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Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, Missouri

Wabash BBQ brisket sandwich and fries

Today I visited Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  Wabash BBQ has been around since 1997 and is within walking distance of The Elms resort in downtown Excelsior Springs.  Here is some information from their website:

The Wabash BBQ specializes in smoked meats and award winning ribs and chicken! A smoke-free restaurant is located in the historic passenger waiting room of the old depot. The Wabash provides a relaxed atmosphere for all ages (see our children’s menu). A full service bar and additional restaurant is located in the historic dairy. Voted Best Ribs in K.C.!

The success of the restuarant, opened in 1997, led owners to open a second restaurant in December of 2006. The Wabash BBQ in Chillicothe also makes its home in a historic depot, located at 1 Elm street. Make one of these restaurants your regular “whistle stop” for food, fun and friends.

Dine-in, carry-out and catering services are available.

I arrived a little before 2:00 on Friday.  When I pulled up the first thing I noticed was the smoke billowing from the building out back.  I took a picture of the scene:

Pretty neat setup.

This is a restaurant where you seat yourself and a waitress takes your order and serves you.  I walked in and the hostess asked me to find a seat anywhere.  There are about nine tables in the main building, each with between four and six chairs around them.

I had a seat and was waited on instantly.  I knew what I wanted so I ordered the Iron Horse quarter pound brisket and fries with a drink.  I received my order within five minutes.  The sandwich consisted of thinly sliced pieces of brisket and was served without sauce.  The brisket was very tender and juicy but was a bit bland.  It tasted like they had it soaking in some water.  It was still a good sandwich and I definitely did not need any sauce on it to finish it.

I tried their sauces with my fries.  They offer two sauces, a regular sauce and a spicy sauce.  The regular sauce is a molasses based sauce.  It was a good sauce.  Pretty mild.  The spicy sauce was really good in my opinion.  Not very overpowering at all and just the right amount of spice.  It was my favorite of the two.

The sandwich and fries cost around eleven dollars, which is about average for what you get and pay for a similar item at other barbecue places.  They advertise that they have award winning ribs, so I’ll have to go back and try the ribs sometime.

This is stop number 61 on my barbecue quest.  10 more to go!  Don’t forget to follow along on Facebook!  Till next time….