BBís Lawnside BBQ
WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 10PM
THURSDAY: 11AM - 10:30PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 11AM - 11PM
SUNDAY: NOON - 9PM
By Mark Stratton
July 20, 2009
This place has two distinct
personalities, so I approached it at two different times.
I had lunch along with my son,Todd, on a
Wednesday afternoon. A typical hot humid Kansas City summer day. I
returned on a cool weekend night.
The evening experience was more about
music than food. If you have a group to entertain and want to get out.
BBís fills the bill.
When I walked in the front door the
feeling of familiarity swept over me. This could be any neighborhood BBQ
restaurant in Texas, Alabama, or even Kansas City. Even though I had
never been here before, I felt as if I had been coming here all my adult
life. The inside must be decorated the way I always imagined my man cave
to be. It is comfortable, laid back and the perfect setting to listen to
live music and down a few brews.
I ordered BBís Lawnside King Combo and
the Hickory Smoked Meat Platter. These were way over my food budget, but
I had my six foot four inch son with me and the challenge is usually
filling him up.
B.B.'s Lawnside King Combo
Four Ribs, Italian Sausage and Your Choice of Beef, Ham, Turkey or
Pulled Pork. Served with Battered Fries and Pit Beans $15..95
Hickory Smoked Meat Platter
Choice of 3 meats - sliced Beef, Ham, Turkey, or Pulled Pork
2 Side Orders, Pickles, and White Bread $13.95
We ordered green beans and cole slaw as the
The ribs were cooked perfectly, texture was
moist yet firm. A dark smoky bark on the outside.
Beef brisket was flavorful not overly
cooked to the point of dryness. It had body and stood on itís own.
The ham was a good firm product smoky and
as a combo sandwich with the beef was a perfect match.
The pulled pork was a highlight for us. I
could have feasted on this alone. Full of saucy flavor, this product
matched well with the homestyle bread and dill pickles.
The Italian sausage was not familiar to me,
I didnít taste the traditional fennel, garlic and herb flavors that I am
accustomed to. This sausage seemed more like a cajon hybrid. It was a bit
dry, but pleasing to the palate.
TurkeyÖÖÖ.why? Maybe it attracts quasi
vegetarians. Nothing more than slick meat with some sauce on top of it.
Save it for Thanksgiving.
Cole slaw was simple with an almost
nonexistent dressing. The oniony flavor came through. I appreciate that it
wasnít smothered in Mayo. I could see someone piling this on top of their
pulled pork sandwich, is that wrong?
The beans had depth of flavor and were a
good compliment to the dishes we ordered. They served us a green bean dish
that was outstanding; my son didnít give me a chance to negotiate my way
into taking it home. He just grabbed it. They were that good.
Battered potatoes were ok, however they
didnít taste like they were made in house. But Iím sure most people like
them. I would trade this side dish for a great in house made potato salad
and some crispy fries.
The sauce came in two levels not spicy and
spicy. From a personal standpoint I like my sauce to have a certain amount
of body, if youíre going to call it spicy, it should be spicy. This sauce
was not my favorite. Having said that, eating this Q and nursing a beer,
this sauce probably works on many levels. It doesnít compete with the
I would recommend this place to anyone who
likes live blues and BBQ.
I would say this though. In my opinion,
BBís does itís best to be more of an everything kind of restaurant and
blues bar. Having said that I would rather dine in a place that has a
specialized menu that consists of in house made specialties and not
brought in frozen in big bags and fried up or dished out. I just donít see
the need to put this stuff on a plate.
Based on the live music format, atmosphere
and food. Iím awarding BBís Lawnside 4 of 5 rib bones.
I will return and I would recommend
everyone make a visit to this somewhat unique Kansas City experience.
Mark Stratton and Guy Fieri of the Food
Network at the American Royal
BBQ Contest in Kansas City
Hickory Log Bar-B-Q