
I'm hoping that you are eating their delicious fries...if not, then

good day to you, sir.

Fire Me Boy!
08-29-2006, 10:21 AM
I'm hoping that you are eating their delicious fries...if not, then

good day to you, sir.
They didn't bring any of the fries. If I was at their establishment, I would... but I'm at their mercy.

ncognito
08-29-2006, 10:21 AM
u hiring? jk

I've never been to AB's either, but plan to for the 1st time when I'm up for the Seattle game in October. Lookin forward to it!

Halfcan
08-29-2006, 10:21 AM
lucky

burt
08-29-2006, 10:26 AM
38 years of eating there...had beef sandwich..fries and turkey...now ALL I get is beef sandwich and fries...no reason to screw with perfection.

Fire Me Boy!
08-29-2006, 10:30 AM
38 years of eating there...had beef sandwich..fries and turkey...now ALL I get is beef sandwich and fries...no reason to screw with perfection.
The brisket was the best of what they had... the beans were OK, but not their real beans -- the made them here with liquid smoke and a couple other substitutions since there weren't near a smoker.

Jilly
08-29-2006, 10:33 AM
The brisket was the best of what they had... the beans were OK, but not their real beans -- the made them here with liquid smoke and a couple other substitutions since there weren't near a smoker.

:sulk:

it just makes me sad there's no fries involved. It's just not right I tell you.

Cochise
08-29-2006, 10:39 AM
Bryants is overrated. There are much better places in town.

cdcox
08-29-2006, 10:44 AM
I've never eaten there, but brought some of their sauce back from KC during my last visit. It is definitely unique. I'm growing to like it and wonder if I'll still enjoy the more mildly flavored tradtional sauces when the Bryants runs out.

redbrian
08-29-2006, 10:44 AM
The combo sandwich or the burnt ends is my order when I stop by, of course with an order of fries.

CHENZ A!
08-29-2006, 10:45 AM
Best BBQ restaurant in the world, going there Thurs to get a beef and frie to go, and eating it in the parking lot of Arrowhead. :drool:

Halfcan
08-29-2006, 10:46 AM
Bryants is overrated. There are much better places in town.

ROFL Overrated? I agree that there are some great places, I used to like Zarda before the raised their prices and then only give you a baby sandwich-I always leave Zarda's still hungry-that place SUCKS!

KC Materpiece-Sucks!! Food is dry and tastless.

At least Bryants piles on the beef!!!

CHENZ A!
08-29-2006, 10:47 AM
I've never eaten there, but brought some of their sauce back from KC during my last visit. It is definitely unique. I'm growing to like it and wonder if I'll still enjoy the more mildly flavored tradtional sauces when the Bryants runs out.

Their sauce is real good on pork chops, and chicken breast- the skin on bone in kind.

R&GHomer
08-29-2006, 10:48 AM
Bryants is overrated. There are much better places in town.

I agree, especially the one in the casino. Both times I've eaten at that one it's been horrible. The original location is pretty good, Love their beef sanich.

Fish
08-29-2006, 10:48 AM
The brisket was the best of what they had... the beans were OK, but not their real beans -- the made them here with liquid smoke and a couple other substitutions since there weren't near a smoker.

Their catering stuff isn't as good as going to the restaurant. Mainly for that reason...

penguinz
08-29-2006, 10:48 AM
LC's

Alton deFlat
08-29-2006, 10:50 AM
You're all bastards I tell ya. Talking about Bryants when it's this close to lunch.....and I'm 100 miles away. :harumph: :banghead: :cuss: :deevee:

Fish
08-29-2006, 10:50 AM
LC's

LC's is the shiznit..... one of my favorites in town. Not really a fancy place, just good ol' BBQ....

Moooo
08-29-2006, 10:53 AM
I've only gotten one thing from ABs, and it was quite sufficient. Get the Burnt Ends, you won't be dissapointed. Though they don't put the original sauce on it, so if you want that you'll have to ask for it.

I don't eat fried potato products, so I can't really comment there.

Moooo

Cochise
08-29-2006, 10:59 AM
I agree, especially the one in the casino. Both times I've eaten at that one it's been horrible. The original location is pretty good, Love their beef sanich.

I go to the original one on occasion for lunch. It don't suck or anything, but Jack Stack, Gates, etc., are much better IMO.

sedated
08-29-2006, 11:00 AM
Bryants is overrated. There are much better places in town.

do tell. (EDIT:too late)

I've heard Oklahoma Joes is great, never been there.

I've heard Famous Daves sucks donky nutz

Gates is not anything special, except extra hot sauce is good.

Jack Stack is f*cking great.

ncognito
08-29-2006, 11:05 AM
I go to the original one on occasion for lunch. It don't suck or anything, but Jack Stack, Gates, etc., are much better IMO.

Been to Jack Stack's once, will never be back. Service was pathetic, food was worse.

KC Masterpiece pulled pork is damn good stuff. Don't really care for the ribs, but the Mrs. sure does like it.

Pitt Gorilla
08-29-2006, 11:06 AM
Gates and Jack Stack are my favorites. There used to be a Big Bubba's BBQ around Olathe that was pretty good as well.

As for Famous Daves, around here, they are pretty good. I wouldn't eat at one in KC (given my other choices), but they do a good job of smoking their meats. I don't get their beans...

jiveturkey
08-29-2006, 11:06 AM
do tell.

I've heard Oklahoma Joes is great, never been there.

I've heard Famous Daves sucks donky nutzFamous Daves is the Applebees of Barbeque. You might as well eat some butt.

Oklahoma Joes is bad ass.
Gates is bad ass.
Aurthur Bryants is good but not bad ass.
LC's is good.
Rosedale is good.
Zarda will get you by in a pinch.

jiveturkey
08-29-2006, 11:08 AM
I forgot Jack Stack. It's tasty, eat it!

gblowfish
08-29-2006, 11:09 AM
Opinions on KC BBQ are as varied as the residents. There's no right answer.

But if you want my humble, yet informed opinion...

Go here:
http://www.georgeblowfish.com/BBQ.html

Ebolapox
08-29-2006, 11:32 AM
my fave is rosedale--

Cochise
08-29-2006, 11:32 AM
Rosedale is good.

I forgot about that place, I worked right around the corner from it and never went. What's good there?

Pitt Gorilla
08-29-2006, 11:38 AM
Hey Blowfish. No review of Stillwell BBQ or Big Bubba's?

Moooo
08-29-2006, 11:40 AM
Has anyone heard of Smokestack? And if so do you like it?

My family swears by the greatness of their beans.

Moooo

sedated
08-29-2006, 11:43 AM
Has anyone heard of Smokestack? And if so do you like it?

My family swears by the greatness of their beans.

Moooo

they used to have one near where my parents live in OP.

it was pretty good, more upscale like KC Masterpiece or Jack Stack.

but it's closed down, so maybe that could be an indication :hmmm:

Ebolapox
08-29-2006, 11:45 AM
dammit... all this bbq talk makes me wanna stop in at springfield's only worthwhile bbq place, buckingham's (not near as good as any of kc's finest)

RedandGold
08-29-2006, 11:45 AM
For AB, I have to go with the burnt ends and fries. It makes me happy just thinking about it!

Fire Me Boy!
08-29-2006, 11:49 AM
I think Smokestack was the original Jack Stack. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Pitt Gorilla
08-29-2006, 11:53 AM
Smokestack became Jack Stack.

Spott
08-29-2006, 11:54 AM
I think Smokestack was the original Jack Stack. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Jackstack in Martin City used to be called Smokestack. I'm still used to calling it Smokestack.

It's funny hearing some complain about the BBQ places sucking, but if they came to Florida where I live, they would realize that the crappiest BBQ place in KC is better than any BBQ place here. I only BBQ at home now with Gates sauce that I buy in bulk when I make a visit to KC. All we have down here is these chain places like Sonny's, Bono's, Woody's and Smokey Bones, and they all suck ass.

Moooo
08-29-2006, 11:55 AM
Smokestack became Jack Stack.

Okay. We go to the one at like 70th and Troost. Does that sound right? Maybe it's Prospect.

Anyway, they always just bring it back, I haven't actually seen the resturaunt in 10 years or so.

Moooo

luv
08-29-2006, 12:02 PM
I wonder if it's anything like Smokey Bones in Springfield. Their pulled pork is sooo good. Mmmmmm....

gblowfish
08-29-2006, 12:04 PM
Hey Blowfish. No review of Stillwell BBQ or Big Bubba's?Haven't made it out there yet.
I just started a new job in OPKS a few months ago, so maybe I'll get there sometime this fall. It's hard to get to everyplace in the city, there's over 100 total BBQ restaurants in the Metro.
Burp...

Pitt Gorilla
08-29-2006, 12:05 PM
...there's like 200 total BBQ restaurants in the Metro.
Burp...Sounds like an outstanding opportunity.

Saulbadguy
08-29-2006, 12:06 PM
I like AB's sauce the most, and their brisket the most. Not a huge fan of their ribs, although they are good. I'll get the ribs at jack stack, the brisket at Bryants.

AB's has the best fries, IMO.

Fire Me Boy!
08-29-2006, 12:09 PM
Smokestack became Jack Stack.
Not true. Smokestack was the family business. They wanted their son to take over the business... read here.



Barbecue smoke fades, but memories linger on
HEARNE CHRISTOPHER JR.

A moment of silence please for the legendary, original Smoke Stack Bar-B-Q in south KC, which closed Jan. 3.

“It’s really sad,” says co-owner Diane Fiorella Marak. “If the walls could talk … you know my family lived upstairs for several years.”

Speaking of which, the eatery got off to a somewhat stormy start when Diane’s dad, Russell Fiorella, pulled a fast one on her mom, Flora, by selling the family home in Brookside and buying the building on old U.S. 71. Mother Flora was in the hospital giving birth to older sister Carol.

“She was very upset with him,” Diane says. “She thought he was crazy — no way that was going to work — but that’s how he took the chance.”

Diane’s take on why the biz closed: “You know, things change,” she says. “And family businesses are hard to maintain these days because of the chains. People expect a lot. You know times change, and we didn’t change enough maybe.”

Take a number. Anyone remember local pan-fried chicken institution Boots & Coates ? These days more people are looking more for pristine-condition eateries than quaint holes-in-the-wall like the original Smoke Stack, Diane says.

“My brother Jack runs beautiful restaurants,” she says, referring to the area Jack Stack barbecues. “But we were not even on that level. We were just a family-run barbecue very much like a Stroud’s.”

Two Smoke Stacks still exist: an 8-year-old outlet in Kansas City, North, and a quarter-century-old Smoke Stack at 89th and Wornall in Kansas City.

The Smoke Stack was never robbed, Diane says, and it attracted people from all walks of life, near and far.

“I had Dr. Phil in; he’s a big fan of ours,” Diane says. “It’s been about a year ago. He actually called back (later), and we sent him food. He was a really cool guy.”

Alas, the restaurant and former homestead is slated to be sold, Diane says.

Hey, how about trading it back for a home in Brookside?

“No, my mom’s 86 now,” says Diane, herself a denizen of Brookside. “So we don’t need another house in Brookside.”

Feets first alert

Return with me now, ever briefly, to those long ago daze when the Fiorella family dwelled for eight relentlessly long years atop their smoky meats manse.

“I lived upstairs for eight years raising my (six) children,” Flora told me in May of ’97. “For kicks, we just got in the car and drove around.”

Her most painful early memory: “I fell through the roof into the restaurant one time,” she said. “My husband looked up, and all of a sudden there were two legs sticking through the ceiling. That hurt.”

Hurt No. 2

The Fiorella family pride was wounded earlier that May in 1997 when 60 people contracted salmonella poisoning reportedly after eating its highly regarded barbecue beans, according to the Kansas City Health Department.

The bad PR fallout from the news — which ran as a front-page story in The Star — resulted in Jack Fiorella (who at the time independently owned the Smoke Stack in Martin City) going on record publicly as being not associated with the family biz. Soon after, he changed the name of his restaurant to Fiorella’s Jack Stack. Net result: some ruffled feathers among the meat-smoking siblings.

“I was told (by the family) I am not able to use the name,” Fiorella said then.

Happily, the family is now on good terms, Jack and Diane agree.

But let the record show that where the beans were concerned, “that never really was proven,” Diane says. “They never could ever say exactly that that’s what it was. All it did was tear us up; people read those things, and they just assume.”

Hey, what about the possibility of Man Jack reopening the original family heirloom on old U.S. 71 as a Jack Stack?

“No,” he says. “Hey, I’ve been married 45 years this year — I’m having fun — I don’t want to get back into anything.”

Speaking of barbecue closings …

The Gates Bar-B-Q in Watts Mill near 103rd and State Line Road closed recently. But only briefly.

“Rebuilding Bar-B-Q pit,” said a sign in front of the closed biz. “Open in seven days.”

While the seven days estimate proved a bit optimistic, Gates plans to reopen today.

The problem with the pit: “It’s just plain old cooked-out after years and years and years of cooking,” says longtime Gates staffer JoAnn Ellett. “So it’s been updated and brought into the 21st century.”

The one wildcard: “We put a big sign out front that said we’re temporarily closed,” owner Ollie Gates says. “And the city of Leawood made me remove it. They said the sign we put up was too large — we had to have a little bitty sign. So we have signs all over the windows saying, ‘Thank you very much for patronizing Gates. We will be open Monday.’ ”

http://72.14.209.104/search?q=cache:IEn5_ZFGkawJ:www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/13900139.htm+smokestack+kansas+city+closes&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=4&client=firefox-a

StcChief
08-29-2006, 12:19 PM
AB Brisket is awesome.

Jack Stack is good too. Ribs and brisket.

Jilly
08-29-2006, 12:30 PM
I like AB's sauce the most, and their brisket the most. Not a huge fan of their ribs, although they are good. I'll get the ribs at jack stack, the brisket at Bryants.

AB's has the best fries, IMO.

hands down..the best fries.

Jack Stack, though - has awesome BBQ beans

Reaper16
08-29-2006, 01:06 PM
I like AB's a lot. Brisket is good, ribs are sometimes really good/sometimes average. Fries just like my mom used to make.

My favorite ribs in the city are at Jack Stack. Great food there, despite the upscale environs.

Oklahoma Joe's is my favorite place overall in KC. Thier pulled pork is pretty bad-ass, and thier wednesday special Burnt Ends platter is great. (AB's seems to fake half of your order when you get burnt ends. It seems the past 4 times I've ordered burnt ends there, half of them were just cubed beef.)

Fish
08-29-2006, 01:08 PM
Okay. We go to the one at like 70th and Troost. Does that sound right? Maybe it's Prospect.

Anyway, they always just bring it back, I haven't actually seen the resturaunt in 10 years or so.

Moooo

I believe you're thinking of the Smokestack on Wornall & 89th (around 89th at least). They have some pretty decent BBQ. Their beans are pretty good too. They put like 3 different types of beans in it. Ask them to make em pit beans next time and get a real treat.... they scoop some juices and sauce from the smoker into the beans.... mmm...

They don't serve beer though... and I usually like a nice beer with my BBQ.....

Baby Lee
08-29-2006, 01:16 PM
I think Smokestack was the original Jack Stack. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Smokestack was the original Smokestack. It was located just north of where 71 Highway ended before there was a Bruce Watkins, across from the Der Weinerschnitzel and Dolly Madison outlet, around the corner from the Sears outlet.
Then different interests opened Smokestack in Martin City. And they peacefully co-existed until MC Smokestack started branching out to Metcalf and downtown KC.
Original Smokestack asserted it's trademark primacy and won.
Haven't been down to the area of the original Smokestack, but I think I heard it moved slightly west over onto Wornall.

EDIT - from the article above it looks like; 1 - there's some discrepancy whether Smokestack asserted it's trademark or Jackstack back off of it's own accord, and 2 - the Wornall restaurant is not where the 71Hwy location moved to, but a sister location that outlived it.

Pitt Gorilla
08-29-2006, 01:18 PM
Not true. Smokestack was the family business. They wanted their son to take over the business... read here.





http://72.14.209.104/search?q=cache:IEn5_ZFGkawJ:www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/13900139.htm+smokestack+kansas+city+closes&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=4&client=firefox-a
Let me be more specific; the Smokestack in Martin City became Jack Stack, IIRC.

RockChalk
08-29-2006, 01:36 PM
Jack Stack has the best beans in town without a doubt.

If I want the best BBQ, Jack Stack is the only place I'll consider; however, Oklahoma Joe's (gas station) Smokey Joe sandwhich is one of the best BBQ sandwhiches I've had.

AB's is good, but only the original.

Gates is okay, but dont' care much for their sauce or the screaming at me. You can help me by shutting the f*ck up and taking my order. :cuss:

AZORChiefFan
08-29-2006, 01:38 PM
I grew up eating Quicks and Rosedale. I do like me some Jack Stack though. I've only eaten at AB's a couple times and really enjoyed it. Fries are really good.