Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Restaurant Review: SLAPS BBQ

No nonsense approach to BBQ.

  Every once in a while when a new restaurant opens they will quickly develop an almost fanatical following. To achieve this feat requires them to offer a superior product or service to their customers. It is almost magical to watch this process, since it only happens on rare occasions. This is exactly what happened with SLAP's BBQ. Brothers Mike and Joe Pearce began the restaurant after years on the barbecue competition circuit. Their team name is Squeal Like A Pig, from which S.L.A.P.'s derived. These two have won numerous competitions, and still compete in 25 or more events annually. They do this to help keep their skills honed.

The Sampler Plate is plenty for at least two adults.

  The old saying "The proof is in the pudding" could be altered to say in the smoke. These guys have got their barbecue skills down to an art form, and serve it up Monday through Saturday starting at 11:00 in the morning. Their hours are listed as being open until 7:00, but they usually sell out long before that. Fortunately, they have added the feature to pre-order, so you can be sure to get some of this deliciousness.

3 Ribs and Burnt Ends make for a filling lunch.
  Besides the normal offerings,  SLAP's serves up turkey, brisket, pork, sausage, and burnt ends by the pound. They offer a handful of side dishes, which include baked beans made with their sauce, as well as a delicious version of cheesy corn. Located at 553 Central Avenue, in the heart of KCK, SLAP's BBQ strives to make the best product they can provide every day. Be sure to make plans to try them out, but you may want to pre-order for piece of mind. Find out how at

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Restaurant Review: Big Grill & More

  We can't begin to count the number of times we have driven by a place and wondered what it has to offer. Too often it is merely a fleeting thought, and then we move on to the next thing. Such was the case for me on multiple trips to City Hall. My route takes me to the 5th Street exit off of I-70 East, and then I cut down Sandusky Avenue to get to 6th Street. This dumps me out just down the hill from City Hall. It also means that I turn right in front of Big Grill & More restaurant. Rarely do I see many vehicles parked in front, but then again I usually pass by in the middle of the afternoon.

  After too many missed opportunities, I finally decided to stop for an early meal, since I knew I would be in meetings until late in the evening. I was surprised to see that they are an all-day restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There were lots of egg dishes listed on the breakfast portion, and I'm supposing it would be homestyle meals. Lots of fried foods are included on the lunch list, including burgers and fish items.

  The restaurant has daily specials which I decided to try. Of course I picked a meal that was not the special of the day I visited, but it was the item that reached out to me. My dinner consisted of BBQ rib tips with fries. The price was decent, especially for the amount of food they served. The meat was tender enough, and the sauce is sweet & spicy, but not overpowering. The staff were friendly, and the whole place gave a good Mom & Pop vibe. It is certainly a spot to keep on your list when visiting downtown KCK.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Restaurant Review: Johnny's Bar-B-Q

  Well since we seem to be on a barbecue kick, we might as well add another place for this week. Johnny's BBQ in Mission, Kansas has been in business since 1977. In a fairly nondescript building, sitting squarely on the corner of Broadmoor and Martway Streets, Johnny's serves up what they label as "fall off the bone tender" meats. Their sandwiches come in small, medium, and large sizes. They have the standard beef, ham, pork, turkey, and sausage, but unlike many others they also offer chicken. If you are really hungry you can order a double-decker sandwich and a half, which comes with fries for only $9.

  Of course for a true test of their offerings (in my opinion) you need to order ribs with an assortment of sides. The ribs are flavorful, and pretty tender. The fries and rings are crisp like they should be. The slaw and beans are pretty standard fare, but certainly good accompaniments. We find Johnny's to be a good fall-back for BBQ when we are in this neck of the woods, and have never been disappointed in the food or the service. They do run specials on most days of the week, with full slab specials on Wednesdays and Sundays. To see the full menu or just find out more about them visit

Monday, August 15, 2016

Restaurant Review: Papa Bob's Bar-B-Que

  If you have been following our blog for any length of time, then you know we like BBQ. Of course, I don't imagine there are a lot of people in the area that aren't fans. We have watched the responses and comments on the various posts about some of the BBQ joints we have reviewed. It is clear that most people have their one favorite go-to, while others are okay with a variety. We like some more than others, but have an open attitude about trying every place we can find.

  Each BBQ place has it's go-to it on the menu. Some wow you with the smokiness, while others have a command of sauces. The sides may be a homerun at one joint, but only passable at others. The key is finding what each of them do better than the others, so you can always get a consistent winner. At Papa Bob's they have a lot of positives, and one thing hat is rare in Kansas City.

  Bob's has the Ultimate Destroyer! It all starts innocently enough with a 12" hoagie bun. The first layer has 1/2 lb. of pulled pork and 1/2 lb. of smoked pork. Squirt on some sauce and toss on a couple slices of bread and you are ready for the next layer. A 1/2 lb. of ham and 1/2 lb. of turkey go on followed by the sauce and bread again. Is that enough? Well not at Bob's. Next they add three 1/2 lb. burger patties topped with, sauce and bread. A final layer contains 1/2 lb. of brisket and 1/2 lb. of sausage topped with sauce and the hoagie lid. For those that lost count there are 4 1/2 lbs. of meat on this sandwich. Just for giggles they add 1 1/2 lbs. of fries, and some pickles or jalapenos (customer's choice). This mighty meal will set you back $58.00, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

  Let's say you have an immense appetite, and think you can tame this beast. Well if you can accomplish this feat in 45 minutes or less the meal is free. There are a few rules around this challenge including; you can't leave your seat during the challenge, you have to keep it down, and you have to sign a release form. Before you run out to try your luck be warned that this has been attempted by many before. In 2010, Adam Richman (Man vs. Food show) took up the gauntlet and came away defeated by this beast of a sandwich. He finished about 2/3 of the meal before waving the white flag.

  Papa Bob's Bar-B-Que has food for normal meals also, so don't let the Ultimate Destroyer scare you away. Stop in and check them out at 11610 Kaw Drive, between Edwardsville and Bonner Springs. For more information or to view their menu visit