Our favorite place
for BBQ and the Blues
BBS LAWNSIDE BAR-B-QUE
(**, $$), 1205 East 85th St.,
Kansas City. 816-822-7427 (816-8BB-RIBS).
Their war cry is "Blues,
BBQ, and Beer". This is the very authentic, very funky dive where you
get live Blues and great food. Performances nightly (closed Monday-Tuesday)
starting between 7 and 9 pm and going a bit past midnight. The
hottest action is of course on Friday and Saturday nights. The
music can also be heard on the deck which is great on a hot summer night.
The proprietor hosts
his own blues program on a local FM station. The BBQ here is also top
notch; service is very friendly, and the wall mural of Blues
performers is stunning. Ever since we found BB's we hardly ever go to
any other BBQ joint. (More great BBQ places - see below.)
The Starlight Theatre in Swope Park, 10 minutes from BB's, features open air theatre
with popular Broadway shows during a two month summer season. When the
show ends there is just enough time to get over to BB's for late night
supper and the last set.
Other BBQ Greats in Kansas City
Arthur Bryant. One of KC's oldest and
venerated BBQ joint.
The Grand Emporium. This is another
famous KC Blues venue. They serve OK BBQ but you go here more for the
music than the
3 day Kansas City itinerary
Mural at BB's Lawnside Bar-B-Que
Arthur Bryant: No music played here, just plain tabletops and delicious