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B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City, Missouri

“The Big One.”

Today I visited B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City, Missouri.  The owner, Lindsay Shannon, and his wife Jo opened B.B.’s in October of 1990.  B.B.’s main focus is barbecue, but Lindsay is a big fan of blues music and they have live music Thursday through Sunday evenings.

I arrived around 5:00 on Thursday.  When I parked and got out of the car the smell of barbecue and the smoker engulfed me.  Enough that my mouth started watering!   I walked in and was their first customer of the evening and I decided to sit at the bar.  They have picnic table style seating along with the full bar.  I’d guess their dining area can seat between 60 and 80 people, so it’s pretty good sized.  When I sat down I  was waited on instantly.  I looked at the menu and ordered the large beef sandwich, which they call “The Big One.”  You can have it on bread or on a bun and I decided to try it on a bun.  The sandwich is served with fries and costs $9.99.  This sandwich ended up being the best bargain on my journey so far.

I received the sandwich about five minutes after ordering.  This is a humongous sandwich!  It was served with their standard sauce on it with three strips of their battered fries.  The meat was thinly sliced, had an excellent smoky flavor and had a very nice smoke ring.  It was hot and a bit chewy, but the taste of the meat made up for the chewiness.  I could barely finish this monster of a sandwich and I can eat!  I’d estimate about 70% of people would have lunch and maybe dinner the next day in leftovers after ordering this sandwich.

They have two sauces, a standard sauce and a spicy sauce.  I would characterize the standard sauce as a generic barbecue sauce that you would get anywhere.  It is not sweet and has only a slight kick to it.  The spicy sauce had a kick to it and made my tongue tingle for a bit.  It is not overpowering spicy, but just the right amount of spice for my taste.  I overheard the bartender telling someone that every employee that works there eats the food with the spicy sauce because it’s not “really” spicy.  I’d concur that it was my favorite of the two sauces.

The sandwich came with three large strips of battered fries.  They were a bit unique from the fries I’ve had anywhere else.  Kind of reminded me of a small baked potato cut in three slices.  They were pretty good overall.

My BB’s Selfie!

I had never been to BB’s before, but I’m glad I found it.  Like I mentioned, it’s definitely the best buy I’ve had so far for what you spend and the amount of food you get.  I’ll definitely go back to try some other menu items.

This makes visit number 23 on my quest.  Only about 50 more to go!  Till next time….

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