barbecue, brisket

Bates City Bar B Que of Shawnee

Bates City brisket sandwich

Today I visited Bates City Bar-B-Que of Shawnee.  It is located on the Southeast corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Quivira in a strip mall.  According to their website, Bates City of Shawnee is a father and son operation that has been going strong in Shawnee for over 17 years.

I arrived around 11:40 on Friday.  There is a lot of “stuff” on the walls in this place.  License plates, sports memorabilia and posters, etc.  This is a restaurant where you order at the counter and they serve your food right there.  Grab a tray, order, and pay.  Pretty simple!  The setup reminds me of how you order at Joe’s KC or Arthur Bryants.  I ordered a brisket sandwich and fries.  Received my order very quickly.  My bill was around ten dollars, which is pretty good for a brisket sandwich and fries.

I had a seat in a booth and dug right in.  I was pretty disappointed in the sandwich.  It is served with sauce on it and the brisket is thinly cut.  The meat was room temperature, which I would call “cold,” and was very bland, even with the sauce.  The meat was tender but a bit chewy and had way too much sauce on it for my taste.  The sauce was also pretty sweet compared to other places, and you all know by now that I don’t like sweet barbecue sauce.

The fries are shoestring style and were pretty good.  They do serve a huge helping of fries, which is a plus.  The sandwich is also a pretty hefty serving of brisket.

Bates City fries

This makes visit number 31 on my quest.  Don’t forget to follow along on my Facebook page if you haven’t already.  Till next time…

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