Hillsdale Bank Bar B-Q - Hillsdale, Kansas
I recently revisited the Hillsdale Bank Bar B-Q in the tiny community of Hillsdale, Kansas - about 15 miles south of the Kansas City Metropolitan area. The 23 year old restaurant closes each winter and is open only 3 days a week during the rest of the year.
The dining room of Hillsdale Bank Bar B-Q (They spell BBQ 4 ways at different places.) is in a 1906 bank building, with the restrooms in the vault. The kitchen and lobby are in a slightly newer connected building, and a caboose that is attached to the far side of the newer building has additional interesting dining spaces.
I think that the spicy sausage is very good, but it will be too spicy for many diners. The burnt ends are extremely good. They are not chopped like many local places. The burnt ends are made from pulled pork. They have quite a bit of fat, but the flavor is SO good. The smoked chicken is another good choice, with a lot of flavor from the smoking, while remaining tender and moist.
Really, all of the meats are good and the pulled pork is the best seller at Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q
The fresh onion rings are good and the fries are fresh cut & still have the peels. They may be the very best part of the meal.
For the past six years, Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q has also offered pizza, but it is only served after 5PM and I have yet to try it.
Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q has two sauces: sweet and hot. Both are sweeter than most, and I prefer a mixture of the two. The menu says that "The sauce" (as they call it) is natural, consisting of only ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar & spices that are cooked and bottled on site. The sauce is available in some area stores.
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