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L C's Bar-B-Q

5800 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO - (816) 923-4484
Posted By Marty Boyer on 1/30/2007 4:06:00 PM
I came out to Kansas City under the guise of helping a friend move, but I really came here to eat. My friend had received a recommendation from a cab driver, L C's Bar-B-Q. I didn’t even know it was on Roadfood.com (part of my travel-bible) until I recently looked, so I had to provide my own review.

As the other review mentions, L C’s is located on an odd street on a forked-y location, but it is easily found and the smell of pit smoke will greet you far before you reach the restaurant. There is parking directly in front of the restaurant, and there is additional parking on the backside of the place found by following the y-styled road back just a few extra yards.

You can generally tell the quality of a place by how many locals make it a personal haunt, and this is no exception. Since there were so many locals present, I inquired about their favorites. Everyone had pretty much the same sentiment; you can’t go wrong with anything.

So we stepped up to order, and I saw these beautiful brown, no, perfectly brown fries come of the fryer. I started there ($2.99). These were home-cut potatoes, with some of that nice crispy skin on the outside and cooked just about awesome. Now that I had the first starch out of the way, I had to add some more starch in the form of potato salad. Finally, for the meat I decided on the burnt end sandwich ($8.49). I wasn’t particularly familiar with it, but if everything is good, why shouldn’t this be?

The fries were exactly as advertised--hot, brown and crispy on the outside, flaky and tasty on the inside. They were not salted, which was fine by me; I prefer pepper to salt on fries. There was something different about the mustard-based potato salad. I’m certain they used pickle brine, providing a tad more zip.

The Meat.

Cooking food like this is somewhere between art and science. There sitting slabbed between three pieces of bread were burnt ends slathered in a tangy, smoky sauce. The burnt portion adds a chewy texture here and there throughout the meal. There's not so much sauce that you can’t taste the meat. Throughout the meaty ends are some small pieces of fat that are just about incredible, adding richness and textural variety. Towards the bottom of the plate (should you make it that far, which I did not) you have left a mash of barbecue sauce, dredged bread and drippings.

LC’s is what barbecue should be: easy to love and impossible to finish.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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LC's burnt ends actually are cut to order from the outside and edges of the brisket. A sandwich made from them is impossible to pick up by hand.
"LC's burnt ends actually are cut to order from the outside and edges of the brisket. A sandwich made from them is impossible to pick up by hand."
Michael Stern





A close-up shows the variety of texture in burnt ends.
"A close-up shows the variety of texture in burnt ends."
Michael Stern


A burnt ends sandwich is an amazing plate of food.
"A burnt ends sandwich is an amazing plate of food."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Although the ribs at LC's are thick and meaty, they don't quite reach the heights of the burnt ends.
"Although the ribs at LC's are thick and meaty, they don't quite reach the heights of the burnt ends."
Cliff Strutz


LC's cuts its own potatoes for fries.
"LC's cuts its own potatoes for fries."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


LC's smoked beef is as good as we've had anywhere.
"LC's smoked beef is as good as we've had anywhere."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The aroma of these smoking meats is nearly overpowering.
"The aroma of these smoking meats is nearly overpowering."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


LC's menu board. Click on the photo for a more readable view.
"LC's menu board. Click on the photo for a more readable view."
Cliff Strutz


Note the 'LC' embossed on the doors of LC's pit.
"Note the 'LC' embossed on the doors of LC's pit."
Michael Stern


The extremely humble dining room includes a TV that is always on in the corner. Note the roll of paper towels on the table: you will need them!
"The extremely humble dining room includes a TV that is always on in the corner. Note the roll of paper towels on the table: you will need them!"
Michael Stern


An outside view of one of Kansas City's best barbecue parlors
"An outside view of one of Kansas City's best barbecue parlors"
Michael Stern


You'll smell LC's long before you see it.
"You'll smell LC's long before you see it."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Look for LC's at the fork with the oddly named Sni-A-Bar Road.
"Look for LC's at the fork with the oddly named Sni-A-Bar Road."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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